I found this piece of Pottery Barn artwork that I love but has a hefty $399 dollar price tag. Yeah… not so much! I knew it would be an easy DIY because I mean really, it’s pieced together wood. It took us less than a day to have it started and completed, stained and all.
Here is the inspiration piece.
There are only a few things I didn’t like about the inspiration piece and of course number 1 was the price. I could have a field day in Pottery Barn but this mama is just too cheap to spend 400 big ones on a piece of wall art. I also didn’t care for the red or black in this piece because I decorate more with blue, yellow, green, and brown.
So what do we do when it doesn’t fit your budget or quite your taste either. You BIY! That is you build it yourself. 🙂 It cost right around $30 for all the materials, which was about 4 – 1x3x8 boards and a piece of 2’x4′ precut plywood. We basically spent what it would cost in taxes for the inspiration piece. No brainer!
I started off by getting it all marked off the way I wanted them, then I proceeded to stain them and put them back together in a completely different order. Go figure!! So if you are thinking about making this yourself I suggest staining the wood then cutting to the size you need as you place the pieces on the board.
I stained the brown and greyish pieces with Minwax stain. The brown color is English Chestnut and the grey color is Weathered Oak. The color pieces (yellow, blue and green) where painted with a paint wash. If you want to know how to do that then check out my post on washing with acrylics.
If you were going to BIY something from PB what would you build?