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Barber Shop Sign Copy Cat Challenge

Entering Sy's Barber Shop Sign @
Creating with the Stars 

It's no secret my favorite party happens once a month.  It's a green light to copy something and hopefully flatter the original creator. In this case I am reproducing an actual antique sign that was sold by a place called American Garage.
C O P Y  C A T  C H A L L E N G E  T I M E
Inspiration Photo
 I've had the sign pinned for awhile to my signs board on Pinterest.  I want to make every single thing pinned on that board.  Like tomorrow.

I aged some bright shiny silver chain by applying several colors of La Craie Paint

 Here is part of the description of the sign....
"in completely original surface and condition with the original iron hanging hooks intact. The City Drug Store was located at 8 East Main Street, Amsterdam NY, and the building is still standing".  

"It had dual entrances; one for gentlemen, the other for ladies. The sign hung so that the Gentlemen's entrance advertised Imported & Domestic Cigars and the Lady's entrance advertised Perfume & Toilet Articles".

Sy's Barber Shop.... perfumes for the Ladies & a hot shave for the Gentlemen

Part of the challenge is taking the copy and making it your own.  I just couldn't advertise ice cream so close to my bathroom scale so I went a different route.

It's a pretty good size sign, largest I've done so far

For those of you who don't know it, I own a vintage building that was once a barber shop.  Sy's Barber Shop to be exact.  Some day when the inside of the building is complete this sign will probably hang in the bathroom there.  But for now it's on the wall by my toilet.

I kindly asked the man with the power tools if he could cut the shape similar to the picture for me.  I used a sample pot of La Craie paint in Wrought Iron that I purchased from the world famous Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage, and like usual my designer paints all get along with each other and the old white is Annie Sloan.  The whole thing was waxed with CeCe Caldwells clear.

Figuring out the size to cut the vinyl with a Cameo Silhouette is math for me and that takes the longest.  I didn't know how to make letters arch and swirl, so I had to paint some by hand.

The sign is replacing a mirror with hooks so it needed to be made with a place to hang my skivvies.  I reused some cabinet knobs, and just brushed old white on the tops to age them.
Bacon $4.49

The original sign didn't have a place to hang anything so I made it my own!

The before.  Pottery Barn Mirror, blah.

After... Barber Shop Vintage
And that silk robe hanging there?  That is not the one I lounge in all day.  Brawn has one in yellow.  They were gifts from one of our Vietnamese exchange students.  Brawn is sooooo not a yellow robe guy, any color robe for that matter.  I don't wear mine either, lets just say the ladies in Vietnam, well they grow 'em a bit smaller there.

Wonder what my UPS man would think of this robe?  It's better than my black Walmart one covered in dog hair.

Thursday I have a fun link party announcement with some other gals and another copy cat.... yup two this time, I copied another blogger.  Will it be you?

This project was linked up by my own little fingers 
to each and every one of the below parties.  

Oh Yeah, linking this up to the Copy Cat Challenge at Debbie Doos
AND the Power of Pinterest Party @Debbie Doos & Fox Hollow Cottage
Saturday Night Special "Hang Ups" @FunkyJunkInteriors 
That DIY Party @DIYShowOff
Make It Party @CraftyScrappyHappy 
Cowgirl Up Party with CedarHillRanch and the girls
Knick of Time Tuesdays @KnickOfTime 
Creatively Tuesday @TheRusticPig 
Mod Mix Monday @ModVintageLife 
Tuesdays Treasures @MyUncommonSliceOfSuburbia 
Budget Decorating Party @CreativeCainCabin 
All Star Block Party @FullCircleCreations 
Show & Share @SouthernLovely 
Open House Party @NoMinimalistHere 
Creative Inspirations Party @EmbracingChange 
Wildly Original Linky @IGottaCreate 
Party Time @36thAvenue 
Transformation Tuesday @TheIronstoneNest 
Be inspired Friday @CommonGround 
Link Party @Redoux 
Fabulously Creative Friday Link Party @JenniferRizzo
Transformation Thursday @TheShabbyCreekCottage 
It's Party Time @Cupcakes&Crinoline 
Make the Scene Monday @AlderberryHill 

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  1. Yours is an improvement on the original! It will be so cool when you can hang it in your old/new building. Skivvies hanger..hee hee!!
    So whatchya gonna do with that PB mirror now?

