Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Dollar Pottery Barn Knock off Shelves

       $5 Dollar Pottery Barn Knock Off Floating Shelves

Pottery Barn Knock Off Shelves

Pottery Barn is pretty awesome. They have the most beautiful things and I drool over their catalog every time it comes. You know what's not so awesome about Pottery Barn though? Their prices. Spending 45 dollars on a candle holder is just not something I am willing to do.
So many people seem to love their products, but agree with me on the prices, and so, you can find thousands of Pottery Barn knockoffs across the Blogosphere and Pinterest. These knockoffs are usually much cheaper than the inspiration and when you make them yourself, you can control the color, quality etc.

In a search for some shelves for our living room, I found these at the Pottery Barn website.
Holman Shelf

I love how they are more of a ledge than a shelf, but didn't love that they were 89 dollars for a three foot shelf. 89 dollars?!?! Are you kidding me!!! I wanted two of these so I would be spending $180 dollars for these, and that's before shipping!! I searched Pinterest and low and behold, one of my favorite blogs had the solution to making these shelves for a fraction of the cost. Shanty 2 Chic had a post on how to build these shelves that looked extremely similar to the Pottery Barn version, but her's are more rustic with a stained looked, which is exactly what I wanted.
Want to know the best part? To make my two shelves, which would have cost nearly $200 from Pottery Barn, I spent $5. Yes, that's right. $5 dollars. Granted, I already had the wood stain, spare screws, and wood glue, but still. Even if you need those supplies, you won't spend more than 15-20 dollars.
Anyone can build these. Seriously, I have never done an easier project. These were so easy that my Dad whipped up two longer shelves just days after seeing mine. They make a great statement and are so cheap and easy!!

Head over to Shanty 2 Chic  to see how they made theirs, or check out my quick tutorial below.

Here's what you need for 2 3 foot shelves. Adjust your length measurements if you want longer shelves.

1 1x2X6
2 1X4X6
Wood Glue
Finishing or Small Nails
1 1/2 inch wood screws
Wood Stain
Screws, Nails, Hanger-How ever you want to hang your shelves
Sand paper, sanding block, hand sander

Step 1: Cut all three of your wood pieces in half to form 3 foot pieces.

Step 2: Glue your 1X4's together to form the back and the bottom of the shelf. The actual shelf piece should lay against the bottom edge of the back piece. When the glue is dry, use your wood screws and screw the shelf into the back piece from the back.

Step 3: Glue your 1X2 across the front of the shelf piece. When dry, nail in with small finishing nails.

Step 4: Sand any rough edges and then stain. I used my favorite Minwax Dark Walnut. Reapply coats of stain as needed and sand to distress if desired. You can put a protective coat on these, but it is not necessary.

Step 5: Let stain dry completely and then secure to the wall however you'd like. We used dry wall screws straight into the studs.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Ultimate Pinterest Link Party!

Welcome back to The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

There is one change we are making to this party! I am going to send out 2 emails just for this party! So many people told me they were not getting that 2nd email in time to link up even though I set it up to go early on Saturday morning. They wanted an earlier email because they hate to miss this party! So I will send one out on Friday night to remind you to link up. Then I will send one out on Saturday morning reminding you to pin. I would not do the 2nd email, but I am afraid that people with forget with our busy Saturday mornings to get over to Pinterest and pin a few pins--and if we don't do that part, then this party will not be worth linking up to. If you have never linked up, and you have clicked on this party after it is closed, then you can sign up to be reminded of the next party below

Please read!!

  1. Link to a PIN, not a post!! Make sure you only link up 2 pins.
  2. Before you link up the pin, click on the pin and make sure it takes you to your post, not your home page.
  3. PLEASE remember to go pin other people's pins FROM THE ULTIMATE PINTEREST BOARD on SATURDAY MORNING (not tonight from the linky). Do not link up if you do not have the time to re-pin.
  4. Please re-pin (not like) at least 3 pins for every pin that you link up. Liking does not boost the pins. If you want to like some after you re-pin 3 pins, that is fine.
  5. Please link up pins that are new to our party. (Do not link up the same pin that you have already linked up a previous week.)
  6. PLEASE SHARE! I think this party could be awesome, but we need to have you get out the word! That being said, we only want people to link up who will come back and pin on Saturday! You can share on all the social medias (facebook, google+, etc.) but here is a Twitter button to make it easy!
The Ultiimate Pinterest Party from The Ultimate Linky every Saturday morning.

Here is my pick for my favorite pin from last week's party

Homemade cheese tortellini #theultimateparty - Week 18

Here were the pins that were re-pinned the most last week!

Pinterest did something with the way they counted re-pins. I could not figure out how they did, so I'll just report their number for the re-pins this past week. Pinterest would show that there were 15 re-pins, and when I would bring up those re-pins, they would show only 10 re-pins. When I would count the re-pins from our board and the re-pins from those re-pins, I had more than 15 so I stopped stressing as 15 re-pins is great!
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
  • And many other pins had at least 9 re-pins.
Did anyone else notice a difference in the way Pinterest counted pins this week?

Now let's get to our party!

Here are the directions or rules:
  • Follow your host and co-hosts on Pinterest. (Click "Follow All" and then go back and unfollow individual boards if you don't want to see some of our pins):
Tammy from The Ultimate Linky -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
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Amanda from Old House to New Home -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
Anna from Anna's Blog -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
  • Tammy will send out an email to everyone that has ever participated in this party on Friday night when the linky is open. She will also send an email on Saturday morning reminding everyone to re-pin some pins. There will be a link to the party in case you haven't linked up and there will be a link to the Pinterest board.
  • We will start pinning at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning. We will pin until they are all pinned.
  • If you know that you do not have the time to re-pin pins on Saturday, then DO NOT LINK UP!
  • I can decide to not pin a pin if it goes against my beliefs or against the rules of this party.
  • Please grab the button to help bring awareness to this party. Put on your party page, sidebar, or post!
The Ultimate Linky