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Pottery Barn Sign Knock-off

October 5, 2011 in Building and Repurposing, Gettin' Crafty, Living Room, Wall Decor

Yesterday I showed you my “do what you LOVE what you do” sign. Well, today I wanted to show you another sign that my sister and I tag-teamed.

She saw this Pottery Barn numbered canvas in the Pottery Barn catalog and it was love at first sight. It’s definitely more than made it’s way around the blogger community. Everyone seems to love it and want to make their own versions for their homes!

First thing’s First – Design Layout and Size

For Christy’s sign, she created the design in Microsoft Word and I printed it out on an overhead projector transparency sheet. Click below for a PDF version of the design you can use on YOUR own projects!  (No need in all of us doing the same work over and over again)

Pottery Barn Knock-Off – Numbered Canvas PDF Download

UPDATE – I’ve heard from many of you that the PDF will not open.
Please feel free to email me at and I’ll will send it to you directly!

Page 1 of the link above will show you how she wanted the numbers to run off the edges and Page 2 is the one I actually printed. That way I could just move the projector further back and get the design lined up on the sign just the way she wanted it.   I knew she wanted the sign to be 4 feet wide and just needed to determine how tall the sign would need to be to correctly line up the numbers. So I projected the design on the wall so that the image was 4′ wide and simply measured the height. Done-skies!

Next step – Build the Frame

I made a frame of furring strips and thin “fill-it” strips (explained here). She wanted her boards to be as close together as possible rather than spaced like in my version. I attached the strips with small staples working from the outside edges in. This allowed me to space out a few boards towards the middle to make it look perfectly imperfect. After the frame and strips were all done I gave the sign a single coat of Minwax Dark Walnut. The wood soaked up the stain so quickly so there really wasn’t much excess to wipe off.

Project and Copy the Image

Bad blogger!  I don’t have pictures of the next couple steps, but I think you’ll understand if I talk you through it….

I hung the sign on the wall, lined up my projector and went to work copying the image onto the wood. I used a white chalk marker (like these) to copy the design. I knew Christy was going to paint the numbers white so I thought it would be easier to paint if the lines were white as well.

Transport…. and Learn

My sister lives in Tulsa. I live near St. Louis. Thankfully I have a small SUV so I laid my back seat down flat and put the sign face down in the cargo area. My dogs were also along on the trip so I had to put a flat-pack metal kennel on top of the sign and then tossed on a big fluffy dog bed for the pups to lounge on during the 6 hour drive. Long story short… I should have glued the strips in addition to stapling. When I placed the sign upside down and put weight on it, some of the strips popped loose of the frame. It wasn’t a deal breaker, just meant that Christy had to go back and glue some of them and tap the staples back in.

Paint and Hang

From this point on it’s ALL Christy. She did such a great job painting on the letters. I think she took a couple nights to do it ever so carefully using latex paint. Atta girl Kiki – it looks UH-mazing!

Okay, Okay… enough yappin’ Dana. Get to the point. Here she is!

Isn’t it awesome?! I am totally smitten with it. I think the dark wood and crisp white numbers really pop against that awesome navy wall.

Take note of the round ottoman… yup… she made that – out of a coffee table!  She’s handy, that girl. I tell ya!  Thanks for sharing pics of your room Christy.

…and as always, if you decide to make your own Pottery Barn Sign I would LOVE to see your version!  Send me a link to your post or even email me a photo – craftedniche{at}gmail{dot}com  We can feature them here at CraftedNiche and on Facebook to help get people’s confidence and creativity going!

Big Thanks to Home Stories A2Z for hosting her weekly party!

Be sure to check out all the awesome link parties where I’m linking up this week!

Special thanks to these awesome blogs for featuring our sign!

Home Stories A2Z The Shabby Nest

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do what you LOVE what you do

October 4, 2011 in Bedrooms, Building and Repurposing, Wall Decor

Way back in May ‘The Lettered Cottage’ made an awesome sign for their mantel! I loved the idea. It seemed totally doable… or if your name is Christy you’d probably say “totes” doable. So I pinned it (I heart pinterest) and tucked it away for a rainy day project.
Fast forward about two weeks and I headed off to Lowes to buy the furring strips and thin strips. Game on.

