I started off by purchasing these letters at Joann's.
Painted on a coat of black paint.
Then I broke out some other paint that I had...Ralph Lauren's Metallic Paint and some Acrylic in Burnt Umber. I used the same RL paint in my Sunburst Mirror Tutorial.
Using the RL Metallic, dip your paint brush and in a circular motion, half hazardly put this on top of the black paint. Do only small sections at a time, as this dried almost immediately. Using a paper towel, rub in a circular motion and rub the paint in further. Then check your OCD at the door. There is no perfection here.
Then using a sponge brush, I blotted on VERY THINGLY and VERY SPORATICALLY the Burnt Umber Acrylic. This gave it the "worn and weathered" look, like the antique rusted letters you dig for at the flea market. This is where I started to fall in love with the finish.
He's learning, picking this stuff up as he watches mommy.
Gorilla Glue some hanging hardware on the back and they go up on the wall in the nursery. You can stack these as well if you have ledge shelving, but I wanted them directly above the crib, so this was the option I chose.
(yes, I still need to paint the cord covers on the wall)
I love how they turned out. You can see more of the Nusery Here.