So, in April, we went to Pennsylvania and bought all kinds of stuff that I always meant to blog about, but never did. The result is that now these finds are going to popping up in projects all over our house and I’m hoping to share them with you. If you follow me on Instagram (my fave form of social media- I’m @jwgourleygirl), you’ve seen a bunch of these finds over the past week. I’ll probably pop back in shortly with a post showcasing some of the items and where they’re popping up around our house, particularly in our living room.
This post, however, is about the gigantic find we picked up on our way home from Pennsylvania. My grandparents knew that I wanted to stop by Lucketts, but was unable to go to their big Spring Market due to my brother-in-law’s wedding so they pulled over to let me look around. We actually started our foraging (we had 30 minutes or less to shop!) at the antique shop across from Luckett’s. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the store! What first attracted me to it was the giant Beyoncé-the-chicken-esque bird outside. I yelled, “THEY HAVE A BEYONCÉ!” Chris was not amused. Then, I saw GIGANTIC, red marquee letters in the yard! It was amazing! We had started looking for Gs all over the place. They’re surprisingly hard to find. We have accumulated a bunch that are now installed on our game board wall in the living room (coming soon!) and had found a pretty good-sized one in Pennsylvania, but this one takes the cake. (Apologies in advance for how my eyes are closed, but this gives you an example of the sheer magnitude of this G.) Are you ready for this beauty?!
So, yeah. It’s a big G. Almost belly-button height. The back is hollow so, as soon as we got it home, I started planning places to hang it. My preference was to avoid making holes in the G if at all possible. I didn’t feel like drilling through metal or possibly damaging my lovely G if I were to ever use it somewhere else. I decided I wanted it right at the front door. We had a mirror with some key hooks on it. However, we did the board and batten entryway so, no need for the key hooks anymore! I love it when a plan (or random events) comes together!
Here’s the wall when we started.
We started by holding up the G (no pics because it was a two-person job) and drawing lines where the ledges would need to be:
1. right edge of the top of the G where the top ledge needs to end
2. ledge for the middle of the G
3. ledge for the top of the bottom curve of the G (that sounds more confusing than it is!)
4. vertical ledge to keep the side of the G straight
Then, we gathered our supplies. We used 1″ x “4s cut to the flat length of each spot on the G that we wanted to support. Ours ranged from 5″ (the top of the bottom curve) to 17″ (the vertical ledge). We also bought 3 1/2″ corner brackets because they would fit within the 5” depth of the G. We also used our Ryobi one+ drill and some anchors we had on hand.
To attach the brackets to the boards, we used the screws that came in the package of brackets. It was super easy and took maybe 5-10 minutes to get the boards/brackets ready to go.
Then, we started anchoring. I happen to love these anchors because you hammer them in, unscrew the screw, and then hang whatever you’re anchoring. No lie, Chris makes sure they’re set. I get impatient after we start a projects and sometimes skip the safety parts.
Sorry he’s blurry. He doesn’t halt progress for photography.
We started with the ledge in the middle of the G and then did the ledge at the bottom curve. If we hung the G (which we did after every ledge) we could make sure that the ledges were still going to hang as marked.
Next, we did the ledge at the top and then the vertical one, again after re-hanging the G every time to make sure they fit correctly.
If you squint a little and draw an imaginary line connecting the ledges, you can almost see how it looks like a G. 🙂
Once all four ledges were up…we hung the G!!!!!!!!!
Don’t mind that there was a random bag from a baby shower and a bottle of Green Works cleaner underneath this. One corner at a time, literally.
The one problem we noticed is that Big G doesn’t quite fit against the wall at the top. We are planning on getting some blue sticky tack (teacher solutions) to make sure it stays against the wall, but I went in and out slamming the door multiple times that night (purely for research purposes) to make sure that it didn’t fall down. It doesn’t even jiggle. Amazing. You can see the gap a little though so, I’m working on it. I’ll update the post if I ever find the sticky tack. You can see the gap below…but you can also see that I haven’t done anything about the holes/anchors from the mirror. I’ll handle that…later.
This was the morning after (note the decidedly less-yellow picture) and the window for some scale reference to the enormity that is my Big G. I also put some of our old wooden blocks (from Pennsylvania) in the middle of Big G.
And, here’s how he looks today! I stacked some handmade benches (made by my Pa) and “styled” them with my glass head from Pier1, a brass bowl I got thrifting, some flower frogs from various antique stores (most from Pennsylvania), and my bowling trophy from ERA Vintage in Richmond. Oh, and I gave Big G some blocks that say “GOURLEY” and switched the “WELCOME” blocks to the board and batten wall. That way, when visitors come in, they see WELCOME. Hopefully they already know our name. 🙂
We are SUPER in love with Big G and the changes he prompted us to make in our living room. There will be more living room updates in the next few weeks! I’m hoping to have this room legit livable by the time I go back to school this fall!
So, any tips on how to keep Big G closer to the wall? Anyone else ever hung a marquee letter before? Or bought a letter half the size of their body? Let us know!