I’ve been contemplating what to hang over the bed in Chase’s room for a while. I waffled between a picture grouping, poster, or DIY a large sign.
When I was passing through HomeGoods the other day, I stumbled across this large sign that I thought would be perfect. It went with the colors in his room, the shark (which I’ll show later this week) and the price wasn’t bad – $19.99.
- 18 Dazzling Designs Using Paint Sticks
- Wooden Block Signs – Easy Holiday Gifts
- Knockoff Garden District Mirrors Just Like Ballard Designs
Only problem was it was missing a starfish which really wasn’t a problem because I knew I could pop the one on the left off and just leave the one in the middle. But, like any smart shopper knows, if something is defective (even a minor defect) always ask the clerk or manager for a discount. Just by pointing out the obvious and asking for a discount, the clerk marked the sign down by 25% and sold it to me for $15. Do consider when you ask for a discount for a defect, they will most likely consider it an “as-is” piece and a final sale, so be sure it will work because they typically don’t accept returns on these items.
When I got home, I simply popped off the left starfish, picked off the glue and sanded over both missing starfish sections. There is an imprint of the missing starfish but since the piece is already distressed, I thought it added to it’s rustic charm.
The piece had two D-ring hangers on the back on each side of the sign. To hang it, I used a piece of painters tape on the back of the sign and and marked where the nails would go in the hangers.
Next I placed the tape on the wall, using a level to make sure it was level. I hammered nails and picture hangers in the dots I had drawn (you can’t see them in the photo) and then pulled the tape away.
It worked like a charm. The D-ring hangers on the back of the sign fit perfectly into the picture hangers.
The room is coming together. Just a few more projects and we’ll stick a fork in this one before moving on to the next.
Have you ever bought a perfectly good defective item for a discount?