“We love decorating with letters……
“How do you make a custom-sized ampersand?”
How could I forget ampersands?
Sorry, ampersand lovers.
I don’t know what I was thinking.
So… I made this quick post as an addendum to the highly detailed How to Make Custom Sized Letters
and will again use graph paper and number two pencils
to show you how to create the size ampersand that’s right for you.
Step 1: Doodle Time
Take your graph paper (one square = one inch high and one inch wide) and number two pencils……. Make a sketch. The drawing used for my ampersand….which is 15 blocks high and 13 blocks wide……. can be adjusted to any desired size.
Step 2: Go Big
The graph was then drawn to size on my fav brown paper bag paper. The 15 blocks high translated to 15 inches high. And, the 13 blocks wide translated to 13 inches wide. Making this template is a little more difficult than making letters, but is accomplished with carefulness, persistence, and a good eraser for that number two. Just lay down a ruler and convert blocks to inches one at a time. I really had to pay attention.
Step 3: Cut It Out
Trace the template onto your favorite medium. Wood? Fabric? Paper?….. ……..Then cut or jigsaw.
I wanted to stick my ampersand to the wall so I used 1/2 inch MDF. This creates a bit of dimension, but is still basically flat against the wall.
Step 4: Lay On the Color
It’s paint time…..that is….if you used a paintable surface. After I coated my amp with primer…..only to later realize…..that it needed more sanding. Sometimes latex paint/primer will lift wood fibers and roughen what had appeared smooth. A bit of elbow grease with a piece of 150-grit sandpaper should take care of that. This is also a good time to smooth out any wayward moves by the jig.
I planned to paint the amp white and not have any distressed edges, but changed my mind. I really liked the distressed areas on the finish. This is when I pulled out the polyurethane and gave it a sealer coat.
It’s so perfectly imperfect. I just love it.
Step 5: Put in Place and Enjoy
Wall color: Sherwin-Williams Distance 6243
The bottles are about 18 years old. Recycled from another decor era. I know, it’s difficult to never throw anything away, but some things are wonderfully grand when upcycled. Don’t you agree?
This is part of the bath vanity makeover in my son’s room…..
I pulled up the carpet and painted the subfloor.
It is amazing how fresh and clean it looks.
I do hope you will visit again as the full reveal of this bed and bath makeover continues.
Until next time…
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