Restoration Hardware Subway Art Knock Off.

I love the Restoration Hardware catalog.

I have a dog eared catalog from several years ago just sitting on my coffee table.

I love to peek at it for inspiration.

When I spotted this large framed picture at a garage sale,

 I immediately remembered this framed subway art

Subway Sign Art C Train


but at $550 it was out of the budget.


I think my ugly framed canvas for $1 turned into a great replica, don’t you?

Let me show you how I made it.

Side Note:  It would just be my luck that this canvas I got for a buck is probably one of those Antique Roadshow fab finds.  I probably should have made sure that some rare artist didn’t paint this, but I didn’t.  So if you are an art expert, and this painting is worth like a zillion dollars, don’t tell me. ‘K.

O.k., so first up, I set up saw horses and put this fabulous piece of art on top.  I painted the whole thing cream, frame and all.

Look how nice it looks!

I then taped off around the frame with painters tape and made an outer black frame.

I also painted the inside all black as well.

The hardest part was figuring out how big to make the letters.

I knew I needed some spacing at the top and bottom as well as between each of the letters.

I ran my numbers a few times.

The size will all depend on how big your frame is.

Mine was massive (over four feet tall) so each of my large letters were 8 1/2″ each.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut the vinyl out.

I eyeballed the placement and did my best to center the letters.

 The vinyl transfer paper was super helpful for this project.

I kept my tape measurer handy since I wanted to make sure the sign looked professional and was equally spaced.  I had a 2″ gap between each of the sections.

 This is my finished subway art project.

I really like it.

This project cost me less than $5!

 Much better than the $550 original price tag don’t you think?

I put it up in my entry.

It’s one of the first things you see when you walk in the front door.

What do you think?

Do you love it as much as I do?

Not a bad knock off if I do say so myself!

What do you think?If you like what you see, come visit me at my blog Holy Craft for more inspiration and ideas!

Tutorial: Hearts Display with April at Gingerbread.

Although we have four monthly contributors here at The Southern Institute, I wanted to make sure that there was a place here for more of you to share the space. Once or twice a month, I will continue to invite guests to share their inspirational projects. Today, April is with us and I can’t wait to let her have the “floor”. Take it away, April!

Hello, my name is April and I share my projects over at Gingerbread. I’m a wife, mother and general DIY kinda girl. I am constantly drinking coffee, looking fs and a new project I can start. My motto is “make crazy messes and have big adventures”,  and that pretty much sums up my blog! Today I’m sharing a crafty project that involves my collection of heart shaped rocks. I LOVE hearts. I can remember doodling them in school when I was bored. I could cover an entire page with hearts! Now that I’m a mom I tell my two boys to always be on the lookout for heart shape rocks whenever we are outside. I have a small collection that I thought was going to waste just sitting on my bedroom dresser, so I thought it would be a fun idea to showcase them on canvas so I could actually see and enjoy them.

You will need: >> Heart shaped rocks  (really you could use any rock collection that holds special memories for YOU) >> Various colors of paint >> Hot glue gun >> Plain white canvas (I used a 5×7) >> Paint brush

First I painted both sides of rocks with two coats of paint. Then I hot glued my rocks to my canvas. I used a big dollop of hot glue and pressed from both sides of the canvas until the glue is dry. Some of my rocks were larger than others and I wanted to make sure they didn’t fall off. Haha.

I hope you will come over and say hi! I have a link party called Sweet Saturday for all of your crafty goodness, recipes and DIY projects! Thank you Jenny for letting me come say “hi”, I hope you have a great weekend!

april xoxo