I absolutely love vintage signage and how great would it be to find an old letter from a sign that was appropriate for both your name and your home decor?! I’ve had the dream for a long time but I’ve still yet to ever find a way to collect such letters (where do signs go when they die??). Aside from being able to even find them, I doubt it’d be easy to get letters that actually fit in your home, decor/color-wise and finding letters that meant something to you. The solution for me was to make my own industrial looking marquee letter!
But using actual metal would be even harder than finding an old, unused sign. Firstly, metal is hard to work, it’s heavy, hard to manipulate and you can easily get cuts. Secondly, it’s heavy and I hate worrying about appropriate anchoring for such heavy items.
So, instead of using actual metal, I created a faux weathered metal look via paint. What’s more, is I didn’t even use wood, I used paper! That’s right, poster and foam boards create the base of this light, providing me with a super lightweight light that looks just like the real thing but cost less than $20 and only took a few hours to make. Click through for instructions!