Knock Off Restoration Hardware Art

You all know I would trade my vital organs for Restoration Hardware, right?  Glad we’re clear on that.

Something about that style just pulls me in.  It’s rustic, and quirky, and unique, but traditional, and dark, but neutral and balanced.  I love it.  My eyes could eat it all up.

So far our Restoration Hardware knock offs include: the vintage map, my version of the Versailles chair, and their Slate paint color formula.

I love the idea of gold framed antique documents, like these manuscripts from RH.

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Art

Instead of manuscripts, I wanted my antique documents to be more meaningful.  I wanted them to be Leonardo Da Vinci sketches of flying machines.  I’m a pilot, and aviation is my love song.  Good old Leo puts my feelings in words better than I can:

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” 
-Leonardo Da Vinci

I refered to my post about Engineer Prints, to see the sizes and pricing.  I decided to go with the smallest size of print, 18″ by 24″ for $1.69.  The images I printed are open source on the internet.

I had these frames to fit the prints, which I tagged gold using Krylon Metallic Gold.

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Art

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Art

After the spray paint was dry, it was as easy as putting the picture in and hanging it up.  Quite the easy art project.  On the DIY scale, it’s the level of finger painting.

I wasn’t able to get amazing pictures.  It’s barely light when I leave for work in the morning, and dark when I get home.  The ISO had to be cranked up, so please excuse the noise.  Kthx.

knock off restoration hardware art

knock off restoration hardware art

What’s the very easiest art project you’ve ever done?

Don’t forget to apparate over to Not Just A Housewife to vote for what you think is the Best DIY Project of 2012.  My project made the top 10 list (by some divine miracle!).  It’s number 6, but you should vote for your favorite!

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  • Heather

    I don’t care how easy a DIY is, it’s the actually doing it part that counts. You had to get spray paint out, that’s work. Love it!

    • Kenz

      Hi Heather! haha, you’re right. Getting the spray paint out WAS work! 🙂 Thanks, I love it too.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    That looks really great. And so many great choices on the leo D site that you referenced too. Thanks!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! Isn’t that site great?

  • Nice! I’m keeping this in mind for the quirky/educational-ish gallery wall I am starting to think about thinking about for my dining room. I’m going to pin it and everything so I don’t forget!

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks Gretchen! quirky/educational is awesome! It’s perfect for homeschool 🙂


    two things, I think you just gave me a great idea for valentine’s day…
    secondly, easiest art project I ever did: I got a cheap black frame (18×24) and put colorful (but not too distracting) scrapbook paper in it. voila! dry erase board for my kitchen 🙂 I rarely use it for anything useful like grocery lists… more often than not, there’s a song with the words changed to include my cat (his name is Cole, so it’s easy to do) or something involving the nearest holiday/event 🙂 It’s definitely one of my most favorite projects.

    • Kenz

      Oh that’s an awesome idea! I keep meaning to make a dry erase board for us like that. we have the ugliest dry erase calendars in our kitchen. It is so un-cute. You’ve inspired me!

  • eranfaraway

    Looks splendid! What an inspired idea! Once again, I love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Miss Erin! I wish I could take credit for the inspiration. It’s just me channeling my inner RH. 🙂

  • Tricia SimplicityInTheSouth

    I share your love for RH! I like your rendering more that the original. Voted for ya’ on NJAH! Good luck!

    • Kenz

      Hi Tricia! You have some amazing vintage industrial projects. It was your aged steel cabinet that brought me to your blog! Thanks for voting 🙂

  • Hi, Kenz
    I love what you created. Great art work. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog by the way. I always appreciate you popping over. : ) Have a great weekend.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! Have a great weekend too.

  • Bethany @ The Sepia Puppy

    I like yours better than theirs. 😉 Looks great, as usual you have inspired me!

    • Kenz

      Oh Bethany, you are too kind. Thank you! 🙂

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