Remember I showed you an ampersand project I had planned in this post?
Well, that project is now done, too.
This was my inspiration. It comes from "Edie's Lab" on etsy.com.
I fell in love with this charming, little ampersand the moment I saw it. I knew I wanted one for our living room. The problem was that it was only 12" tall. That size wasn't going to cut it. I needed it bigger. Like double the size bigger. So I decided to replicate, enlarge, and hope I could actually pull it off.
Here's what I started with.
A 2'x4' sheet of 3/4" birch plywood. We picked it up at Lowe's for just over $18.
I enlarged and printed out a template for the giant ampersand.
It measures 23.5" h x 29" w.
I traced it onto my plywood, had the hubby trim off the excess with a circular saw, and then it was ready to be cut out.
I used a jigsaw (thanks, mom & dad!) to cut out my ampersand. You should have seen me - I'm sure it was quite the sight. I had one foot, up on the table holding the plywood in place, while hunched over, carefully jigging along my traced outline. I almost asked Travis to take a picture so you could see how ridiculous I looked, but decided against it. ;) Oh, but I do think the jigsaw is my new favorite tool. I'm already trying to figure out what else I can make (using the left over plywood).
After finishing with the jigsaw, I gave every surface a light sanding.
Then it was ready for primer and paint.
Two coats of primer, 2 coats of white paint ("du jour" - same as on the bookshelf) - ready for the details and a little color.
I used an X-acto knife to cut my template, and then traced out the interior details of the ampersand.
After some very patient painting, I was finally able to step back and admire my newest favorite piece of art.
I really, really love it.
I toyed with the idea of using a darker color, like a teal or gray, but I'm pleased that I decided to keep it light and neutral. It stands out just enough over the fireplace.
And the cost? Just the price of that sheet of plywood (which I have left overs of). So maybe about $14 for the ampersand itself. I used leftover house paint; overall project cost was minimal.
I feel so accomplished in completing this project, and the bookshelf.
Small successes, before tackling the ever-looming kitchen cabinets, were just what I needed.