Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EAT Drink and be Merry Marquee Sign and Wine Storage

A little BIG something

for my Dining Room Wall!

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This has been my marathon project

since I sketched it out about four months ago!

I think I could be obsessed with building things

if I had all of the right tools.

My builds are very rough,

but they look okay from a distance.

( sorry Dad)

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So it looks like one large unit,

but is really two pieces.

The Large EAT letters are cut from 3/8 " plywood.

They are painted white and rubbed with

English Chestnut Stain.

The base color for the sign is a medium gray.

Then I criss cross brush on a glaze of

raw sienna and floetrol.

I also rubbed on stain in places.

It's a hodge podge of grunginess.

Just keep layering colors.

I painted the wine storage

with a mix of Raw Sienna, Brown, and Camel.

While it was still wet, I brushed on some white.

It's not an exact science : )

I love to play with color layers.

Attach the letters with Liquid Nails

and a couple of small screws.

Let dry.

Mark light locations.

I bought my globe lights at Target.

Use a 3/4" spade bit and drill through.

Chalk transfer letters and paint white 

with a dark charcoal shadow.

Stain to grunge.

I added some hooks from Hobby Lobby

for my coffee mugs.

I will keep wine and coffee in the wood bin.

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I love coffee anything

and twinkly lights.

So this will be a happy wall!

Hope it inspires you!


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Leslie said...

wow! that is fantastic!!! It looks wonderful in your dining room.

Bliss said...

I have wanted to make a marquee light for years now and I don't see it happening soon. Your sign is fantastic so whether I get around to making one or not I've pinned it.

Anonymous said...

What a great sign/cup holder!!! I love that you added lights!

Unknown said...

This is amazingly cool!

20 North Ora said...

Another precious project! Does your mind ever slow down? LOL. Love the wall piece.

Judy said...

VERY awesome!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

I love this and admire your design. Thank you for the great tutorial on grunge painting which I will print out or pin if that is okay. I don't exactly understand how the wiring works, is each bulb wired together to make one cord? Thank you much for the fabulous painting lesson!

Deb Hrabik said...

Oh, yes, it is a string of globe lights that Target sells at Christmas and also in the summer for patio lights.
So I duct taped the unused lights on the back of the sign.
Thanks so much,

Anonymous said...

Oh My Goodness Deb!!! Another stunning project! This is so stylish, I love it! You made it look so easy too! Thank you for sharing!

Feral Turtle said...

I love this!! So creative and of course, a beautiful finish!

Karen @ karensuponthehill said...

You are so creative and talanted!
I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our link party Something to Talk About!
Have a great day!

Trish said...

It turned out so great! I'm thinking I need to start investing in some tools :)

Jill said...

This is SO fun, I love it! Pinned to try and recreate :)

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Your work is so beautiful! Love it and your build is awesome! Pinned.

Christina said...

Just bought my first home so slowly trying to figure out how to decorate. This piece is so awesome and exactly what I have been looking for. I do a lot of smaller DIY projects but have never done anything this big or extensive. Is this something you would sell in your shop? Thanks!

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Christina -
I appreciate your note. I'm sorry I'm not able to take that project on right now. My work days are changing a bit with my art.
I hope you can find someone that can help.
Best Wishes in your new home,

Elizabeth Regalado said...

This is absolutely amazing and I can't believe that you made it yourself! How gorgeous and inspiring!! :)