Ahhh do you all drool at the sight of a Pottery Barn catalogue like I do?
because I seriously salivate over EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. of that darn
My husband can’t understand why I won’t throw them away….
(yes I keep mine in a pile—because you never know when you are going to need inspiration)
I mean if I won the lottery….well, lets just say I would be on my way to the mall but not to buy clothing…it would be all about PB!
Buttt for now I am stuck with the reality of my situation, I am far from being able to afford anything that even resembles a pottery barn piece of furniture.
SO, I drool at the shiny magazine pictures for hours on end and then decide to make my own version with pieces of furniture I have around the house.
Just to warn you,
I realize my up-cycled versions don’t turn out just like the PB version,
BUT they make me happy!
Here is the Pottery Barn version:
I have SO been wishing for a shelf like this one,
one that sports the library card catalogue feel via tag holders.
And here is what I had to start with.
Sooo much better right?
Not a pottery barn piece, but a Jaime version anyways.
I had fun personalizing it a bit to make room for a crock at the bottom—
I LOVE crocks, for me they are WAY better than baskets,
I literally use them for EVERYTHING–
living room storage of blankets and pillows only makes sense to me!
Here is a little bit on the how to part:
I painted the dark wood with my newest love affair (if you couldn’t tell from yesterdays post) Paris Grey chalk paint.
Then I distressed until I was giddy and content with the worn look.
Next I measured and cut slabs of thin wood from the hardware store for $0.19 each
and added the tag holders with screws.
A little wood glue later the are all set.
My number one goal when I decorate it—”surround yourself with things you love”
And this shelf’s decor actually has a little hidden special meaning to me.
Are you surprised?
I ALWAYS try to keep things special and meaningful.
This shelf had both an old scale, a couple of vintage dental books and a starfish.
(For those of you who are new here, I am a newly graduated dentist who is just now
enjoying “real” life—just so you don’t think I am super crazy for collecting the dental books)
During school it was hard to keep balance because I had to make my work my priority, but now my hope is that I remember to always balance work and play.
Don’t be fooled, I certainly don’t always find special meaning for my decor—
Sometimes certain looks or collections of “things”
just make me really really happy.
Like this basket full-o-blue ball jars.
I am linking up to a few of these amazing parties.