Pottery Barn Look Alike Desk

lookalikeThis desk that I made over was the bargain of the century. It cost $50 and with a few supplies and a little effort it looks very similar to a Pottery Barn desk you can find in their catalogue for $1169.00 (below).img64o

I actually like the way my desk came out better than the Pottery Barn one. This desk below is in the Pottery Barn Catalogue for $899.

img2oI didn’t get a great before picture because I forgot to take one. This is the best one I got. While it was on its side, I applied feet. The feet had screws already in them. I used a drill to create a hole on each of the bottom of the legs to screw the feet into.deskaHere you can see all the feet are attached.deskcI used a non toxic stripper to remove as much of the paint that was already on the desk as I could.deskdOnce the top of the desk was stripped down to the grain wood, I applied two coats of a dark brown stain to the top.deskeNext, I painted the legs and feet black.deskgAfter the legs and feet were finished, I applied the black paint to the rest of the body.deskhI taped around the edges of the drawers to prevent from getting paint on the actual drawer and then painted the face of the drawers.desk2Here is how the desk looked after the top was stained and the body and legs were painted.desk1I let it sit to dry for about two days.desk1

desk1aIt still needs knobs for the drawers.
I think it looks just as good if not better than the Pottery Barn desks above.desk2deskmdeskndesk1a I really like the way it came out. What do you think?


  1. Love how you did the top and the legs on yours are prettier, love the lines. Never thought I’d like black but seeing so many great redo jobs in black I’m really loving it. We have 2 bigger end tables that are black in our l/r and a tv stand that’s also black. Nothing matches in our l/r. We have a few accumulated pieces. I hate our couch but it was free and it’s super comfy. I try to cover it up now and then but eventually she’s denuded again, poor old sofa.
    Really love your black desk, the lines of it are very nice, you did great job on her.

  2. You did a fantastic job on this desk. It it now a beautiful desk. I am pinning it.
    Thanks for sharing.


  3. It looks great! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-last-weeks-top-three.html

  4. Your desk turned out gorgeous, nice job!!

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