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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Restoration Hardware Block Letter Knockoff

Below is a pic of the latest Restoration Hardware Block Letters
from the Baby & Kids Catalog
The typeface style of these letters are fabulous!
~Looove that catalog~

$90 plus shipping for those block letters above the bed!
Price for the wall decor below?
Take a guess....
No, it's not $50...
No, Try again it's not $18...

You guessed it - $6.20!!

I had the letters to spell PARIS just laying around and I have TONS of craft paint! :)

All I had to buy was a short and wide artists canvas from the local discount store.
(The canvas was originally 12.99 but it was on sale for 40% off and then I had an extra 20% off coupon they let me use- Let me tell you, I was smilin' when I walked out of there!)

So, above is the canvas,
and below is after brushing a coat of chocolate brown craft paint on.
(You're gonna want to do 2 coats of this, it doesn't have to be completely solid brown.)

The letter below are what I had laying around,
you aren't going to want to attach the letters until after you finish painting both the letters and the canvas!

Paint the letters in the same way as you paint the canvas.
Add a layer of black craft paint to both. Let some brown show through.

Add a little more brown on to the black.
You will alternate between the black and brown layers a few times. This adds depth to the project.
Easy Peasy cuz you can just add until it is to your liking.

Next, you glue the letters on, (I used hot glue but gorilla glue would hold better for long term because of the weight of the letters.) Then brush a light coat of a grayish tan over the face of the letters. (Keeping in mind that you are always letting some of the previous layers show through) Last of all, lightly brush some black on the edges as shown in the image below. This will fool people into thinking it is professional and gives it a worn look.  

Depending on your preference, you may want to seal it with a clear coat, I did not because I like the dull faded look it has.

So, above was $6.20,
 below is $90 + shipping

I saved $83.80!!
Woo hoo!!

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  1. WOW! That is great. I'm going to try it:) Thanks for showing us how:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  2. Wow, I love it. Very cool idea and even better price.

  3. Very cute and creative!

    I'm your newest follower! ;)

  4. New follower from FFA Friday!

    I would love it if you stopped by and followed me as well!


  5. It looks fab, thanks for sharing

  6. Brilliant!
    Another friday's favorite for sure :-)

  7. nice! gorgeous subtle soothing end result!

    gotta find some big letters around here somewhere!

  8. What a fabulous knock off! I see a trip to Micheal's craft store this weekend. :)


  9. That turned out so fabulous! Wonderful job for a great price! Saw you at French Country Cottage!

  10. I am loving these! What a marvelous job you did!!! So glad you shared them at my FFF party!
    Happy weekend to you!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  11. Love your unique style and I've awarded you with The Versatile Blogger Award ~ take a look:
    I'm also your newest follower. Have a great weekend!!

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  12. Great job, love it! Thanks for joining in on VIF!

  13. What a great sign!!!
    I love what you did!!!
    Oh my gosh what a great idea!

    Sometimes I wonder who Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie think they are!!

    I just became your latest follower and I'm off to explore your blog!
    I would love it you stopped by sometime!

  14. Nice work ~ I am a big sign lover!

  15. Wow, that turned out great... and so easy! I'm feauturing you on my Flaunt it Friday Features, please stop by and grab a button if you'd like. Thanks for linking my party! :)

  16. Love it!! What a great knock off. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  17. Great tutorial and always love black and brown together. thanks for sharing

  18. I LOVE this!! What a great knockoff- I just love it! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  19. That's gorgeous and oh so simple! My kind of project!

  20. This is fabulous! I love all of your paint layers - it really makes a big difference!

  21. I love this!! Now... what word will I make?... hmmm... thanks for the inspiration and thanks RH too!


  22. That is SO COOL! I'd love to try this for my little boys' room! I love what you did! Great idea, great savings!

  23. very cool, you did a great job. I would love for you to share this at my party on Weds.

  24. Great knock-off, love them and that you spelled out Paris! Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  25. Wow! This is super cool and the price is fanstatic!

  26. Just found your blog and so glad I did! This is outstanding...and, of course the price is right. I love letters, signs and numbers. You did a fab job on this!

  27. P.S. I'm a new follower too! I look forward to getting to know you better. Stop by and say hi when you can ~


  28. This turned out awesome! I love the color, and the big, chunky letters, and , of course, the price!

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  30. Hi K. Loved your Paris sign, thanks for the inspiration :)

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