On a trip to IKEA last year, I snatched up a spare cabinet door in the clearance section. I always seem to leave that store with a few scrap pieces in my cart. I can’t help it! At $2 it’s a bargain, and I love using scrap pieces of cabinets, shelves, entertainment centers, etc. to create some unique artwork for my home. Today I’m going to share with you how I made this awesome Repurposed Valentine Marquee Sign for, you guessed it…Valentine’s Day!
The cabinet door was pretty boring to start with, but I was able to remedy that pretty quickly. I had purchased some globe LED lights on clearance at Target after the holidays with the intention of making a marquee sign, so when inspiration hit I was ready! For this project I used some chalk paint I had on hand, the IKEA cabinet door, the string of globe lights and a 3/4 inch drilling bit.
This project really was pretty simple. I started out by unscrewing the bulbs and placing them on the cabinet door to determine the placement I wanted. Since there was no way to evenly place 25 bulbs, I chose to go with 22 bulbs for my project. I marked where I wanted them on the cabinet door, then headed over to my neighbor’s house for assistance. Yes, I decided to complete this project while my husband was away on business, so I was so happy that my wonderful neighbor, Rick was ready to help me! He helped me drill the 22 holes needed for this project. A 3/4 inch drill bit was needed so the base of the bulbs would fit through the wood.
Once the holes were drilled, I used some wood filler to fill in a couple of spots that needed attention before painting the door with the Folk Art Home Decor white chalk paint I had on hand. Every Valentine sign needs a heart, so I drew a heart in the middle and painted it red. Once the sign was dry, it was easy to assemble.
I pushed the base of each light through the hole in the wood, then screwed the bulbs on tight. It was a perfect, snug fit. I then used electrical tape to adhere the light cord to the back of the sign so the cord would remain hidden. That’s it!
Check out this beauty all lit up! I think it looks just lovely. I know I made this Repurposed Valentine Marquee Sign for Valentine’s Day, but I think it will look perfect in my home office year round. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my latest project for Valentine’s Day! I hope it has inspired you to find something around you home to repurpose into a beautiful piece of art today. If not, just head to the nearest IKEA clearance section. $2 later you’ll be well on your way to creating a Repurposed Valentine Marquee Sign of your own!
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