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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Are you ready for the Best Ever Pottery Barn Knock Off?
We’re super excited (and honored) to be a part of Knocktoberfest 2013, the brainchild of the incredible Lindsay from Makely  . Knocktoberfest is basically a blog event that features 25 awesome bloggers “knocking off” some of their favorite products. You know we love knock offs- duh, it’s the name of our TV show! 🙂  If you’re stopping over from Funky Junk Interiors, welcome! We’re thrilled you’re here. Donna is so cool, isn’t she? And such a hard act to follow, but we’re going to give it our best shot!


My entryway was in desperate need of a stylish, but functional table. Here’s what I came up with!
DIY Console Table
It was inspired by this Pottery Barn Griffin Console Table that is….wait for it….$1099!! It’s made of steel and a reclaimed wood slab, which is why it’s mucho moolah, but I got the same look using wood I had on hand from other projects! I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
Pottery Barn Console Table
I used (4) 1×2 pieces of pine, (1) 2x12x12, dark walnut stain, gray paint and Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Pottery Barn is generous enough to share the measurements for their table (thanks PB!), so we just tweaked them to fit the wood we had.
I started by measuring the lengths of wood that I needed.
We ended up cutting (4) pieces at 36 inches for the vertical legs, (4) at 48 inches for the horizontal pieces and (6) at 6 inches for the cross pieces. Side note: I love the chop saw. That’s all.
Once we had all of our pieces cut, we made two boxes by attaching the vertical pieces to the horizontal pieces with the drill.
Then we attached the boxes with the 6 inch cross pieces at the bottom, in the middle (we measured halfway up the vertical pieces) and the top.
Then, using my trusty oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, I sprayed the legs of the table. The wood really sucked up the paint, so I had to do several light coats before I got the coverage I wanted.
After I attached the wood plank to the top of my base (we screwed up from the underside), I stained it with Rustoleum Dark Walnut stain. It wasn’t exactly the color I was looking for so I watered down some gray paint and brushed that on and then wiped it off to get what I wanted.
I put it in it’s place of honor by the front door and dressed it up a bit. Doesn’t it look cute- and by cute, I mean super stylish?
Even though I didn’t use real steel- sadly I don’t have much time for welding- I think the legs look a lot like real metal!
And ok, I’ll share one last picture since you’ve begged me.

Man, I just love knocking off cool stuff for way less money! If you love knock offs like we do, check out our TV Show “Knock It Off”  You can watch full episodes online! 

And, make sure you check out all of the awesome projects on the Knocktoberfest page, but before you do that, head over to visit Jackie from Teal and Lime to see what she came up with.  And a huge thanks to Lindsay for including us!!

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The comments +

  1. Love a good knock off! The table is beautiful!

  2. Jackie says:

    Jess, Your table looks so amazing! I love how you faked the metal look on the base…so, so, so good!

  3. Oh, man! This is great! You are right, the base does look like metal. No one will ever know!

  4. Dria S says:

    Wow you did a fantastic job, it’s amazing how paint makes the legs look like metal! Love this!

  5. Ohhhhhhh that’s gorgeous! I thought the legs truly were metal and I was all like, DANG I need to really learn how to weld now! But wood! This is so do-able! I’m throwing your greatness comment back atcha! 🙂

  6. Lauren says:

    Your table looks soooo much like the knock-off! I was wondering how you welded it 🙂 I have a shiny new sliding compound miter saw sitting in my garage waiting for me 😀 Can’t wait to get to building (more quickly, hopefully)!

  7. Amazing! You totally knocked it out of the park!

  8. Oh, I love that side table. Gorgeous knockoff! Love the styling too, it looks great in your hallway. In fact I think it would look great in my hallway too 🙂

  9. Looks SO good!! Perfect for your space!

  10. I had to come look because using wood and spray painting it to look like metal was genius. It really fools the eye… I love how your table came out!

  11. Roeshel says:

    That’s fabulous, Jess! Great job! Love it!

  12. Maggie says:

    Looks really good! I was ready to read about how you bought some steel and learned how to weld. From work I’ve seen this table In real life. This table is industrial looking and has that distressed, rough salvaged look. You really captured that feel. To be a perfectionist I would add a thin line of hot glue at the joints and then spray paint it with the ORB to give the look of welded joint.

  13. Cyndee says:

    I love it! Always amazed how you make things work. Thanks

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  15. angela says:

    love it. it look like real steel you had me.

  16. Raejean Klopfenstein says:

    When I saw the picture of the sofa table in your hallway…I thought it was all metal also….You really did a great
    job!! You did fool me….love how it turned out!…You gals are amazing as always…Hope Monica’s son is ok…thoughts & prayers…hoping whatever it is, its not too serious!

