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Knock Out Knock Offs :: Urban Outfitters

It’s Knock Out Knock Off time! I’m super excited to share not only what Luke and I did but also what the other ladies made. This month our store was Urban Outfitters.

Knock Out Knock Offs

Let’s get right to it, k? While searching Urban Outfitters to see what I wanted to knock off, I came across this. Holy mackerel, that umbrella is just gorgeous. At close to $300 it was also out of our budget. Last year, I bought an umbrella from Target (at the end of the season on clearance) and it has not held up well.

Tired old umbrella needing  a refresh

It actually looks better in that picture than it does in person. So, I decided that I didn’t have anything to lose in trying to remake it into the Urban Outfitters one.

So, I started with a roller and latex paint.

Painting an outdoor umbrella with a roller

I quickly learned that I picked the hardest way to paint an umbrella. Learn from my mistake. Don’t use a roller on thin, wobbly fabric. Once it dried, it looked like this:

Splotchy paint on an outdoor umbrella

Yikes, right? After that, I waded through a few paint cans and found two half cans of white spray paint. I used those and quickly realized that I needed many more coats of coverage. I could have bought two cans of spray paint and called it a day, but I really wanted this to be a cheap project. So, I busted out my spray paint gun and used some white latex that I had leftover from our kitchen. It took about three coats with the gun, but I had a relatively even finish.

Umbrella after it was coated with latex paint

From there, we found the middle of each section and taped it off. Then Luke eyeballed the circle spacing on each side of the tape. He used a circle form (the painter’s tape form) to draw the circles.

Taping the umbrella off for stencil spacing

Next, Luke hand-painted the circular floral designs on each section. This part took quite awhile, so we knew that we needed to figure out a way to make it go faster.

hand painting the patio umbrella by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

He had the idea to make a paper stencil for the next part. He copied most of the stencils on each of the sections and then we painted them at the end.

Creating a stencil to place on the patio umberella

I painted all of the straight lines (go me!) and he finished off all the petals.

Painting a pattern on an outdoor umbrella

Of course, the straight lines were much easier to do. So, when I was done I actually worked on a project that has needed done for quite some time : gutter & window washing!

Gutter washing before and after

(Can you believe the difference on the left versus the right?)

Finishing up the stencil painting on the patio umbrella by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

After we finishing painting, I hot glued the pom pom trim on and set it up. Instant gratification. Holy moly, it’s just beautiful!


#knockoff #outside #patio

Close Up of hand painted Umbrella

Urban Outfitters Inspired Patio Umbrella

Patio Update by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Urban Outfitters Inspired DIY Patio -2

Urban Outfitters Inspired Patio Umbrella by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Patio Umbrella Knock Off By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Umbrella Refresh Knock Out Knock Offs

For $20 (the cost of the pom-pom trim), this project was super cheap and highly effective in creating a much more cohesive, beautiful space. I’m really hoping that it holds up well with the weather, but only time will tell.

Ok, are you ready to see what the other ladies have come up with?

Knock Out Knock Offs

Orgami Inspired Ring Holder – Jennifer from Brave New Home

Knock-Off Vase – Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Prisma Wall Decor – Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling

Knock-Off Wall Hanging – Brynne from The Gathered Home

Knock-Off Clothes Pins – Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

Linking up to:

C.R.A.F.T.The Makers, The DIY’ers,  The Winthrop ChroniclesHome Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best ShotWork It Wednesday,  Fry Sauce and GritsLiz Marie BlogThe Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative CollectionTatertots and Jello, Link It or Lump It, Sunday Soiree, Look for Less, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.


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32 Comments on Knock Out Knock Offs :: Urban Outfitters

  1. Charlotte W
    July 14, 2014 at 9:27 am (4 months ago)

    That turned out great!! Love it in your outdoor space!

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Charlotte! It was so much nicer out there after I cleaned it! Probably should have done that before you guys came. lol

  2. Amy W
    July 14, 2014 at 10:08 am (4 months ago)

    Wow, you were dedicated! It turned out so lovely and makes such a beautiful impact to your back!! Love it.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Amy! It definitely wasn’t the fastest DIY to be sure!

