Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dear Pottery Barn: I love you but..

I don't have a boat load of cash to spend on your accessories.
I would love to, really I would.
I just can't stomach it.
Wish that I could, but when I can make a knock off picture ledge shelf
that you sell for WAY too much money, for $3.
I just have to go with the cheaper version.
I am sure that you understand.
I still appreciate your catalogs full of inspiration.
So, please keep up the good work.
I just wont be buying anything.
Still love ya though!

Ha-I crack myself up!
Who writes a post to Pottery Barn?

On to the tutorial!
First-I saw this idea last year on some great blog that I can't remember the name of.
I bookmarked it, at least I think I did.
I can't find it now, so I can't give credit where credit is due.
I am hoping that the talented, blogging chick behind this idea believes
 that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery! :)

Here is the inspiration shelf. Cute right? Functional right?
So, I was determined to make my own version.
Now, when I say "I" was determined-I really mean my husband. He REALLY wanted to make this.
Really-he did!
(you should NOT believe me because this was not on his list of "really wish I could make that" list)

This shelf at PB was $55 a shelf!
Are you kidding me!
So we went to Home Depot.
Now, it is completely UN-important that my husband made these shelves 9 months ago because
I HAD to have them asap.
It it also completely UN-important that they were just barely hung on the wall
when we did the Family Room Redo.
Totally UN-important.

I apologize that I don't have a picture of the supplies we used before they were assembled.
They were on the other camera-that is still missing!

Supplies: (this is for 1 shelf)
2-1x2 boards 24"-36" long
We found these in the scrap dept. They were not marked, so the new guy at the register gave them to me for FREE!!!
1-piece of molding trim.
I used a piece of plastic molding that was $1.50. It was long enough that we just cut it in half. Worked great for my size of shelves.
If you want to make yours longer that I did-you might need two of these.

A handy, helpful husband (this is not required)

So-he just screwed the 2 pieces of wood together.
Like this. He attached the screws from the bottom.

He then attached the trim piece. Any type of molding piece would work.
You just need something that will give a ledge of some sort.
If you want it deeper-get a larger piece.
I didn't care-as long as there WAS a ledge.

As you can see-my wood was far from perfect.
I didn't care.
I knew it would be painted then glazed then sanded.

After the assembly-which took 5 mins. I got to priming.
I used my favorite Rustoleum white primer.

I finished it with a coat of Rustoleum 2x coverage in Colonial Red.
I always have this color handy.
Red makes me happy, what can I say.

See-not perfect.
So didn't care.

I glazed them after the paint was dry.
Wish I had a picture of this one.
I just used my trusty glaze that I used to glaze my cabinets in the kitchen.
I did learn something.
When you are using spray paint and you then use an oil based glaze-it will take some of the paint off.
I didn't care, I kind of liked it like that.
I you are not going for this look-use an water based glaze or watered down acrylic.

Then I finished them with a quick sanding on the edges.

Whole project: 25 mins.
Start to finish.

The decorating took much longer.
This is one of the 1st versions I came up with.
WAY too much stuff!
So, I changed it.
Then I changed it again.
Then-I did it again.
3rd time was the charm.

I love these shelves and the dimension that they add to the wall without feeling too heavy.
Those Pottery Barn people are smart!

When I started adding things to the shelf-I used items that were dimensional as well as flat.
I added an old shutter with a small, berry wreath on the handle.
Some old keys.
A fabulous plate that was 50cents at the DI
The #5 and letter A.
Also, I used a metal star that I "robbed" from the bathroom.

Did I mention that I love them?
Super easy, super cheap, totally do-able.
My kind of project!

If you have questions, let me know.
But, really all that you need to know is in the post.
Unless of course, I forgot something.
 But, I NEVER do this...

If you make some-please, show me.
I would love to see your creations!

Ps- I just wanted to end my post with a little bit of eye candy.
some Riggins candy-if you will.

OK-be honest.
Who wouldn't want to watch Friday Night Lights-if only for the chance to see this guy?!
Just sayin!
Just think of him telling you that you are the best decorating genius around.
At least that's what I do.
See why I have a sickness!

Some of you have read this post already-New post up later this afternoon.
Dang TV makes me late!
Thanks for understanding!!


  1. Looks great ! It is so nice to have a hubby to help with the power tools.


  2. Hilarious post. Love the shelves. Good job hubby. I might start watching Friday Night Lights.

  3. I saw this on a link up. I love the price! I may have to get my husband started on this for the weekend. Thanks so much!

  4. HE TALKED TO ME! I heard him...he totally wants me;) SO KIDDING! You did it girlie. Watch out PB, Tausha's in da HAwse! Oh, can I just say one more thing? Colonial Red rocks, right? Okay, one more thing, I'm on the hunt for the chalk pens. Thanks! Now, I'm off to find a place for some of these babies. Thanks for the tut!

    Jennie @ CInnaberry Suite

  5. Just remembered one more thing...:) What's the name of the green paint you used on the door in your entry way? Okay! That's it. Thanks ahead of time.

  6. Haha. I ordered bedding from the PB and even on sale it cost me too much after shipping. Really? I'm with you, keep the inspiration coming but I'll create my own thanks. Great job on the shelf.

  7. Oh, I love it!
    These really came out nice!
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Clever and simple and CHEAP, I call that a win 3 ways! Love your shelves and the red, which is my go to kitchen color. Thank you!

  9. Wonderful job, Tausha! How perfect! :) You did a great job knocking off PB!!

  10. I follow your blog all the time. You crack me up! You are such a talented gal. . . love the things you do. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Appreciate your comments. And all your inspiration.

  11. Okay - now that is really neat shelf. Great way to save that cash!

  12. I am stopping by from welcome Wednesday! I am loving your blog! I am your newest follower :)

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  14. looks great! I love all the red accents!

  15. I think your shelves are great - I am feeling a project coming on! Thanks so much for linking up to Be Inspired today!


  16. Your post made me chuckle. :) You are so talented in everything you do! Thank you so much for linking to my party!

  17. I love your shelves! As soon as the living room is finished being painted, I'm going to need some shelves! I'll be keeping this project in mind!


  18. I laughed all the way through your post! I also got a little inspiration from PB for a jewelry organizer and went through the same thought process as you!
    To see my version of PB on a Budget visit me at

    Thanks for the giggle!

  19. This is a cute idea. I just got all the parts to make them. How did you attach it to the wall?

  20. I absolutely LOVE PB knockoffs! Good job!

  21. Sweet little shelves, I'll take two please!


  22. Awesome shelf!

    Found you at Welcome Wednesday :)

  23. Yes, how did you attach them to the wall? Please share.


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