Decorating catalogs are my guilty pleasure and my downfall. I am especially prone to this when it comes to Pottery Barn. I love them; I hate them. Inevitably, I fall for some completely gorgeous item I will NEVER be able to justify buying. As the following DIY projects show, sometimes the answer to the question “Should I buy it or go without” is “Make it yourself”.
Stephanie Lynn at http://www.bystephanielynn.com/ made her own version of the oversized abacus from Pottery Barn.
Pottery Barn’s Version @ $249:
Stephanie’s version for $24.
Instructions can be found here.
Check out this awesome light fixture project from Caitlin at http://thathouseonthecorner.blogspot.com/.
Pottery Barn’s $399 version:
Caitlin’s $50 version (instructions here):
Can’t beat it!
Here’s another PB light fixture on the cheap from Kara at http://karapaslaydesigns.blogspot.com/.
Pottery Barn Version:
Finally, look at this fab mirror from http://starterhometodreamhome.blogspot.com/.
Pottery Barn’s $249 version:
DIY version at $60.
Here’s how she did it.
So the next time your favorite catalog arrives, try to look at it with a DIY eye.