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AWESOME light

I wanted to make my daughter a statement piece.  Here is the inspiration:

light sign

I got the idea from Mandy at Vintage Revivals.  She has a great way of sucking you in and convincing you that you can do it – and I believe her.  Her pictures and directions are easy to follow and I don’t need to fly to India and trade my first born for rare East Indian Rosewood like when I do things with Martha.

I knew I wanted to go big or go home!  I hate when you put time and effort into a first time project and you get done and think, man, I should have done that bigger.  My girlfriend wanted to make her daughter one as well so I had the moral support to make it happen.

The project went pretty much as planned (like the directions).  Here were our modifications:

Size and amount of text.  In my opinion the time consuming part was planning the layout and cutting out the contact paper letters, but that’s our own fault because we went with much longer phrases and a bigger piece of plexiglas.

We switched the 1X4 and the 1X2 placement – we have a bigger frame showing and it doesn’t stick out from the wall as far.  We had some constructions issues…1) One of the boards wasn’t cut to the proper length which was particularly frustrating since we had the “experts” at Lowes do it for us.  And if any of the wood has any warping to it you’re screwed!  Just kidding, it just took a couple extra beers, several more nails, and lots of colorful language amongst friends.

I used more frosted paint and we ended up nailing the lights to the back of the frame instead of hot gluing them all because I didn’t want to have to fix it if/when they came undone later.

Other than that I think it was a HUGE success.  We distressed and stained our frame and my girlfriend painted hers.

This is definitely a keeper! And the girls LOVE them!

leah A

awe nerd

 

 

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3 comments on “AWESOME light

  1. Joan Harrington
    April 7, 2014

    Great idea! Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. tamiprincipe
    April 7, 2014

    What a wonderful idea, and so easy to make! Thank you for your post!

  3. Pingback: Tin Foil furniture. Yep! You heard me. | Pretend to be Nice

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