Friday, January 10, 2014

"Bowl Me Over" With a Pottery Barn Knock-Off

Remember the Friends episode with the apothecary table?  Phoebe didn't like it because it was mass produced at Pottery Barn.
What about you? How do you feel about Pottery Barn?  

I love it for inspiration.  They seem to put together a great eclectic mix of items--casual and comfortable, never too serious or fussy.  BUT,,,yes, the big but, their prices are a bit steep for this girl.  

Never fret though, I find that as a great challenge.  I love finding items I can replicate or "knock-off" as we say in the blogging business.  I hope to do more knock-off projects this year.
Pottery barn knockoff wood bowls http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/bowl-me-over-with-pottery-barn-knock-off.html
My first was this collection of colorful wooden bowls.
Pottery barn knockoff wood bowls http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/bowl-me-over-with-pottery-barn-knock-off.html
I knew when I spied these from PB that I could easily recreate my own version.
Wooden bowls are thrift store staples I always look for on half price days.  
Pottery barn knockoff wood bowls http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/bowl-me-over-with-pottery-barn-knock-off.html
I used the same paint technique that I usually use--slapping on paint all willy nilly.   For these I used chalk paint, acrylic paint, and latex paint. Find my paint tutorial HEREA little sanding and dark Annie Sloan wax and I was able to get the look for $7 total.  The Pottery Barn price?  $79 for EACH bowl.  Each bowl!!  
Pottery barn knockoff wood bowls http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/bowl-me-over-with-pottery-barn-knock-off.html
I hung the bowls up above my kitchen French doors using Command adhesive strips.
Pottery barn knockoff wood bowls http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/bowl-me-over-with-pottery-barn-knock-off.html
They add a nice punch of color.  Find more ideas at Funky Junk Interiors!

23 comments:

  1. So awesome! What a great knockoff. They turned out great!

    Nancy

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  2. Just checked PB cause I couldn't tell which bowls were yours and which were PB. They are on sale, btw, you've get them shaking in their boots cause yours are much nicer in my opinion. Great job! I especially like the scalloped edge bowl. Time to hit the goodwill.
    Susanne.

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  3. What kind of wax did you use? And did you use acrylic paint? Awesome I will have to try

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  4. Love this so much... Have actually gathered some wooden bowls that were my Mom's and have been waiting for a project like this to use them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Love them! Yours don't look mass produced whereas the PB bowls do, in my opinion. Why would anyone pay $79 for a mass produced wooden bowl??? Crazy!

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  6. This is one of my favorite Becky things ever! Not kidding! I lurve it!!!!

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    1. Ummm....Jay didn't sign out of his Google account. :) That was Rachel commenting...obviously...;)

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  7. Love these but where is the tutuorial?

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    1. Thanks, I didn't think this needed a tutorial, just paint and dark wax. I do have a paint tutorial under my tutorials page which is the same technique, I just used dark food safe wax instead if stain.

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  8. Was it paint or wax that you used on them?

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    1. Anna, it was paint first, some chalk paint, some acrylic, some latex and then Annie Sloan dark wax.

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  9. Sheer brilliance Becky! Don't you love it when we get those light bulb moments of inspiration? Blessings to you,
    Patti

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  10. I SO ADORE these! Better than the originals. The colours you chose are so fun and bright! I'm taking notes..

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  11. Hi Becky! These bowls are awesome and so beautiful. I wanted to let you know I featured them in a 20 Best Pottery Barn Knockoff post today on Two It Yourself. http://www.twoityourself.com/2014/01/20-pottery-barn-knockoff-diy-projects.html

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  12. I absolutely your bowls and where you hung them is sheer brilliance. I do have a question...how did you hang them?

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  13. I absolutely your bowls and where you hung them is sheer brilliance. I do have a question...how did you hang them?

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  14. Becky this is absolutely brilliant! My favorite colors... exceptional! ..... running out in the snowy weather today to find some wooden bowls! :)))
    ~ Christina

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!

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