Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PB Teen Peace Wall Light Knock-Off

  I don't know about you, but I often see home decor that I KNOW I can make myself for a fraction of what it costs to buy in the store.  In fact, it is always my goal to keep the costs down.
A few months ago, my oldest daughter was looking through the PB Teen catalog with me and saw THIS light
Photo from PB Teen
She has been totally obsessed with peace signs lately.  She wanted one so badly for her new room.  So, I told her I'd make her one, because I sure as H..E..double hockey sticks wasn't going to buy one for a cool $149.00!!
  It cost me about $6.00 dollars to make because I had most of the 'ingredients' to make one.  It would probably cost about $10.00-$15.00 from scratch.
  I simply took a decorator table top (like the one below) that I had from my college days and cut out the peace sign openings with a jig saw.  I knew someday I was going to use that table top for something creative!  Being a pack rat pays off sometimes!! :)

  After I cut out the image, I sanded it down with a little sandpaper.  I then primed and painted it.  For an added bonus, I used chalkboard paint.  I thought that would be fun for her and her friends!  After the paint was dry, I flipped it over and added a picture hook for hanging and some battery operated LED Christmas lights.  You could very easily use a lamp kit with a small night light type bulb or plug-in Christmas lights.  I prefer this way because I'm not a fan of exposed cords, plus I was planning to hang it above my daughter's bed and felt like it could be a hazard.  I'm paranoid like that!  I let me daughter pick out the lights.  She went for the multi- color lights.  I, of course, would've used white lights.  She's 8, so I totally get her decision! :)
This was a really cheap and easy project! 

Here is the breakdown:
Table top: FREE
Paint: about $1.00
LED lights: $4.99
Labor: FREE :)
Total savings compared to PB teen: about $143.00
It is a little smaller than the PB model, but big enough for us!Enjoy!!

Thanks to my little sweetie for writing peace, love, craft!!
allie B



Amy C said...

Awesome job on saving $143! And using battery powered Christmas lights, what a great idea. How fun for your daughter!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Way cute!! Good savings too!

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

Very cool blog!

I just found your blog through one of the Wednesday blog hops. Have a great week!!

Amanda @ www.nutritionistreviews.com

Tiff said...

What a neat idea! My daughter would love to have this in her room. Now I just have to find someone with a jigsaw. that's the only tool we don't have. LOL!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Perfect copy--my daughter will adore this! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.


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