Monday, September 5, 2011

PB Project Table Knockoff

Pottery Barn is going to hate me...
This is the desk I wanted for my craft/work/laundry room. "The Bedford Project Table" It's from Pottery Barn, and it costs $1,099 (plus $120 shipping). Nope, not in the budget. Not even close.



It took me a quick second to realize that I had seen those cubes before in the form of the below Closetmaid Cubeicals, found at Target for $40, on sale. I could use two of those for either end, and then all it needed was a tabletop, and I would have my craft table! So, I sent Ben to Home Depot for some wood. (If you know me and my projects, sending Ben to get some of my supplies is HUGE!) I decided I wanted the table to match the PB specifications of 55 inches long x 37 inches high x 38 inches deep. The cubes are 36 inches high and 36 inches deep. He came home with 7, 2x6 boards that they cut at Home Depot to 55 inches long. The boards are actually 5.5 inches wide, but for some reason they are called 2x6. Probably to confuse people like me who would have trusted that they were 6 inches wide like it said and not bothered to actually measure.


I knew I wanted to stain the wood instead of painting it white like the PB version. I wanted the top to contrast with the white cubes. So, I picked up a can of wood conditioner and a can of stain & poly in one ($24 total). The stain color is "Mission Oak Satin". The stain plus poly is different from regular stain in that you don't wipe it off in between coats. You brush on a thin coat, let it sit for 6 hours and then apply another coat if needed. I only needed one coat, and it looked great!


Don't let the smile fool you; he HATES projects!


My staining setup in the garage. Who needs a saw horse when you have loads of paint cans?


This is my craft area before:

The desk is long, but not tall or wide enough to do my sewing projects easily. I envisioned something that would let me stand to cut fabric with lots of storage.

And after!!! I am in love with my new table! To assemble, we screwed the boards to the cubes from underneath the top shelf of the cube. That way, when we move, we can just unscrew and go. I think we're going to add some braces in between the boards underneath as well to give it more stability.


Look at that wood!


Can't wait to start using this guy at my new table!


I think it looks quite similar to the PB version! I love having all the cubes to store my craft & sewing supplies, stationery, etc. The PB version has a back on the inner sides of the cubes, but I think I'm going to leave mine open since I can grab things from either side. Now I just need to make a trip to the consignment store, also known as my parents' basement, and grab a bar stool!



Project break down:
White cubes from Target: $80
Wood from Home Depot: $20
Conditioner & Stain: $24
Project Total: $124
PB Project Table: $1,099 + $120 shipping
Savings: over $1,000!!
I made this table for the price of shipping!

What have you knocked off lately?




45 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a fabulous knock-off!! I love the stained top. :) So much more storage now. Thanks for the visit today. :)

emmalina.lolly said...

GREAT job!!! I love the wood... looks so gorgeous. At first I thought you used Ana White's plans for this, but this is even simpler! nice work!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What a nice, big work surface now! The contrast of the white and wood is great! Wonderful knockoff!

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

I Love this! I need one! Thank you so much for sharing!

Carmella said...

What a great project! I would love to have all that storage space! Great blog, glad I found you at home stories :) I am now following!

Splendiferous Girls said...

WOW!!! Love it great job..looks just like it.

Anke said...

Your table turned out great! I'm going to have to keep that idea "on file" so I can make my own. When I finally get my own craft room that is. :-)

Beth said...

@Amanda @ Serenity Now

Thanks Amanda! Love your blog!

Beth said...

@emmalina.lolly

Thank you so much!

Beth said...

@Madigan at madiganmade

Thanks Madigan!

Beth said...

@Kirsten @ Mushki Loves

Thanks Kirsten!

Beth said...

@Carmella

Thanks Carmella! You're my newest follower!

Beth said...

@Splendiferous Girls

Thank you!!

Beth said...

@Anke

Thanks Anke! I hope you get a craft room really soon! :)

Kelly said...

Want it, need it, gotta have it! Thanks for the idea!!

Donna said...

I hopped on over from CSI to take a peek at your table. Love it! Perfect storage solution. I may have to hop on over to Target to take a look at those cubes. They just might work for a closet project I am working on. Thanks so much for sharing!

refresh reStyle said...

