June 25, 2012

Can I get an "E"?

When the cabinets were installed in our house, I noticed that there was going to be a large gap between the cabinet tops and the ceiling (30"):

Admittedly, I started to panic because I didn't know what I was going to do with that space. I didn't want to paint it because that would require me to paint the adjoining wall in the dining room too and I had other plans for that wall. I don't have a cool plate collection that I could hang up there and faux plants aren't my thing. I also didn't want to put a bunch of decorative accessories up there because I knew they'd get dusty and to be honest, I knew I wouldn't dust them haha

I thought about the popular "EAT" sign that people have been creating from Hobby Lobby letters:

[ Image via 7th House on the Left ]

[ Image via Frame Fanatic ]

So I started searching for something larger since the Hobby Lobby letters are only 8" high and I wanted something a little different. Enter Etsy. After browsing around for a little bit, I stumbled upon a listing for 3 large stainless steel letters that spelled "EAT" (or "TEA" or "ATE" or "TAE"...):

The description said that the letters were 18" high x 14" wide x 2 1/2" deep AKA perfect. Sold! I bought the set on Saturday night and they showed up Tuesday morning but I didn't actually get around to hanging them until the following Thursday night:

I wanted them centered in between the two pendant lamps that hang over our bar so I measured the distance from the wall to the edge of the pendant lamp so I knew where the edge of the "E" should be.

Then I measured the space between the two pendant lamps so I knew how many inches I had to space out all 3 letters. After I figured out how far down from the ceiling I wanted them, I had the first letter up:

Sorry for the less than pretty cell phone picture - it was about 10 o'clock at night and I was so excited that I had actually hung the letter myself that I didn't bother grabbing my camera. Now let's fast forward to the good stuff:

Aren't they perfect?! I'm so in love with them! I haven't decided whether or not I want to keep them stainless (to go with the appliances) or spray them ORB (to go with the cabinets):

Or spray them a fun color:

What do you think? Would you leave them as-is?


  1. LOVE them! I'd say to keep them the same for now. You can always spice them up later.

  2. Thanks! Yeah, I think I'm going to leave them as-is for now and decide what to do later when my dining room evolves a little more :)

  3. leave em! i love them! good idea and so clean looking


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