PB Inspired Summer House Sign

Today I’m sharing a fun summer knockoff project. I love this sign from Pottery Barn. It sells for $69, but I knew I could easily make my own.  I just so happened to have a scrap piece of wood in my garage, so my total out-of-pocket for this project was $0! Here’s my version:

PB Inspired Summer House Sign


PB Inspired Summer House Sign


PB Inspired Summer House Sign

I brought in my very first vase of Hydrangeas for the season too! I love them so much. They really remind me of summer.

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What’s that? You want to make a sign too?  Great! Here’s a few tips…

To start, I spray painted my piece of wood black. This is actually chalkboard paint, because it was what I had but any black spray paint will do.  I wanted a bit of black to show through when I sanded.

Summer House Sign 1

Didn’t I do a great job?

Then I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Any off white paint will do.

While my paint was drying, I searched for a font that was similar to the one in the PB sign. I came close, but knew I would have to alter it some.  The font I used was “BatangChe”.  I use paint.NET to create my words and graphics. It’s a free photo editor and I am just comfortable with it. I typed out the words I wanted, to fit one sheet of paper. Then I  reversed them, and went to blockposters.com to make it the size I wanted. You just upload your image  and tell them how many pages wide you want it. It’s that easy. Here is a screen shot:

Blockposters summer house

I wanted mine five pages wide. Perfect. It printed on six because of the borders, but put together, it’s five pages wide:

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Just trim off the borders and tape together:

Summer House Sign 3

You can see how I transfer the printed graphics to my projects here.

Here they are transferred (I was working at night):

Summer House Sign 4

Then I painted them in with acrylic paint.  After a light sanding, I gave it a coat of clear wax. Spray acrylic sealer would work great too.

PB Inspired Summer House SIgn


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We are lucky to be a mile from the ocean and a short walk to the water park, so I really feel like this is our Summer House!

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Did I mention how much I love hydrangeas? Is the plural Hydrangeas or Hydrangea?

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See my hutch in the background?

Annie Sloan Old White Hutch Makeover

That was my very first chalk paint project! It’s ASCP in Old White. It was also one of my first posts! You can see the before here (and see how wordy I was back then). Ah a little trip down memory lane. 🙂

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Guess what’s just to the left in this picture? My kitchen!! I cannot wait to show you what a difference paint has made in there! You can see the progress on it here if you missed it. Today I was working on my window treatments. It’s coming together!

This sign was my Get Your DIY on project. In case you missed the memo, our theme for this Sunday’s party is “Knockoff Projects”.

Here’s what my awesome co-hosts knocked off:

Knockoff Projects Get Your DIY On

Pottery Barn Inspired Rope-wrapped Mirrors House by Hoff

Ralph Lauren-Inspired Gold Striped Pillow Just a Girl and Her Blog

Pottery Barn Inspired Wall Art   The Hankful House

Pottery Barn Knockoff Succulent Arrangement The Happy Housie


The fun starts this Sunday, June 1st at 7:00pm EST. Come link up your favorite knockoff projects or just come by to get inspired!

 I can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the party!

One last peek at my Summer sign…

Pottery Barn Inspired Summer House Sign



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  1. Beautiful job, Christy! Even with the transfer, I can’t believe you painted in those letters by hand! so awesome!! And I can’t wait to see the big reveal of your kitchen! Have a great weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  2. Love this sign Christy- and it fits perfect there. Thanks for the tutorial on how you do your letters. I need to try that!

  3. I love your sign! It sets the perfect tone for summer to start at the beach!! Thanks for sharing how you scale your graphics too…that’s always the challenging part for me:)

  4. Sherri Smith says:

    I am loving your version way more. Not sure if its the font or just that your’s is handmade verses the store made look; either way I really like yours! Oh yes, Hydrangea s are my favorite!!!

    Hope your weekend is SUPER BLESSED…


  5. Looks great, Christy! I can think of about 20 spots I’d like to hang a sign like that in my house! 😉

  6. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. What a great knock-off and you have a BEAUTIFUL dining room! I love that you can make something so amazing for such little money! Kudos to you!

  8. Fabulous Christy!! I love this – definitely pinning and I just might have to copy you (or pottery barn?!?).

  9. Love the sign, love the hutch…

    Now…kitchen!! 🙂


  10. Love your sign Christy!! I feel the same way..with the water just down the road! We are lucky to live in “summer” homes all year long, right!? 😉
    And….lol…I totally did not think your other post was wordy at all! But I’m with ya! I go back and read some of mine and cringe. ha

  11. Love all your projects. Definitely inspires me to make more things on my own instead of buying them. Thanks for the inspiration.


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