Sometimes during the day I have a good amount of spare time and I recently discovered a nice way to spend it!
Browsing through the e-catalogs on Pottery Barn’s website!
My aunt, who is a teacher, used to work part time at Pottery Barn, mainly for the discount! She told me they will send you free catalogs in the mail! 🙂
Of course tons of businesses do this, but it never really crossed my mind until becoming a homeowner. Bring on the cute design catalogs!
As beautiful as Pottery Barn is, they aren’t in my price range for decorating my house (maybe someday!)
But my favorite thing to do is browse through for inspiration, decorating ideas, and less expensive DIY knockoffs!
One day I was browsing though Pottery Barn’s Teen Catalog (still super cute) and found this:
Right away, the little numbered black sign sparked my interest and I wanted to make something similar using the years Jason and I were born.
92 for him and 94 for me
In the picture it looks like the sign and numbers are felt, which would be easy to DIY as well.
I already had some 5′ by 7′ canvas on hand waiting to be used so I decided to use paint instead.
I went into Microsoft word and created my stencil for the numbers. I used Arial font, guessed on the size, and printed it out.
No fancy tools over here!
Luckily my guess on font size was pretty accurate.
Now, if you are a perfectionist or care a whole lot about the outcome of the design, you’ll want to cut out the numbers as carefully as possible and after painting the canvas black, you will also want to trace the letters with a pencil as carefully as possible.
I am not a big perfectionist. I wanted it to look like the idea in my head but it didn’t have to be perfect.
The painter in me already knew how forgiving acrylic paint can be so I knew I could fix uneven lines pretty easily.
So I proceeded perhaps overconfidently and exceedingly sloppily.
Here’s the outcome: Let’s all be thankful I’m not a tattoo artist because those are some wonky lines.. but guess what, paint IS pretty forgiving.
So I planned to use black and white paint, but come to find out my black paint was empty so I ended up using “Gunmetal” as my black and “Pearl White” for my white.
This created an unintentional but pretty metallic effect!
You don’t need to be a perfectionist to craft, sometimes you can even cut corners, and it still turns out pretty good!
Exactly how I pictured it in my head, and it fits in great on the kitchen wall! 🙂
Make sure to check out the blog in the next few weeks, I am making some transformations with paint this weekend and you’ll want to see the before and afters!
Thanks for following along!