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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pottery Barn Knock-Off for $0!

Hello bloggy friends!

I was so stoked about this project when I first saw it & knew I needed to have it. I first stumbled across it on the Pottery Barn website, but filed it on the back burner. I wasn't quite ready to make any large art yet with all the furniture makeovers I had going on, but I was in love. Fast forward to this summer when I was itching to get away from the big stuff & hit up some pretty wall art.

 I was browsing through some blogs being a looky loo at all the latest & greatest when I came upon Jennifer over at Paisley Pink Polka Dots, who happened to have done this exact knock-off. You can find her tutorial here. {She has moved to another blog spot but she is planning on leaving this one up for awhile so go check out all the other great stuff she has over there!}
Anyway, when I saw this on her site it reminded me that I had filed it in my archives & I was super excited to finally give it a go. I searched my files until I located it & read what I had written. Side note: When I file away an idea I like I usually make some annotations as to how I would like to go about it. I typically write down what colors, materials, size etc. I like because with as many ideas as I have it can be easy to forget when I finally do get around to doing it.

I knew when I made this I wanted it to be from wood & I wanted it to be large. Like, takin' up a wall kind of large. I love numbers, which is ironic because I can't tolerate math, or maybe I just don't like math because I'm no good at it. Either way, I love this sign & it was high time I owned one. I have no idea what PB charged for this but you can bet it was a pretty penny. I was going to make it all for $0.

If you choose to make one for yourself it will depend on what you use & what you already have on hand, but it truly is an inexpensive knock-off either way. I had some 1/4 inch scrap plywood in the garage that I had Mr. Rendition cut down to 3' x 3' & then I sprayed it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White. This is when I discovered that Rustoleum just wasn't for me. If you love Rustoleum, don't hate me here. {I can hear you cursing at me through the computer} Maybe I just never got the hang of spraying it correctly, but it seems to come out so darn thick. I had bought 4 cans so I did end up using it all up, & it never got any better. I'm the kind of girl that likes my coats very thin & layered. No matter how far away or how lightly I pressed the nozzle, too much was coming out for my taste. I should have never been unfaithful to Krylon.*Sigh*
Sprayed, dried, & ready to go
After giving it two coats of white & letting it dry I took it inside & begin to figure out the font & size of my numbers. I decided on Century Schoolbook and varied my sizes. I printed them out & cut out the numbers. I taped them to the board & lightly traced around them. I did not place any of my numbers sideways like in the original PB version. I know it looks cool, but for whatever reason it would have driven me nuts. Besides, I think it looks just as good like this :)
The 8 is still taped to the board but all the other #'s have been traced
I've decided to switch up the color pallet in our home from a mocha color to a cool grey. I wanted a punch of color in my sign so I knew black & white was out and decided on a deep grey & yellow. I had been considering this color combination for our master bedroom for awhile and thought this would be a good way to see them interact on the wall. Besides, if I didn't like them I could always paint over it. The layers of paint would just give the piece more of a vintage, layered feel.

Once I decided on the colors, I just put the board on a card table & painted while we watched a movie. It took about two hours to get it all painted. I painted 2 coats on it making sure the first covered everything & the second coat I just kind of slapped on there.
Painting & watching a movie
2 coats of each color & ready for some distressing
I waited until the next day to finish the board up & give it a good distressing. I get really impatient sometimes but I have found my signs always distress easier if I give the paint at least 12 hours to dry. I used some 60 grit sandpaper & really sanded the heck out of it.The plywood was pretty smooth, but it did happen to have some small ripples & grooves in it that showed up quite nicely once I started sanding. I try to save my rough boards for projects where I know I want the end result to be heavily distressed.
In this pic you can get a good idea of the 'ripples' & 'grooves' 
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for glazing because brown would give me an authentic 'vintage' vibe but I also really like the look I achieve when I use a black glaze. I decided to go with black since I wanted the end result to be a little more 'edgy' and cool & not so warm. I just mixed up some black licorice craft paint with some water & slapped it all over the board.
It's very hard to get the exact color to show up here but this is pretty close
Lovin' how it turned out!
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and now I have a new piece of art...for free! I have to say what I love more than anything about DIY'ing is being able to tweak & customize something you fall in love with & making it all your own.This is just another perfect example of that!
I believe I'm getting the hang of this blog. There are so many great tutorials being shared by others it really aids in the learning process. I will be trying to figure out how to link up to some parties this week so I can spread out a little & meet some of the crazy talented ladies out there.
Until next time!


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