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Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

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I love Pottery Barn.  I don’t always love the prices.  While flipping through the recent catalog I saw this rustic wood wall art.  A whooping $399.00!  Knowing I have a pile of scrap wood in the garage, I just about did the happy dance at the project I knew I was going to tackle.  I love power tools.  I love wood!

I bought a 2x 4 foot piece of plywood, a few extra pieces of wood, a couple of sample size paint jars, and some tacks.  It only cost around $40.00!  Everything else I had… a lot of wood pieces, glue and leftover paint.  Most of the wood I used is considered “craft” wood.  It comes in short lengths and is thinner than regular wood.  I did combine it with “regular” wood though.  It gives the piece some dimension.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

My Pottery Barn Knock-off version.

Pottery Barn $399.00.   Laurie $40.00!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The design was not planned.  I cut each piece as I went along.  HINT:  When you have the layout you want, take a picture of it.  Just in case you mess up the design later on while you are painting the wood pieces.  You don’t want to spend HOURS and HOURS trying to put the thing back together, only to remember you DO have a picture you could have looked at.  By that point, bad words may have been said, drinks may have been drunk, and your family may be afraid to be in the same room as you.  Just saying it could happen. 😉

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The next step was paint.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I applied the paint with a cut up old t-shirt.  That way I could rub the paint on like a stain allowing the wood grain to show through.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Each piece was glued down to a 2 x 4 sheet of plywood board with Tite Bond Wood Glue.  Blue tape is always handy for extra support.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The Vodka is for weight, not for drinking. At least not in that moment anyway. After all the pieces were glued down, I distressed each piece with sand paper to lighten the paint colors and to give it a worn out look.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I found these tacks at Lowes.

I lightly sanded the tack heads so they looked distress as well.

I’m not sure where I’m going to hang it yet.  I may add some trim around the edges.  This was a FUN project.  Although I used a power saw to cut the pieces, it can be done with a simple miter box.

This Pottery Barn knock-off project was a great way to use up most of the scrap pieces of wood I had accumulated.  And my garage is a little bit cleaner now! 🙂

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Power of Paint

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From Useless to Useful

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Apparently neither Nate nor Candace are coming to my rescue.  I’ve tried.  I have written sad, sad letters about my poor empty dining room, to no avail.  I’m on my own to tackle my dining room that’s not a dining room.  This poor room has been abandoned for almost 9 years.  We are not dining room people.  And I’m not a fan of cooking so I don’t need to have two rooms dedicated to food.

I really think dining rooms should be “optional” in new construction these days.  I think there are a lot of families who would rather have offices, libraries or dens instead of formal dining rooms.  Dining rooms look pretty, but are hardly used.  That’s my opinion anyway.

This week I have been contemplating what to do with this room.  Normally I’m not so overwhelmed with a project like this, but I want the room to look nice and be somewhat functional.  It’s the first room you see when you walk in the front door.  And it needs everything.  Paint, furniture, pictures, you name it!  Breathe Laurie, breathe.

A couple of days after my post on Navy Blue, I received the Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs catalog in the mail.  (Magazine/catalog day is always a happy day!)  Anyways, dark blue was shown in accessories, fabric and paint color.  I think it was a sign.  Now if I can get Hubby on board, I’m all set!

Blues from Pottery Barn

Blues from Ballard Designs

I love the color “Dusk” from Restoration Hardware.  It’s not navy blue, but it’s a darker blue.  I also like the color “Hale Navy” from Benjamin Moore.  I have picked up several different samples of fabric and they all have the dark blue in them.  I think it’s a sign that dark blue is what my “not a dining rooms” wants.

Restoration Hardware “Dusk”

Hale Blue – Benjamin Moore

I also just picked up three bookcases from Ikea.    They are the Hemnes series and I chose the Gray/Brown color.  It’s a different look.  I went to Ikea with the idea I was going to pick up the Brown/Black color, but once I was there, and with the cheering of my Bro, I pick the other color.  I think it will look great with a dark blue wall.  I put the smaller bookcase together already.  It took a little blood, sweat and beers (literally!) but the next two should be a piece of cake. 

Gray/Brown Hemnes Bookcases

I like the idea of adding a round table and a couple of chairs to the new room.

Kursi Kubu Armchair

Chair from Pier 1. A consideration for seating.

That’s as far I as got.  If I could only decide on fabric for curtains, I could buy the paint.  For some silly reason I keep asking my Hubby and my brother what they think of my choices.  And they are actually giving me their opinions!  Does rhetorical mean nothing to them?  I will post the end result of my room that’s not a dining room soon.  I hoping it will be a room that is beautiful, functional and dark blue!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Candle Pillar

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Inspirations and ideas can come from anywhere, even when you’re not looking for them.  I saw this “Architectural Pillar Holder” while flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog.  It looked interesting and it got me thinking about all the pieces of wood, extra moulding, trim, and old picture frames I have lying around.  What a good way to repurpose some of those “left overs” and make something functional and attractive.  And who doesn’t like a Pottery Barn knock off project?

From Pottery Barn $49.00

I started with this piece of wood I bought at Habitat Restore a while ago.  It was only $1.00, so it had to come home with me.  I believe it is a piece used in stair railings, but I don’t know what it’s call.  The top was cut off to have a flat surface to set a candle on.

I bought this “window” at a junk yard almost two years ago.  Never found a home for it, so I took it apart and it became the base to my pillar.

Miter cutting all these pieces was not the easiest thing for me.  It took awhile to wrap my head around which way to lay the wood down on the saw to get the right cut.  But I got the hang of it.  I kept going, making small squares out of frames and moulding and stacked them up on top of each other.  I used Elmer’s Multi-Purpose All Glue, because that’s what I had on hand.  (It’s not the “school” Elmer’s glue)  If I had wood glue, I would have used that instead.  But since I wanted this project to be “free”, I used only what I already had  Mr. Elmer worked great.  It’s not coming apart.

I continued to stack the moulding and trim until I got the look and height I wanted. After the glue dried for a couple of hours, I sanded and spackled some of the rough edges. Then the whole thing was spray painted a satin white. (took 3 coats) Once the paint dried, I sanded the edges to distress it a bit then rubbed “distress ink” on the edges to give it that “aged” look.  I think it looks pretty cool. 

This was fun to make.  I still have left over trim and old picture frames!  I see more candle pillars in my future. ; )  


Pottery Barn Pillows

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I love Pottery Barn!  But I don’t always love the prices.  I was browsing around the store recently and saw these beautiful napkins.  They were $6.50 each.  Kinda pricey to wipe your hands on (if you ask me), but cheapo for pillows.  Inspiration hit!  I have been looking for pillows for my sofa but not diggin anything I’ve seen.  I picked up four napkins, costing under $30.00.  I had plenty of fabric at home to use for the backs, so there was no additional cost.

To make the pillows, first iron the napkins.  Determine the size pillow cover you want and cut the fabric accordingly, adding 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.  (I made two 20 inch and two 18 inch pillows.)  For the envelope style back, cut two pieces of coordinating fabric 1/2 the length of the pillow plus 6 inches.  Fold the seam of both back pieces 1 1/2 inches and iron then fold again two inches, iron and sew the edge of the seam.  With right sides together, sew 1/2 inch seam on all four sides, turn right side out and iron.  Voila!

Potter Barn napkins $6.50 each

I made two 20 inch pillows and two 18 inch pillows

Depending on size of your pillow, cut the seam off…

or rip seam out for more material

1 1/2 inch seam, then fold over two inches and sew the edge of the seam

Envelope back

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