Faux Metal Letter

November 14, 2013 in Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

A 2′ tall metal D?! Faux real?!  No, not really. It’s paper mache… but it looks pretty real to me!

On Sunday I shared a new crafty product with you that I snagged at JoAnns over the weekend. I made a Faux Letterpress Block… which truth be told… was my practice for THIS project!


I started with the following supplies:


  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite – $4.79 with coupon
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint – $1.99
  • 23.5″ Paper Mache Letter D from JoAnns – $6 with coupon!

I‘ve been on the hunt for old, metal letter D’s for-evah!  You see, both me and the Big Guy have D names… so it’s pretty obvious. He’s a D. I’m a D. We’re D’s.

The process was pretty simple. So simple in fact that I forgot to take my typical step-by-steps. Eep. Forgive me?

I started by painting the giant D with the metallic silver acrylic paint.



Then using the same technique as the Faux Letterpress Block, I applied the Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite. I used a mixed bag of applying by hand, with a brush in the crevices and with a touch of water added to help blend. The rub is wax-based and dries very quickly. After a couple minutes, I ran over it lightly with a rag to buff… and tuh-dah! Done!

Faux Metal Letter D


At the store, I was bummed about my letter’s imperfections… but once I started to apply the metallic rub, I LOVED them. They started to take on the look of welded joints! Extra texture galore!

I’ll keep hunting for metal D’s… but in the meantime, this one will keep me smiling!


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Soda Crate Dog Feeder

November 11, 2013 in Building and Repurposing, Do it your Dog-Gone Self, Gettin' Crafty, Pups

Vintage Soda Crate Dog Feeder!

Vintage Soda Crate Dog Feeder

I ventured into the garage one Sunday, determined to make raised dog feeders for both of them. I quickly realized I didn’t have the right boards on hand and was too lazy to go to Lowes. …and then I spotted it. The Oklahoma Beverage Co. vintage crate that Christy gave me. Oh happy day! I had an idea!

Here’s a run-down on how I did it:

Soda Crate Dog Feeder How To DIY

First, I found a piece of scrap plywood I had lying around and cut it to the appropriate size for my crate. Then, I traced circles on the boards for my silver dog bowls. Using a drill, I created starter-holes to make it easier to cut the circles out with my jigsaw. Easy Peasy! Then I stained both sides of the plywood with Minwax Express Color Wiping Stain in Crimson to match the worn red lettering on the crate.  I attached plates to the bottom and screwed in the bun feet. Staining them with Minwax Weathered Oak gave them the perfect aged tone to complement the crate without competing.  I attached the top with hinges just in case someone wanted to store things inside or make it easier to clean/dust.

…and when all was said and done:

Soda Crate Dog Feeder Collage

and insert cute lab.  Thanks Quinn for being our model.

IMG_6229If only it was a hair taller. Just a smidge to short for my big lab and leggy boxer. I’m completely smitten with it!

Just what you’re looking for?  It’s for sale on ETSY!  Snag this Vintage Soda Crate Dog Feeder before someone else does! If you’re close to St. Louis (or Tulsa, Oklahoma) and interested in purchasing, shoot me an email. Depending on timing, you could pick up in St. Louis or Tulsa and save the shipping fee!

Such a great dog feeder to add a little vintage character to your pooch’s mealtime!


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Faux Letterpress Block

November 10, 2013 in Gettin' Crafty


I lurve me some letterpress!  I’m always on the lookout for letterpress D’s. I know there are a million on Etsy, but I like the thrill of the hunt. In the meantime, I decided to DIY a Faux Letterpress Block!

It’s finally starting to feel like “moving madness” is over. There are still plenty of boxes sitting around, but the house is livable! After having a couple R&R weekends, I was itching to do something crafty. Don’t worry – I know I cut myself off from blogging while I was de-hoarding, listing, selling and moving… but that didn’t mean I had to stop tinkering with projects!  Over the next couple months I’ll share a mix of new projects I’ve completed since moving into the new (rental) house and old projects I did in the house I sold, but haven’t blogged about yet.

This Faux Letterpress Block is a NEW project! I wandered into JoAnns yesterday for no good reason. Umm hello - dangerous!  Thankfully I was armed with two 40% off coupons on my phone (do you have their app?! it’s awesome!). I told myself I could buy two items with the 40% off coupons…. and then of course I found a clearance item! Score!

Here’s what I snagged:

  • Wood Letterpress Block – $1.97 on clearance
  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite – $4.79 with coupon
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint – $1.99

DIY Faux Letterpress

If you’re reading carefully, you might have noticed that’s only one coupon… and I had 2!  I’ll share what I purchased with the other coupon in a future post!

In the meantime, here’s a quick run down:

Paint the entire block with metallic silver acrylic paint. Let dry.


Using your finger, a paintbrush, and occasionally thinning with water, apply the Metallic Rub on the block and edges of the M to give a worn look.

Let dry and voila!

I’d never heard of Inka Gold Metallic Rub before… but I have to say – it was fun to work with!  It’s waxed base and can be applied by hand using your finger or a rag. OR you can use a brush. I found several videos on YouTube offering suggestions for application. I found that it helped to scoop a tiny bit out and soften with water to blend if you ended up with streaks.

Want to see the after?  I thought you might!



I applied the metallic rub pretty heavily on the block behind the “M”. I wanted the M to really pop against the background.




(please ignore the ring on the mantle…. oh the joys of renting and not being able to change the things that irk you!)


I just love how the hematite wax rub settles into the grain of the wood for a nicely worn look!

Stick around – I can’t wait to share the other thing I made using this wax!



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