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DIY PROJECT PARADE and Valspar Giveaway

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It’s time for the DIY Project Parade and I can’t wait to see what’s been keeping you busy. Have a touch of spring fever? Easter is right around the corner and it’s not too soon to decorate. This week, when reviewing Valspar‘s new line of spray paint, I created a faux-chocolate centerpiece to welcome spring.

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  • Scrap wood (mine is 1 x 5 1/2 x 17)
  • Scrap trim
  • Thin wooden letters spelling “chocolate” (found at craft store)
  • wood glue (Gorilla Glue)
  • Valspar Spray Paint (color:  gloss/roasted coffee…but it’s the perfect ‘chocolate’ brown)
  • 2 thrift store bunnies

how to make a faux chocolate bar sign

1. Sand the edges of scrap 1×4. (I sanded after I glued everything together but I recommend this being the first step.)

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2. Using a miter saw, I cut the thin trim pieces to create a 3D border on my piece of scrap wood (lightly sand cut edges).

cutting wood trim with a miter saw for a diy wood sign

3. Glue border and letters spelling ‘chocolate’ and let dry.

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4. Spray paint the faux ‘chocolate bar’ and thrift store bunnies and allow to dry. I start with spraying the bottoms and/or backsides then spray what’s seen (the top/the front) last.

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 I love this paint! Fast drying, no drips and no sore trigger finger. The “roasted coffee gloss” looks just like chocolate, doesn’t it? Perfect!

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The ‘chocolate’ bar might make a re-appearance at Halloween or for a birthday party accent too.

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Looks good enough to eat, right?

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I’ll be watching for teeth marks in my Easter decor!  {caution: do not eat!}

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Valspar is giving away 2 cans of Valspar Spray Paint to one lucky DIY Show Off reader (I’ll share giveaway opportunities on Tuesday, 3/6). Freshen up something old for spring. You’ll LOVE this stuff! Giveaway starts today and ends Saturday, March 10th at noon EST. DUE TO SITE BEING DOWN, GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, 3/13 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced in next week’s DIY Project Parade. Open to US residents age 18+ only.

  • Mandatory: Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about spring.
  • Optional entry: “Like” Valspar on Facebook and check out the Valspar Power in Color giveaway going on there now! More paint!
  • Optional entry: Check out the new timeline at DIY Show Off on Facebook.
  • Optional entry: Leave a comment for each way you share this giveaway:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, blog.
  • More entries: Starting Tuesday, visit my friends on the following links this week for more chances to win. Leave a comment for each giveaway you’ve entered for another chance here. (I’ll remind you!)
    Now that you’ve entered the giveaway, let’s see what you’ve been up to!
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    1. You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link:

    2. Your post must be recent, shared at one DIY Project Parade only (not continuously) and be DIY related.

    3. Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
    4. Or email your link to and I will add it for you.
    5. If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.
    6.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.
    7.  Visit a few other links to make some friends and to collect some creative inspiration!

    *Winners of the Lucky Linky Follower giveaways have been announced and winners notified by email:  Week 4, Week 3, Week 2, Week 1

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