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Pottery Barn Knock-Off Caden Bench

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:

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. (see full disclosure)

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 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!

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 put 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.  (SOLD)

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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 Pottery Barn 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

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71 replies on “Pottery Barn Knock-Off Caden Bench”

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 :).

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!

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. 🙂

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!

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?

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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,
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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! 😉

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!!

Love this baby I have been drooling over the Caden ottoman for ages, and plan on reupholstering my coffee table. Question–what did you use for the trim under the nailhead? Thanks!

Wow! You nailed it! And I love that you used thicker foam for the seat. It just looks nicer and I’m sure it feels nicer, too. Awesome job!

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