Have you seen this Pottery Barn Typewriter Art? It’s from last fall’s Pottery Barn catalog, and I absolutely love it…but $349?! You’ve got to be kidding me! Luckily, I came across a post on Proper Prim where Mya managed to do a very good knock-off of the typewriter art for way less. Back in June when I borrowed a friend’s Cricut, I cut the letters out of scrap vinyl. The letters are the hard part — everything else is easy.
I happened to have a scrap piece of paneling that was 34×29, and I decided that would work (mostly because I didn’t feel like making any cuts). I “dry brushed” (I think that’s the right term…basically I just wiped most of the paint off of the brush before I painted) a few coats of BM Ballet White (because that’s what I had), then with a tiny little bit of the paint from my bathroom vanity. After that, I wiped the whole thing with a coat of stain….I don’t even remember what color; whatever I had on hand.
I divided the dimensions of the board into 6 equal parts and used a brown colored pencil to draw lines to make the squares, then I traced some sort of can or jar (I don’t remember what…whatever I had in my recycling that day) to make the circles.
I stuck the vinyl letters in the middle of each circle, then painted over them with black paint. When it was dry, the vinyl peeled right off, leaving white letters on black backgrounds. The circles around the letters came from dipping a can into white paint, then pressing it down around each letter. I tried not to worry about getting it perfect, and I think it shows…but that’s ok with me.
The frame is the only thing I spent any money on…I just couldn’t find anything around here that would work, so I bought some lattice at Lowes (somewhere in the neighborhood of $15) and stained and cut it to make a frame. I’d tell you how, but I really hacked it together and I’m sure you could come up with something better!
So, here you have it: my $15 knock-off of a $349 original: