Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat

Last updated on: 2022-05-30 21:31:51

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We haven’t had a coffee table for years! I love them, love styling them, love the function they add, but having one doesn’t always work out. Our daughters are eight and a half years apart, so we’ve had littles rolling around the ground and jumping off sofas for a while – it just didn’t make sense for the way we used our family room. Then there was the challenge of finding one I loved and was willing to pay for. For years I’ve been searching for vintage pieces to create my own coffee table, checking Facebook Marketplace for a unique piece to restore, but no luck. When I finally found one that I really liked and felt would coordinate with my coordinated living room pieces, it was way out of my budget. So, I decided to build a Pottery Barn coffee table copycat, but not from scratch. Instead, I built a simple cover that slides onto an existing tabletop that I didn’t love so much!

Building the Pottery Barn coffee table copycat was so much fun! I wasn’t too concerned if it didn’t work out because I used the most inexpensive spacer wood I could (aka lattice boards). I knew going in that the boards weren’t exactly the same size, they were rough, and uneven, but I liked those qualities about them because that meant I could easily create a unique piece that looked a little old and rustic with a modern frame. I added the decorative corners at the last minute because I think they add a little more stability to the thin wooden corners, and they add a nice finishing touch too. The best part about this Pottery Barn coffee table copycat is that it lends itself to any design you can think of, and it’s simple enough for anyone to take on.

This DIY project started with this inexpensive coffee table from Walmart. I was really only after the black metal frame and the size. It was actually less expensive for me to buy an entire coffee table over just a black frame to add my own top to. Go figure! It turned out to be better this way though, if my coffee table cover didn’t turn out, I still had a useable table, and the existing top added strength to my cover. Below I’ve included some additional coffee tables that I considered.

Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat
Walmart coffee table

Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat

You may look at the affordable Walmart coffee table and think the chevron pattern looks pretty nice and the color is OK, but I was after a thicker looking top without adding a lot of weight. I also wanted to apply my custom stain color to the wood and bring in the herringbone pattern. This Pottery Barn coffee table copycat isn’t an exact match, but it’s definitely inspired and more affordable than the original. The cool part is that both of my daughters have expressed how much they like the new table – which is pretty great to me. Here’s a photo of the original coffee table in our living room before I created a simple cover for it.

Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat

Anytime someone says copycat, I feel like it’s normal to expect a duplicate. Well, I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t create a duplicate, it’s not perfect or exact, but the Malcolm Pottery Barn coffee table is so beautiful and timeless to me that it inspired my own similar design. I love the mix of modern black metal with the rustic worn top – it feels cozy, a little vintage, but sturdy and fresh in a way. The Malcolm coffee table is longer than mine, uses solid wood, has the designer look and details I love, but when something is outside my budget I always consider if I can make it myself. And this time I decided I would attempt something similar for a fraction of the price. Below you can see the Pottery Barn coffee table that inspired this project.

Pottery Barn Malcolm coffee table

Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat – Tutorial

The cover that I built started with a piece of scrap plywood I had on hand. I used 1/2-inch plywood so that it was thick enough to nail into, but not too heavy. To get the plywood to fit the top of the coffee table, I just flipped the coffee table upside down and traced around it onto the plywood. Just cut your traced lines. Then I cut a bunch of 12-inch-long lattice pieces. I used about 14 spacer (lattice) boards for the top, and then I was able to use the trimmed off pieces to fill in the rest of the spaces. The video I made showing the process is the best way to demonstrate how the top pattern came together. I was able to use 2″ wide boards to create the border – and these boards were the same thickness as the lattice boards along the top so it doesn’t bulge over the edges at all. You can use any boards you want to wrap and frame the new cover, but I wanted to make sure the cover didn’t overlap with too much thickness away from the frame. My goal wasn’t to create something that looked made, but to create something that looked like it always was. I also found these decorative corner pieces to add a nice detail and some added security for the corners of the coffee table cover.

