Monday, September 7, 2009

I am a Pottery Barn copy-cat (and How To use a projector to make custom artwork)

Of all the Pottery Barn catalogs, PB Teen is my favorite. At least it has been the last few times. Anyway, I saw this decal and immediately thought it would look good in Logan's room, and he loved it. (We are still decorating it.) I wasn't willing to pay $69 for it, so I took matters in my own hands. Here is the PB version:
And here is my version:
I didn't want to paint directly on the wall, so we used an extra piece of wood measuring 24 x 24. Differences from the original: I wanted it to have a distressed look, and Logan wanted it to say "sk8ter" on it. Total cost: $0. I had the wood and paint already.
This is a quick and easy tutorial.
I used plywood because I already had a piece in the garage. It is a very light wood too, so it's easy to hang. They sell them at Home Depot and Lowe's already cut to this size.
I gave it a coat of white house paint.Using my printer, I printed the decal picture onto a transparency. I used my projector to enlarge it to the size of the wood and traced it. I've had my projector for about 5 years and I use it quite often. I bought mine new at Office Max for about $100, but some libraries or even schools loan theirs out. Perhaps you could find one on Craig's List? Anyway, I love having one.
Moving on...
I used craft paint to paint inside the silhouette. It took 2 coats.
I' ve had the glaze forever, but it still works. I mixed it with brown craft paint to distress the back. I also used a brown ink pad as well.
Last, I put in small eye hooks and wire. That's it.
We hung it above his bed. Now that I see it in the photo, I will probably go back and paint the outside edges of the wood black so it doesn't blend into the wall so much.

It was a quick and easy project, and saved me some moola! Now if I could just find him a bed frame...:)

Now head over to Kimba's for more DIY projects, and Kimm's for Trash to Treasure.

25 comments:

Halliehoop said...

Very clever and resourceful. I like yours better!

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Jennifer said...

We did this as teens for our Youth Auditorium at church. It looked great and so does yours!! I love the distressed look to it.

Keeping Up With the Jonses! said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! This is genius and the distressed look is FAB!!

I am going to try it out with another design... I can't wait!!

Beth Anderson said...

I am in such awe of your talents and sharing it all with us. Just love your ideas and the finished products!

Kim's Treasures said...

Very cool! I cut lots of things out of pricey magazines and try to copy them best I can! Love yours!

Michelle said...

This is great. I may just have to find a projector. I hand painted a road on my sons wall and it would be fun to project some cars and things.

Maggie Reno said...

I love Pottery Barn too, but of course I would rarely pay their prices. I wonder if you've thought of using a skateboard on a headboard for his bed? I saw this yesterday and when I saw your post I thought of it. Of course the price is even more outrageous than Pottery Barn, but it looks like it's a possible DIY.

Ruth said...

I love it. What an awesome idea.

Ruth

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow! that is really cool. I like yours better than the PB version! Thanks for sharing with Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I love copying PB stuff--I was in there today getting all kinds of ideas.

Great job on the skater art. Looks great! And for a headboard--try Craigslist. I got one free for my son's room and painted it.

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I love copying PB stuff--I was in there today getting all kinds of ideas.

Great job on the skater art. Looks great! And for a headboard--try Craigslist. I got one free for my son's room and painted it.

adrienne said...

That looks great--and it's free. Ebay has the decals for $25 I believe--FYI.

Goodwill Haunting said...

I like yours better ... and I would leave it like is: the BG blends in w/ wall which makes the skater stand out! Thanks for the tutorial!!

JobandBrittany said...

I started a Goodwill Goodies Party. Come by and enjoy every Wednesday!!

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

That is so cool! Great idea.

Audra said...

I love your version better than PB Teen! What an amazing job, great tutorial.

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Love this! I like it so much better than PB's!! Way to go!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

What a great idea! I have two boys and they always want fat heads and other decals....I will definantly be copying if you don't mind! Thanks for the idea! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

Michelle said...

Love this...you did such a great job!

Happy Thursday!
~Michelle :)
(Treasure the Moment)

Kara said...

What a great idea! I agree with everyone else, yours is much better!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love yours and would love to see it with a black border. This rocks!

The Persimmon Perch said...

Looks great! Awesome for a boys room. I think yours looks better than PB. And I like the Sk8ter addition.

MandyMoo said...

Love a PB knockoff!
Great job :)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very clever and what a great savings. You have my creative wheels turning now, thanks.