DIY Boston Subway Art

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My Husband and I visited Boston 3 years ago for our 10th wedding anniversary.

It is such a beautiful city and I quickly fell in love with the amazing architecture .

Here are a couple of pictures from our trip.

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I’ve had this lame garden sign lying around for years, I never did use it or put it up because you see I don’t have a garden shed or anything, although I am an avid gardener and own many garden tools. I keep the tools in a messy container in my garage or hung on the wall.

So it was time to reinvent this sign.

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I gave the sign several coats of black chalkboard paint.  I got busy with my Silhouette and cut out several Boston “places” on adhesive vinyl. I arranged them on my freshly painted sign and then gave them another quick coat of black chalkboard paint so that the white that I will use for the lettering will not bleed through.

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For the white I simply used plain acrylic craft paint.

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Once dry I peeled off the vinyl and used a pair of tweezers to get the little circles and triangles loose in some of the letters and numbers.

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Now to distress it with chalk!

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I rubbed the entire sign with white chalk and then wiped off with a dry paper towel.

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Here it is all finished…love it!

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This little sign already has hangers on the back so I can easily hang it on the wall too.

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it’s a nice reminder of our wonderful trip.

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And I cannot wait to visit again someday.

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  1. I love this! So cute and it looks pretty easy to make! Thanks for sharing this! Popping by from “Centerpiece Wednesday”!
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  2. Oh my goodness I want to visit Boston so badly! I love your subway art Sarah…it turned out perfect! XO, Aimee
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  3. love how this turned out. what a great idea to use a sign that you don’t like anymore. so smart. and i’ve always wanted to visit boston – someday!
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  4. Another fabulous project! You come up with the best ideas! I’m still wanting a Silhouette!
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  5. I love it, Sarah – the chalkboard subway art is fabulous!
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  6. This is fabulous. Makes me miss MA even more.
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  7. This is great! Thanks for linking it up at the Pinterest Power Party!!

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  8. Hi Sarah – I just love Boston, it is such a great city! I love your sign and am pinning! Have an awesome week!
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  9. How cool that you turned this into something meaningful to you and your husband. Love it!

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  10. It looks wonderful! And very clever transformation!
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  11. Cute Sign – thanks for your tutorial!
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  12. What a neat sign! I love your inspiration.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  13. The sign looks awesome! Thanks for the detailed directions too!
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  14. you rock! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo
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  15. I hope to visit Boston some day Sarah. Your art is really fun. Great job! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
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  16. LOVE your sign!! I have many fond memories of Boston. Our daughter lived there for about 5 years, and her first apartment was on Newbury Street! Thanks for your inspiration…and thanks for posting some of your photos! They made me smile! And I have a new gift idea for my daughter!

  17. beautiful job! Little Bit
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  18. Love this sign. Thanks for the tutorial!
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  19. This came out fantastic! Very clever!

  20. So cute – I love that you distressed this with chalk! Smart!

  21. Love the sign Sarah! You’d pay big bucks for it in a store. I like the way the last coat of chalk paint created the dividers between the words. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!

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  22. The subway art piece was filled with memories of your trip – makes it so special.
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  23. I love it. It’s a wonderful tribute to the city after all that has happened their today too.

    Thanks for sharing it!
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  24. Love your sign, what a fabulous way to remember a great trip and you did such an amazing job. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty
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  25. Terrific job & so great to reinvent something old instead of just tossing it & buying something new. Thanks for sharing & linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!
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  26. This came out so great. Sarah. What a beautiful way to capture wonderful memories!!
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  27. We have always wanted to visit Boston. Your pictures look awesome!

  28. I really love this technique for a subway art sign…. distressing it with chalk! clever!

    catching you this week!
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  29. Great sign Sarah. I have just got to get one of those Silhouettes! lol I’ve been saying that for a year now. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday I always love seeing your projects.

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  30. We honeymooned in Boston – such a fabulous city! Tragic circumstances the past week though – heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired! I pinned this to our group party pinboard!
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