Once the boards were glued and nailed down (3/8″ brad nails), there were some small spaces in between some boards. The lattice boards aren’t perfectly uniform, so I used wood filler to fill some of the wider spaces. The wood filler claims it can be stained, but there are some places that didn’t stain well. Again, I wasn’t looking for perfection and this outcome didn’t ruin the overall look but be aware of my experience before you begin a similar project. I sanded the entire cover with 180 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper. Once cleaned off, I added Rove Dwell’s Farmhouse stain. Four hours later, gently sand with a 220-grit sanding sponge, and clean off. Then, I lightly applied Varathane’s whitewash stain and immediately wiped it off. These are the two main steps to achieve my white oak looking stain color. I love the warm and worn look of it, and it’s not too dark for my taste. A matte polyurethane finish was brushed on to protect the surface.

Pottery Barn Coffee Table Copycat – Video

My Pottery Barn coffee table copycat looks great downstairs as well as upstairs – it’s nice being able to move things around when I want to. Now that I have a coffee table in front of my sofa, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to style it. Little changes to tabletops are a great way to reuse your decor and refresh a room. I love using a tray to contain and display the decor – check out some of my favorite coffee table decor.

The surface looks old and worn but it’s so smooth and soft.
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06-10-2021 · Fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration . There is something so welcoming and charming when a front porch is decorated, even just a little. To me, it’s like the first chapter of a book, the porch either builds anticipation to see inside the home, or not so much.

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There is something so welcoming and charming when a front porch is decorated, even just a little. To me, it’s like the first chapter of a book, the porch either builds anticipation to see inside the home, or not so much. I love seeing how others decorate, inside and outside of their home even if their style isn’t my style. This is only the second year that I really decorated our front porch. I know, I know, how can someone who loves decorating so much fail on the front porch scene? Well, better late than never is my answer~ This post is all about fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. I have some very talented Instagram friends that have created lovely front porches, so I’ll be sharing those, as well as my second-ever front porch design.

I knew that I wanted some dried cornstalks. At this point, there weren’t any at Lowe’s, Walmart, or the local nurseries, but I lucked out when I checked Facebook Marketplace. I got six stalks for , I seriously couldn’t believe it, and we only had to drive twelve minutes away to get them! The farmer was incredibly nice and we discovered a little antique shop right down the road.

My next layer is tree stumps or risers. We had to cut down an old dead tree this summer. It had been dead a while and was precariously leaning toward Quinn’s bedroom window so it was time to go. The company did a great job cutting it down and they even cut several stumps for me at no extra charge. I have many ideas for these stumps, but the first is on the front porch. I don’t expect anyone to go get stumps, but the bigger idea to this layer of porch decorating is to have something to give height to some items as well as adding texture and interest. You can use anything you have that will withstand the outdoors, like crates, a wagon, a crock, planters, risers, stools, etc. Find something, anything, that will allow you to add items at varying heights. We also have three very tall oak trees in our front yard. We love the old growth trees, but when the wind blows we will find chunks of downed branches piercing our yard. I have been stacking and saving them up and love how they add some natural texture and interest to the porch design.

My next layer was adding pumpkins. I got all of these (except for three fake ones closest to the door) from Walmart. They had the best prices and I couldn’t believe the selection of heirloom colored pumpkins. After giving them a little bleach bath, I set them up on the porch making sure to spread out the various colors and sizes of pumpkins. I found I needed a few more to balance the design and then that layer was complete. I also extended some smaller ones into the flowerbeds to continue the look – my girls noticed right away and loved it.

With the pumpkins stacked and set up, I could easily see where there were natural places to add some mums and fall foliage. I got my mums from Walmart for .94 and didn’t expect too much from them, but I’m following Ari’s advice from True Style with Ari on mum care. You can check out her tips here! I have been taking off the dead flower heads and making sure not to over or under water them. For a mum, they’re doing pretty well. I also found some very inexpensive plants from Lowe’s. I love the look of cabbage plants, I even considered putting in faux ones, but the real ones were too affordable and cute to pass up. Using real plants has always felt like such a big deal to me because I’m worried that they’ll die after I spend all this money and time on them. Well, I found the plastic planters at the Dollar store, and a large bag of soil was under . So, my overall investment wasn’t too much and I’m learning more about caring for plants in the process.

