As stated yesterday, I am absolutely loving the industrial style and have big plans on incorporating it more into my home. I’ve loved industrial inspired design for years, but never felt like it went with my house. With our dining room makeover last year I now feel like it gives me an opportunity to lean towards the industrial side of things a bit more.
With lots of help from Curtis, I made this ampersand marquee light. Which in turn, led to this industrial inspired mantel. Which I’m kind of in love with.
So here’s how to make the ampersand marquee light. We started with quarter inch chip board. Curt drew the ampersand then cut it out using a jigsaw. We drilled 3/4 inch holes for the lights. At first we had 1/2 inch holes then realized they were too small and had to make them bigger. That’s why more than a few of them are mangled, I was struggling.
I cut poster board into strips 3 1/2 inches wide for the sides of the ampersand.
I made sure to get nice, crisp folds in the poster board. It helped the strips look and fit better around the ampersand.
I used packing tape to attach the poster board strips to the chip board. The ampersand sits about 2 1/2 inches deep with about an inch of poster board on the back.
It’s all ready for some painting!
The ampersand received a few coats of glossy navy blue. And boy, does it look great!
Waiting for the paint to completely dry was almost painful. I couldn’t wait to get the lights in!
And here’s the lighted beauty!
As fantastic as the ampersand looks all lit up, it’s still pretty amazing without the lights on. The glossy sheen of the paint makes it appear like it’s made of metal.
I added a few other elements to give my mantel an industrial look; a chalkboard ampersand, an industrial photo that Curt took, a stack of vintage books and a few globes under a glass cloche.
I’d love to hear any thoughts you have…
Until next time….