Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Back to the subway

One day while shopping in Marshalls/Home Goods, my daughter spotted a piece of subway art that made her heart sing. Upon examining the piece, I noted several problems.

1. The piece was navy blue & white. Not exactly a perfect match with her bedroom we've been redecorating.
2. The cost was $50.00. Not that that's a huge sum, but I could think of quite a few things I'd rather spend $50.00 on.
3. The piece was rather large...at least a good 4 feet high. My daughter's bedroom has sloped ceilings so this would have looked bizarre at best.

Of course, she was not happy with my assessments. Then she asked me a question. You probably know the question I'm speaking of..."Couldn't you make one for me?"

Aaah yes. I have made one piece of subway art in the past. I love my fall subway art. Granted I know the time involved to make it was great, but I couldn't resist her. Of course, I would make it for her, in purple & much smaller.

So, I refreshed my memory of how I pulled this off last time, gathered my materials & got to work.

Anyone wanna help me cut out each & every individual letter? What? No? I didn't think so.

I had a whole lot of trouble this time around. Some spray paint got under the contact paper which didn't stick too well. Once I peeled off the contact paper, the purple lettering (from when I spray painted the canvas) appeared black instead of purple. Can I scream now?

I was ready to throw the whole thing away. Then as a last ditch effort, I took a paint brush & handpainted over each letter in a lighter purple. I ended up getting a two-tone effect that I kinda like. It's not perfect, but then again I suppose it isn't meant to be perfect anyway.

My first completed project of the summer! I've got a few more coming, all in mid-progress right now. I can't wait to finish & share with you.

I'm going to link this up at Kim's blog, Savvy Southern Style, for Wow Us Wednesdays. (Not that I've wowed any of you with subway art, but why not join in anyway? lol)

I'd also like to link this up to AndieJay's blog Crayon Freckles for Tip Toe Thru Tuesday.

On a different note, my son has to have a tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy on Thursday. Mom is more worried than son, of course. I just wanted to give you a heads up if I don't get around to visiting you right away. I'll try my best though. See you soon!


Welcome! I'm Gina. Like the header says, this blog is all about home, food and life..


  1. I love this idea. We're in the process of starting to update Baby Bee's room and this is such a great idea! She's entered those tween years! Pink and green and floral are not cutting it for her anymore.

    And also, you've given me a great idea. I just rearranged my living room and I have a big gaping hole I need to fill in. I think I might try this idea on a door to fill the gap. Great inspiration!

  2. Oh dear! I meant to also say I hope your son's procedure goes well.

  3. Good luck with your son.
    I like your subway art. I bought a canvas to make one months ago and it never happened. It does look like alot of work. I love what your says.

  4. i need to make myself one of these, love it!!! and all the best to your son, lots of popsicles and jello.

  5. The sign looks great, hope all goes well for your son.

  6. I love your cool art! Much better handmade than paying $50! Excellent job!

  7. Gina, WOW what a good job... much better than $50.00.


  8. WOW Gina!! That turned out fantastic and I LOVE the sayings on it:) Best wishes to your son and (((HUGS))) for Mama too!! Hope he recovers quickly...summer is NO time for nonsense like that:)

  9. Oh!My!Goodness!Gravies! This is absolutely adorable!! You are totally talented!! I Love This!!!

  10. It turned out awesome Gina. I bet your daughter love, love, loved it! I have a subway sign on my list of projects to do this summer too...But I can't start it until the other projects are done!!! I've got to hurry!!! :-)

    Hugs and Kisses,

  11. Oh wow love this :)


  12. Great project Gina!! You did good! I will be thinking about your son on Thurs...one of my boys had tonsils removed, and one just had adnoids removed,,,,a number of years ago now. I know your guy will be just fine!! Take care!

  13. How cute, Gina! I bet your daughter is very happy with it. :D

    Sending thought and prayers your way tomorrow.

    Ricki Jill

  14. Wow! Yours turned out absolutely amazing! I've been wanting to make one, too! I even have the wood, now I have some inspiration!

  15. That is just too cool! I've wanted to try this but wasn't sure...maybe I will now. BNice job, Gina.
    Oh, and so glad you stopped by the other day!
    Blessings, L

  16. you craft and you learn, right? despite the struggle making it, i LOVE the way it turned out! the variated purple color makes it look great!

    thanks so much for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!


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