April 26, 2012

✥ Easy Restoration Hardware Subway Sign "95th" Knock Off ✥

Life has been kinda busy- you know, with having to read the whole Hunger Games series on top of real life commitments! So this week will be an easy peasy little project! Good news is- it will be easy peasy for you guys too, if you plan to make your own!!

Back when Z had a real office, ahem- before the living in the condo-ness- I had a bunch of black frames up in there. Since then, they've lived in a box in storage. When I saw this subway art on the Restoration Hardware site I knew my frame was a dead ringer for theirs! Perfect! 
Well, almost perfect, see theirs is ginormous. Like 8 feet tall or something. So, I guess mine is the "mini-me" version of their awesomeness! 
Buuut, mine was almost free since I had the frame on-hand. Even new it was less than 10 bucks at Walmart {of all places} The subway art print cost me 10 cents {seriously, 10 cents!} to print up at Staples. Just tell'em you want an engineering print. They can print just about any size you'd like! 

HOW TO: I used the background for my one of my other knock offs, for Z Gallerie subway art. In that post you can see how, using Microsoft Publisher, I make the background look like it has some dimension. Then you pick a few fonts and add the names. E. Z.
I made mine an homage to Boston. I grew up in the suburbs there, and I'll always love that area! This one took almost no time at all- super doable project. By using a little creativity with Word you could make an exact duplicate- if you wanted to!

What do you guys think? Not too shabby for a 10 minute project, no? Beside, I hadn't made myself any "art" in awhile- and it felt good to get back in the saddle. Thanks for reading!

26 comments:

  1. that looks so good! you are so good at knock offs!

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  2. It's funny how I like your projects better than the original almost all of the time! You are so crazy talented!

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  3. Gotta love a good knock off! This is super cute!

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  4. Another fabulous idea!! Love your mini me version!

    And I've got to read the Hunger Games series - saw the first movie but my girls have read the books. Gotta catch up!
    Kelly

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  5. I love this one as well as the large one you did last year. When you say "take it to Staples" do you take it on a flash drive, SD card, or make a print yourself and have it blown up by Staples?

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  6. WOW!!! Great tutorial Becca! You are one talented ckickie! Looks phenomenal! Hubs and I went to Boston for our honeymoon (we did a road trip to Toronto, Boston and through Maine) - we had so much fun there!!! It's one of our fave cities that we have visited.
    Heather

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  7. Becca-you just amaze me with your awesomeness-loving this on, sistah!
    Stop by and kink up this weekend if you get a sec:)

    xxx
    Kim@Too Much Time

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  8. Becca,

    Seriously. .10? Can you print as large as you want? Like poster size? I am totally pinning this ASAP....and then running to Office Depot to see if they have engineering prints. You always have the best ideas!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  9. I think {like everything you do} that it is awesome! I love RH but the prices are always outside of my budget. Your mini-version is beautiful!

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  10. Easy and awesome! I'm trying to decide if I can make giant subway art for our dining room (like 4'x4'),and you give me so much motivation!

    You are quite possibly, the queen of Z Gallerie, Restoration Hardware knockoffs.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  11. Great Knockoff it looks fantastic! I'm now a follower!

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  12. It turned out great! You did a wonderful job. I love how it looks.

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  13. Hey just stopping by to say hello! We live just north of Boston! Great job!

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  14. Hello, your signs are beautiful! They look super lovely in your decor settings too

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  15. This turned out awesome! Great tips! I found your link on House of Hepworth's link party. I would love for you to post this on my link party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Followed over from Funky Junk to see the subway art. I have been collecting different ideas for a piece and love this one. Thanks for the tutorial. I am your newest follower and will definitely be back.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  17. I love subway art and you made this piece easy, good-looking, and inexpensive,plus personal. Why spend the hours on painting canvas when you can just print and frame. You have inspired me!

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  18. I love this!! Seriously LOVEEE this! We have done something similar on a dresser but so ready to try some wall art! Great job!!!

    -Jacque@theDIYvillage.com

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  19. Really beautiful, I am a new reader, and going to have fun checking out your projects. Thank you for the post! :) Tanya

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  20. I think my next subway art project will be printed, not stickers/vinyl like the one I made before. Great job! Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays.

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  21. Becca, The subway art turned out wonderful and I can't believe it took such a short time to make. Thanks for linking to the OHP this week.

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  22. You have done a fabulous job. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. I just adore your style! I am so glad I am a follower :)
    Have a blessed day!
    -Molly
    thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

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