I wanted to add some lanterns or lighting of some kind, but I had to consider our irrigation system and the rain that will be coming this time of year. So, I picked up some 5/8 inch dowels from The Home Depot and some votive holders from the dollar store and crafted my own little lights. All I did was glue thumbtacks to the bottom of the votive holders and once dry they could be easily pushed into the top of the dowel. I cut the bottom end of the dowels at a 45 degree angle and hammered them into the flowerbed. I could have painted or stained the dowels, but the natural color was find to me. Then I placed LED tealights inside the votives and that’s it! Super simple and if it rains, I just pull the votive holder out, dump the water and put it back into the dowel. These aren’t permanent lighting fixtures for my porch, but they’re fun for this season and didn’t cost much at all to make. My youngest says that the lights are huge marshmallows – so there’s that.

I have already added a few fake spiders as we get closer to Halloween. That’s one of things I love about this fall porch design, I can add or remove layers to create different looks throughout the fall season.

The dried oak leaves blow in naturally – so I just go with it!

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Without further ado, here are some of my favorite fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. You can click on the photo for more information about the designer. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for so much more decor and design inspiration.

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How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap . The farmhouse style has been taking shape ever since Joanna Gaines made us all so aware of its simple beauty. There are many interpretations of the farmhouse style, I tend to lean toward the modern farmhouse look.

The farmhouse style has been taking shape ever since Joanna Gaines made us all so aware of its simple beauty. There are many interpretations of the farmhouse style, I tend to lean toward the modern farmhouse look. However, lately I’ve been infusing some boho throughout our house. I love the textures and natural elements found in the bohemian look. The boho style can also be super colorful or simply neutral, it’s so flexible and fun! In designing a look for my teenage daughter’s bedroom, it was definitely going to be boho, but I wanted it to flow with our home too. I’m so excited to show you how to create boho farmhouse shiplap and give you a mini tour of her bedroom design.

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My daughter, Sawyer, knows what she likes, but she’s also very open and flexible when considering other opinions and options. I had so much fun designing her bedroom space together. We threw around different ideas, color schemes, and how she wanted the room to feel. She likes color, but wanted the room to feel calm and relaxed, so we went with muted tones. The original feature wall was going to be diagonal board and batten, but it would have been too difficult for me to match up the boards with the french cleat bracket for her cane headboard – I just wasn’t up to that DIY challenge yet. She likes shiplap, but didn’t want white. We agreed to a light grey green, and found the most beautiful shade in Magnolia Home paint, called Clean Lines and it’s the best paint I’ve every used. I hate painting, I mean I seriously don’t like anything about it except picking out colors. I went ahead and brushed a coat onto the gap of the shiplap because it seemed like it would be difficult to paint inside it once it was installed. Magnolia Home paint went on like butter, hardly had an odor to it, and I painted all 9 boards in less than 30 minutes. Yeah, I went ahead and rolled the first coat on the entire board after feeling how fast and easy the layer went onto the gap. It dried quickly also and the finish was smooth and luxurious. I love it and have already started scoping out Magnolia Home colors for my husband’s office. I used about a half gallon after applying the second coat to the half-wall of shiplap. I’m guessing a can would have given me two coats of the entire 10’x12′ wall.

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap – Video Tutorial

I did my fair share of shiplap research, and found that I had to look for several tutorials in order to figure out how to do all the necessary steps for my wall. For the side baseboard issue, Jeremy and I had to just brainstorm and determine what we wanted to do. And I figured out the hard way that I would need to trim off the shiplap gap along the very top board if I wanted my shelf to work out. I created a video that covers all the details I came across when installing my shiplap, but I’ll also list them out below. I hope you find all the details you need and don’t have to shop around to cover unforeseen issues. Please hit that Like button on my video~

At this point, I ran out of daylight and realized that I attached my last shiplap board. I didn’t want to take it down to remove the shiplap gap along the top for the shelf, so I ran over to The Home Depot and got another board. This mistake turned out for the best because it made the wall a better height for the cane headboard. Lucky mistake for me!

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
At this point, I thought I was done with attaching the shiplap… but there was a problem with my top board. Be sure to watch my video to know how to prepare your last board for the shelf install.

