Sunday, August 28, 2011

PotteryBarn "Eschenlohr Probst" Knock-off Sign



Pottery Barn

I have been in love with this sign since I saw it in the potterybarn catalog in July. 
Its not even on their website anymore because its already sold out.  So..
I snapped a photo of my catalog. 
I called PB as soon as this came out to see what it said
  No one at PB knew what it meant,
Nor could they even tell me what the letters on the bottom were. 
They were not in stock so they told me to call back in 10 days.
They sold out of this $999 cast iron sign before they even came in. 
So if anyone has one or knows who has one please let me know what it says.


I started with a piece of wood


I used a bowl to curve the edges and cut with my saw.
I used my overhead projector like I did HERE, HERE, and HERE
I used acrylic craft paint on the sign. Then stained and distressed.


See those wine bottles?  They covered 3 letters in the bottom word in the catalog. 
So I stratigically placed my wine bottles too.  I searched several german websites,
but with no luck on a word that matched the letters that i had.


Here is Em's sign.  No... thats not a pottery barn pic, it Em's living room.
Pretty Awesome knock-off !!  I can brag for my sister.
I know what I want for Christmas. 





16 comments:

  1. Girls you beat me to it!!! I have that 'in my pile' of mag clips to knock off but you did it perfectly. Such a shame they couldn't have more info about the item and then to not have much stock? Plus your $0 price tag is way more sensible. Job well done.

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  3. I tried google and also translate and only came up with your blog..maybe it doesnt mean anything who knows hopefully someone will see it..I am amazed that PB sold out of them at 1000 dollars...speachless actually Frances btw yours looks great and can't beat the price.

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  4. Eschenlohr Probst was a textile manufactury in Nancy(France)last century. Probst is also a german first name and does NOT mean "try (=probieren) or trial (=Probe)- words from german vocabulary.

    If the word hidden behind the bottles begins with "B" then it would be "Broderies" = embroideries in french. One of the activities of this manufacture.The first letter is a problem, it seems to be a "G" and this has no sense neither in french nor in german. If you can tell more...

    Christa, a German from France

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  5. Looks great, congrats.

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  6. WOW you nailed that to a tee......I LOVE IT !!!

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  7. It looks just like the catalog, it's perfect!!! LOVE IT!!

    I was just getting ready to say it looks German!

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  8. Hey ladies, love love your ideas... I've given you the versatile award so come check it out.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  9. awesome. I totally need an overhead projector!!! This is great!

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  10. I was going to say that these are two German names and it looks like the name of a shop from the context of the sign. It looks like Christa beat me to it, though. Awesome! Good luck! This knock-off looks amazing- I'm going to have to invest in an overhead & do it quickly now that my school district is switching to smart boards. :7) Maybe I can pick one up cheap!
    Liz

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  11. looks beautiful, would you mind if i feature it next week. i love it!

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  12. Fantastic job! I saw that sign with intentions of "borrowing" the idea, too, but couldn't for the life of me figure out the what it said. I like your idea of the wine bottles!

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  13. PROBST IS A SURNAME WHICH IS DATED BACK TO THE EARLY 15TH CENTURY. ITS ORIGIN WAS MOST RECENTLY TRACED TO THE EARLIEST FAMILY MEMBER FROM BERN, SWITZERLAND. DUE TO A CLERICAL ERROR WHEN COMING TO AMERICA, THE NAME "PROBST" WAS WRITTEN DOWN INCORRECTLY AS "BROBST". SHEEESH - AMERICANS! HOWEVER, ALL PROBST'S AND BROBST'S ARE RELATED. THERE ARE A FEW BROBST'S & PROBST'S WHO CONTINUE TO SEEK OUT OUR ANCESTORY AND NATURALLY AS A BROBST MYSELF I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WHEN I OPENED THE POTTERY BARN MAGAZINE TODAY.

    AS FOR "ESCHENLOHR", NOT SURE BUT INTERESTED TO HEAR ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK.

    KIND REGARDS,
    TED BROBST

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  14. I have been wanting to make this sign as well. Think I'll give it a shot. I've had one serious inquiry asking me to make this for a kitchen. Wonder if it has a copyright or if it's public domain art?

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