  3. Brynne@The Gathered Home
    July 14, 2014 at 11:09 am (4 months ago)

    How awesome! I love those designs and can’t believe you hand-painted them all!!!

  4. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    July 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm (4 months ago)

    Holy cow, what a transformation! That paint did wonders and I never would have guessed it was the same umbrella! Those pom poms are my fave! This knock off truly is a knock out!

  5. Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body
    July 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm (4 months ago)

    Ashley! I am SO IMPRESSED! I can’t believe the umbrella was painted with spray paint and kudos to you both for your patience in stenciling on the pattern. It looks so much like the UO umbrella for a fraction of the price. Love it!

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Tasha! The paint sprayer was definitely the way to go! I’m really hoping it holds up well, because it just adds so much to the patio!

  6. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    July 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow, from seeing the finished image I never would have guessed what you started with! How nice of your husband to help out : ] Great styling in your photos!

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm (4 months ago)

      It was pretty sad looking! He’s generally pretty good about helping. Thanks for the compliment on the styling. I feel like I need some help with that overall.

  7. Alexis @ Persia Lou
    July 20, 2014 at 10:16 pm (4 months ago)

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this one! I love the way it turned out! The yellow pom poms are the best. Yay for sweet DIY umbrellas.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 21, 2014 at 6:27 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Alexis! I felt kinda bad when I saw it on your IG because I knew they were going to be pretty similar! Love how you did yours as well (and that you didn’t make the mistake of trying to roll it!). lol.

  8. Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY
    July 22, 2014 at 9:48 am (4 months ago)

    This came out gorgeous! I love the addition of the pom ribbon on it! My umbrella is perfectly fine, but maybe I should try to get it to fade a little so can have a pretty one like this;)

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Katie! Wait another year or two and then give yours a transformation. =)

  9. Corey @ Tinysidekick
    July 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm (4 months ago)

    I love that you reused an old faded umbrella for this project! Who knew? It turned out so great. Thanks for linking up at The Makers. It is always great to have you.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 23, 2014 at 7:10 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Corey! Sometimes it works to be thrifty… =)

  10. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor
    July 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm (4 months ago)

    This is beautiful, Ashley!! I was wondering if those could be repainted. (Because I am sure the sun does a number on the color! Awesome job!

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Kristi! So far so good with the paint, but I do wonder how long it will last!

  11. Frank
    July 29, 2014 at 11:11 am (4 months ago)

    Great job, Ashley and Luke! Out of curiosity, how does the fabric lay when the umbrella is collapsed? I’d like to try this, but need to be able to close it for storms, etc.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 31, 2014 at 7:42 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Frank. The umbrella collapses just the same. It doesn’t lay quite as flat when it’s down, but it’s definitely not noticeable.

  12. Haggie
    July 29, 2014 at 11:22 am (4 months ago)

    So, about the time you get the project done, your weekend is over and it is time to go back to work.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 31, 2014 at 7:42 am (4 months ago)

      Yep, the life of a DIYer!

  13. tom riddle
    July 29, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 months ago)

    Hi. What is that puffy leaved plant….way cool.

    • Ashley Mayes
      July 31, 2014 at 7:42 am (4 months ago)

      Hmm, the bigger one? It’s lemon grass. We have it to hopefully repel mosquitos.

      • polly plum
        August 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm (4 months ago)

        1. I never would have thought of using spray paint on fabric!-I wouldn’t think it would dry smooth. But it looks great!
        2. Didyou make or buy the outdoor cushion for the wicker bench?

        • Ashley Mayes
          August 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm (4 months ago)

          I wouldn’t recommend using the sprayer on pillows, but for a thicker fabric like the umbrella it worked great. I recovered the bench cushion in just some leftover curtain panels that I had around the house. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Evelyn Theus
    August 1, 2014 at 4:07 am (4 months ago)

    What a beautiful umbrella. So much more beautiful then the original.
    I just found your blog. And I really like it.It’s so lovely and creative.

    • Ashley Mayes
      August 3, 2014 at 8:17 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Evelyn. We love it.


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