Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Date
Dec, 02, 2014

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

It all started when I got Pottery Barn’s catalog in the mail. I sat down to eat some lunch and started flipping through the beautiful pages when I saw this:

Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

LOVE. So cute, right?! Well not for $149. Although it is on sale now, but still. Not worth it for a piece of wood with clothespins on it. So DIY’d I did 🙂

I had the perfect piece of wood left over from a headboard I made for a friend (which I haven’t posted about yet, but will soon!).

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

I started out by staining it with some Dark Walnut and then using some white wash until I got the affect that I liked. Then I sealed it up with some flat topcoat.

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Next was the letters. I found these Chipboard letters and deer heads at Hobby Lobby. I spray painted the letters white and jazzed up the deer heads with some glitter 🙂

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

While those were drying, I used some super glue to attach my clothespins. I had a really hard time finding numbers that I liked. I wanted to use these little wooden ones from A.C. Moore but at 80 cents a pop, that just wasn’t happening. I felt like all the craft stores had hardly any sticker sets that were all numbers, or if they did they were u-g-l-y.

I thought I was going to have to just free hand them which, trust me, would have been BAD. Luckily I finally found some stickers that I liked at Wal-Mart. Although they were silver and I really wanted white ones…so I spray painted them 🙂

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

I had no idea if that was going to work or not, but it did! Kinda. When I peeled them off, the counters (holes in the numbers) had formed a sticky layer that was ridiculously hard to get off. I had to go in with an X-acto Knife and cut each one out. Pain in the buns. Oh well, it was worth it because even with spray painting them, you could still see some of the silver sparkles which made it look like pretty snow!

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

I found all my little baggies at Michaels and filled them with little treats!

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

The plain canvas ones needed a little extra something, so I glued some red deer ribbon around them 🙂 I wanted more of the little boxes, but I only found one package in the dollar bins. Boo.

And that’s it! So easy and definitely worth doing myself and not paying for one. I can’t wait to use this for many years to come and pick out fun new bags each time!

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

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I really wish I could have photographed this against my backdrop and avoided having to show you our poo colored walls that I first introduced you to in my blog tour 😉

I added some lights too and it just makes me so happy to look at!

Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

Does your family have an advent calendar? I’d love to hear about any you’ve made too!

Have a fabulous day everyone!

brepurposed

46 Comments

  1. Reply

    Carmody

    December 10, 2014

    Wow1 This turned out great. I love how the staining came out too. Thanks for linking up to On Display Thursday.

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      brepurposed

      December 11, 2014

      Thank you so much, Carmody!!

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    Whitney

    December 7, 2014

    So pretty! I like yours better than the PB one! Looks so rustic and elegant – my favorite combination for holiday decor. 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 7, 2014

      Thank you so much, Whitney, I appreciate that!

  3. Reply

    Pam@over50feeling40

    December 5, 2014

    This is my favorite holiday decoration so far!! I love it with the shelf…simple elegance. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 7, 2014

      Aw I appreciate that! Thank you Pam 🙂

  4. Reply

    Jo Gudith

    December 4, 2014

    Bre this is FANTABULOUS!!! I saw the inspiration at Pottery Barn and thought it was a great idea but horrendously overpriced. Not being to imaginative, nor crafty, I didn’t even think about doing it myself. I’m going to take the plunge though, you’ve got me inspired. Can I ask the approx length of your board? It looks like the spacing in about 3″-4″ on the clothespins. Also, did you stain the clothespins as well or can you buy them that color? Again… OUTSTANDING JOB of outclassing the original. Thanks for sharing it!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 5, 2014

      Aw thank you! And yes it’s so easy you won’t have any trouble, promise 🙂 My board is 5 ft. long and the clothespins are spaced about 2 inches apart. I got them at Michaels and they were already stained like that 🙂 If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask!

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    Katie @ Little House of Four

    December 3, 2014

    This is REALLY cute and even looks great against your “poo” colored walls! Fabulous knock off my friend!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 4, 2014

      haha thank you for saying that, Katie! I can’t wait to not have poo colored walls 🙂

  6. Reply

    Beverly

    December 3, 2014

    What a wonderful advent calendar. Great job!
    Bev

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 4, 2014

      Thank you so much, Bev!

  7. Reply

    Bre @ Average But Inspired

    December 3, 2014

    This is FABULOUS!!! I love yours, Bre!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 3, 2014

      Thank you Bre!!! 🙂

  8. Reply

    Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    December 2, 2014

    LOVE this!! $149?! I would have DIY’d it, too!! Awesome job, I love the dark walnut color on the wood with the white numbers and letters! And those deer heads!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 3, 2014

      Right?! So not worth $149! Thanks Amanda!!

  9. Reply

    Havok

    December 2, 2014

    Ohhh that stain is fantastic! And, of course, love the deer/stag heads! But that color, delicious! I love dark woods!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’ve used that finish on a bunch of projects and am totally in love with it! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  10. Reply

    Emily @ Table & Hearth

    December 2, 2014

    Wow Bre, great job!! That staining is gorgeous!

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      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thank you so much, Emily!! 🙂

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    Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    December 2, 2014

    Ooohh I want one of these, Bre!! Love it!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      It was so easy to make!! Thanks Amy 🙂

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        Amy | Canary Street Crafts

        December 9, 2014

        I stopped back to stare at my favorite advent calendar again and let you know I’m featuring it Thursday at Your Turn To Shine. (p.s. if you happened to pick my name for our secret santa thing I totally wouldn’t mind if you made me one of these). 🙂

        • Reply

          brepurposed

          December 10, 2014

          Aw thank you so much Amy!! And I’ll see what I can do 😉

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    Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    December 2, 2014

    Reeeeaaalllyyyy cuuute. We don’t do advent calendars, though I think half the fun is making them! Definitely a tradition I’d like start.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thanks Amy! We usually just buy the boring chocolate ones from the grocery store but I’m super excited to use this one for years to come 🙂

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    Kristi

    December 2, 2014

    Oh Bre!!! I am absolutely OBSESSED with this! I love how you added your family name to the top and of course, I’m crushing on all of your lovely rustic touches!!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thank you Kristi! I just had to add some personal touches! 🙂

  14. Reply

    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    December 2, 2014

    Psssst, I like yours so much better! Excellent knock off Bre.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Aww YAY! Thank you Marie 🙂

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    Christie

    December 2, 2014

    This Advent Calendar is just too cool!! Awesome job on this knock off!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thank you so much Christine!!

  16. Reply

    Lindsay Eidahl

    December 2, 2014

    Very cute! I like the natural wood better than the white!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      December 2, 2014

      Thank you Lindsay! 🙂

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