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Pottery Barn Trunk Knock-Off {Themed Makeover}

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 Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Source: Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk

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.)

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

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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.

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

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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.

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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.

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

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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!

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My kids are allowed to play and make a mess, so why can’t I?

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

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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.

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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!

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What’s your favorite feature?  I’m diggin’ the trunk handles and that key hole escutcheon.

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Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I also love that the top can be used as a bench for slipping on some shoes or storing your bedding.

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Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you love this trunk too, but are not the DIY type, it’s available in my shop  (SOLD) for purchase.

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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!

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Comments

    • Larissa says

      hee hee hee… thanks, Susan! I couldn’t have done it without my hubby though. We make a good team, right?

      • Tricia says

        I live in ohio as well. Do you sell any of your pieces. My email is [email protected]. I live in tallmadge. I love your work

        • Larissa says

          Hello Tricia! Yes, we do sell them and I’ll send you an email. 😉 Thanks for the love!

  1. Kim Edwards says

    Skills! You have major skills! I love this! You hit a homerun with this project! What I love most is how much $$$$ you saved! Great job!

    • Larissa says

      Hahahaha…that made my day! Thank you, I needed that! 😀

  2. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says

    This project rocks my friend. Who needs to spend big bucks when you can build one on a budget …and with little helping hands that make it special? Love, love, love! Sharing & pining:)

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Wendi. Yes, those hands are priceless! I’m a penny-pincher for sure, but what’s more fun than DIY?

  3. nancy says

    Terrific knock-off…would love to have a materials list, cut list, and assembly instructions and final dimensions. (I run the workshops at one of the Home Depots in Sonoma County, CA and I’m always looking for new projects to build). What metal did you use, how did you bend it and attach it? Projects like this one encourage folks to build things they never thought they could.

    Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Nancy. 🙂 We are hoping to provide the plans in the near future, just couldn’t get them done with our remodel going on right now too. I will share when we do…thanks!

  4. Karie says

    WOW! I love it! I think I even like your more then Pottery Barns. I love the handles on the side and I also like how you did the top. GREAT job!

  5. Ellen Braunberger says

    Lots of eye candy! The chest is beyond words fantastic. Love the fashion statement gloves,chic!

  6. [email protected] says

    Wow! Your version looks terrific and I can see it being used in so many places in your home. DIY certainly saves money if you have the skills.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Paula! We made ours a tad shorter, but think the next time we’ll go a little taller. Yes, being able to DIY is a plus!

  7. Linda J says

    I am really, really impressed. You did this one up right!!! Great work. Now, make me one…………………….lol

    • Larissa says

      Hahaha…you bet! Thanks, Linda. 🙂 Seriously though, if you want one this one is available and we’ll do custom too!

  8. [email protected] Interior Frugalista says

    Another piece that has my mouth wide open as I look at my computer monitor. Wowee Larissa – you rock the power tools!!! There is very little difference between yours and the Pottery Barn version except yours is loaded with sentimental value and something you can be proud of. Love it!

    • Larissa says

      I could just hug you, Marie! {{hugs}} Thank you. Couldn’t have done it without my husband too – we make a great team! We went with a shorter version this time, but may add the extra height in the next build.

  9. Tami @ Curb Alert! says

    Haha, we both must have trunks on the brain this month. Mine is cute and all but girl you show true talent constructing that piece. It looks amazing! well done!
    ~Tami

    • Larissa says

      Couldn’t have done it without my hubby! Thank you, Tami! Remember, great minds think alike!! 😀

  10. ananda says

    OMG STUNNIG!!! you rock larissa!! and your little one is way too CUUUUTE!! xoxo

    • Larissa says

      You’re too sweet, Ananda! Thank you and yes, she and all my gang are my best buddies.

    • Larissa says

      Ha! Thank you, Christy. It was a fun project and feels so good to get back to my tools. My mantra is “Tools over jewels”. 😉

  11. Breanna says

    Ok this is seriously awesome. Love it WAY more than the PB one! And I love that you’re using power tools while wearing a skirt 😉

    • Larissa says

      Ahahahaha…it’s the only way to be, Bre! Thanks for stopping by and showing me love. 🙂

  12. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says

    Whoa. You built this?!?! I’m so impressed! It looks amazing. And now I just have one question for you? Where is your cape because you must be superwoman to do this and homeschool 6 kids. Great job!

    • Larissa says

      Ha! Yes, with my husband’s help. My skirt is my cape…tee hee hee. You’re the best, Angie!

    • Larissa says

      So happy to have you stop by, Pamela. Thank you! psst…I just don’t sleep…really. 😉

  13. Kathy @petticoatjunktion says

    Girl, You are awesome. I soooo love that trunk. I wanted to do the trunk in red. But I was looking for a trunk I could work with. I’m still on the hunt. May have to get my hubby to help me build one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Crystal says

    This is beautiful! I am also impressed by the savings. It is amazing what a wonderful project can be created with such a small price tag. Great job!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Crystal. Just imagine what we could create with a little knowledge and some DIY skills. 🙂 So glad you stopped by!

  15. Debbie Z says

    I’ve probably said it before but I’ll say it again…..I like yours much better than PB’s!

    • Larissa says

      Awww…thank you so much! It was a fun challenge and we’re happy to have these regularly stocked in my shop now too. 🙂

  16. Joyce @ QN says

    keep this kinda thing up and you’ll put Pottery Barn outta business 🙂 awesome job…

  17. Kat Emerick says

    I love everything that you do!!! I wish I had the tools and learn from you!!

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  1. […] Larissa from Prodigal Pieces says she isn’t one to buy new-looking furniture. She likes her furniture to look like it has a story to tell! Larissa was smitten as soon as she saw a distressed storage trunk from Pottery Barn that was inspired by an antique store trunk. She worked alongside her husband to replicate the beautifully-worn piece of furniture for only $90 instead of $499! Here’s from Larissa: “I am 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!” […]

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