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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A pottery barn knock off the crafty scrappy happy way!

Ahhh do you all drool at the sight of a Pottery Barn catalogue like I do?
because I seriously salivate over EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. of that darn

My husband can't understand why I won't throw them away....
(yes I keep mine in a pile---because you never know when you are going to need inspiration)

I mean if I won the lottery....well, lets just say I would be on my way to the mall but not to buy would be all about PB!

Buttt for now I am stuck with the reality of my situation, I am far from being able to afford anything that even resembles a pottery barn piece of furniture.
SO, I drool at the shiny magazine pictures for hours on end and then decide to make my own version with pieces of furniture I have around the house.

Just to warn you,
I realize my up-cycled versions don't turn out just like the PB version,
BUT they make me happy!

Here is the Pottery Barn version:

I have SO been wishing for a shelf like this one,
one that sports the library card catalogue feel via tag holders.

And here is what I had to start with.

Sooo much better right?
Not a pottery barn piece, but a Jaime version anyways.

I had fun personalizing it a bit to make room for a crock at the bottom---
I LOVE crocks, for me they are WAY better than baskets, 
I literally use them for EVERYTHING--
living room storage of blankets and pillows only makes sense to me!

Here is a little bit on the how to part:

I painted the dark wood with my newest love affair (if you couldn't tell from yesterdays post) Paris Grey chalk paint.

Then I distressed until I was giddy and content with the worn look.

Next I measured and cut slabs of thin wood from the hardware store for $0.19 each 
and added the tag holders with screws.

A little wood glue later the are all set.

My number one goal when I decorate it---"surround yourself with things you love"
And this shelf's decor actually has a little hidden special meaning to me.

Are you surprised?
I ALWAYS try to keep things special and meaningful.

This shelf had both an old scale, a couple of vintage dental books and a starfish.
(For those of you who are new here, I am a newly graduated dentist who is just now 
enjoying "real" life---just so you don't think I am super crazy for collecting the dental books)
During school it was hard to keep balance because I had to make my work my priority, but now my hope is that I remember to always balance work and play.

Don't be fooled, I certainly don't always find special meaning for my decor---
Sometimes certain looks or collections of "things" 
just make me really really happy.
Like this basket full-o-blue ball jars.

I am linking up to a few of these amazing parties.


Blogger Just Jaime said...

Pretty! Turned out great!

July 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kris@ourthriftynestof7 said...

Love the shelf...great job!! :) And I heart crocks also, plus turquoise Ball jars make me smile. I have several displayed in my living room w/ my vintage quilts...

Be blessed,
thrifty momma

July 26, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger farmhouse mama said...

That's it! I have to gut up the high shipping price and get me some chalk paint. Great job. Love your work.

July 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Bonny@Spontaneousniceties said...

Ooooh! LOVE it! Your Paris Grey looks gorgeous. I love chalk paint, too. Way to go!

July 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Your rocking it! It may not be found in Pottery Barn but I bet they wish it was.


July 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Looks great, as usual! I gotta get me some of those card catalog labels. They give everything such a cool look.

July 26, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Pamela Bates said...

but where oh where did you score the card catalog tags?? LOVE. Awesome makeover.

July 27, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! I just ordered some of that paint and I can't wait to get it!! I love your mason jars in the chicken wire basket too. I would love it if you would join my link party, The Creative Spark. Off to look around the rest of your blog!
Jenn :)

July 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

This turned out amazing!

July 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

This is gorgeous!

July 27, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger ibshell said...

Not pottery barn---SO MUCH MORE!! I love when something is great and inspirational leading to something that is fantastic and amazing! I LOVE IT! thank you for the idea. I love the card holders too, they look so antique chic-ish {is that a word?} ;)

July 28, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Classically Hip Interiors said...

Beautiful I love it...

July 28, 2011 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

oh my word - I absolutely love it - the color & the tags - delish!

I'm admiring your crock too! where did you get THAT?

July 28, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love it, love the grey, love the labels! Thanks for sharing.

July 28, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very pretty!

July 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful job! Love how you made it look all deliciously vintage and those tag holders are great! :)

xoxo laurie

July 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Tanya Anurag said...

Beautiful... like stuff you have put in. And is that a drawer at the top... quite an idea, girl :)


July 29, 2011 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

You can't go wrong with Pottery Barn inspiration. I.Like.It.!

July 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ Bungalov said...

Another great job. I am a lover of PB too and also a catalog junkie. I have a huge stack that I love always browsing thru. Your piece definitely looks PB inspired.

July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Carmella said...

I happen to love the Jamie version more I dare say it??....more than the PB version! You have such a wonderful distinct style in everything you create...this is so beautiful!!

July 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Just popping in to let you know that I will be featuring this on my blog later today. It really is beautiful and I am so excited to get my paint!! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. Would love to see you next week!
Jenn :)

July 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Kim. Where did you find your labels? I found some at Hobby Loby in the scrapbook section. Awesome piece!

July 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Samantha from Colonial Curve Cottage said...

New follower! LOVING your blog and that cabinet has inspired me! :)

August 1, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger cincynana said...

Where can I find the card catalog labels??

August 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

Love this! I have 2 of those bookcases from World Market and have been planning a have just given me a vision! Thanks!
Where did you get the tags? I love them! And also, the starfish. I have found a few at HobLob but cannot seem to find the white ones......I see them everywhere in blogland....LOL
I am your newest follower.....come visit me when you can!

August 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Erin of said...

I was Googling "Pottery Barn knock offs" and found your blog! I love it and your Pottery Barn knock off! :) I would love for you to come to my Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party at

August 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Holly Kennedy said...

I love it! Great job--as always!!!!!

September 9, 2011 at 6:09 AM  

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