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Friday, December 10, 2010

Pottery-Barn Inspired Noel Wall Art

In case you missed my guest-post on Lil Luna last week, here it is!

If you're anything like me, you have Pottery-Barn taste on a garage-sale budget. So when I saw this fabulous bit of word art a few weeks back, I immediately knew I would have to recreate it.

Here is Pottery Barn's version, for, like, a million dollars:



Here is my version, almost twice as big, and for less than $20!



First I gathered my letters. These ones are from Joann's. I got the huge paper mache ones they sell because I knew I was putting it in our living room with the vaulted ceiling. They're about two feet tall each.



 I got each letter for $4.99 with coupons, except for the N which had a little damage.



So they gave me that one for 75% off. $2.50! Score! The damage doesn't show a bit. To stick the letters together, I knew I had to use my trusty E-6000 glue, which takes 24 hours to cure, and has to have something applying pressure to it to hold it in place for that time. Since I have the patience of a flea that was not going to work. Instead, I first applied the E-6000,


and then squeezed hot glue inbetween the E-6000 globs. The hot glue dried immediately and held it together while the other stuff dried. This way I could keep right on working!


Next is my favorite part- the spray paint. Pottery Barn's wall art has a hand-pounded bronze finish. To mimic that, I used Rust-oleum's Hammered Finish Bronze.

                    


It gives it a cool metal-y looking sheen and texture. And the texture hides imperfections, like in the top of my 'N'.



All done! As soon as the paint dried I plopped it up on the shelf and the glue cured as it was displayed. Multi-tasking decoration!

65 comments:

  1. VERY AWESOME! I will have to try something like this for my mantle! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. This is gorgeous. Love the knock-off! That spray paint is amazing.

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  3. it looks great! nice and cheap too!

    hollyostler@live.com
    http://holly-closetomyheart.blogspot.com/

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  4. Such a great idea! And I think it looks even better than the PB version! :0)

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  5. Looks fabulous.....I like your paint treatment better!

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  6. This is soooo cool!I love the cheap way you did it and it looks so good. Thanks for the great idea!

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  7. I love typography and this project is fantastic. Thanks for the tip!

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  8. This makes you my crafting Yoda. Love it.

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  9. I did the same thing, only I used chipboard letters that were smaller. I love the paint you used; I may have to paint over mine with that. It's lovely!

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  10. These knock-offs are all over blogland right now but I love yours the best!Thanks for sharing it with us:)
    Sarah

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  11. I have wanted to do a knock off of these so badly! Yours turned out fabulous!

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  12. Stopping by via FJI to tip my hat for this wonderful knock off! I have been eyeballing the PB Christmas items since they first came out and this was on my list! Great job!

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  13. I love it. I did the same thing. Same JoAnn's letters, same paint even! Found you throught the TT&J party. Great minds think alike, so I am a new follower : )

    Check out my NOEL sign @ http://cowtownkc.blogspot.com/2010/11/pottery-barn-knock-off-noel-sign.html

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  14. Very impressed. VERY. I had no idea those huge letters even existed, so I'm glad to know that now! Love what you did with them!

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  15. I love that idea and the spray paint you used. Great job!
    http://Alwaysinwonder.com

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  16. love it! and i thought at first you cut them out with a jigsaw. great idea.

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  17. Adorable! I have been dealing with a virus on my computer for a few weeks and missed your posts! Love catching up! Your blog is so inspiring!!

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  18. I love the idea so much I just might steal it, and by "might" I mean I will.

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  19. Yours are better then PB, and i love how huge they are. OH' I so want some, I be my JoAnn's wont have them. Great job! Jen

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  20. Love this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I just love that! What a great project - and so easy too - Genius!

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  22. This is really, really great! It's exactly what I need! I just started a link party on Wednesdays called Waking Wednesdays, and I'd love for you to share! ~ Megan from Wakinglucia.blogspot.com

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  23. I wanted to make these this year as well.. It is good to see how well yours turned out. Maybe I will tackle it next year. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I was going to make this too! I bought the letters and now I just need to find the time :) I do like the paint you used ~ turned out fabulous!

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  25. Wow, I love this! You can't get any cheaper for a knock-off and it's beautiful!

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  26. This is seriously so awesome!!

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  27. Brilliant! (Pun intended) I think I have a can of that in my garage room stash of spray paint. The possibilities are endless, thanks! Happy Holidays!

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  28. Thanks for being a fan of E-6000! I posted this on our new E-6000 fan page on Facebook, too.

    Kelli
    for Eclectic Products, Inc.

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  29. I featured your awesome tutorial here: http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com/2010/12/diy-roundup.html

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  30. Oh my goodness, I love this!!!!!!
    Jeanette

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  31. I never thought of using the letters from Joann's I will be hitting the after Christmas Sales and getting ready for next year with this one! Great Job I love the paint texture and color

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  32. i love the NOEL display! I just recently discovered a love for spray paint, and am always looking for ways to use it! THanks for the tutorial!

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  33. That is so cool. I can't believe how much the paint makes the letters look metal. So easy to do. Great tutorial.

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  34. Wow! That looks amazing. I thought it was metal before reading how you put it together. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Great look! Love the hammered-look spray paint.

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  36. You have done such a wonderful job of this. It looks so effective and far nicer than the Pottery Barn one!

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  37. I LOVE this!! I linked your post up to Christmas I'm Lovin' It Round Up!! thanks again!! http://tidymom.net/2010/im-lovin-it-christmas-round-up/

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  38. You have been featured at CraftOmaniac THANKS SO MUCH! Jen

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  39. Love the idea! Thanks for another fun link up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

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  40. Wowzer--way to go. love it. Thanks for linking up!

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  41. I love to copy anything from Pottery Barn in a less expensive way. It's just the best!!! Love it! Sherron

    Stop by my blog by Jan 3 for a great candle give-a-way

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  42. Brilliant! I am featuring this Thursday at A Crafty Soiree. Thanks for sharing...
    Malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  43. Thank you Jessica for linking up your great projects! I featured you this week.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  44. LOVE this! I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to make one myself. Of course I gave you all the credit. :0)

    http://framefanatic.blogspot.com/2010/12/first-noel.html

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  45. Um, that is awesome. PB taste on a garage sale budget pretty much defines me! :) I've been thoroughly inspired.
    -Jaime

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  46. Wonderful DIY idea!

    Love Pottery Barn, but the unrealistically high prices are laughable. I think they put individual numbers in a hat, pull out three at random, and arrange them in an arbitrary denomination. "Embossed fly-swatter? Hmmmmm---how about----$217!"
    Cathy M.

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    THX!

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  48. Can you please share where you found the little shelf the adorable letters sit upon.

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