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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Copycat Pottery Barn Buffet

 
 
This project began as an amazing find by my bestie, who just so happens to work at an apartment complex and is in a position to grab see all the 'stuff' people leave behind when they move!  She knew that I had been looking for something small to use as a buffet for my back porch transformation and when she saw THIS:
 
 
Well, she knew that it was just what I needed!
 
With her help, I initially sanded it down and painted it white, but I wasn't really happy about how it looked against the brick on the house.  It sort of just blended in and the cottage-style table I had refinished for the dining area was also white.  Ugh - boring!
 
Here's the only picture I can find of it in white, but you can get a feel for what I'm talking about.  At this point, I was also still trying to figure out what to do with the missing drawer front . . .
 
 
And then I spotted THIS beauty in the Pottery Barn catalog last summer and was inspired!
 
 
So . . . I stripped off the white on the top and stained it a dark walnut.  Then I painted a coat of ochre on the doors and sides before covering everything but the inset panels of the doors with a bright green.
 
 
I distressed the whole thing with my sander so that the various colors would show through and rubbed the whole piece down with the leftover stain, to give it a more aged/weathered appearance.
 
 
Just like my flag project, I was able to use paint samples (and already had the white), so this project cost me very little to complete.  Certainly much less than the $999 price tag on the PB inspiration piece!  Here they are side by side.  What do you think?!
 
 
I solved the drawer problem by removing the drawer altogether, painting the inside and using two wicker baskets on the inside instead!  They work great and I didn't lose any functionality of the space!  The baskets were about $7 each.
 
 
I did change the handles on the piece as well, which were regularly $5 each at Hobby Lobby, but since I waited for a sale - I got them both for $5 instead!
 
 
It's turned out to be such a cute and serviceable piece that I just love it!  And with 100 degree weather predicted this weekend, we'll be spending all our time out back (in the pool) enjoying it too!
 
Happy summering y'all!
 

36 comments:

  1. What a fabulous piece. I love the colors too and perfect for the patio. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party Inspire Me Tuesday - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/06/170th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hugs, Marty

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    1. I just did and thanks so much for the invite! I will be back!

      Cheers - Jen

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    2. Awesome Job, better than the inspiration. I'm looking into new ideas for the new deck we will be building next spring/summer. This is what I like, something different!!

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  2. This totally came out way better than the Pottery Barn one. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, I think I will and thanks so much for the invite! Have a great weekend - love your banner/title on your blog btw, and that tilting pitcher is to die for!

      Cheers - Jen

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  3. Wow, fabulous job! It looks amazing!

    Therena @ littlebitofpaint.blogspot.com

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  4. EXCUSE ME while I ......FALL. IN. LUV.
    This is sooo adorable and you did an AWESOME job....don'tchaknow I am gonna be looking for a drink bar for us, too. I LOVE this.
    Over from Mrs Olson

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking me out! It makes a girl feel good ya know ;o)

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  5. I love the color! You did a great job.

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  6. gorgeous!! I love how you re-purposed this cabinet Jen! I'm popping around looking for ideas to do the same!
    enjoy your weekend!

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  7. You did such a great job! I love it green and shabby! I can tell it is very functional besides wonderful looking! Thanks for sharing at TTF this week.

    Linda

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  8. Oooh I love this! So pretty!


    Sam
    cooksandcreates.blogspot.com

    (Found you on I Should Be Mopping the Floor)

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  9. Gorgeous! You saved so much money! JM

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  10. I like your copy much better! I will have to start looking for a piece that I can refinish for my deck. Great idea. I stopped by from Inspire Me Monday. Hope you stop for a visit.

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  11. Oh my goodness, so beautiful! What vision you had to get from "that" to "this"! Perfect. Even the hardware accents.

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  12. This piece is amazing! You really nailed it as far as copying the pb piece. Love, the layering of colors! Thanks for sharing thiw with SYC. Happy to be following you.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. CONGRATS!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/unique-creations-features-73/

    I can't wait to see what you link up this evening!

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    1. Thanks so much - feature spots are such a compliment! And I love partyin' at your place. So many great ideas linked up each week!

      Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

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  14. What a fantastic job! Love the colors you ended up with and it looks great! Visiting from the diy dreamer today :)

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  15. Ooh! I like the shabby chic style and I'm always a sucker for green. Very nice job!
    Toodles,
    Sara

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    1. Great job! It looks just like it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
      Sherry

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  16. I loved this! I think your piece is even better than the one from Pottery Barn. This post is a Dare to Share Feature of the Day! Thank you so much for linking up.

    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/07/copycat-buffet-feature-of-day.html

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    1. That's so awesome!! Thank you so much!!!

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  17. Nearly perfect imitation of the Pottery Barn piece - LOVE it! You did a fantastic job - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  18. Wow!!! I love this version far more than the original. Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux, sharing today at my party at 2:00 PST. Happy 4th!

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    1. Oh my!! Thank you! I have gotten a lot of great feedback on this piece but feature spots are high compliments indeed! Especially with so many great things to choose from at your party each week!

      I am so excited!

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  19. LOVE this! It's absolutely gorgeous and I want one for our balcony. Found you via Redoux :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  20. Jen this is BEAUTIFUL! I am in love with the colors too! Fantastic work! :)

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  21. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  22. This is just darling better then PB's I love it. I wanted to share it in a roundup but didn't see Craft-O-Maniac linked up. I would love to invite you to re-link it again tomorrow evening, so I can share it. Thanks a bunch, Jen

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  23. So fun!! What a great copycat project!

    I featured you this week: http://www.52mantels.com/2013/07/diy-home-decor.html

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  24. Featuring this on my Friday Favorites post today :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    http://upcycledtreasures.com

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  25. I love the PB inspiration piece, but I think your piece is even better! I love the shuttered doors and the green is perfect! And not only is it pretty, but functional and thrifty too! Totally awesome!

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  26. I like yours better than Pottery Barn's.

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