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 created 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:
*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.
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…
He chiseled out the mortises and got everything ready for me to tackle the finishing 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!
Once we got the structure cut and mostly assembled, it was time to put on the finishing touches. (enter in ME)
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.
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.
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 put my nervousness aside.
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.
Are you ready for our reveal? I am!!
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.
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.
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).
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!