What and AMAZING and INEXPENSIVE craft! Using two simple supplies, turn dollar letters from the craft store into decorative soapstone letters.
I know I’ve been teasing you with projects for my new office space. I promise it is almost ready for the big reveal! I just can’t stop perfecting the space and doing new projects. I love finally having a designated space for work, school, and most importantly, crafting.
The latest craft I made are these decorative soapstone letters to put on the floating shelves above my desk.
I bought these bright decorative letters at Michael’s a while back – they’re my kiddos’ initials. I wasn’t sure what exactly I was going to do with them, but what can I say? It was a dollar impulse buy. I’m a total sucker for impulse dollar buys!
As I have been deciding what to put on the floating shelves above my desk, these letters seemed perfect to put by a picture of the twins. The only problem: yellow and orange don’t exactly match the color theme for the space.
DIY Faux Soapstone Finish Technique
Chalkboard paint and chalk to the rescue! I started playing around, first by painting and them with the chalk, that I came up with a finish that I really like. Here’s how I got that soapstone effect:
- fine-grit sandpaper
- paint brush
- chalkboard paint
- scrub rag
Step one: Sandpaper.
I lightly sanded the decorative letters since they were already painted. If you are working with unfinished wood, you can skip this step.
Step two: Paint.
I did two coats on each side of the decorative letters, letting everything dry between coats and sides.
Step three: Chalk.
Take a piece of chalk and draw all over the decorative letter.
Step four: Erase.
Take a dry scrub rag and gently rub in/wipe away the chalk.
Step five: Repeat. Repeat steps three and four a few times, until you get the look you want.