  17. Love this table! I am thinking of doing an entry table also, so this post may help me a lot! I absolutely love “knocking off” things that I cannot otherwise afford. Here is my knock off of West Elm dresser that I did a month of two ago.

  18. becca says:

    Oh my gosh, can we pleeease be best friends? I adore your home! I also just picked out the same paint in your kitchen “stormy weather” so I’ve been reading you blog because of that, and realized that I also totally fell in love with your huge picture frame months ago when I saw it on Pinterest. Keep doing all of the fabulous things you are doing!!

    • Monica says:

      Aww thanks Becca!! Sounds like we have very similar tastes! Thanks for reading our blog and following us on Pinterest!

  19. Technicolor says:

    You just gave me a dozen ideas for pieces at hand. Am going to have fun with this idea. Simple things, like the logs sitting below….I’m going to paint the darn wood holder that is wood and have never liked the look next to my FP metal accessories. Love all the creative sharing.

    • Monica says:

      Glad we could give you some inspiration for your space! Thanks for reading the post and stopping by the blog today. 🙂

  20. Mindi says:

    I love it!! You did an awesome job! I am pretty much in love with all you girls do, and I love your show too. My kids watch it with me and they were pretty bummed when they found out you don’t do Knock off room makeovers in Colorado! Keep up the amazing work!

  21. Kyle says:

    What gray paint did you use? … Great Job

  22. Leslie says:

    I love your table, but wanted to know how you attached the leg pieces together? Did you use pocket holes?

  23. […] of furniture beneath the shelf but hadn’t been excited about anything particular. Until I saw this Pottery Barn knockoff by East Coast Creative. I could easily customize the measurements to fit my […]

  24. Norma says:

    It does look like steel! Had you not said it’s wood, I would’ve probably not noticed… Been wanting one of these for my tiny entrance, it’s so perfect and simple I may just do it.

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  26. […] Pottery Barn Console: Knock Off Version: East Coast Creative Blog […]

  27. […] is perfect for you, a little paint can go a long way. Just check out Jess’s amazing DIY knock off console table  she made look like steel by using Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint, genius or what…I think […]

  28. Mikey says:

    Honestly? It look way better than the original!

    Great job 🙂

  29. Steph says:

    I found that same table on PB and winced at the cost too. So I had my son weld the frame in welding class, which cost me $74 materials. He should be bringing it home today or tomorrow. I am so excited to see it. I will still need to make my top for it.

  30. Lindy says:

    I was planning on making this soon. how did you attach the 6in cross pieces to the boxes? Did they get screwed in as well? How did you avoid the first set of screws?

  31. Lacey says:

    Love this! I didn’t realize it wasn’t metal until I read the tutorial!

  32. Ashley says:

    I love how you made it look like metal..I’ve just started learning how to build and love making furniture pieces but I had a question on your plan. It says you used 1x2s and in the pictures it looks like they are 2x2s…

  33. […] you, with some perfect accessories and decor for your small home. Our feature project above, is a Pottery Barn Knock Off DIY console table, by ‘East Coast Creative’. I love this look, a little rustic, a little […]

  34. Tracy says:

    I have been looking for a project narrow enough to go in my (pass through) mud room. The hooks are too high for my kids and most of what I see is too wide. I think this will be perfect.

  35. tracie b says:

    Thank you for giving me the courage to make this! I did have a quick question! For the legs you sprayed on the metallic spray paint in several coats, then did you paint the legs black over it? I read your blog a few times but didn’t see how it went from the spray painted white to the end result of black :). Thank you so much for your time

  36. Alexis says:

    I love you table! Is there anyway you can show how you attached the top “reclaimed” to the “steel legs”? I’ve just started DIY and can’t quite invision it. Thanks!

  37. CoffeeGirl says:

    How did you attach the 6″ pieces? I see how the boxes were made and you indicate attaching the larger piece of wood to the frame from the underside, but there is no indication how the 6″ pieces were attached. Did you do pegs/holes? This is super awesome.

  38. […] for an entryway—is made entirely out of wood pieces. A closer look shows that the DIYer from East Coast Creative mimicked the look of steel on the base using several coats of bronze spray paint. A dark wood […]

  39. Amber B. says:

    I just have to tell you that I was so inspired by this table that I decided to make my own. I did a few things differently because I think I am lacking in the tool department. All we have is a drill…but that didn’t stop me! Thanks for the inspiration. Great job!

  40. Cathy says:

    why did you need a 12′ long piece of 2″ x 12″? The table top looks to be about 4′

  41. Anonymous says:

    Loved this so much it inspired me to take a woodshop class and make this! The teacher insisted we do the Mortis and tenon joints so it took a little longer but I loved the way it turned out 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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