Nothing like a new challenge and build to get the blood flowing. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and I have a sweet project for you! This month’s theme is “Pottery Barn Inspired” – it could be anything furniture-related either being transformed or newly created in Pottery Barn style. I wanted to go DIY mode this time around because I’ve had the itch to get outside (now that it’s above 20 degrees) and use my tools. yesssss….
While perusing the Pottery Barn website for the first time, I was drawn to their rustic trunks. I honestly don’t care for new looking furniture because I want it to have a story. This Josefa Trunk caught my eye with its rustic appeal. I like the red version, but the white….swoon!
Pottery Barn recreated this trunk based on a similar one they had found in an antique store. I love the character it has along with its function. As a mom of 6, almost all my furniture has to perform a function, it cannot just be pretty, right? Maybe one day I’ll be one of those grandmas with white carpet, coffee tables for the grandkids to finger up, and running around with a dust buster sucking up all the crumbs….I’ll love it!
So off to Home Depot we go, and with kids in tow it’s always a fun time. They love to come shop and scheme on what they would build if given the chance to purchase anything they lay eyes on. Do you shop with your kids? (sorry for the fuzzy pic – it’s hard to push a cart to keep baby from screaming and snap a cell phone picture. tsk.)
For our materials, we chose builder grade plywood for its smooth finish and minimal imperfections, even though we want a few marks here and there for that time-worn feel.
My littlest helper was there to help me choose the good pieces of lumber for the trim on the trunk. She’s telling me the one on the bottom looks good, of course. Seriously though, whenever you’re looking for wood, be sure to pick them up, turn them over, and look down them for warping before adding them to your stock.
Now onto the building. (Yay!) I love to create my own pieces and recreating someone else’s can be just as fun because it’s like a puzzle. Since the dimensions for this trunk were given in the Pottery Barn site, it was just a matter of plugging in the dimensions of the wood I was using.
I can’t believe it’s finally warm enough outside that I can do my work in the sunshine and not all bundled up in hats, gloves, and layers upon layers. It’s time to break out my saw and get to work.
Because the ply was so large, we couldn’t just run it through the table saw, so I prop it up and cut it down to be easier to handle.
Disclosure: I partnered with the good folks at Hickory Hardware with their hardware to do this knock-off. All opinions stated are entirely mine. Affiliate links are included in this post. (see full disclosure)
Because I nearly lost my fingertips (after 12 long years of cutting wood myself) in my closet remodeling project, I have yet to get the gumption up to run large pieces through the table saw, so I left that to my hubby. Even the sound of it makes me cringe, but I still do small items.
You’ll notice the above Pottery Barn trunk has metal corners. Because I wanted this to look handmade as much as possible, I cut my own out and created them with some simple tools.
One of my other favorite tools is my Dremel. I requested it for my birthday one year and have used it for making toys, cutting hangers up, car repair…you name it! This thing is awesome.
I whipped out my grinding stone attachment to make sure those metal edges were safe for little fingers.
Now it’s time to assemble…Yay! I used screws to attach the side panels together, but the bottom of the trunk was nailed in. My other favorite tool is my brad nailer (another birthday gift), which I would be lost without because it helped us save sooo much time, like in our bedroom remodel.
With everything cut and ready to go, it’s time to do the finish work. At this point, I had to move the project inside because our lovely Ohio weather is like that this time of year. Now I’m back in my layers and the heater is on. It was nice while it lasted!
My kids are allowed to play and make a mess, so why can’t I?
After some painting, distressing, and the addition of this awesome hardware with the escutcheon from Hickory Hardware (I used their awesome pulls in my Ikea Hack), and the pulls found at a local hardware shop, it’s ready to go.
The price tag for the Pottery Barn recreated piece is $499…ouch. My DIY price tag: $90. What fantastic savings!!
With its rustic details and farmhouse appeal, it can go in most any setting from French to industrial, from man cave to equestrian – really, anywhere.
I so happy with how it turned out, and love that we did it ourselves. It’s rustic, is new, but looks old, and perfectly ready for blankets, boots, bedding…anything!
What’s your favorite feature? I’m diggin’ the trunk handles and that key hole escutcheon.
I also love that the top can be used as a bench for slipping on some shoes or storing your bedding.
If you love this trunk too, but are not the DIY type, it’s available in my shop (SOLD) for purchase.
Don’t you agree that knock-offs are the best? Share if you do!
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Now before you head off, make sure to go check out these ladies’ Pottery Barn creations…they’ll knock your socks off!