Showing posts with label Knock Off. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Knock Off. Show all posts

July 23, 2014

Huckleberry Love: ∙Pottery Barn Inspired∙ Fabric Wall Art

Hey you guys! This is Lydia, one of the ladies behind Huckleberry Love, and I am so excited to be contributing again here at FromG2B! We are having such a great time sharing our ideas with you and we are so thankful to Becca for having us!

Recently, I have been transforming my oldest daughter's room into her "Big Girl" room. We decided on a palette of blues, pinks and greens and I am having so much fun decorating with her. She gets so excited about the projects and her favorite one of all is this project I'm sharing with you today. 

July 20, 2014

DIY RH Eye Chart Hack

Now, ever peruse around your favorite stores and think to yourself... hmmm... that is just too much. Ever follow that thought up with, I wonder if I can do that on my own? Well, that hmmm... moment happened to me when I saw this piece at Restaration Hardware "E" Eye Chart, which sells for a mere $345 to 595! Aye!

July 13, 2014

Archives: Anthro Hack Faux Zinc Letters

A blast from the past- one of my favorite hacks- it's an easy knock off anyone could do, with a quick impact. 

I scoured shelf after shelf in search the cardboard letters needed to make this DIY. Tragically, the letters for "Merry Christmas" had already been taken.

May 4, 2014

DIY ▴World Market▴ White Standing Figure

Paper mache figures have been popping up all ver the place, like RH Baby, Anthro and World Market. Sometimes they're affordable, while others times, well...not-so-much. But you can actually personalize your own paper mache animals with just a few materials and a little bit of time.

April 21, 2014

▪Anthro▪ Tassel Trace Pillow [Hack]

Anthro Tassel Trace Pillow [Hack]

I'm watching Bridget Jones as I'm writing this. What in the heck does it mean to, "ponce"? I have never heard of that, but they keep saying it to each other. Anyway, I love to watch a good movie, snuggled up to my man and, right now, I'm resting on my new knock off pillow. You could buy any old pillow from the store if you like, but here's the thing, you never know how good a pillow is until you lay your aching head upon it. And you've got to worry about it coordinating with your space and all that. You know what I mean? Now with that said, read on for the pillows of comfort and relish in my joy as you see how I made these cozy little treats unique and color coordinated. 

February 24, 2014

DIY Restoration Hardware Chalkboard Roller Map

Aten-hut! All blogger-readers stand at attention! Orient your eyes at the military chalkboard below. You will read the following post and execute instructions with military precision. Dismissed. I've always wanted to wear a uniform and shout instructions. Just kidding.

February 4, 2014

Faux Bois -Every Day I Love You- Sign

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the love projects are piling up around my ears. I'm not talking about pink and red tacky decor that you want to take down the moment the big day has passed, this one purely the good stuff- decor that will work every time of year but is perfect for right now!

September 30, 2013

[Pottery Barn Hack] Easy Framed Music Sheet

via From Gardners 2 Bergers

Aloha! When I lived in Hawaii, the locals used to say, "Aloha," all the time. The expression really grew on me and I often used it. It took awhile, but I finally learned that Aloha actually has three separate meanings. You can say, "Aloha," instead of saying, "Hello" when greeting someone. You can say, "Aloha," rather than saying "Good Bye" when you're balling your eyes out and saying farewell to your good friends. You can also say, "Aloha," instead of, "I love you" when you're hugging your Mom.  

July 26, 2013

∙Anthro Hack Wood Cut Wall Art «Free Prints»

via from Gardners 2 Bergers

Guess what I got?!? Go on... GUESS?!?!? I tore through a thousand Cracker Jack boxes and found fake tattoos!!! NOT! But I did find these knock off wood cut wall art!-) As many of you know, I'm like that newspaper kid in "Better Off Dead."

July 13, 2013

[Pottery Barn Hack] Book Page Wall Art

Have you been on the Pottery Barn website lately? I have- and lo and behold, I found they were selling these goodies! There's all sorts of book page art- ranging from 59-199 buckaroos!

