Pottery Barn Knock-Off Caden Bench

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No one can deny that Pottery Barn offers a classic style in their housewares, home decor and furniture. Problem is not everyone can afford it. That’s when I peruse the catalog and say, “We could build that!” Let me show you how we createdΒ a wonderful rustic Pottery Barn knock-off on a budget.

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day and our focus is all about STORAGE and ORGANIZATION. We can all use a little of that in our lives, right? Here’s what my hubby and I choose for our knock-off project:

The Pottery Barn Caden Bench

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

*this post is sponsored by The Leather Hide Store and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

It’s rustic, leather goodness just kept calling my name. We had considered recreating this piece back in our Pottery Barn Theme in April, but went for a trunk project instead. When The Leather Hide Store asked us to give their product a try, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and my husband loved the idea too.

Here is where I’d love to officially introduce you to my partner in furniture and DIY (and my highschool sweetheart), please give a warm welcome to JC. His name is short and sweet, and he deserves the biggest award for putting up with creative ol’ me. I give him props for taking the woodworking end of this and figuring out all the specs. It’s fun to analyze this type of furniture puzzle, and, thankfully, we work well together.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I was amazed at how quickly he figured out all the angles and how to do a mortise and tenon joint on an angle – mind you, he’s never done this before. Look at that cut…

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

He chiseled out the mortises and got everything ready for me to tackle the finishingΒ end – even to the point of working on our shop floor in the dark with a lamp because we have so much going on – whew!

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once we got the structure cut and mostly assembled, it was time to put on the finishing touches. (enter in ME)

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Anyone in our line of work can understand how this is my perpetual living room rug and how my living room pretty much looks all.the.time. One day we will have a shop where I can go back to having a normal house. In the mean time, I am blessed to be able to do what I love.

To create a rustic base, I went for my favorite stain, Early American Varathane by Rust-Oleum, that we used in our bedroom, our bathroom, and on several other projects, including our other Pottery Barn knock-off.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once the base was finished being assembled using our Kreg Jig (one of my all-time favorite tools), it was time for the upholstery. I have done several upholstery projects, like my channel back chair and my feed sack chair to name a few, but have never used leather in this capacity. Just look at this gorgeousness.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s called Restoration Wicker and is leather sourced from the same tanner that Pottery Barn uses as well. woot! You can find this and more upholstery leather at The Leather Hide Store.

I was a bit nervous to cut this beauty, but I was so excited to see our finished project, that I quickly putΒ my nervousness aside.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once I got my pieces cut, I sewed them together and then attached it to the base of the bench. All that was left to do was to add the trim and nails.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Are you ready for our reveal? I am!!

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not too shabby, eh? I love this bench for its rustic appeal and the storage it offers. We not only tried to recreate the Pottery Barn bench, but also make it better. Instead of a 3″ foam on top, I choose the 4″ to give long-lasting effect and use.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

And how about that leather…I’m drooling I tell ya. So, instead of a $899 price tag, you can build your own for $299. Cha-ching! If you love it too but are not the DIY type, you can find it in my shop. We’re hoping to make this a regular addition to our stock, so if you have a custom idea in mind, just let me know.

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A huge thank you to my husband, JC, for helping make this project so wonderful. Here’s a key chain that I had made on our first trip to Cedar Point together. I had just graduated from high school at turned 18 and he was 17. Wasn’t that long ago, right? Time flies when you’re having fun (or lots of kids).

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I hope you’ve enjoyed our knock-off project and hope that you’ll pin and share our work for others to enjoy and be inspired. Don’t forget to head below to see what storage and organization furniture my blogger friends have for you!

Why pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

More of my furniture and DIY goodness:
You can build these two lanterns with our DIY tutorial and only one board. Come get the details at Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThemed Furniture Makeover Day

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63 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    I can only say Wow! What a fantastic job you all did.

    November 19, 2015 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee. πŸ˜€ Thank you Debra!

      November 21, 2015 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    Gorgeous piece! I love it!

