Wednesday, January 13, 2010

~DIY day~

I have always wanted/loved Ballard Designs Pruvost plaque.
However, I could not justify spending almost $300 with shipping.
Therefore, I decided to tackle the project myself.
I have step by step instructions for you, so you can make one as well! Start out with 1x6 pine boards. These are inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store. You will need a router and a biscuit joiner and biscuits. Decide how big you want your plaque and join the pieces of wood together with wood glue and biscuits.
Let dry.
You will have something that looks similar to this.

Next you will need to make a pattern.
I used wrapping paper because it was the only thing big enough.
Tape it to your joined wood.
The next part can be a bit tricky.
Roughly freehand your shape/pattern onto the paper and cut out.


Re-tape to the wood and use a sharpie to outline right onto the wood.
Now you have your shape.


Using a jigsaw cut out the shape .
As you can see, I did mine in my living room because it was pouring rain outside, however I recommend doing it outdoors.
I had quite a mess to clean up!

Once it is cut out,
sand the edges smooth and clean all the dust off.


I had some stain lying around, you can use any
color to match your decor.
Apply 2 coats of stain, letting dry between coats.
I just used a inexpensive foam brush.

While it is drying
{and it takes a while!}
Cut trim for the top.
I had trim laying around in my work shop, you can use whatever you have, or you can buy some decorative moulding.
Paint it a soft green.
I used Wedge wood green because again, it is what I had.

When trim and plaque are both dry use wood glue to glue on trim. Finish nails may be required.
In my case, the glue was enough.


Next you will need to apply the wording.
If you don't feel like your hand is steady enough to freehand, you can use stencils.
Paint the lettering black.

And there you have it!
Because I had all the supplies on hand this project cost me.......
NOTHING!!!

When my husband gets home today I am going to have him hang it in the living room above these 3 pictures!

Good luck!
xoxo

63 comments:

Farmgirl Chaos said...

This looks great! Thanks for the instructions.
Wondering....where did you get the block font with the dots in your biscuit picture? I have seen it all over the place, but haven't found a source yet.
Thanks!

Jackie said...

I love it - and it's really impressive that you made it yourself (and for nothing, is even better!).

Lynda said...

What an amazing job! You are so inspiring. I cannot wait to see your newest masterpiece on the wall. It is going to look great!

Candice said...

Awesome job! Its looks great. The font is very nice.

Get Your Martha On said...

Bee-yoo-ti-ful! But where do the wood biscuits come into play? How are they used in the glueing of the piece? I'm kind of a nimrod when it comes to this stuff. :)

Low Tide High Style said...

WOW! That looks fabulous and thank you for the step by step instructions, even I might be able to manage that!

So if you saved $300 does that mean you get to go buy a new dress and a cute pair of shoes instead?!

Kat :)

FleaMarketTrixie said...

Wow, love it,turned out great!

Kathysue said...

wow! that is really impressive. I love that plaque but alas I would have to purchase it there is no way I could ever do what you just did. I am a bit afraid of tools that can cut anything (fingers) I am a bit of a Klutz, Kathysue

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Great job! I love how this project turned out and the inspiration piece. Isn't it awesome when you can make your own version of something really expensive. I'm still trying to figure out how I can make some leather club chairs...maybe I'll just have to find a steal on Craig's List.

Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

Thank you so much for posting this!! I too have loved this sign, but couldn't justify the money. This would be well worth the work :).

D.

Becca said...

Hey there, I'm a new follower to your blog and just had to comment on this post. I have eyed that Pruvost plaque from Ballards since last summer ... couldn't justify paying $300 for it either, but when they marked it down to $249 this past Fall, I came *this* close to ordering it !! I wish I could follow your wonderful instructions and reproduce it, too, but it'd turn out horrible !! Yours, on the other hand, is better than the original !! Great job !! Take care, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

Angie said...

Melaine!!!!! I have been drooling over this plaque forever!!! I've been watching, waiting and hoping it would go on sale (enough that I would actually be ok buying it) Then about a week ago I thought "I wonder If I could make it?" Can I just say how much I LOVE YOU right now!!! ;) I'm going for it!! Thank you!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Incredible...and nice free-hand work!

Amanda said...

LOVE it!!!

Yuppies Gone Homesteading said...

Love it!!! You make it look so easy too!!

Thank you,
Robin

Debbie said...

I've thought about making this sign too, you did a wonderful job!

Michelle said...

I love it!! It will look beautiful with the pictures.

Donna said...

you are so smart my friend!

Billie said...

I love it! You are AWESOME! I think power tools crave the creativity of a handy lady.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Perfect. I love it. You did a wonderful job and I like it better than the one you wanted. Fabulous. Hugs, Marty

DustyLu said...

OH MY GOSH! you are amazing! love the writing. yours is better than ballards ..lol..lulu

Crystal said...

You did an amazing job. Isn't great to work with wood? I love the biscuit comment, LOL. I am thinking of a few signs I would like to make.
However, I have to get up and remember to heat up the workshop. I am a spur of the moment kind of person, so I need to plan this out. Especially with these temps, lately.
Goal for 2010; make a plan and work the plan :)

Thanks for the inspiration to get off my behind and do something.

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

That is the most amazing do it yourselfer!!

My Yellow House said...

OMG! It looks just the same -fabulous job! Make sure you post it right away when it's up on your wall. By the way, your room looks spectacular!
Sarah
meandmyyellowhouse.blogspot.com

Caroline said...

I LOVE this. Can't wait to try this tutorial. Thanks so much for clear instructions!

Cyndi said...

Wow, great project. I love how it turned out.

sahmqueen said...

Wow, you are really brave to tackle a wood project. I just did my own diy Ballard redo too. Come by sometime.

