Knockout Knockoffs: Pretty DIYs Inspired By Pottery Barn

There’s a classic Friends episode where Phoebe busts Rachel for trying to pass off a Pottery Barn apothecary table as authentic. We get it. The retailer’s fab, faux offerings sometimes make us feel like big phonies too. (Is that vintage table really your Nana’s? Has that garden urn earned that patina?) To get the look you love sans guilt, try getting crafty with these Pottery Barn DIY knockoff designs.

Table ItTable

Save some serious cash by fashioning your own rustic, reclaimed wood-topped table. Pottery Barn’s pine and steel Griffin costs about $1,700; Shanty 2 Chic’s all-wood version cost less than $100, all in.

Get the how-to at Shanty 2 Chic.

To buy: Griffin Fixed Dining Table, $1,699 at

Top Tier

Top Tier

Pottery Barn’s triple-tiered metal stand looks breezy cool outdoors and shabby chic in but will set you back $70. Kristen at the Crafting Chicks created a really cute version for just $6’s worth of thrift store finds, plus some leftover spray paint.

Get the how-to at The Crafting Chicks

To buy: Galvanized Metal Tiered Stand, $69 at

Sweet Steal

Sweet Steal

We totally heart Two It Yourself’s de-lovely version of Pottery Barn’s lumbar pillow cover. The coarse burlap fabric nicely offsets the treacle factor, while the square shape is more likely to work with inserts you already own.

Get the how-to at 2IY.

To buy: Heart Lumbar Pillow Cover at

Life on the Ledge

Life on the Ledge

Simply Designing’s Ashley fashioned a slightly narrower—yet equally handsome—version of Pottery Barn’s raised-front Holman shelf. The task requires a lot more skill than the average DIY creation, but the results are stunning.

Get the how-to at Simply Designing.

To buy: Holman Shelf, $59-$99 at

Great Crate

Great Crate

Bummed that Pottery Barn's rustic Stackable Fruit Crates are sold out? At $119 for two, don’t be, because Shayna at the Wood Grain Cottage whipped up a smaller, countertop friendly version. She kept costs down by using wood she had on hand, but you won’t need to spend more than $30 on materials.

Get the how-to at The Wood Grain Cottage.

To buy: Stackable Fruit Crates, no longer available at

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

The multi-paneled, beveled Eagan has inspired many an afternoon project. Steph at House Stuff Works took the best practices of several tutorials to create her own smart version of the ever-popular wall mirror, all for for less than $100.

Get the how-to at House Stuff Works.

To buy: Eagn Multipanel Small Mirror, $269 at

This Rules!

This Rules!

Unlike its kid-cute, $89 inspiration, 517 Creations’ life size wood ruler would look great in any space, not just the playroom. Blogger MJ Smith’s secret weapon? A black paint pen, which she used to draw over carefully penciled lines, and fill in numbers which she traced from print outs. The cost? $7 small ones.

Get the how-to at 517 Creations.

To buy: Personalized Growth Charts, $89 at 

Desk Redux

Desk Redux

Craft on the floor? Not any more. With just two coats of paint and $2 hardware from Home Depot, Lisa at Salt Marsh Cottage took a dated desk and transformed it into a handsome ringer for Pottery Barn’s Whitney Project Table.

Get the how-to at Salt Marsh Cottage.

To buy: Whitney Project Table, $599 at

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