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Wooden Marquee Light: A Pseudo DIY


I have been searching for the right Vintage Marquee Light in the right size in the right color for a while now... basically looking or a needle in a haystack.  And all the DIY Tutorial's out there have been out of foam core or poster board... I needed something a little more stable.  So when I came across the shop Virago Demure on Etsy, I knew they could make the letter I wanted at the size that I wanted.  They specialize in wood versions of the classic letters & symbols.  Offering both finished & unfinished versions... I went with the unfinished knowing I was about to customize it myself & light this puppy up!

Unfinished Custom Wood Letters
image via Virago Demure

Items Needed:
Wooden Letter (Roughly 20-24" Tall)
Drill with 5/8" Drill Bit
Spray Primer
Spray Paint

Once I received my letter in the mail (& did my happy dance!) I went straight to work.  I marked out the spacing of where I would drill my holes for the lights.  Knowing I had 25 lights on my string light set, I  marked my holes being sure to stay centered down the letter.  I then used my 5/8" Drill Bit & drilled all of my holes (after counting three times to make sure I had 25 & not 26!)

I then primed & painted the ampersand using Rustoleum's Safety Red.  Seriously, it is the PERFECT shade of red.

Once everything was dry, I hooked up my lights... 


you can see the two year old helped me determine my drill marks... hence the blue squiggles.  To string your lights simply start at one end & work your way through.  The bulbs unscrew and the letter becomes sandwiched between the bulb & the socket holding it all together.


It looks pretty darn convincing in the end... and I am slightly obsessed with the results.  Of course, I'll still keep my eye out for the real deal but this will definitely keep me happy!

I can't share the details on where it is really going to live yet... but it's going to be good!

Happy Monday!!
xo-K

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36 comments:

  1. Love this idea - can't wait to see what you're going to do with it ;)

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  2. Love this! Ampersands are one of my fave symbols. Where did you get your string lights (if you don't mind me asking)? I've been looking for a set like that!

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  3. Looks great Kristen! Love the blue squiggles from your little helper too...now the back of your new decor is a little piece of original art!

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  4. Love what you did with the Ampersand it looks amazing! Thank you for including me.

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  5. Super duper cute! Could easily pass for the real marquee letter. Thanks for the link to the Etsy shop. Pinned her shop for future.

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  6. Amazing! I saw your sneak peek on Instagram and totally thought it was cardboard of some sort. Nice to know they sell wooden letters you can customize!

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  7. Super cool! Awesome job and thanks for sharing! You must be so proud ;)

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  8. Love this! It turned out great, it doesn't look like a DIY at all! I'll be pinning this for future reference :)

    Steph

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  9. Love it! My favorite color too ~ :) Thanks so much for sharing all the details.

    xo
    Pat

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  10. How adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  11. Looks great! The suspense of the big reveal is killingggggg me!!!

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  12. It looks awesome! Great job

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  13. This is a great "pseudo-tutorial"! I've always loved the wooden marquee light tutorials more than the cardboard or foamboard ones, but I simply don't have the tools/space/talent to pull one off. Starting with one of these letters is a great idea!

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  14. This turned out SO cool! I can't wait to see where it ends up! ;-)

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  15. Oh I love this. Can't wait to see where it is going to live!!!

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  16. Seriously?!?! Could you BE more amazing!!??

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  17. This is amazing! What a find those letters are!!!
    Thanks for sharing. (But I don't know why you're calling it "a pseudo DIY". Take the credit. It's awesome!!)

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  18. Saw you over on Southern Hospitality and love your design aesthetic. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  19. Love this idea...very inventive! DIY'ers rule!

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  20. Kristin, your blog is so inspirational. I love it! I'm in the Atlanta area too. Do you ever participate in any of the local blogger events? I would love to meet you!

    Jen

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  21. Perfection! Have some of these in mind for our basement kid zone. thanks for sharing your sources!

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  22. I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR TUTORIAL , PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS WOULD BE OK
    LAUREN

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  23. Absolutely LOVE this and wanted to feature you in my upcoming DIY blog post on Tuesday. You are SO creative and I love, love, love everything you do! I love your site and want to tell you that you should be proud of your blog and work!

    Cortney @www.organicallyopulent.com

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  24. Ahhh!! This is SO cool! I hope I can convince my son he NEEDS one for his room!

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  25. Another wonderful project! I'm pinning it to our Lighting pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot.

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  26. Another wonderful project! I'm going to link it to our Lighting pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot.

    - Chante

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  27. Great find, thanks! You just saved me a lot of money.

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  28. I'm doing this for sure for my kids rooms!. Love it!.

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K