June 17, 2013

➷Restoration Hardware Preserved Sea Fan Artwork➹

Ever listen to Mozart's "Der Hölle Rache" or "Queen of the Night?"  I was watching "Amadeus" last night and heard one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard in my life. Watch it here if you like: {here}

The way this music echoed in my mind and rang off my soul made me realize that perfection can be achieved. I think most women want to make their homes as splendid as possible, but I want more than that... I want... no... I demand perfection. 
Of course you know what I mean, right? If you do, this post will resonate with many of you, so I've included this second link, {here}. In my humble opinion, this second video is performed in absolute perfection. The music was so eloquent; I couldn't help but be inspired. 

As many of you know, I lived in Hawaii for six years and I L-O-V-E the ocean. If you haven't been, words won't do it justice, so I'll skip to the point. I wanted something that would make my room perfect and I found these sea fans that I just couldn't stop staring at. So I made several attempts to capture the splendid nature of the ocean, and then I went a step further, I put sharp frames around them to make them, perfect. I know it may not some the glimpse of perfection for many of you, but for me, it carries the simple reminder of what once was with the sharp reality of what now is. Sigh... I wish I was near the rippling blue instead of the waving brown. If any of you think this post deserves the word (perfection) feel free to pass it on. Otherwise, drop back in perhaps in the not so distant future and witness the pursuit I proudly pursue. 

Restoration Hardware sells these one of a kind Perserved Sea Fan Artwork with Grey Mat for $550 a piece, but I made mine for $25. 
Let's save $525 bucks and make ourselves a piece of art that looks exactly like the inspiration piece, what do you say? This project's so easy, you're gonna love it! 

Here's what you need:
➳You can find most of these materials at any craft store. I used Hobby Lobby for this one because they had the gray card stock I wanted. Using a coupon, I think it was 4 bucks. 
➳You should remove the glass from your frames, cut the CARD STOCK to the size of your frame and put it inside your frame.
➳You want to order your sea fans online, I bought mine for less than 15 bucks. It was mostly shipping that ran up that cost. Way, way cheaper than trying to buy them local, at least for me. 
➳1st ➳
You need some serious power to cut off the stem of the sucker, I know because I tried tons of other ways to cut it- scissors, knife, wire cutters, small saw. In the end it was a hacksaw that made an easy job of it. Can you tell how lazy I am that I just kept trying the first tool within hands reach?!

➳2nd ➳ Now, go ahead and prime and paint you fan. I used Krylon to paint mine and it worked pretty well. I tried not to use primer- but quickly learned it was a must for this one. 
➳ 3rd ➳
You need to spray the BACK of the sea fan with spray adhesive. My fans naturally laid flatter on one side over the other- I'm not sure why. So just lay it down on both and pick the flatter one.

Press it down on the mat {which is inside the frame by this point, if you followed along with the directions}. I used a bunch of heavy books to weigh down my sea fan, especially at the stem area.

That's it. So easy- right? 
I think it added a ton toward recreating the look of my high end inspiration, without the feeling of copying something. What have you made perfect this week?

By the way, I revamped my blog and added social media icons. Make sure to follow along on Instagram, G+ FB, that way we can sorta virtually bring you with us when we go to England and Hales in August!!
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June 14, 2012

➷ Restoration Hardware Decoupage Map ▫Knock Off▫ ➹

 You guys know I'm a fan of Restoration Hardware's Map Art- remember these knock offs from a few months ago ?
Well, I was brainstorming a way to get bigger version of this MAP art- but also trying to figure a way to keep costs low. I figured I could use the same tutorial- {which explains on how to blow up a jpeg image of a map and keep the high resolution.}
But also- I could print off INDIVIDUAL color pages and pay per page rather then paying 60+ bucks for one giant color print off.

Which reminded me of this super-sized map art, Decoupage Paris Map, at Restoration Hardware.
They sell a decoupaged reproduction map of Paris for a couple thousand bucks! Crazy!

 Well- if they can mod podge- then so can I.
Here's what you need to recreate the look.

