This one is for sale at Restoration Hardware for a meer $650. Yes, I said $650. Who has that kind of money to spend on wall decor? Certainly not this stay-at-home mama.
So, a few months back when my friend Courtney at A Thoughtful Place posted a tutorial to create your own sign for less than $40, I was sold.
So pretty Courtney!
I immediately emailed Courtney gushing about how I loved her sign, asking for any tips, and declaring my intention to create my own.
Yeah, that was about 2 months ago. I wish I could say that it took me so long to create one because I lacked the motivation or time to go get the materials. Or, that I just have great intentions but not a lot of follow through. Nope. It took me 2 months to make this project because I kept messing it up (hence the frustrated failure posts). The first time I attempted it, I forgot to trim the 1/8 inch white space off of the sides and while trying to carefully pull the poster off, I ripped it. The second time I attempted it, I accidently got a 22" by 44" poster. The third time I attempted it, Office Max messed up and gave me the wrong size poster. The fourth time I attempted it...it didn't turn out well. There were tons of wrinkles and bubbles and I put the Mod Podge on too thick. The fifth (yes, FIFTH) time I attempted it, I thought it was a fail again...until I had an idea.
See, Mod Podge and I don't get along very well. Have you ever used it?
Don't. No, I'm just kidding. You will probably have great luck with Mod Podge and create amazing projects. Unfortunately, I have a bad reputation with the stuff. So, back to my fifth and final attempt. After sealing the poster on my canvas, I still have really noticable wrinkles and lines. Instead of chucking the whole thing again I decided to take some sandpaper to the wrinkles and make them look like cracks in the sign. Then I sanded the edges of the canvas and made the sign look weathered. VOILA! I had a winner. So, enough with the babbling, here is my final product:
And a closeup of the sanding I did to hide the wrinkles:
You can see how the sign looks like it has white cracks running through it thanks to some sandpaper. So there you have it. My (frustrating) yet successful and cheap subway sign. I wish I had a tutorial for you filled with step-by-step instructions and pictures, but I was so frustrated during the process that I threw that out the window. Thankfully, Courtney did a fabulous job of detailing the process.