    November 19, 2015 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lindsay! There’s nothing like a custom piece, right?

      November 21, 2015 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Wow!! What a super project and I’ll go for your version all day long my friend! What a sweetheart too, for your hubby to join in a help…to the extent he’s on the floor while it’s getting dark. Your bench is beautiful!

    November 19, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thanks, Wendi! He does good work and wish he could work with me all the time. πŸ™‚

      November 21, 2015 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    This is absolutely beautiful. You guys did an amazing job. And I totally know what you mean about your house looking like a workshop! Thankfully my husband just rolls with it and doesn’t mind when there’s a half painted dresser in the middle of the kitchen :).

    November 19, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Amy! We had fun amidst the mess. I think I need to take a week to catch up my house, though! I hear ya on the patient family. I am blessed. πŸ™‚

      November 21, 2015 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    You are AMAZING! That is all.

    November 19, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Sharon

    The bench is absolutely beautiful.

    November 19, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Sharon. We are very pleased with the result. Now to make one for ourselves, right?

      November 21, 2015 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Amy @ Highstyle Restyle

    Larissa, your knock-off is a KNOCK OUT! As in total KO, girl! Outstanding job! Pinning!

    November 19, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Funny thing was, when we do it together it doesn’t seem that hard. We just need more time – doesn’t everyone?

      November 21, 2015 at 6:42 am Reply
  • Jeanette

    You blow me away every month! WoW!

    November 19, 2015 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…thanks, Jeanette! We have fun and love to share our passion.

      November 21, 2015 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Bessie

    WOW !! THIS IS GREAT . I bet this is one piece you keep and don’t change for a very long time.

    November 19, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Bessie! That was what drew me to this piece. So classic and doesn’t go out of style.

      November 21, 2015 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Marie at The Interior Frugalista

    Picking my chin up off of the floor over here – wowee you two. You Pottery Barn Knocked this one out of the park!

    November 19, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Marie. The two of us could do so much, but time is always a factor. Maybe one day!

      November 21, 2015 at 6:39 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Wow, Now that is a beauty. You guys should go into the furniture business. This is absolutely gorgeous!

    November 19, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…we sort of already are. πŸ˜‰ Thank you, Mary! Now if I could just get my husband to stay home full-time.

      November 21, 2015 at 6:39 am Reply
  • Debby

    Amazing!

    November 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank ya, Debby! πŸ˜€

      November 21, 2015 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Patty

    It is beautiful. Gotta love those husbands!!!

    November 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Yes, the do come in handy. tee hee.

      November 21, 2015 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Awesome knockoff!! I like your stain better! Did you use a regular sewing machine to sew the leather? Kudos to JC & his carpentry skills! Great job to both of you!

    November 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sherry! Yes, a regular machine with a leather needle. My husband has some of his grandfather’s awesome woodworking skills (his grandfather would carve life-size carosel horse and animals, among other things). He doesn’t even have to try hard. πŸ™‚

      November 21, 2015 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Bliss

    I. Love. It. You nailed it alright!

    November 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you from the both of us, Bliss!

      November 20, 2015 at 11:56 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue

    Holy Cow, Larissa, that is gorgeous! Such beautiful leather, and you showcased it perfectly. Love me some leather furniture, girl. πŸ™‚

    November 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, leather is divine! Thank you for the love, Kimm.

      November 20, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Breanna

    What a talented hubby you have! This turned out fantastic!

    November 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Bre!

      November 20, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Kathy Nielsen

    Larissa, Both you and your hubby did a wonderful job on this bench. You make me want to try and use leather as a fabric.

    November 19, 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you from the both of us, Kathy. πŸ™‚ You should give it a try!

      November 20, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Larissa this is totally amazing! Love love love it! <3

    November 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! We are so pleased with it. πŸ™‚

      November 20, 2015 at 9:11 am Reply
  • Kerry

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    November 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Kerry!