 1] Get your Image: Use this tutorial to get your jpeg images of your map- or whatever else you're blowing up

2] Print'em off: I prefer to print mine off with a laser printer when I'm going to decoupage them. So off to Staples I went. I had them do a couple test sizes- trying to determine how large I could get my map before it got too pixelated- and finally settled on the largest image I could get. 
But you could also go in with specific measurement in mind and that would be easy too.

3] Cut Wood or Canvas: Once I knew how large I could get my map, I had a piece of mdf cut to size.

4]Get you Images Ready: Use a paper cutter to cut off all the excess white boarders on each page
5] Deoupage: Use Mod Podge to decoupage each piece of your map puzzle together. I started in the top corner and worked one at a time. 

Brush mod podge onto your surface, then onto the back of the paper and adhere. Burnish the front of the map- making sure to work out any bubbles.

6] Edges: Either: Wrap the Map around the edges and Mod Podge them down, see where my white arrows are in the above image? That was my overhang.
 or- If your map is too small to do that, you can paint the edges a matching color.

 7] Seal you Map: Use a final coat of Mod Podge to cover the front and seal the work together.
My map ended up being about 3 1/2 feet by 4 1/2 feet- perfect for over the guest bed. Like I mentioned- I wanted it as big as I could get it- without having losing detail via pixelation.

 The placement had me thinking of these pics I had pinned on Pinterest. 
I believe all of these, mine included, are maps of Paris.

The Cost
Color Copies: $12
Mdf: $10 {I purchased a small piece to save money}
Hanging Hardware: $6
I already had: Brush, Mod Podge, Paper Cutter, Paint

 RH sells theirs for $1,700 to $2,450. Super rad savings, right?
But I did go out and buy a special cleat that allows me to hang heavy art on the wall. I don't need this thing falling on my Grandma when she comes for a visit! ;-) I also used the same type of cleat to hang my headboard in this post- in case you'd like to see what it looks like and how it works. Oh yeah- it cost 10 bucks but you can buy it at Hobby Lobby with a coupon and save 40%.

For any of my more nosey readers- I've mentioned a million times how this room has to "do it all" as a sparebedroom/craft room/ office/storage room. Here you can see how close the desk is. Just keeping it real, folks!

May 3, 2012

▫Ballard & RH▫ "Quad" Clock Knock Off

Hey cute friends!  I hope you're not tired of all my copy cat knock offs- cause I have yet another one to share today! I've had this guy saved on my "to do" list for months and months now. It's a retro clock that sells at both Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware! 
Newgate is an English company- and they seem to specialize in vintage looking clocks, that mimic the look of London railway station clocks. Sweet, right?

My knock off is of their "Quad" model- at RH is measures 22 in square and is on "sale" for $279.Isn't she a beaut? I love the old-school charm.

Here's what I did- my mind automatically thought of Ikea's Ribba square frame- to recreate the shape of the clock. It comes in at 20 in square, and also has the deep profile. Similar to the width of the Newgate clock- but also VERY IMPORTANTLY deep enough to house the clock gears.You could use whatever frame you want, but keep that in mind.

Materials: Picture Frame {I used the 20x20 Ikea Ribba Frame} $15
2 Sheets of poster board- $1
2 sheet of Foam Board- $2
Glue- {I used Rubber Cement}
Paintable Caulk
 Primer, Silver Paint, Dark Silver Glaze, Rub n Buff
Ruler & Carpenter's Triangle
Black Marker
Number Stencils- $4
Clock Mechanics Kit - $8
Decorative Nails
Total:  $ 30

This will seem like a lot of steps- but none of them are hard {I promise.}

[1] Prime: You want a good primer if you're using the same frames I did. I wish I would have mixed some chalk paint instead, since Ikea frames are MDF coated in that shiny plastic-y paper. I used some leftover plastic primer- and just in case you were wondering...Kilz will not work and force you to peel all your paint off and start over- not that that happened.  :-(  Make sure to prime the frame and the square spacer insert that comes int he Ribba frame behind the glass.
[2] Cut: Start by recreating the look of the "top" of the clock. To do this, cut a piece of poster board the same size as the top of the frame. Mine was 20 x 20- just like the frame. This will mimic the look of the metal sheet on top of the clock. Cut a piece of foam board two inches smaller in width and height.