I had a spot in mind for the sign and had already measured to find the width to fit the space. I cut all my strips down to that measurement and then laid them out to decide what sign height felt right….

Yup… I’m busted. Obviously I worked on this sign several months ago… I just hadn’t posted about it here for you yet. Evidence A – the partially sanded table pictured above that is currently staring at me front the kitchen all finished up (seen here).

Once I had the height and width I constructed my frame exactly the same way Lettered Cottage did. Easy as pie. Have I mentioned I don’t really agree with the statement “easy as pie”?  I mean, I’m sure they’ve been saying that phrase for far longer than ready-made pie crusts have been sold in stores. So really, how EASY was pie really when they first started saying it?  Probably not very easy. … but I digress.  Back to the sign!

Here’s a look at the structure from the back:

I built the frame using wood glue, a couple of 2″ brad nails and some wood screws. The slats were then attached using small brad nails. Then I stained the front side. Hindsight – I wish  would have stained the frame BEFORE attaching the slats.  From the front, if you get close you can see that the frame is unfinished. It doesn’t REALLY irk me, but if I thought about it long enough it would. The problem was it was SO hard to get the stain down in between those slats.

Then I broke out my trust $5 yard sale steal-of-a-deal overhead projector. I whipped up my design on the computer, printed it on a transparency sheet and projected it on the sign. This is where I got brave. Rather than trace the letters onto the sign I sat there painting with nothing more than the light of the projector to guide me. Talk about holding your breath!

…and here she is after one coat of Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint:

I wasn’t worried about even coverage because I knew I’d be taking the sanding block to the letters for a distressed finish.

I’m sorry I couldn’t take that photo from further out, but that would have ruined the reveal of my finished bench and some fun lighting. Patience!

If you want the design for your own projects, here’s a PDF you can simply print it off using the link below and get to work!

bedroom sign 5

I made another sign for my sister and will have her snap a photo of it in her gorgeous living room. I was nothing more than grunt work… it was her concept, her design, and her painting. All I did was slap it together.    …………and I think you’ll love it.

…and as always, if you decide to make your own sign I would LOVE to see your version!  Send me a link to your post or even email me a photo – craftedniche{at}gmail{dot}com  Maybe we could start featuring them here at CraftedNiche and on Facebook to get people’s confidence and creativity up!  Don’t be afraid… just jump right in!



Be sure to check out all the awesome link parties where I’ll be linking up this week!

Huge thanks go out to Lines Across My Face for featuring this project!

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Porch Log – Pottery Barn Inspired

August 26, 2011 in Building and Repurposing, Gettin' Crafty, Wall Decor

I was flipping through last Christmas’ Pottery Barn catalog and came across this picture:

I love love LOVE the birch in this photo. I particularly liked the small piece they used to hang the lantern from. Knowing I’d love to do something similar eventually, I ripped out the photo and stashed it in my inspiration binder for safe keeping.

Earlier this year I was walking along the lake at my Mom’s house and happened upon a log that caught my eye. I grabbed it and lugged it back to the house with hopes of doing something similar to this catalog page.

…and without further ado!

This pic was actually taken this spring when I first hung it on the porch. My current vegetation is…well….less than impressive. I’m pretty sure that NOTHING in my yard is green now. Also, I’m working on refinishing that rocking chair so it’s been replaced with last week’s auction finds until they find a new home. Here are a couple more shots:

The hummingbirds are loving me right now. A good friend gave me this feeder as a house warming gift and I hung it up at the first sight of a hummingbird this year. I’m not SOLD on it hanging from the log, but that’s where it is for now… Also, you can see a sneak peek of my new kitchen lighting in this picture. My full kitchen makeover is coming soon!

In this shot you can see that I added simple hook screws to the log. First I hammered a hole with a nail. Then removed the nail and screwed the hook in by hand. The overhead hooks and chain came with the house (score!).

I found the lanterns at a local flea market. I LOVED the blue and thought the small red was too cute to leave behind. The blue one hung perfectly on the log, but I had to add another small hook to the bottom of the log for my lil red guy.

I think for the winter I’ll retire the lanterns inside and find something a bit more Christmasy for the log. I’m also thinking of swapping out the chain for rope. What do you think? Would it be cute or a little too nautical? (If you saw my living room you’d realize I have NOTHING against nautical!)

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