      November 21, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Amazing! Your version is absolutely beautiful! I’m drooling over that beautiful leather and also the storage under the bench. This is going to be perfect in someone’s home. I’m definitely showing this to my husband as I want one for our house!

    November 21, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Leather is so rich and we’re pleased with the results of our efforts, Paula. You and your husband would love it in your beautiful new home.

      November 25, 2015 at 1:15 am Reply
  • Lucy @ Patina Paradise

    Larissa, you are the knockoff queen!!! Just amazing!

    November 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hahaha…thanks, Lucy! A title I will hold near and dear to my heart. πŸ˜€

      November 25, 2015 at 1:14 am Reply
  • Colleen

    Larissa, this is just gorgeous! I’m so happy to see it turned out so well, because I have a similar project in my future. Awesome, awesome job!

    November 23, 2015 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Colleen! I wish you the best with your project. πŸ˜‰

      November 25, 2015 at 1:09 am Reply
  • mary jo

    Love it !! you are sooooo talented !!! love your blog !!! peace love and happiness always !

    November 29, 2015 at 5:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for giving me a good start to my morning, Mary Jo. πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful to be appreciated.

      November 30, 2015 at 5:33 am Reply
  • Jessica

    This bench is perfect…I really love that leather! I found your blog via Hometalk and think it is fantastic…I’ll be following πŸ™‚

    Jessica @ Finding Purpose Furniture

    December 2, 2015 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jessica! I’m happy to hear you’re from Hometalk. I’ll have to look you up. πŸ˜‰

      December 5, 2015 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Lori Whitaker

    I’m a fan of Prodigal Pieces, Larissa. I started following you about 6 months ago and I admire your talent and love the projects you do. I’m refinishing a similar bench that I pulled out of someone’s garbage and am so excited to get working on it. Anyway, a question: Do you have a sewing machine for leather, or are you able to use leather needles and thread on a regular machine?

    December 29, 2015 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is awesome to hear! Thanks for the love. πŸ™‚ I used my standard machine with a leather needle and a heavy-weight poly thread.

      January 1, 2016 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Julie

    I have had this torn out and on my island for weeks. Decided to see if anyone had DIY’d it and found your site. Good job. However, this piece is now listed in the PB catalog for $1099. Super overpriced, so I may be DIY’ing my own. πŸ™‚

    January 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Just ridiculous, really. We were selling ours and people kept offering offensive amounts. They have NO IDEA what this project entails. I hope you get one made for yourself to enjoy. πŸ™‚

      January 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm Reply
      • Julie

        Offensive high or offensive low? People have no clue how much work goes into craftsmanship or artistry.

        January 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          As in, I’ll give you $200. Whatever. πŸ™

          January 31, 2016 at 6:31 am Reply
  • yvette

    Sorry if this is a duplicate reply. First I want to say I’m really am in awe of your talent to re-purpose and recycle so many things that would’ve ended up in landfills. I came to your site via Build Something dog bed you made for your sweet pup. The PB bench you built is spectacular (and I would agree better) and would to make one as well. Do you offer the “how-to” instructions and directions for the bench project?

    Thank you,
    Y

    August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yvette, thank you for taking the time to support my work. I truly have fun and enjoy sharing what I do. As for the bench, I do not have the plans for that at this time since we were custom building them for my shop. I need to make one for me! πŸ˜‰

      August 23, 2016 at 5:27 am Reply
      • yvette

        Okay, I understand. Thank you. Looking forward to see more of your projects.

        August 23, 2016 at 11:20 am Reply
  • sherry

    excellent workman{&woman}ship!!!
    beautiful .. just beautiful.

    November 16, 2016 at 7:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Sherry. Thank you!

      November 17, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Rebecca C

    Love it! My Husband works for a leather supplier….I am thinking I need to visit him at work very soon-lol. That bench is fabulous!!

    February 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Score!! We love this thing and wish I had room to keep it. Sigh…one day I will have my own. πŸ˜€

      February 27, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply

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