Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pottery Barn Copy Cat

When I got my Pottery Barn catalog, I saw this and LOVED it! I thought it would be perfect in our little school area. But you know, Pottery Barn isn't in my price range.

Today, I was checking out all of the blogs I love and I saw this. Couldn't believe it! So I had to try it. I ran out to Lowe's to get what I needed. I decided to scale it down a little. I bought a 2x2 piece of wood. I have no idea what kind of wood it is, but it's nice and smooth and only cost around $3.50 (give or take a few cents).

I painted it ivory and drew my squares.
And instead of painting the letters, because I'm a lazy bum... I printed them out and cut the circles as best I could. (FREE FONT)
I used an all purpose glue that I had laying around to glue the letters to the wood. It's made by Elmers but it's in the garage and yes, I'm still a lazy bum and not going to get it to tell you the exact name. Doesn't matter though, does it?
It's not exactly like the Pottery Barn one but I still LOVE it!
Next, I mixed a little stain with my Mod Podge. I tested this out on a piece of paper before hand and it didn't do anything crazy so I went with it.
I used the mixture on the letters and went around the circles. And dripped a little stain onto the board by accident. :X
THEN, I used a paint brush to trace my squares with Golden Oak stain. I let that sit a minute and used the brush again to stain the whole piece.
I'm hoping to wake up with it still looking like this, but dry. I really hope that mixing Mod Podge with stain was an OKAY idea. LOL

Jarrett is going to make me a frame soon too. I'm not in any hurry for it though. It looks super cool like it is.

When I get my school area done I'll take a pic of this on the wall. If you decide to make one, send me a link!! I want to see. :D

I'm adding this to Make Your Monday. I've been checking out this blog for 3 or 4 weeks. I'm loving it. You've gotta check it out!!!

19 comments:

Shell said...

Looks great! :D Even if you're a cheater. hehe

Barbie said...

I love it, you did a fantastic job on it and besides you gave it YOUR own touch and its awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

I love it!!

HeathahLee said...

You and Susie both amaze me!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Sue did this project too. Your's looks great too!

Manuela

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, it looks great. I have been looking at that same art piece in the catalog too.

Happy Nester said...

I love this idea. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Poppy said...

Oh wow, I loved it when I saw it in PB catalog, too. I thought, surely someone could make that! And you did it!!! Great job:)

Twice Remembered said...

I am just in awe of this project! It looks exactly like the PB version! How did your stain mixed with modge podge turn out? You did an excellent job - two thumbs up!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

That looks great!

Cheri Peoples said...

You did a great job. I have a new party (3 weeks old), the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT, and would love for you to come take a look and enter some projects.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Sheri said...

Looks great!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

You did a great job! Susie Harris

Olive Rue said...

Oh my goodness. I think I'm gonna have to totally steal that idea. It looks great.

Donna said...

I'm new here - just found your blog! AND - I just printed my letters off - what a great idea - love it!!

Kim said...

Wow, that is stunning! I love that you made it from just a few things that were pretty much around your house.

Michelle @ The Fab Faux, LLC said...

Could you share with me how you printed the letters so big? I went to the site and downloaded them but it only says "The Quick Brown Fox" in the larger Type keys font. How did you get the whole alphabet that big to print? I can't figure it out.
Thanks so much....
Michelle

dunfordorama said...

Michelle -
save the file to your "fonts" folder under Control Panel.
then open word and select it as a font.
HTH
J

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