Pottery Barn Knock Off Lamps

I love, love, love these gorgeous lamps from Pottery Barn.
But being cheap a true DIYer I decided to make my own version.
They are not so much a knock off, more like inspired by.....


I purchased these mismatched brassy lamps from the thrift store because
their urn shape was a bit like the PB lamps.
If you can't find thrift store lamps Lowe's has some
skinny urn shaped lamps that are just a little over $20.00 a piece.


The PB lamps have this cool plaster like texture.
So how to mimic this?


I used Mod Podge and crumpled up tissue paper!
Layering it on really thick.
Once it is thoroughly dry you can use sandpaper on it to smooth it out a bit.


They looked pretty crappy at this point and I wondered what the heck I had started.


I decided to forge ahead and painted the lamps white.


Next I used glaze on all the raised areas and lived with it this way for awhile.
But, it just wasn't right.


Then I decided to paint the lamps gray and use a white wash on top.
The next morning I knew this wasn't what I wanted either.


Now this looks pretty gross.
Don't worry, it's just an undercoat of brown paint.


Ta da! Much better!
I brushed cream paint on in sections and after about 5 minutes used pieces of tape to take
part of the paint off.
You want to paint lightly so that some of the brown shows through.
When the cream paint dried, I dry brushed on some light taupe paint.


Once again a look at the texture on the PB lamps.....


And my lamps.
It's not identical, but I still think it looks pretty cool.


One more look at the two before lamps.....


Here is the after for the skinnier urn lamp.


And the after for the wider lamp.


The lampshades are cream burlap from Target.
I am looking for different shades though.
You can't use harps with Target lampshades so they wobble around and sit crooked.
It drives me nuts!
Target, I normally love you, but you really need to improve your lampshades!


I'd love to know if you give this project a try!










65 comments:

  1. Wow Lisa, Really good match! You did a fantastic job on these... and I LOVE the shades with them. I'm going back to Good Will and check out the lamp section with a new eye.
    Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!
    Susan

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  2. I think they look just like the real deal. GREAT JOB!!

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  3. Your lamp looks fabulous!You did a fantastic job.

    Kathy

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  4. great tutorial... and great project.
    I agree about target.. love their shades (mostly the price) but haven't they heard of a harp??? ugh...

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  5. These are pretty amazing! And I love that you shared the fact that you don't always get it right on the 1st try...sometimes the layering mistakes make it better! :)

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  6. They look fantastic. I love the look and using the tissue paper was such a creative idea. Great job. Try Ross or TJMaxx for some fantastic shades at great prices. Hugs, Marty

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  7. They look fantastic! I love Target too. But a crooked, wobbly lampshade drives me round the bend.
    Brenda

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  8. OMG! You did a fantastic job! I will be trying that!

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  9. You did an awesome job!!! I love them! I would never know you didn't buy them! You go girl! Anyone who can duplicate Pottery Barn style is amazing in my book!!! =)

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  10. wow, looks great. Very creative. You can do wonders with mod podge! Well done, liz

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  11. Looks fantastic - great job!!!

    Tine

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  12. Too funny, Lisa!
    I just bought a brass lamp for $6 at Goodwill (because of the urn base) to do something similar to.
    So glad you posted this!
    I wonder, if I will wrap it in the paper, then brush crackling medium on parts of it, after I paint the paper dark brown? Hmmmmm....
    You got me thinking.
    Your lamps look awesome, girl!
    I know where to get a shade now, too :)
    HUGS!
    ~me

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  13. Wow! You did a great job..I think they came out really great and I like the shape of yours better than the PB lamps!

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  14. Awesome job!! What about tea staining the shades to look more like burlap?

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  15. I was planning on covering the lampshades with linen. But it's the quality of the lampshade that is bothering me more than the color.

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  16. Oh my gosh, you are crazy girl! I LOVE this! I would never in a million years think of this, and you really did a nice job...wow! I've been wanting Pottery Barn lamps too, but $$$. Beautiful, just beautiful!

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  17. Lisa YOU ROCK! This is such a great project! Love it!

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  18. You did an amazing job Lisa, I never would have thought to do that! I love them and they are so elegant! I love your shades too and I have to agree, our Target has been awful in the shade department lately, even lamps, not sure what is wrong with them!? Anyway, I love what you did my friend!

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  19. Thank you SO much for stopping in at my blog.

    Your project came out so professional! I never would have known how to imitate the PB look, but you have surpassed it! Fantastic job.

    Please stop back by soon!

    Kelly

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  20. Really nice job! I love this look!

