Monday, April 25, 2011

I've Got Your Number Pottery Barn Knockoff

So do you remember way back when Pottery Barn had this number canvas in it's catalogs?

 Well I've always loved it and deep down inside I knew I could make it.  I think it was destiny for me to have it because last week while lurking online, I discovered this site and tutorial. 

Isn't it loverly?!!!  Well her tutorial was so thorough that I came out looking like a total genius I tell ya!  Click on the link and see for yourself. 

She's a special education teacher just like me!  Gah!  I love it!  Here's my version of this art.

First I started with a blank canvas that I had bought at Ross for $2.00.  It's 18x24.  Who knew Ross had art supplies?  I stocked up on crap! 

So I took Paisley's advice from her tutorial and I glued pages from an old Puerto Rican phonebook I stole after my last vacation.  What the hell was I going to do with it?  Who knows how my brain works?  I modge podged this by the way. 

After the Modge was dry I covered the whole canvas with a coat of left over hallway paint.  It just so happened to be the right kind of antique-ish white. 

While the paint dried, I took the time to cut some vinyl numbers in various fonts and sizes and placed them like the Potter Barn original.  I of course used my Silhouette but the vinyl was from the dollar store.  After this, I spray painted the whole thing in black.  Then I made it look old by taking painters tape and sticking it here and there and ripping it off.  This gave it a look of wear and tear. 

I love how this came out!! Especially since it took about $3.00 worth of materials to make. 

Nydia 8)

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  1. I love this Nydia! You mentioned that you bought the vinyl at the dollar store. Does this come in sheets? Is there a brand I should be looking for? Thanks!

  2. Hello and thank you. The dollar store vinyl comes in rolls. The one I used is shelf liner. It's black and thinner than your average vinyl so you have to go slow when cutting. I mainly use the cheap stuff on projects where the vinyl doesn't matter. I forget the brand but for a buck I sure got a lot of it. Good luck!

  3. HoH thinks you are fantastic!

    I've featured you at this weeks link party.

    Stop by and grab a button. You so deserve it!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  4. This tuned out so great!! I love it!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

  5. This is AMAZING! Great job! My best friend is having her first baby and really like the idea of alphabet art--I could totally use this approach. Thanks for the inspiration.

    If you get a chance, stop by!

  6. Nydia, this looks so great! I found this post while browsing pinterest and had to check it out! Thanks for linking to my blog. I'm so glad you found some inspiration in what I did. I can't believe you only spent 3 bucks, that's so awesome! Way to go!




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