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We’ve been “Knocked Off”!

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12.4.11

We’ve had our Ballard Design Inspired-Berry Blossom Print tutorial featured over on Knock Off Decor today! Go check it out. Knock Off Decor features all sorts of inspiring ideas based upon your favorite interior design companies like Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs and restoration hardware to name a few. It’s a great place to get inspired. Some of our favorites are:

Pottery Barn Kids — Bird Art Knockoff

Ballard Designs — Ticket Plaque Knockoff

Horchow Home — Mirrored Writing desk tutorial

…and lots more. Go check them out!

 

Pottery barn kids inspired; Easter yard stake tutorial

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30.3.11

Flipping through the pottery barn kids catalog I saw these adorable little Happy Easter and Egg Hunt signs. There’s nothing like Easter decorating to say HELLO spring! I love the muted spring colors and the vintage hand painted quality. So we decided to make our own version of the inspiring Easter decoration below and sharing the step-by-step how-to for all you DIY’ers  out there that love copy catting Pottery Barn style on a craft store budget.

image via Pottery Barn

Shopping List

4 foot piece 1 x12 Pine Board

Spray Sealer

Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint

Happy Easter Bunny sign

  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Titanium White
  • Sunny Yellow
  • Hydrangea
  • Light Lavender
  • Baby Pink
  • Coffee Latte

Egg Hunt sign

  • Hydrangea
  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Sunny Yellow
  • Titanium White
  • Light Lavender

We started by cutting down our piece of pine into 3 equal pieces 16 inches tall. This will leave you one extra piece left over to save for another project or to make a third sign.

Now paint the entire board Fresh Cut Grass for the Happy Easter sign and Hydrangea for the background. Once dry you’ll want to take some sand paper and rough up the fronts of the boards to expose some raw wood through the paint, giving your background that vintage feel, concentrate on the corners and outside edges where it would have naturally worn over time. Once you’re comfortable with the way it looks, wipe the whole piece down to remove any excess dust that resulted from sanding.

Then it’s time to transfer your drawing onto the boards. I used the sketch (attached at the bottom in pdf) and some carbon paper, laying the pattern onto the board then tracing over the pattern to transfer the design.

Then all that’s left is to fill in the sketch with your paint colors following the paintings as a guide, and finish with a spray coat of sealer. Here’s our finished version:

 

We hung ours on the wall so we added picture hardware to the back. But to use them as yard stakes you can affix stakes to the back of the board with a couple of screws.

So while Pottery Barn’s version cost $49 each for their signs we bought all our supplies for approximately $25 and still had enough wood leftover for 1 extra sign and tons of paint left over for other projects. So if you have a little time this weekend you can totally tackle this project and ring in Spring with a touch of fun!

Click link below for PDF of sketch

Easter Yard Signs sketch

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/easter-yard-stakes/popup/more-views.html

Ballard Designs; Berry Blossom Inspired Tutorial

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08.3.11

Did you ever see a piece of art and thought wow I want that, it’ll look perfect only to look at the price tag and groan. That’s exactly what I did when I saw these two.

I put my thinking cap on and devised a plan to create similar pieces for less. The originals are  Berry Blossom Giclees from Ballard Designs. I love the colors in these prints but with a$369 price tag for two,  I knew they weren’t an option for my budget bathroom makeover.

Below is a shot of the art I created taking inspiration from the prints above. This art project was easy to paint and will add much needed style and color to our budget bathroom reno, I love the way they turned out.

Tools and Materials

2.  8×10 open back frames

2. 8 x 10 Canvas boards

Carbon Paper

Paint Brushes

Paints (outlined below)

Instructions

Step 1. Paint the entire canvas with 2 background coats of a neutral background color. Wait for the background to dry according to the directions on the tube.

Step 2. Using the sketch outline trace over outline with a piece of  graphite transfer paper onto the canvas board. Sketch outline is attached at the bottom of the post.

Step 3. Now we’re all ready to paint. I started with the dots that make up a subtle design of the swirls and leaves. I used the acrylic paint for the background because it dries quickly and allows you to start painting the main part of the picture sooner than if you were to use the water based oils that I used for the rest of the piece. The dots that make up the swirl design were painted Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue to match my newly redecorated room. They are highlighted in blue below:

Step 4 Next up are the dots that make up the subtle leaf design. I painted them in silver acrylic paint. Those dots are highlighted in pink below.

Once all of that dries you can start the main portion of the picture. I’ve created a paint-by-number guide below and 2 paint type options.

Paint Options

I used Winsor & Newton water mixable oil paints for this project which I happened to have  on hand, but you can use any paints you like. I particularly like the idea of using those sample jars of paints  like Martha Stewart’s that Home Depot carries  you can get them in any color, they’re reasonable priced and unlike artist paints there is no mixing required.

Option #1—Artist paints ( I used Winson & Newton water mixable oil paints)

Background—Liquitex Basics, Acrylic Unbleached titanium white

Background Swirl Dots—Newburyportblue by Benjamin Moore (same color I plan to paint my room)

Background Leaf Pattern—Liquitex Metallic Silver

Winsor & Newton Oil Soluable Water paints (according to paint-by-number guide above)

  1. Mix Permanent Sap Green & Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  2. Mix Alizarin Crimson & Magenta
  3. Mixture number 2 plus Titanium White
  4. Dioxazine Purple & Magenta
  5. Permanent Sap Green & White
  6. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna & Titanium White
  7. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna
  8. Raw Sienna & Titanium White
  9. Cadmium Yellow (pale hue)
Option #2  Martha Stewart’s paint samples (no mixing option)

Background—Glass of Milk

Background Swirl Dots—Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue (same color I plan to paint my room)

Background Leaf Pattern—Mirror by Martha Stewart Living

  1. Caper Berry
  2. Beet
  3. Larkspur
  4. Plum Wine
  5. Rhododendron Leaf
  6. Shortbread
  7. Burlap
  8. Toasted Marshmallow
  9. Burl

Tip: While the paint is still wet dry brush the area with some white paint  to add highlights.

Click link below for PDF of sketch
Sketch outline

Happy painting everyone! Please let me know if you tried this and how it turns out.

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

Be my valentine

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13.2.11

Aren’t these the most adorable handmade valentines you’ve ever seen?

I love how they’re so simple, sweet and made with love. I love the added touch of button trimmings. So fun and clever!

They are the creation of Anne Weil over at flax & twine. She offers up a complete tutorial for these one of a kind creations that anyone is sure to know came straight from the heart.

Simply adorable!

Great deck escape, outdoor sectional plans

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26.1.11

There’s a certain time every year that I start to get a bit fidgety. It comes the same time every year after the bustle of the holidays have sufficiently left my memory and the novelty of snow and ice has worn thin.

It’s usually about this time I start to plan some projects and count the weeks till the first sign of Spring in the Northeast. This year I want to start on our deck. It’s the spot we spend the most time during the Spring and Summer . It was probably THE deciding factor on the purchase of this house. I love sitting there in the morning to look out on our view below.

The previous owners were kind enough to leave us some furniture on our deck, but it’s not quite what I envision for ultimate sit, relax, drink a cup of coffee,  read a magazine type lounging space. In my mind I’ve always envisioned something along the lines of the Chesapeake Sectional below from Pottery Barn.

But at around $2,000 for the sectional I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money.  That’s where Ana White comes in. She’s inspired me with her easy to use Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional Plans.  I plan to tweak the plans a bit to some up with a look similar to the Chesapeake Sectional from Pottery Barn by adding back slats.

I’ve done some initial searching around on how to make outdoor cushions once the sectional is complete. While the weather’s still crappy and I can sit inside and make them.  I have to say I was surprised on the price of outdoor foam  It looks to be around $140 for a 4″ x 49″ x 50″ piece of outdoor foam. But I think it’ll pay in the long run when I’m not schlepping the cushions in every night to keep them from getting wet. I still need to do some looking/measuring/figuring before I decide on a final course of action and price out my alternatives.

I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

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