I love it, I have been wanting to make one of these too! The top is beautiful!
Debbie

Stephanie said...

Great knock-off! I jealous of your awesome workspace! What a clever idea. I love those cubicles!

Margo said...

Those cubes are awesome! I have those in my kids rooms. Your desk looks great and will be so functional as well.

Ellie said...

So very cool! I love it!

Kim said...

Great idea! I've been looking at the PB project table for my studio, but I may have to try this!

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

What a marvelous knockoff...I may just try to make one of these. I have an old formica table top that would be a great topper...now I am inspired! THanks

Theresa said...

Hi Beth, I have been in love with that PB Table since it came out. I would love to do the same especially after seeing the break down! Amazing! Feel free to link up your project over at my site if you like
DearCreatives.com
Thanks for the inspiration!

Ruth said...

I love this idea. I made something similar for my son's room and posted it on my blog. Hope you can stop by.

Ruth

Steph @Silver Boxes said...

Beautiful job! I really like the wood top on yours. I did something similar with a glass table top & two small book cases... wa-la! Instant (well, almost) craft table. I also love mine!

All the best!
Steph @ Silver Boxes

Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy and Bashful} said...

It's gorgeous!! How smart, and stylish. I've been on the hunt for one of those tables on Craigslist, but I think it's going to be tough. I love your idea. thanks for sharing!

Donna Gelineau said...

I have been looking for sewing room idea's. I like this one. I am a new follower.

Stef said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your table turned out great!! I think my husband would've finished ours a whole lot sooner if he would've just used pre-built cubbies!!! I love your nice rich, dark top!!

Candy Vaughn said...

I have loved this style of desk from PB for a long time. Found you on Knock Off Decor and have to follow you now! I will have to Pin this for a future project. I'm just getting in to this following "thing" and I love finding Nashville area bloggers!

Tracy said...

Hi, I am not sure what links I clicked on to get to your blog, but love your new table! I would love something like it for my art studio. I see you are from Nashville? I am in Murfreesboro : )

MJ said...

I LOVE this! Such a gorgeous (and totally functional) table that saved you a ton of money. :)

**visiting from Knock Off Decor

MJ @ 517 Creations said...

Hi Beth! I'd love to feature your PB craft table on my blog!! I looked around for your e-mail but couldn't find it...I'm probably not checking in the right spot. Send me an e-mail (517creations(at)gmail.com) when you get a chance and we'll chat!! :)

Brittany said...

I just have to tell you that I love this desk SO MUCH! Thank you for sharing!

lindsay said...

That is beautiful! I love it - great job!

Diana said...

I'm so glad I stumbled on to your blog and this wonderful work table. I have cubes from IKEA that I have made a desk of, but may just redesign my space.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful!! Fantastic knock off design!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight said...

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Homemade Woman said...

i love this! great idea! thanks for sharing.

lalaLIZ said...

I actually saw these at home depot a while back and thought of doing the exact same thing! This is exactly what I've been looking for to use as a cutting table for fabric (I'm tired of the floor...lol). Thanks for the tips! Much appreciated!

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful job! I like it better than the PB version with that gorgeous wood top! :)

Roeshel

ruth said...

Love it! one question do you think I could make it so it rolls?? I like it for y classroom.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Um don't tell PB but I like yours better. :) What a great job! Love love love it!

PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog right now. Come by when you have a chance! :)

sssalad said...

I know this is an older post but I just came across it, as I am making a desk similar to this one now. I love the top on yours! So pretty! Can I ask you a couple of questions? First, you said you drilled from the top of the cubicles to attach the top. How did you cover the screws? Did you just paint over them? I am wondering how to do this, as the paint won't match up perfectly and I don't want it to show. Also, did you just leave the plastic caps on the screws on the sides of the cubicles? The others that I have seen online have done this. I was trying to find a way to disguise them but have not come up with anything yet! Thanks for sharing your desk - it turned out great! :)

Camille said...

I don't usually bother to stop and comment on the stuff I see on pinterest but I have to say:

That is freaking GENIUS. Nicely done!

Laura said...

I did this, but used Martha Stewart cubbies and Rubbermaid shelves for the top-- no cutting or staining.

http://oldhwysixwest.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/retirement-week-1-how-i-saved-about-2000-on-2-projects/