Many bloggers out there have duplicated this numbers canvas from Pottery Barn.

Image courtesy of Pottery Barn

Fortunately that means I got plenty of info on how to make my own :) It’s discontinued now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have it in my living room. I mostly used this super detailed and helpful tutorial from Simply Sarah. First I designed the canvas in Paint Shop Pro with our anniversary and birthdays.

I decided to just free hand the numbers instead of trying to blow up my design to the 30×40 canvas size. If you’re not artistically inclined, you can follow Sarah’s method of printing it on multiple 8 1/2×11 pages and piecing it together. It turns out that the free-handing allowed me to be a little more creative and I completely changed the arrangement from what I designed. *sigh*

Using unbleached titanium with accents of titanium white, I filled in the numbers.

Using raw umber, I filled in the background. I painted the edges as well, wrapping the numbers where they “fell off” the edge.

Once it was dry, I hung it over our couch.

It’s not perfect (freehand, remember?!), but I do really love it. It works perfectly with my new more neutral living room. I was so happy to get rid of that blue and green flower print that hung there for almost 4 years! Would you ever try one of these? If you have, do share!

Update: I’ve entered this in the Knock It Off Contest at Seven Thirty Three, please vote for me starting February 13th!

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29 Responses

  1. Kassi

    I LOVE that you free handed the design!!! That really makes it YOUR own creation! And what a perfect choice in using your birthdays and anniversary!

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  2. Jennifer

    Very very cool! I’m so impressed that you freehanded that! I just signed up to be your newest follower. I’m a new blogger, I’d love if you’d stop by and maybe return the favor. Take care, can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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  3. Nicole

    HI! I’m your newest follower. I just stumbled onto your site and I love it. You are very creative and I cannot wait to see what else you will inspire me to make.

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  4. SimplySarah

    First off, THANK YOU so much for linking to my tutorial of this. I really appreciate it. Secondly, I love you freehand job. Turned out great!

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  5. Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home

    This is just fabulous! You did a wonderful job, especially for free-handing it! I’m so envious that you did such a good job! I would love to make something like this… maybe with letters, instead. Thanks for the great tutorial and idea!

    Loves,
    Jamie

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  6. Kayla

    I just wanted to say that I.LOVE.THIS! And I love your blog…seriously I just spent probably over an hour scrolling through it. Great stuff! I’m your newest follower!

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