I had this project idea in my head for a while now and I’m so excited to have finally done it! I fell in love with Letterfolk boards last year, but they were sold out at the time so I came up with my own version.
I thought it would be cool to put it beside Matt’s coffee bar, what I’ve deemed Cafe Zambonin. Because doesn’t everyone want to know what the roast of the day is? No, just us? Lucky for you you can put yours wherever you want and make whatever words you want on it.
I discovered that alphabet magnets are impossible to find in stores (who knew), but I did find this set on Amazon. I got 2 sets so that we could spell more things and if I was willing to spend more money I definitely would’ve got 3.
Okay, let’s get to it!
What you need:
- 12 x 24″ metal sheet (Lowe’s $6.29)
- alphabet magnets (Amazon $9.99)
- black spray paint (Home Depot $7.97)
- newspaper and/or large cardboard box for spray painting
- Command picture hanging strips if you want to mount it on the wall ($5.49 pretty much everywhere)
If you’re going to paint inside make sure you are in a very ventilated area and you’ll probably want a room with a door – it will smell like paint for a day or 2.
Spread out the newspaper and lay out all the alphabet magnets face down and not touching each other.
Give them a couple of coats waiting about an hour or more between.
When they’re completely dry (you might want to wait a couple of hours or over night otherwise the freshly painted side might stick to the newspaper) flip them over and paint the fronts.
I gave mine about 3 coats and then did some touch ups to get the sides and weird spots covered too.
Figure out where you want to hang your board and follow the instructions on the Command strips and use them to hang it up. If you want to be really fancy you can even use a level to make sure it’s straight.
Once your letters are dry come up with some witty message to leave yourself! Or use it as a coffee bar menu like us. Or write a poem. Or a joke. Really just do whatever you want and then Instagram it with #lovelymakes so I can see it too!