Sep 13, 2011

Before and After: ...okay just an after.

This project doesn't have a "before"....unless you count an empty frame and some old door plates as a "before". But I don't really. Again, I was totally inspired over at Pinterest.com with old door plates. Take a look at this light made from them. Isn't it fabulous?


Source: pinterest.com via Carly on Pinterest

I knew I had to find some of these and try and make a light myself. Well, thanks to Pinterest, and a good friends suggestion, I ended up at the Habitat for Humanity RE store in Seattle. Let me tell you, this store was F-U-N! I found the door plates - but was disappointed by how expensive they were. It wasn't so much how expensive each one was (the cheapest was $2 - the most expensive $22) but more about how fast it would add up if I got as many as I needed to make my own light. So I decided to be thrifty about it and create my own door plate project.


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I framed a piece of scrapbook paper that is a muted creamy color with a subtle design. It adds just a tiny touch of girly that I like to pair with the antique/industrial look of the door plates. Using glass glue, I then glued the plates right onto the glass! I love the 3D look of it.


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I ended up buying seven door plates all together, but only used four for this art! I know, I know...the rule of using odd numbers of things blah blah. But I don't play by the rules, kids! I thought there was something really clean looking about using just the four different colors that I got (my other three are cream, black, and pale pink). If I do collect more of these over time then I can always take these off and make a light if my little DIY heart desires!


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Loveeeee these so much.


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All together this project cost me $8! I already had the frame, paper, and glue laying around. It was just the cost of the plates. Don't you love a good cheap DIY art piece? Have you visited a Habitat for Humanity RE Store?  They are located ALL over the United States. Click here for locations. It's a super fun store! And the greatest part is that they get new stuff alllll the time. It's fabulous! Check it out and tell them Carly sent you. Just kidding...don't do it. They will look at you like you're nuts cause they have no idea who I am. It just sounded cool to say!


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