DIY : Distressed N

While browsing through Sundays in Bangsar Village II, I came across a corner of the store filled with wooden letters made from repurposed wood. As an avid collector of cool “N”s (for obvious reasons), I was quite thrilled to find a single lone N amidst all the other alphabets. The trouble was, it wasn’t blue, but thankfully I remembered I had some paints back home that I could use to get this find just right. So I handed over my money to the cashier and headed home with a little DIY in mind.

Here’s a step-by-step guide of what I did, and what you can do too to uplift a found item or something that needs a new look:

Clean your letter or alphabet thoroughly with a damp cloth and allow to dry. You don't want any dust sticking to the surface.
Step 1 : Clean your letter or object thoroughly with a damp cloth and allow to dry. You don’t want any dust sticking to the surface.
Using a fairly wide brush, add a coat of paint. I used Martha Stewart's multi-surface craft paints and they're really great! Allow to dry.
Step 2 : Using a fairly wide brush, add a coat of paint. I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface craft paints and they’re really great! Allow to dry.
Using a fine grade sandpaper, gently sand away across the entire painted surface, putting extra pressure on the areas where you'd like the background colour to come through a little more. Wipe down with a damp cloth once again when you're happy with what you have.
Step 3 : Using a fine grade sandpaper, gently sand away across the entire painted surface, putting extra pressure on the areas where you’d like the background colour to come through a little more. Wipe down with a damp cloth once again when you’re happy with what you have, removing any dust and grains.
I repeated step 2 and 3 again so I could have a stronger blue on my letter and less of the background colour to show. This step is entirely optional though.
Step 4 : I repeated step 2 and 3 again so I could have a stronger blue on my letter and less of the background colour showing through for a ‘scratchier’ effect. This step is entirely optional though and can be repeated a few times if you like.
You'll need to seal the surface next and you can do this either by using a spray gloss or lacquer. I used Martha Stewart's high gloss finish. You can even use a matte finish if you so prefer. Follow the instructions on the finish you're using and let it dry thoroughly.
Step 5 : You’ll need to seal the surface next and you can do this either by using a spray gloss or lacquer, although be sure to use one for wood or multiple surfaces. I used Martha Stewart’s high gloss finish. You can even use a matte finish if you so prefer. Follow the instructions on the finish you’re using and let it dry thoroughly.
Display it wherever you please!
Step 6 : Display your final work wherever you please!

I know some may prefer the original to my updated version, but I like it and that’s what counts 😉 Plus, this blue looks much better on my bookshelf anyway and given time and heaps of handling, who knows how cool it might look some years from now?

Now… what else can I distress…

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