Monday, March 1, 2010

Pottery Barn knock off...the kind you CAN'T buy...

Ever notice that a lot of the cool stuff in the PB catalog isn't for sale?!?!?!?!? What kind of sick and twisted person does that to their audience?!?!? Sheesh.

So, here's the dilemma...see how this beautiful return air vent accentuates my wonderfully re-purposed pocket door headboard? Yeah, not so much. I hate that vent, DESPISE it, but have never quite found a solution for it.


But then, while flipping through the PB catalog I saw THIS:

PERFECT!!!!! CHEAP!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!


So, I headed to the dollar store where I purchased a ball of sisal, and I got busy. I had these gorgeous knobs I got at the Restore for .25 a PIECE and it all came together quite smashingly.

Of course, I had to make a trip to my moms for the photos, but in typical fashion, she had PLENTY to go around...

So, TAKE THAT pottery barn. This is my way to stick it to the man for all those pretties you put in your catalog and won't let us buy! (Not that we'd buy it anyway, we're far more likely to figure out cheaper ways to make it ourselves ;o)


Now I realize that mine is not nearly as overflowing with pics at the PB one, but I figure I can add to it as I come across more photos I love. And as long as I don't have to look at that dumb vent anymore, I'm happy :)

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24 comments:

  1. Really cute! I love a knockoff.

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  2. This is great! I love {borrowing} from Pottery Barn too! ~Marcy

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  3. Clever idea! Looks super cute.

    Did you use original photos or make copies? I'd be concerned about the heat from the vent damaging original photos.

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  4. What a fab idea!!! It looks awesome!
    Hugs,
    Sariah

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  5. Wow, that is a fantastic idea!

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  6. I have seen than in the catalogue too and I have wondered how to do it myself. I'm glad you did it and showed us how! Wonderful!

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  7. Easy and cheap knock off for sure. great job. Gives a little dimension and texture to the wall behind the bed.

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  8. I hate it when they do that too! Durn PB! This turned out very cute!! Love it!

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  9. Great idea! Perhaps I should try this with a badly placed phone outlet in my kitchen...

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  10. What a cute idea and great way to cover up a vent. I'm looking for idea's to cover up cable cords!

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  11. I think this is a great idea and it looks great aginst your wall color!

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  12. That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us.
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  13. Way to go...stick it to the man! ;)
    And I love how yours turned out! Great job!

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  14. Such a great idea! I have a thermostat in the middle of my living room wall. Whoever thought that was a good idea?!

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  15. Cool idea! What's Restore? Is that one of those resale shops in Rockford that I've heard about? Lemme know where it is, because I've been wanting to go.
    Hey, I wonder if when the vent turns on... are those pictures going to start blowing around and driving you nuts at night? Hee hee, leave it to me to think of something stupid like that.

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  16. So cute! I have something similar in our back hallway that I hang all my kiddos art work from school on!

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  17. That looks great! I love how the photo's all mean something to you. That is really neat.
    Thanks.
    Brooke

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  18. You did an amazing job! I love it! :) Thanks for adding your creativity to the DIY Project Parade! I'm a new follower!

    Roeshel

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  19. Can you paint the vent the same color as the wall to help it blend in a little better behind the photos?

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  20. Looks great! What a great idea.

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  21. What a great idea! I'm definitely saving this post to my favs!

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