  2. :D What a cute idea for a bath! You did an AH-mazing job!


  3. I love that sign! I think it's perfect in your bathroom too. I'm so impressed. Yours looks the same as the inspiration photo! You just gave your bathroom loads of personality with that sign.

  4. WOW bliss! that is awesome! you did a beautiful job!!

  5. I have that same sign pinned on Pinterest and hoped to some day make a sign like it - I'm really expired after seeing how great yours turned out!

  6. Wow, that is awesome. You are really good.

  7. Love, love, love your sign!!! You need a pair of red one-piece long johns to hang on one of the hooks. After all this IS Minnesota where it's the norm to see folks shopping at "The Walmart" with their flannel jammie bottoms on under their parkas. Or is it a Range thing?

    Let us know if you're the first stop on the UPS route when you start answering the door in your silk robe. With your hair styled. Ooo la la!

  8. Loved your copy cat and the little bit about the silk robe was icing on the post.

  9. Please just open the dang shop, Bliss.
    If you build it, we will come.

  10. Well done! I feel all groomed and happy just looking at it... At no risk to the nearby scale. ;)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  11. i really love the outcome=)

  12. Usually, I prefer Pottery Barn to just about anything but not in this case. The addition of your knock off sign adds so much character and personality to this wall. I love that Brawn has a yellow robe (wear it or not, it makes me chuckle). I also love that your robe is a display robe. I hope we'll see this hung in your barber shop one day :)

  13. yours is that possible??? Love it!

  14. What the what what what is this? I do believe you will have everything made that you pinned to that board...eventually! Flippen fantastic Bliss, I love it! I love the paint too, I just used that color on our fireplace...not sure if you saw it yet. Thanks as always for joining in on the fun!

  15. I would say you hit a home run with this sign. I love it! I might have to copy you now.

  16. Bacon is $4.49?
    Girl I love your sign! And I love the world famous Fox Hollow too!
    I did notice that robe ;)

  17. Your sign so kicks that Pottery Barn mirror's butt!

    :) Linda

  18. This is so far past a copycat that it's crazy! Love, love, love your sign and robe hanger!

  19. WOW, beautiful sign!!!
    I have the flu but somehow I am awake reading blogs...
    I cracked up laughing here about your remark about the black robe, HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!!!

  20. GREAT, super, fantastic job on this one Bliss! I love every inch of it! You nailed this!

  21. GREAT copycat! I'm pinning it to my "Signs" board! Blessings, Tammy

  22. Awesome copy Bliss!! I love yours more then the inspiration photo! It looks perfect in your bathroom!

  23. OH cool!! I LOVE it! I'm guessing I'll be seeing this all over "blogland" soon :)

  24. Wow! That is really awesome. It looks so authentic and is definitely a conversation piece. Great tutorial. Just found your blog and I am loving it already.

  25. Once again, as I look at your creative works; another fabulous job!!!!!

  26. HOLY SMOKES, BLISS!!! This is freakin' awesome! (Agreement on the ice cream part. HA!) Another reason why I'm jealous of your killer talent! Love it!

  27. Great job on your new sign!! Love, love that you used Sy's name. Love the sign shape too... was Brawn out in his yellow robe and long johns jig sawin' the wood? You're rockin' the Silhouette Bliss... keep it up!

  28. Oh my Bliss ... you are amazing. Love the sign and would love to copy it, but don't think my bathroom has room for it. Looks Great in yours. I am thinking about getting a Cameo Silhouette. Any suggestions?
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  29. OH Bliss...I think this is my favorite you have done (it's hard to be sure because they are all my favorites)'s completely awesome! I'm still "oh my goshing" over it. And...I have a white spa robe (doesn't show dog hair) lol!