[3] Glue & Cut: Center the foam core on the poster board, with the shiny side of the poster board facing the foam board and glue them together. {This way the poster board will absorb less paint.}
Now cut out an opening for both pieces. You want this to be the size you'd like the clock to be. I cut my opening 16 in square.
[4] Caulk: Use the caulk to fill in the gap between the foam core and the poster board- to mimic the look of smooth metal. Try to make the caulk as smooth as possible! It really helps to have a wet finger when dragging it to smooth out the caulk- this also keeps ugly fingerprint lines away.
 [5] Paint: Use some silver acrylic paint, then using white and black paint mix a few slightly different shades. Use a rag to paint them onto the frame, mixing the colors a bit when you apply them. Try to blend them but still allow for different levels of saturation in different areas. 
Paint the inside of the square spacer that came with your frame. 
Then give the poster board/foam board combo the same paint treatment. {More about the paint treatment here.}
*Be very careful not to bend or crease the foam board! This would make your project kinda suck- not that I did this part twice or anything!*

[6] {Optional} Silver Finishes: I use Rub n Buff in spots to give the clock extra sheen and shine. {You can find this info in depth here.} 
Then I finish up with little spots of dark silver glaze {the same silver paint mixed with more black paint and 1:1 ratio of glaze.}

 I think this step helps create the look of imperfections and really mimics the look of metal super well. I like to paint the pieces individually, before they are all put together so the final clock will look like different pieces of metal with scattered imperfections.

[7] Glue: Use rubber cement {or some other multi-surface adhesive} to glue the poster board/ foam board combo to the top of the frame.
And this is what happens when your camera is on the wrong mode- and you only take 1 pic- while you stencil with one hand...
[8] Clock Face: Cut the other piece of poster board to fit inside of the frame. You can use the backer board as a size guide. Using a ruler, a carpenter's triangle, and a black marker start to draw out the face of the clock. I made the outside borders around the face each an inch wide. The carpenter's triangle is perfection to recreating the hash marks found in the inner boarder. 

[9] Stencil: Use number stencils to make the clock face. I filled them in with marker- not paint; it was super easy. Mine are 2 inch numbers and, though I paid for them, you could print some off and cut them out and glue them on or even make your own stencil.

[9] Add Gears: Create a slit in the center of the clock face and insert the clock kit, per the kit's directions. 
Cut the last piece of foam board to the same size as the backer board/ hard board that came on the frame. Then remove a portion of the foam board to allow the clock gears a bit more breathing room.
[10] Compile: Put your frame together in this order: frame, glass, square spacer, poster board clock face, original picture mat, foam board with space removed for clock gears. I used a little spray adhesive to hold the "clock face" to the picture- that way it provides more support to keep the clock working well.

[11] {Optional} Nails: Hammer in a few nails, for purely decorative purposes. We're trying to make it look like these nails hold on the metal sheet {aka poster board} not glue! The inspiration piece has three on each side.

Now hang her up, sit back and admire you work!
Wow! That seems like a lot of steps- but they're easy and fast...just not fast to write them all down!
All in all, coming up with this plan and determining the better way to do it- took me the afternoon. 

Which was nowhere near 300 bucks! In fact, mine came in at 1/10 the cost- 30 dollars!! Shewee- that sure is sweet! This is one of those projects that I just wanted to see IF I could do it, ya know? I feel pretty good about its new home, too. It's hard to decorate with vaulted ceilings; hard to find items the right scale.
I was worried it would look cheap, you know, like poster board and markers or something. But even my critical eye is happy with the finished look.
 I am sure there are a million typos in this post- but it's three in the am- hello! And I want to get this finished before the hubs and I take off for a few well deserved days away! I'll miss you!

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!