How to Create Boho Shiplap – Step by Step

  1. Remove the baseboard trim and outlet covers.
  2. Cut the side intersecting baseboards at a 90 degree angle using a multi-tool.
  3. Mart the studs on your wall or use a stud finder for each board (I had to do this a bit because the huge electrical box in the wall threw off the stud finder).
  4. Paint the shiplap gaps – or the entire boards. This is a good time to paint the outlet covers if you want a seamless look.
  5. For each board, cut off a small piece to make sure each end is cut square.
  6. For each board, measure the wall, mark the cut on the board near the other end that hasn’t already been trimmed. It’s better to have the board be too long and have to go back and shave off a little more. Having the boards fit as closely as possible will make your caulking step later a bit easier.
  7. Place the shiplap board in place on the wall, use a level in case your floor isn’t level, and then use a brad nail gun to secure it into each stud. Use two inch brad nails and place two nails into each stud.
  8. Repeat steps 5, 6, 7 for each board – except the very top board.
  9. Once all the boards are up, add plastic wood to the brad nail holes. Once dry, sand smooth. I like to vacuum the dust and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.

    Cutting around an outlet

  10. When you reach an outlet, you’ll need to use a jigsaw or multi-tool to cut the piece out of the shiplap board. It helps to use one of the trimmed off ends to help you mark on the trim piece where the electrical box is located. I show how to do this step in the video. Please hit that Like button if you watch.
  11. Before you attach the shiplap boards around the outlet, you’ll need to CUT the POWER and add a gang box extender. This will pop out your outlet so that it’s flush with your new shiplap wall. You much CUT the POWER in order to unscrew the outlet and shimmy the extender box onto the outlet box. You screw the gang box extender in place and then add your boards. Once in place and lined up, tighten your outlet screws and you can resume power.

    Install Boho plant shelf

  12. To add a simple plant shelf, you’ll need to trim off the gap from the top piece of shiplap. I used a circular saw to do this, but a table saw would also work well.
  13. Our wall was just short of 12 feet long, so I used two 1″x2″x6′ select pine boards and two 1″x4″x6′ select pine boards.
  14. Measure the wall, and cut all 4 boards to fit perfectly across.
  15. Place the 1″x2″ boards on the wall – I used painters tape to hold mine up. Mark the stud locations along the bottom of the boards. I measured up 1/4″ inch for each stud mark because this is where you predrill your screw holes. Make sure you face out the prettiest side to mark your screw holes because this side will be seen. They are at 1/4″ up from the bottom because they’ll be hidden by the 1″x4″ shelf board later.
  16. You can attach the 1″x2″ boards to the wall into the studs. Make sure the boards are flush with the top shiplap board and even with each other as well. I used 3″ wood screws to attach this board to the wall.
  17. Hold your 1″x4″ boards up to the 1″x2″ board and mark three places to add your pocket holes. They can’t be aligned with the screws into the studs, that’s why your holding it up to the 1″x2″ boards so see where those screws are located.
  18. Use the Kreg pocket jig tool to make your pocket holes. These are placed on the underside of your shelf board, make sure you pick the prettiest side of this board to be on top.
  19. You may need a helper to hold up the shelf while you attach 1.25″ screws into the pocket holes. You can leave the pocket holes exposed, or fill with plastic wood, and sand when dry. You can also add plastic wood to the middle shelf seam if you don’t like seeing the line.
  20. You can caulk the seems along the side walls if you want. I chose to do this because my cuts weren’t perfect and the caulk helped to line things up.
  21. Once dry, prep your space for the final coat of paint.
  22. Once the paint is full dry, attach your outlet cover and style~
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

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How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

Magnolia Home Paint, Clean Lines color is so pretty and definitely one to see in-person for the true color. It looks great in this space and works well in our home. The beauty of boho farmhouse is that it’s so flexible, almost any color would work for this project. I hope this tutorial is helpful and inspirational. It was my first go with shiplap and it was challenging and fun. Now, I feel even more confident to take on other projects. Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to subscribe to get an update on the other side of this Boho Farmhouse bedroom, and more DIY and decorating!

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