How to paint wooden letters

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How to paint wooden letters
Wooden letters (wooden letter a image by Xarthias from

Wooden letters are an inexpensive way to enhance the decor of almost any bedroom or playroom. Buy premade letters or cut out your own to add extra flair to the project. Paint them to suit your taste. With a few simple tools and some flicks of the wrist, you can transform plain wooden letters into a dazzling focal point in the room. Choose a colour scheme to match the rest of the decor or get in touch with your wild side and brush on a rainbow of colours.

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Things you need

  • Medium-grit sand paper
  • Paint brush
  • Primer
  • Acrylic paint

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  1. 1

    Sand each wooden letter with a medium-grit sand paper. This will eliminate any jagged edges or imperfections that could interfere with a smooth paint surface.

  2. 2

    Apply one layer of primer to each wooden letter and allow the letter to completely dry. The primer should cover the entire surface of each letter, including the back. It should dry within six to 12 hours.

  3. 3

    Brush on your favourite colour of acrylic paint with a paint brush appropriately sized for the letters you are working with. Use vertical strokes to evenly distribute the paint. Leave the back of the letter with just a coat of primer or paint it, according to your taste and where the letter will go. Allow the paint to completely dry.

  4. 4

    Add another layer of paint to improve the colour quality and durability of the application. Allow the paint to completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint on a layer of clear varnish, once the paint has dried, for a glossy finish.
  • Display the letters on a shelf or attach ribbons with a staple gun and hang them on the wall as a decorative accent.

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