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PBR Sign – Make your own Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign

June 5, 2014 in Gettin' Crafty, Living Room, Wall Decor

Ready to  make your own PBR Sign?  Grab some wood, paint and a projector and let’s get started on a Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign!

It’s no secret the Big Guy loves his fair share of PBR swag. From golf pants (and shorts) to patio lights and glassware, it’s not hard to find PBR paraphernalia around our place.  For the Big Guy’s birthday I gave him PBR Art, signed by the artist! They are three AWESOME matching prints of large murals that hang in a watering hole near  Busch Stadium.

I wanted to try my hand at my own piece… Remember this planked wood sign? Well – I decided it was time to give it a makeover. So I pulled it off the wall and just painted right over the top!  Here goes nothing!

PBR Projector


I printed off a transparency of the PBR logo. I slapped it on my trusty $5 yardsale 1980′s projector (remember the kind they had when we were in school?  Yeah…. just like that!) .  In the photo above, you can see that I painted right over the old sign with grey paint. I just started following the lines and painting away!  No tracing and turning off the projector… just let that bad boy light up the room, crack open a beer and have at it.

PBR Painted


I already had a nail in the wall… so I hung the sign there and steadied it with washi tape while painting.  Don’t you just love washi tape? There are about a million ways to use it!

PBR Sign 2

So what do you think of my PBR art?  Should I get bonus points for making some man-cave art for the Big Guy?  Yeah…. I think so too!

PBR Sign 1

Did you hear that Big Guy?  Bonus points!


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Faux Metal Letter

November 14, 2013 in Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

A 2′ tall metal D?! Faux real?!  No, not really. It’s paper mache… but it looks pretty real to me!

On Sunday I shared a new crafty product with you that I snagged at JoAnns over the weekend. I made a Faux Letterpress Block… which truth be told… was my practice for THIS project!


I started with the following supplies:


  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite – $4.79 with coupon
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint – $1.99
  • 23.5″ Paper Mache Letter D from JoAnns – $6 with coupon!

I‘ve been on the hunt for old, metal letter D’s for-evah!  You see, both me and the Big Guy have D names… so it’s pretty obvious. He’s a D. I’m a D. We’re D’s.

The process was pretty simple. So simple in fact that I forgot to take my typical step-by-steps. Eep. Forgive me?

I started by painting the giant D with the metallic silver acrylic paint.



Then using the same technique as the Faux Letterpress Block, I applied the Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite. I used a mixed bag of applying by hand, with a brush in the crevices and with a touch of water added to help blend. The rub is wax-based and dries very quickly. After a couple minutes, I ran over it lightly with a rag to buff… and tuh-dah! Done!

Faux Metal Letter D


At the store, I was bummed about my letter’s imperfections… but once I started to apply the metallic rub, I LOVED them. They started to take on the look of welded joints! Extra texture galore!

I’ll keep hunting for metal D’s… but in the meantime, this one will keep me smiling!


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Tripod Lamp – Yes Please!

April 22, 2013 in Building and Repurposing, Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

For my 30th (gasp, did I just admit that) birthday, the Big Guy completely, TOTALLY surprised me. I never saw this gift coming, but I love it oh. so. much.  He’d probably rather hide in the wings and not get credit, but I must give credit where credit is due. He’s the whole reason why my amazingly AWESOME tripod lamp is now sitting in my living room.

Yes – I love lamp. THIS Lamp.

I’ve loved tripod lamps fo-eva… but you know THIS GIRL wasn’t going to shell out hundreds to buy one from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I mentioned to Big Guy sometime last year that I was on the lookout for a tripod that I could make into a floor lamp. Unbeknownst to me, he started hunting! Several lost eBay auctions later, he scored one!!! …and then completely surprised me on my birthday!

Tripod Lamp

He did the dirty work… making the lamp was the easy part! My tripod has a round opening at the top… and I’ve been hoarding holding onto a lamp kit for a while. (shocker)  It just might be the easiest lamp kit ever… Just unwrap the cork until you have the diameter you need. That’s it!

I fed the cord through the hole, slapped a shade on it, plugged it in and sat back with a big smile on my face. I LOVE LAMP.

…and what’s a lamp-lovin’ blog post without a canine-clad-collage. (self-awarded two gold stars for that alliteration!)

Tripod Lamp Collage

Sorry ceiling fan light… You’re so 2010. I’m moving on… to my tripod lamp.

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