Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Alphabet Wall

You know our current collective obsession with typography? Well, I have a fantastic solution.

One of the things that excited me the most when we moved into this home, nearly 2 years ago, was the presence of a toy room. (In our previous home, we had a toy corner...)

I wanted to make the room a fun, colorful departure from the more subdued palette of the rest of our home, so I enlisted bright turquoise paint and some vintagey fabric for curtains.


Then I set out to collect 26 letters for an alphabet wall.

 
I found some of them on Ebay, including a 3 foot tall, acid yellow "C". That was the day I learned the importance of reading the fine print. We all have that day sooner or later and I'm happy to say that my error was relatively inexpensive and actually quite funny.

Collecting vintage letters started to add up, so I rounded out my collection with various wooden letters and some 3-D cardboard letters from Michael's craft store and painted them myself.

While I was busy collecting, Cory painted this giant, white square on the wall.

I was so happy with the result. The only thing missing was "U". (Cue fiddle and whiskey-soaked, old-school country singer.)

Raise your hand if you spot the belligerent, rascally U that refuses to stay affixed to the wall!


For some more inspiring DIY ideas, clicketh here.

29 comments:

  1. Boy, I love letters! This is really fantastic and perfect for a toy room. Thanks for sharing, it's inspiring :)

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  2. Fabulous! Love all the colors and styles against the blue wall. It really pops. How fun.

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  3. It looks like the boy on the book next to the "u" knows where the "u" fell. LOL!

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  4. I LOVE it!!! That bookcase/cubby is fabulous as well. :)

    Visiting from Kimba's party! :)

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  5. Hi, found you from the linky on ASPTL, LOVE that book shelf! And, cutest letters ever!

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  6. What a cute idea! My mind is churning with thoughts of where I could replicate this idea.

    ~ Sarah

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  7. Oh, how I love decorating with letters! I'd love to have that red bookcase as well!

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  8. So adorable! I also love that chippy red bookshelf. What a terrific room!

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  9. It looks great! I am in the process of doing something kind of similar in my loft/playroom. Hopefully will be ready to post, soon!

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  10. LOVE it :)

    You have great ideas - always inspiring me!

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  11. I'm just happy to report that I am not without a U... I am so lucky to have U! ;)

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  12. great play room. I am impressed that Cory managed to paint that white square so, well, square. please don't shatter my admiration by telling me he used tape or something ;-)

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  13. love your alphabet wall...so much so, that now Bryce has one in his room too :)

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  14. Love it, love it, love it! So much fun for a toy room! Your story about the giant "C" made me smile. Now I have to know what you did with the C Monster?

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  15. So Cute! So fun! Very inspirational. I just love looking at all of your home design projects.

    Kim

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  16. Beautiful! I adore the vintage fabric. What a fab idea!

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  17. I really enjoyed the post about your kitchen remodel. I too am in the process right now and am so thankful for running water in the kitchen again... I could cry! Love the "tin" tiles too. I was considering those for my own kitchen (the patina copper) and seeing yours gave me hope that they will look great!

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  18. Very cute! I love the cubby/bookcase as well!

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  19. You my blogging friend, are just too cool for school.

    XOXO-

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  20. Brilliant and very cute! Love it!

    Melissa :D

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  21. Major cuteness goin' on!! Love it!!
    Elise

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  22. I love letters used in random ways - you decorated your wall perfectly!

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  23. What a great idea! Love the curtain fabric too!

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  24. Oh, I LOVE this, I am so going to do it, I am!

    I love your curtains and the book case as well!

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  25. I just found this post and read through it for the first time as I had first seen the alphabet wall (as I had said) on pinterest... I'm laughing out loud because that darn U has fallen off the wall at our house now. I kid you not!!!

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