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  21. Oh my goodness, you did an awesome job recreating a PB look! You are so creative!

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  22. They look terrific!! Well done!! I think I like yours better!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  23. LOVE! They look identical to me!! I would have never guessed that they were brass before! Definately will try when I find the perfect lamps!! :)

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  24. Wow! Great knockoff! They look identical! I love how you took us through all the steps, even the failed steps. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. Seriously loving this. I need to run to Goodwill this weekend and see if I can find a lamp to do this to.


    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  26. Oh, my goodness!!! That is amazing. I wouldn't have even known where to start! Great job!!
    I'm visiting from The Shabby Chic Cottage.
    sageandcocoa.blogspot.com

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  27. I am so impressed! You did an awesome job with those lamps...they look better than the PB ones.

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  28. They look great!! I totally have that same problem with target lampshades!! I bought clearance lamps at lowes and shades at Target!! They wobble horribly!!!

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  29. I love these! they look so much like PB - you did an amazing job :)

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  30. wow! woooow. Lisa they look AMAZING!
    wow.
    tana

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  31. You did an amazing job! Way to think out of the box, PB has nothing on you!!! Theresa xoxo

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  32. Are you kidding me? These are phenomenal! And yes, I agree about the Target shades because of course the lamps would look even nicer (if that's possible) with a finial on top of the harp.

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  33. I did a PB lamp knock off myself, which leads me to ask...Who is buying the real Pottery Barn lamps? Beautiful job..and the same goes for Ikea lamp shades, no harp.

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  34. wow those are awesome. I love chippy and white!

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  35. I would have never thought to use tissue paper to create the great texture on your lamps. They look terrifc!

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  36. WOW, WOW, WOW! What a fabulous idea! Now I want to try it! They turned out gorgeous! And I am with you on Target needing to change their lamp shades - I have several and they drive me insane too!

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  37. Very neat lamp! I think they turned out great! I love how you came up with the technique of mod podge! :)

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  38. Lisa, your lamps turned out terrific! I love the shape of them and too bad that the shade wobbles. They're really cute! I once used brown paper bags to get a leather look. Love the tissue idea.

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  39. Wow...they look awesome Lisa! I just love them! ~Deb~

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  40. You did awesome, Lisa! They look so cool, and totally different than the crazy brass ones!

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  41. Even though you went to so many steps to finally find the right solution, these were well worth the effort. Really nice.

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  42. Love the pictures of the lamps, they look great. The boys are pretty cute too. Looks more like trick or treat. lol

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  43. Hot diggity! That is a great knock off. Sounds like you work like I do.....no real plan...just wing it. Good times.

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  44. that is genius, i like yours way better! I would love for you to share this at my party on Weds.

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  45. I think they look great!! Thanks for sharing the journey-so helpful!

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  46. This is so beautiful! I would like to invite you to share this post on my link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join in! Have a nice week, Mary :O)

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  47. I have been drooling over these lamps in PB and BD. I saw this on another blog only they used Spackle. I like your version much better. I want!

    -Rene

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  48. Nice job! Tissue paper was a great idea.
    Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll come see the informal picture wall I did for DD2.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  49. Wow they look amazing! I'm your neighbor at Layla's, I also did a PB inspired project..

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  50. I've loved that PB lamp since I first saw it. Yours turned out great!

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  51. Love your lamps. Great tutorial! My mother has some lamps that need a face lift -- I'm trying this on them!

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  52. We are living in a rental while our new place is being remodeled, but I had the foresight to bring two dated brass lights along rather than put them in storage. I wanted to update them, and your tutorial is perfect. Thank you.

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  53. Fantastic! I already have a couple of white urn lamps but they are so boring...I honestly never thoought to jazz them up to look like the PB ones I love! You ROCK!

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  54. I love the lamp! I have been looking forever at my thrit stores to find a lamp I like because I want to do a ruffle shade type thing. I think I might copy this though. I have never used mod podge.

    It also might look really cute with a rosette lampshade. Like this
    http://restorativeliving.blogspot.com/2010/04/rosette-lamp-redo.html

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  55. Wow! You rock girl! The tissue paper was an excellent idea to give texture. I have some of those copper lamps in my garage. I think I am going to try it..

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  56. Oh my gosh you did an awesome job on the lamps. If you had not shown the way you did them I would never had known they were not bought that way. Great job.

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  57. I've put together a round up of PB inspired projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
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  58. Lisa those are so amazing! You know it's my kind of project! The perfect recreation! Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

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