Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Starting her room...

I can't tell you how many times
i've heard,
"Are you ready for her yet?"
"Is her room all finished being decorated"

HAHA Heck no..

Not even close. 

Her walls are painted,
well almost finished painted. 
We have the base color finished, 
which is Olympic No VOC color matched from Valspar Signature 
Baking Stone

looks like this

That's the door to our room!!

And besides that we have her dresser- which the room is a mess
so you can see that later, 
plus we have to get new pulls and
I am working on lining 
all the drawers with fun paper which i'll show you later too. 

The first real thing I have done, 
thus far is these letters. 
I purchased these cardboard type letters
months ago from
Jo Ann, I think they were $.99 a letter

Here are my supplies:
 E,L,I,A letters from Joann's- $.99 a piece
 Matte Modge Podge- $3.99 at Michaels
4 pieces of scrapbook paper- $.59 on sale each
I used two sponge brushes, you only need one, I was just messy.

So what i did first, was pick out what order I wanted the paper in
then traced the letters on the back of the paper. 

Just make sure you get all the front and sides not the back. 
For the A, I also did not do the center part of the A,
you can't really see it
and i'm sure it wouldn't have been pretty. 

I did this for each letter. 
Then carefully I put each side on, 
by putting the Modge Podge on first 
then the paper. 
I made sure the straightest edge was facing the center. 
Sometimes i did the top first and sometimes i didn't. I did notice the onese
I did on top first looks better. 

I then coated the entire front of the letters with the 
modge podge and let them dry on newspaper.

NOTE*- I also used glue to bend the edges to make it look more rounded
from the excess paper. 
Remember, it's going on a wall, so people aren't going to really see every 
single brown line that you can just barely see when  you hold it
5 inches from your face!!

My finished project looked like this:

I think it turned out great!! I'm very happy and can't wait
to get it on her wall! I think these are going either above her crib or above her dresser on the wall!!!

You could do this for anything, like putting them 
in the kitchen, with a framed art wall, 
or in places like the bathroom or laundry room.

The modge podge seals the paper and makes it water proof.
Would i dunk them in water, NO
but if they get sprayed on, moisture on them, 
what have you, 
if you put a coat on everything you should be just fine!!

Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial!!


  1. Nice job. Jackie had Cameron on his wall.

  2. Cute! I am still planning to do this to Levi's room but haven't had time yet :) isnt it fun to prepare and nest?

  3. Thanks MickeySue!!! Alissa- I was surprised how quickly I was able to get it done in! I wish there were more nesting!! Austin is still finishing our closet upstairs which is going to speed up our downstairs projects including her room too!! Hopefully soon though!!!

  4. To cute sweetie... its going to get there.. all good things take time.. and alot of love... just like Elia

  5. those little letters are soo cute! how did you cover the sides though, did you just cut the papers longer on the sides/top? my fiance and i are taking engagement pics next month and i want to hold numbers with our save the date on it (8/10/12), i will have to try your directions!

    Libby on the Label

  6. Hey Libby- i covered the sides the same way i did the top. I measured all the sizes by tracing them on the back of the paper and glued them after the front layer. They were really easy to make. I hadn't seen them done before, just went with it. Also make sure you get the matte mod podge and not the glossy, i've heard it works better!!! The save the dates would be adorable with those number!!! GOOD Luck!!

  7. ooo thank you!! i am going to try and make these soon! i will have to see what modge podge i have at home too :)