KRISTE’S MILK PAINT JOURNAL | Anthropologie Letter Hack DIY

anthro lettersWith the approach of the holidays, I wanted to take some time to work on some milk paint projects fit for the season. I noticed these reclaimed wood letters from Anthropologie floating around Pinterest and thought I might try my hand at re-creating the look. I wanted to use Christmas colors so I chose to use Ironstone, Tricycle and Boxwood as my base colors. I found these great raw wood letters at Michael’s for $2.99 a letter; which was a great price compared to the $20+ Anthro was charging!


I chose to spell out “Noel” for the Christmas season. Once I got the letters home, I began by layering coats of each color all over the letters. I wanted some overlap of colors as well as some bare spots to keep that reclaimed look of the Anthro letters.

After the first coats dried, I continued to layer the paint until I achieved the colors I was hoping for. I let these coats dry before applying a light coat of dark wax. I simply wiped the wax over the paint, rubbing it into the grain.


I let the letters set for the night to fully dry, and when I came back the next day I began to sand down the paint to add a touch of distress. I focused on the edges as well as where the colors came together to hide some of the overlap. This part really helped the letters look aged! I wanted a few more bare spots so I continued to sand until I hit wood again.


To keep the entire piece looking aged, I added one more layer of dark wax once sanded to darker the grain of the wood showing through. All in all, I was pretty happy with the results! I may try the project again with some thicker letter to look like the original, but I was very happy to have a full project for the same price of one Anthropologie letter!

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2 thoughts on “KRISTE’S MILK PAINT JOURNAL | Anthropologie Letter Hack DIY

  1. L. Thompson

    I really love the look of these. Now maybe try painting SPRING with your pastel colors.
    I would like to see a tutorial on this as think this process could be applied to any furniture. I do like the finished look.


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