Lisa said...

Melaine, you rock! This is a beautiful project and with your step by step instructions I feel like I could actually tackle it! I have always loved that Ballard sign.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

U Rock My Dear! Thanks for the info as well.Way to go and a great way to save a buck or 2 with just a lil effort and imagination.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Just one more thing, I think you should buy some white butcher paper and make a pattern and sell it in your Etsy shop! I will be the first to buy it 4 10.00 + shipping.Let me know? Thanks~Kim

Jackie said...

Love it and the price! You did a wonderful Job!

Sherry said...

I have loved that sign from the moment I saw it in the catalog. Yours looks wonderful and I am so very impressed that you made it yourself. I would love to tackle this project but I don't own a skill saw or router nor would I have any idea how to use them.

Fearless Nester said...

That is awesome!! It turned out absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to make something with wood. You are so inspiring! Thank you.

julie said...

ok girl! i didnt know you were so handy with those hardcore tools! it looks great! i so want to copy! thanks for sharing!

LuLu said...

You make everything look sooooo easy! I think if i try this i'd make a huge mess! I love IT so much I want one :)
thanks for the step by step!
xo,
LuLu

Katie said...

You are TOO good! Again, yours looks just as good as Ballard...if not BETTER! :)

Lucy said...

Absolutely fabulous and crazy inspiring...this is what blogs are all about...thanks so much for sharing :)

Judy said...

I love that plaque from Ballards but can't justify the price either. You did a great job and it looks just like the one in the catalog. Can't wait to see it hung up!

Judy

P.S. Can you explain where the biscuits go?

the 30 girl said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with your accomplishment. It looks great and is such a budget-friendly project as well! Thanks for sharing!

Katie

Karina Rigtrup said...

Oh dear!!! I'm so in love...I may just have to attempt this DIY. Do you have any suggestions of where to find stencils, If I free hand that It'll look like poo!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Great job!

Annesphamily said...

What a neat project! You are crafty & I love that font! Thanks for sharing!

junkgarden said...

Um, I hate you! (you know that really means I love you, right?) That is fabulous and your instructions are great. I love trying to reproduce things I see in Ballards and Pottery Barn. I even did a post about this yesterday. Your blog is great and I always look forward to seeing what you are doing.

vignette design said...

I cannot believe you made that sign! It looks just like the one in Ballard which I have been pining for forever. Great job! --Delores

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow. Impressed.

thedomesticfringe said...

I am SO impressed that you did this yourself. It's awesome! I love it. You're very inspiring. Thank you.

-FringeGirl

mrso' said...

I'm so glad you did this! I've been wanting the ballard version forever. I might have to try this too! Great job!

Katy said...

Really really cool, love your version of it just as much as the original. Great job!

kristin said...

gorgeous! so impressive! Thanks for sharing!

elizabeth said...

I can't believe you posted on this -
like so many others I have lusted after this but couldn't justify the price -
now that you have shared the instructions look like my husband will have a new project
thanks so much for sharing
i love your blog

{ L } said...

Wow, absolutely impressed!! This is incredible. Amazing job!

Sami said...

I think you are extremely talented, and you certainly have a terrific sense of style.

But I did take pause when I saw that you created what appears to be a replica of someone else's design. I wish you had changed your design enough to be a homage or a piece that was 'inspired-by'. I feel like such a grinch for saying this, but still, designers should have a right to their designs.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Ok, this is/you are simply BRILLIANT!! Bet you will taking orders soon. I have long admired that sign too, but wouln't spend the $$$. Looking forward to stopping by more often. Glad I found your blog:)

Room to Inspire said...

I have been "eyeing" this for some time - and you have done an amazing job...for free! You ARE simply creative.

Chelsea

Amber said...

LOVE this! It turned out fabulous! And you made it look so easy! Maybe a little too easy? ;) Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing a photo of it hung in it's spot.

Debbie said...

You are unbelievable! I actually have this plaque! You did an outstanding job making it...give yourself a big pat on the back!!

Debora said...

Wow, that is really amazing! I thought the last pictures were from Ballard too!
I have also always wanted Ballard's Pruvost Plaque, but if you think you had to pay a lot for shipping, you can not imagine how much it was for an international order (Brazil, plus taxes).
It has been on my to-do list for a couple of months, but I wasn't confident it could ever look as good as the original piece.
Thank you for inspiring me again!

kim said...

Still waiting for you to show the plaque hanging in your room. You did an amazing job on it. Looks just like the Ballard's one.

mrsatch said...

So glad you commented!! Definitely a project for me! I will be following!

Fanchy said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for the Tute - I'm thinking of trying this. Beautiful Job!!

tks2god said...

One day I was looking and looking for ideas just because it was a creative day and I came across your site and I ended up looking for hours on end, couldnt fidn myself to stop and start a project because everywhere I looked I got more and more insipred!I just love everything you do! Its very creative and outside the box, I also love that you do it all by yourself. None the lease your site is called my sweet savannah, because my name is Savannah, after the movie savannah smiles :] Ill be in touch and looking forward to what comes next!

-Savannah B <3

Savannah said...

One day I was looking and looking for ideas just because it was a creative day and I came across your site and I ended up looking for hours on end, couldnt fidn myself to stop and start a project because everywhere I looked I got more and more insipred!I just love everything you do! Its very creative and outside the box, I also love that you do it all by yourself. None the lease your site is called my sweet savannah, because my name is Savannah, after the movie savannah smiles :] Ill be in touch and looking forward to what comes next!

-Savannah B <3

Anonymous said...

What font did you use? Where can I get the stencils? It looks just like the one from Ballard! WOW

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