Splash of Color with Marquee Letters

**Though I have received compensation for this post these opinions and creations are my own.**

Research has said bright colors can make you happy, therefore why not have a splash of color in every home. I rent my apartment and a big problem for renters is how to decorate. Sometimes we are not allowed to paint or hang things on your wall! Well in my apartment I can paint, but I have those old popcorn walls and I do not like they never look good painted. Therefore, I decorate using home decor items with color, lots of color!

I always wanted big old fashion marquee letters to hang on my wall, but it's taken a while to find something I loved and can afford. That's when I finally decided to make my own and found letters that were priced just right at Hobby Lobby. Currently, they are having a sale on their large metal letters. I scored a J and a D for $30! 

Here are my marquee letters painted in Cece Caldwell's Paints a special mix for the orange and Mustard yellow.

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If you are not familiar with Cece Caldwell's Paint they are a great all American made natural chalk + clay paint! The consistency reminds me of when I was little and used to play with clay outside after it rained. This paint goes on smooth and you can apply it thick or diluted with water. It depends on what I am painting if I dilute it or not. For these letters I need did not, but if I was painting something larger, for example a dresser I would. Just like most natural paints, it's a super easy clean up and non toxic. Hence me working on my kitchen table! If you have not tried Cece Caldwell's Paints I suggest buying a sample size and get to painting! You will fall in love, trust me!

Here are the letters before. They are galvanized metal letters with a rusty edge.

Hobby Lobby Marquee letters

Hobby Lobby Marquee letters

I am sure some of you are thinking these are great they way they are, but I wanted color! Therefore, I decided to paint them. As a brand rep for Cece Caldwell's Paint  I used a few different colors for the edges I used Mustard Yellow, Sedona Red, Silverhill Fog and Metallic Cooper wax. 

I didn't really have a plan in mind, so I just started making stripes with painters tape. 

taped stripes

taped stripes

Now the hard part deciding the colors! At first I was going to do red and yellow, but then I started playing around and mixed up a pretty orange! I knew I wanted to accent it with Metallic Wax Cooper.

samples of paint mixtures

samples of paint mixtures

I used orange for the stripes which is two parts mustard yellow and one part sedona red. For the edges I used mustard yellow. 

one coat of orange

one coat of orange

After two coats of orange, I also taped the edges and painted them yellow.  

step two yellow edges

step two yellow edges

I used an old chapstick to line the edges, to create a chippy look. Then I removed the tape and sanded the stripes for a more aged look. 

After I sanded the orange I went back and added hints of Silverhill Fog. I liked this, because it gives it a dusty aged look. 

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I rubbed in the grey with a wet paper towel.

And that it's they are done and ready to be on display!

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close up on D

close up on D

I love the way the letters came out and absolutely love seeing them every morning when I wake up!

***Though I have received compensation for this post, these projects, opinions and creations are my own, I have not been paid to publish positive comments. I am a brand rep for Cece Caldwell's Paints and have used their product for this latest creation! For this project I used Mustard Yellow, Sedona Red, Silver Fog and Metallic Cooper Wax. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING."