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Pottery Barn Inspired Painted Number Canvas Tutorial

18 November 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired;
Painted Number Canvas Tutorial

When I saw this on Pottery Barn's website I knew that it would be perfect for my sister. It's totally her style. It's not for sale through the website anymore, but I can only imagine the price tag on something like this!
Photos from Pottery Barn here.

So, I decided that I should just make my own! I used a 20x16 canvas that I got at a garage sale for $2. I read on Little Blue Boo's blog about mod podging newspaper or phone book pages on your canvas to be able to sand it down at the end, and give it a more rustic and distressed finish.
 Here's what it looked like after it was covered in phone book pages.
 Then, I painted over the whole thing in an antique white acrylic paint. When that was dry I went over that with a bright white acrylic paint. I didn't cover the whole thing, but more in random places to give it a streaky effect.
 Once that was completely dry, I found my center and drew lines in pencil so that I could work in sections. For the numbers I used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl letters. I google searched "Pottery Barn Numbers Canvas Font" just to see if anyone knew which font they were. Lucky for me, Stephanie Lynn over at Under the Table and Dreaming had made a cute mini version and told us what fonts she used to make hers. So, I played around with mine until I liked it the best. I ended up using two fonts: Engravers MT and Century Schoolbook. I typed them into word and then went back and forth between my document and the picture that I had from Pottery Barn to decide which number fit best.
 I kept working in sections to make sure that all of my numbers fit correctly.
After I got all of the numbers places where I wanted them I used my brayer to make sure that all the edges were really stuck well. At this point I was busting at the seams to go spray paint it and see what the finished product would look like! 
I took it outside and gave it two good coats of flat black spray paint. I made sure it was completely dry and then brought it in and peeled away the vinyl letters! Loved it! But I knew I would love it better after I sanded it. I just used a piece of fine grit sandpaper, wrapped it around a block, and really hit the edges and where my phone book pages were a little crinkled.
 I was so super happy with it!
 I had to test it in my house before I gave it to my sister. I thought for a minute that I should just keep it!! :) Just kidding! I love the way the edges look and the crinkles. It really makes it look like a sheet of canvas.

16 comments:

rossandconnieforever November 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

I LOVE this! WOW! I am completely taken back by all the work that went into this. The canvas detail is just so amazing! LOVE IT!

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

Hi hi! I am your newest follower! I love this letter sign you did and I swear I could barely tell the difference between the Pottery Barn one and yours. You are definitely a talented lady!

I would love to have you follow me also. Your artsy opinions are welcome :)

JoLynn November 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Wow! I can't believe my luck!! I have been wanting to attempt reproducing this same thing, but have been hesitant {and lazy} to try it, and then I saw this post! Yours looks fabulous!!! Great job. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Brinkmeyer November 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

That is so cool and modern! I'm thinking that would look great in our newly finished basement. Maybe I'll have to try. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Denise

Red Lipstick November 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

This is so cute. I'm an analyst and it would really give my office some appropriate style!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack November 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

This is a great PB knock off! Love that you did it yourself! I really like this look! Nicely done!
~Michelle

inday_adin November 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

That is really nice. It looks just like the Pottery Barn Numbers Canvas. You did great!

Adin B

Jeanne November 18, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

Totally fabulous project in every way imaginable. love love love.

Jeanne. http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

Lisa November 18, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

Oh my gosh one more project to add to my list! I love this and will totally be doing it with numbers that are special to us. Thanks for sharing. Great tutorial.

Jocelyn November 19, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

Oh My Goodness...I love this and I HAVE to make it!!!!

I am such a Pottery Barn fan and I wanted this but it was way to expensive!!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY DAY!!!

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