Friday, January 21, 2011

Pottery Barn copied me, so I copied them right back!

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you Pottery Barn copied me? LOL!! Well, I decided tit for tat and I was going to use one of their ideas. Well at least part of one of their ideas.

I found a great sign in their catalog. I went online so I could download and share a photo with you, but they cut it out on the online photo. This made me realize the sign isn't even for sale. It is just a piece in a homeowners home. So the pictures you are getting aren't the greatest because I literally snapped the photos right out of the catalog.



It says: "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come"

I was in love with the style and the saying.

Unfortunately I didn't have wood laying around the house like that. I like to use what I have, so I decided to improvise a bit. Yesterday I shared the story about the VINTAGE CABINET that I can't stand. I have decided to use its parts for different projects. For this sign project I decided to use the entire top of the cabinet.



My stencils were larger therefore I had to change the arrangement of the words. In addition I also had to change a few words to fit. I changed "and" to "&" and "singing" to "song".

Here it is pre-distressed and pre-stained. Looks ok, but still a little to perfect.


I took my palm sander out to rough the lettering up a bit. I brushed on a coat of natural Min Wax to draw out the grain in the wood. It is a large piece of wall art measuring 20"x44". Here is the finished product:








I must say I am really pleased with the outcome. I was looking for large unique wall art, and this just kind of fell into my lap...

UPDATE....2 days later.  I have just been informed Birdie at These Moments of Mine that this sign in the Pottery Barn catalog actually comes from SUGARBOODESIGNS. You can see it on their homepage their. I can't find the prices because you have to sign in as a wholesaler, but Birdie is telling me it is $280. Just crazy! I am so liking my $0 price tag better.

Have a great upcoming weekend....

Take care,
Lisa

43 comments:

  1. I'm really impressed by how it turned out. I think yours is much more creative than the Pottery Barn one too! I'm hoping to have an inspiring project to blog about soon. Thanks again for sharing.

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  2. This is freaking AWESOME! I have seen that PB art too and loved it, but yours is HUGE and pretty cool too!

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  3. As always, beautiful job. I love how you use what you have and it always turns out perfect!

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  4. So beautiful! I just love it, even more than the PB one! I would love to have you come and link up to Fantastic Friday at http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com
    Thanks

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  5. Wow, I love this! You are on a creative roll this days and it's so much fun to check in and see what you are up to!
    Jennifer

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  6. I like your version better. Great job.

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  7. This is so much fun...I love the thought and the look. You pulled of the PB feel!

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  8. How beautiful and what a fun piece of original art. I love it!

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  9. Hey Lisa -- I must say I like your "BIG" bold sassy creativity; no matter where the inspiration comes from -- so Kudos -- Where are you hanging this? You have more imagination than Pottery Barn. Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

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  10. Oh my goodness! That sign is to die for. I love, love, love it! I want it. I just ran across your blog. Really like you site. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love this project! And I like that you didn't copy it exactly, it's still uniquely yours! Nicely done. :)

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  12. Lisa, this is just stunning. Love everything about it!! Just like everything you do, I can totally see this in my home. Sigh! PS Come over and follow me again under your new blog name; I think you are still there as your former self, lol.

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  13. Love how big your sign is. It really makes a statement! (Yours is definitely better than PB !)

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  14. Lisa,

    I was just looking at that catalog earlier today and was trying to think of a way to copy that same artwork. I love your idea and how it came out. I'm going to try to scrounge up an old grape tray (we are a BIG raisin growning community where I live in California) and duplicate the saying on that and hang it on my kitchen wall. Oh goodness, my project wish list is growing. I hope I can find (make) the time to do them all. :)

    ~ Robyn

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  15. I love it! Such a pretty saying and you did a great job! Did you free-hand the bird?? awesome! I'm in the process of making my first sign (on a smaller scale for a beginner). I'll show you when it's done of course ;)

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  16. Wow, i really love the way you made this you're own. I am really enjoying your style by the way! New follower here :)

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  17. Just found your blog over at the Funky Junk party and I am loving this! I think yours is even better than the original. :) Can't wait to see what else you come up with now that I am a follower!

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  18. This is great...What a wonderful saying and I love how you made it your own. I definitely think yours is better...Watch for it...yours may find its way to PB next!

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  19. That is gorgeous and better than PB's! I love how you put the bird on yours :)

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  20. OMG! I have been oogling that page in the catalog ever since it arrived! You have done a tremendous remake! Can't wait to see where you put it! So Inspiring! xox

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  21. Hi, I'm here from FJ party! I love when anyone does a diy pb....they are so overpriced!!! I did one as well it's the bookcase! So, ha....pottery barn, take that!!!! lol

    Love your sign, so great!!!

    Cindy

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  22. lisa- it looks awesome!!!! love the details you added, and the slight change of phrase!

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  23. Yes I saw that sign too and as poetic as I thought I was...I cannot for the life of me figure out what it means. Must be 'brain fog'.

    I do LOVE the way your sign turned out and also how you added your special 'Lisa' touches to it!!!

    xo
    ~Kolein

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  24. Amazing job, looks awesome:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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  25. Maybe you copied PB but I must tell you, your sign ROCKS compared to theirs! Love the addition of the wee bird!

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  26. This is so beautiful and I agree with the comment above, WAY better than Pottery Barn!
    Love that saying sooo much!
    New follower :) just love your blog!
    Sarah
    www.thebirdspapaya.blogspot.com
    (p.s. you are SOOO close to 300 followers! congrats!)

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  27. Hey there- this is awesome! I love it ~ what a great little saying and your sign is soooo much cuter than PB!!! Great job Lisa! Thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

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  28. Wow!! This looks awesome! The original piece in the Pottery Barn catalog is actually art from Sugarboo Designs and retails for $280 and up! I love, love, love your knock off though, even better than the original!

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  29. This is so freakin' cute and you did a fantastic job on it. I am sooo impressed!! :)
    xo bj

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  30. I love this saying! I just saw it over the weekend in the catalog! PS..I like yours better..ha!
    Beth

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  31. Lisa, This is adorable! Love the saying and your version looks fantastic. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I'll be featuring this today. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  32. What a fantastic sign!! Your version is a great improvement on the original! Thanks for sharing! I'm now a follower and found you through the "Under the Table and Dreaming" post!

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  33. I am making this same sign on a cippy verticle door. Loved it too. it will be a feature in my own sop...NOT $280. Come by my little place!

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  34. Thanks for linking this up to Fantastic Fridays, I hope that you will come back and link something up this week!

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  35. I love the sign, Lisa. And the saying is adorable! You've got a great looking piece of wall art now.

    Thanks again for linking to the party.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  36. OMJ. That means Oh My Jealous. I love how it turned out!!! Yours is WAYYYYYY better lady!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  37. I've put together a round up of PB inspired projects on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-pb-inspired-projects/

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  38. It is beautiful and the price is definitely better than $280!

    Thanks for entering the Knock It Off contest. Dont' forget to display the contest button so that you don't get disqualified!

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  39. I LOVE your interpretation! I was just looking at this in the catalog yesterday and thinking I wanted to try and copy it, but now I may copy yours instead! I like the little bird silhouette and the bright lettering!

    Kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  40. It's hard to really copy art when most art is based on other people's art. As a artist you are motivated by other people's art and you may be inspired and use parts of other people's art to create your own art. Art is a touchy thing when it comes to ownership of ideas.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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