Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Subway Outdoor Wall Art + Vertical Gardening Update

I have an empty space on the outside of my house that everyone sees. I wanted a fun summer piece to put up there.   Pretty boring, huh?  I liked the idea of a fun piece of summer subway art, but how would I get it to  work outside?  I could mod podge it to a piece of plywood I painted.  That could act as a frame. Then I could spray lots and lots of layers of clear coat to seal it real well.  I thought for the 6.00 to print the subway art, it was worth a try.

I created this summer subway art. The cute little bunting can be found here.  I had it printed at Sam's for 5.96.

You can download a 16x20 copy here:

First I  cut a piece of plywood 18"x22".  I sanded the edges a little and then spray painted it Blue Lagoon.  I sprayed the edges really good and about 11/2" all the way around and then a light coat in the center which wasn't really necessary since it doesn't show.

Next I mod podged the subway art and applied it to the plywood.

Once dry, I sprayed several coats of  Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating over the whole thing.

Once it's dry add a picture hanger to the back and hang.

I also wanted to show you a picture of my Vertical Succulent Gardening project now that it has filled in.  I originally had designed it to hang where I put my subway art, but it was waaaaaaaaaay too heavy to do that. So, I put it on the bench my handy hubby built for me.

You can download a 16x20 copy of the summer subway art here:

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heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Hi Barb

Thanks for visiting my little blog project and leaving such a nice comment about my water feature. I smiled as I read the title to this post - a subway art piece AND a vertical garden on my wish list for this summer. I'll be doing my art a bit differently as it will be a permanent fixture - I'm stencilling the names of all the cities and countries we've visited throughout the years together. Should be fun.

Sarah Jenkins said...

it looks great! I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights: http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/06/tuesdays-tidbits-3.html

Thanks so much!

Tani@Tagana Rose said...

Hi Barb- these all look sooooooo delicious!!!
Thank you for the kind comment on our blog!!

Printabelle said...

What a beautiful porch, I love the poster, it looks so good and is so bright and colorful. Thanks so much for linking, I love to see the lovely ways you spruce up your home!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Sarah, thanks so much for your comment and inviting me to your linky party. I just addeded it. Take care, Barb

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thank you for your comment. I have so much creativity just waiting to bust loose. I'm enjoying accomplishing so many things. Have a great night!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Heather, that sounds awesome. I'm going to follow you so I can see it when it's done. Thanks for your comment! Barb

Carri said...

First you had me at your quote at the top of your blog... I LOVE IT!!
and then your succulent garden is to die for... I am so loving it.. and want to make one so much....you'll have to tell me how you did it. Your summer sign is adorable... Thanks so much for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY....I'm your newest follower...
Thanks again

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

That is such a cute sign. I LOVE the succulent garden! I've added your button to my link page. Have a great weekend!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I love this subway art! So creative to print it and then mod podge it on. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

Meg said...

Love the sign and the succulent garden is stunning.

Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


Claiming Our Space said...

I love this! And your succulent garden is fab. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

Charlie said...

Oh my goodness, your succulent garden is unbelievable! And the Subway Art is so sweet! I saw your link on Serendipity and Spice and thought it was too cute :)

Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

Jessi W said...

Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional! I love the summer subway art, those are awesome things to keep in mind for summer! And the succulent garden looks great!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...


Thank You!! You can find detailed instructions at http://www.secondchancetodream.com/2012/04/vertical-succulent-gardening-tutorial.html. I enjoy linking up to your party. Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...


Thanks so much! I sure do enjoy looking at that over the brown wall. Thanks for a great party!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thank You Jess! I sure do enjoy looking at the fun subway art over the brown wall. :) Have a great day!

Six Sisters said...

Those are SO cute! Love the "late nights and sleeping in!" That's why summertime is the greatest! :) Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

Deanna Ritz said...

This sign is so cute! I love it! I'm your newest bloglovin and twitter follower. I'd love a follow back at gloriouslymade.blogspot.com.
Have a great day,

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