  30. This is gorgeous and I love how you cutomized it!

  31. This turned out SO cool! Love it!! I haven't figured out how to curve my letters on my Cameo either, and am looking for a better quality vinyl that will stick. Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time!!

  32. I am in awe. Just dumbfounded in awe. This is the COOLEST sign I have seen around, like ever. If you could mass produce these, Pottery Barn will be knocking on your door. They will be copy you! I love that you added the chain and the hooks from old knobs, it puts the whole thing over the top. Wayyyyy better than the Pottery Barn thingy. Love that silk robe, it will match your silky hair when you condition it and don't blow dry......The UPS man is waiting ;)

    PS I am not speaking to my scale for a while. Why do I even keep that mean thing around?

  33. Bacon $4.49? I want bacon! Oh, sorry, got distracted I love this sign! You did a fantastic job of making ti and of making it your own! Love it! Looking forward to what's up on Thursday! Hugs, Leena

  34. Super fantastic job! I'd hang my skivvies on that anyday! Since you don't sew, send me your yellow robe and I'll make you and Brawn some matching skivvies....that should lather him up good (snort).

  35. You did a great job on the it!

  36. Pottery Barn called and asks that you kindly stop showing them up. Sales are plummeting as women around the world realize they can "do it themselves" and quite ingeniously. We do have to give a congratulatory shout out to your husband, for some of us would never make a sign like that as long as cutting it out was left up to us. Or maybe that's just me. I will have to just relish the fabulous job you did. Bravo and then some!

  37. love the sign!!and I loved Ranger911 red longjohns hanging with the sign...

  38. OMGoodness Bliss, you've done it again! Another awesome project!! You are amazing with your talent.

  39. Damn, you are crafty!

    Skivvie (or would it be skivvy?) hanging has never looked so fine!

    I think it was wise to forget about adding ice cream soda to the sign. If I saw that or the word CAKE anywhere, all it does is inspire me to eat.

    I am taking my time perusing your blog. It's like an addiction and if it's wrong..that's right..I don't wanna be right!

  40. Perfect! Oh my word I am really in love with this sign! It's gorgeous and I love how it's so fitting to the building you own. You are so talented!

  41. Ummmm, I love this sign. A lot. Good choice on removing the ice cream.

    You are officially added to my Google Reader. Yesssssssss!

  42. wow, this is so cool, come link up at the party!!

  43. Love it! I am catching up on all your posts :) I am a bit behind. Sorry ... but I am loving it


  44. Ok. First I need to check out your signs board for inspiration. Second, am I going to have to be jealous all the time now - now that you have a Silhouette?

  45. Man, you did a wonderful job! Totally love everything about it!

    Such a nice visit tonight.

  46. You do awesome work! Looks fantastic!

  47. What a great piece! Perfect details and a great copy. So much more interest than the PB mirror.

  48. I love this sign! You did an amazing job! And I love how you added the place to hang things! Love it all!

  49. You rocked this sign! Love everything about it! I'm off to check out your Pinterest sign board. :) Clydia PS. Thanks for linking up.

  50. I'm so glad to learn I am world famous! How come no one told me? And why am I not rich to go along with it? LOL!! Love that all your paint products get along together so well. hehe. This project is amazing, but I have come to expect that from you! You are always coming up with supremely fabulous projects that make my jaw drop. This is a slight improvement over the PB mirror. (hahahahaha) Totally FABULOUS. It's been BLISSED ;) You sure know how to do it girl :)


  51. I love this!
    Superb job Bliss!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  52. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tomorrow morning!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #61!

  53. The sign is gorgeous!!!! Excellent job!! I love vintage signs.

  54. How did I miss this one Bliss?
    Absolutely amazing as always - love love love it!
    And love the updates to your blog ( and the pretty updated photo!!! )

  55. Love it! Vintage signs are so fun and yours is perfect!Beautiful work, as always, Bliss!

  56. Just found your blog and am loving everything!
    This sign is AMAZING!!!
    Very pinworthy!

  57. LOVE your you sell these? Etsy?

    1. Thanks. I don't sell them, at least not yet. Maybe someday....

  58. Wow! You did a great job on your sign!!!


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