Tuesday, August 10, 2010

buy the ticket, take the ride

I first came across this idea on Kara's blog, (who got it from Mandi) and have been wanting to try it for quite some time. Finally, a couple of weekends ago, I randomly went to Home Depot and got what I thought would be the right tools to make this. I didn't really do any more thinking than "this is what I'm going to make...now, hmm...I need wood. and spray paint."

Luckily for you, Samantha has since written a step-by-step instruction guide on how she made hers! So, if you like the idea of some original plywood wall art, click here to get the instructions. And I'll show you how I made mine.

I will admit, the thing that took the longest (other than waiting for it to dry) was finally deciding on a quote. I went with one by Hunter Thompson, a famous gonzo journalist. Fitting for a girl who just graduated with a degree in journalism, right? Plus I love the idea of just going. Be spontaneous. Buy that ticket. Take that ride.
So after I put letter stickers on my plywood (which I did sand a little bit), I spray painted it in my friends lot with gray primer. I told the man at Home Depot that I wanted a gray spray paint, and he said that if I just used a gray primer it would look the same, but be covered better. And since I'd never bought spray paint before, I trusted him wholeheartedly.
I absolutely love how it turned out, with the wood grain still peeking through where the letters were. It has become one of my favorite things in my room. And soon I'll be making another one for my sister and one for a friend of mine. I hope you try it, too!

1 comment:

  1. yay! I actually just painted my room - with the complete intention of having some plywood art like this in there. And I think I'm going to try freezer paper curtains. Eeek! So much dyi. Definitely makes me a happy girl. :)

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