Thursday, October 13, 2011

USA Pallet Map - Boy's Room Decor

The other weekend I was shopping at Michael’s with my 40% coupon burning a hole in my pocket.  I know it’s always a good idea to grab some type of project supplies on the weekends with their big coupons, but I had an itch to get something for a new fun project.  That’s when I spied this:

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And got the idea for this:

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The poster was originally $12 or something, and with my 40% discount brought the total down to about $7!
I instantly knew it’d be perfect for my sons room which is {semi} decorated in a vintage-car theme and I loved the license plates. {I actually want to change a lot to his room, but that’s a whole different chapter}.

I always happen to have lots of extra pallet wood just laying around in my garage and had enough good pieces to put together a big “canvas board” and made this:

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The overall size was slightly longer in length than the poster and slightly taller so it created a nice “border” around the poster.  Once I got the piece assembled I gave it a good sanding using 120 grit sandpaper both back and front with emphasis on the sides since this was going in my son’s room I took the extra pre-caution to eliminate any splintering of the pallet wood.

Next was time to “glue” the poster to the pallet canvas which I used mod podge to do so.

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First I used a foam brush to layer on mod podge directly to the pallets, then I laid the poster down and did a layer of mod podge directly on the poster. 

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Next to give the illusion the poster wasn’t actually a poster, I used an x-acto knife and cut the poster along each pallet pieces.  This helps break up the picture and actually make it look like it was painted onto the wood.  Next I went and watched an hour worth of TV patiently waited for the mod podge and poster to fully dry.

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Next I wanted the poster to blend in so I used an off-white color paint and painted the edges of the pallet pieces and onto the poster.  I followed along the cuts of the poster in between each pallet pieces also. 

After everything was completely dry, I used two D rings attached to the back support pieces to hang it above J’s bed.

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Brand new wall art for his room for a grand total of $7 and some change.  I happen to have the pallet wood, paint, mod podge, paint brush and D ring’s all on hand so the only cost was the original poster.

Once I showed my bestie my newest project she immediately asked if I’d make one for her house… with a poster of Johnny Depp Winking smile

I hope to slowly make some changes I really would like to do in J’s room to make it more cohesive… right now just feels like it’s decorated in spurts.  I am thinking of doing a faux chair railing with paint to help break up the dark blue walls… feels overwhelming.  I also think the piece is hung a bit too high… the beauty of hanging massive wall art by yourself {it can’t always end up perfect}.

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46 comments :

  1. how clever my friend!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  2. Really like this one! You have a good eye for fun projects.

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  3. Pam you're amazing!!!!!

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  4. Are you kidding me with this stuff...you amaze me and I am hard to amaze. :) Alix aka Glamma

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  5. That is so cool! Great job, girl!

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  6. That looks fabulous. I have been toying around with some ideas for art for my house and I might just have to copy this one. Can't wait to see what you do to the room.

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  7. Very cool. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm dying! You are a genius!! It is SO SO beyond cool!

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  9. That is darn cute! What a fun idea!
    Holly
    504 Main

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  10. That is awesome! I love it. So creative! Didn't know they sold posters like that.

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  11. Genius, genius, genius! Love the wall color, too!

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  12. Well done! My boy would love to have one in his room.

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  13. Love it! I wish I always had a stack of pallet wood laying around in my garage! Great job, looks vintage! Can't wait to see what else you do with the room.

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  14. That looks amazing! I had no idea it was a poster, was thinking "why didn't she just take a pic of it to copy instead of buying it!!"
    It totally looks vintage - and now I am racking my brains trying to think of a girly version for my daughter's room! Love it;)

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  15. Girl....this is awesome!!!! I've been eyeing something like this for my baby boys room. Love it!!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  16. I love how you transformed that poster! It looks like a piece of art now - so cool! Thanks for inspiring!

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  17. Looks Great! I recently turned a michael's poster into canvas wall art for my son's room! Ours was the solar system. I love the faux / white paint trick.

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  18. stopping over from tip junkie - this is so great!

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  19. LOVVEEEE this! Amazing job---stopping by from tip junkie!

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  20. How creative! I just decided to do my daughters room in a map theme. I may have to try this. Maybe make it a little more girly though :)
    Visiting from Tip Junkies link party.
    -Mackenzie @ www.fridaynightdatenight.blogspot.com

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  21. How creative! I just decided to decorate my little girls room with a map theme. I may have to try this...but maybe make a little more girly :)
    Visiting from Tip Junkie's link party
    -Mackenzie @ www.fridaynightdatenight.blogspot.com

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  22. Great idea! Such a cute end product. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. SOOOOOO Clever! I love this! I wish I had this for my sons room! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Looks Awesome! Gotta love those 40% coupons! I'm following you now :)

    When you get the chance I'd love if you stopped by and checked out my blog!

    jamie@sewrockin.com

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  25. SUCH a great idea. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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  26. You, lady, are absolutely amazing! It looks even better than the original one. LOVE IT!

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  27. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/pallet-map/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  28. Great job! I love this idea & I too always have wood pallets laying around!

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  29. I've been so busy at work lately and haven’t been able to keep up with my google reader and man it looks like I've missed some amazing projects! I love this piece so much!

    It came out amazing and it really does look like it's been painted onto the wood :) If I ever get some free time back in my life I really want to try a project like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. That is FANTASTIC! Nicely done. Thanks for the inspiration. ;-)

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  31. This is awesome! I've always wanted one of these art pieces, and this looks just as good for a fraction of the cost!

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  32. I just spotted this on Pinterest and I'm totally in love with it! I can't wait to make one for my son's room. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. I saw this via Mod Podge Rocks. Very impressive!! I have been collecting license plates forever to do something like this and your way looks soooo much easier and it might get done before my son lives in his own home! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. This is great! I am a new follower! :)

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  35. LOVE this! Great job and thank you for the instructions. I'm a new follower and I found you via http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com/

    Thank you and I'll check back often. ~Alicia

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  36. Wow! I think I saw a pallet in my neighborhood. This is a great idea. Thanks B

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  37. Thank you for sharing this! I am going to do this same idea with a picture of my son that I LOVE! I never would have known how to do this (or thought of it!)

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  38. Okay...I'm a bit slow on the uptake...ha ha! I just saw this and HAD to pin it!! And yes, I did refer back to your blog. I blog on redstarroost @blogspot.com but you are a totally different level! Very creative...

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