PB Knock-Off Farmhouse Style Table!

April 4, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

If you follow the “other” side of the blog, One Project Closer, you may have seen Ethan’s big reveal of our Pottery Barn knock-off farmhouse style dining room table. I’m hoping you haven’t seen it, because I have been dying to tell you about it! But don’t worry, even if you saw the finished DIY Farmhouse Table, you can still get the full story here that wasn’t told by Ethan….he’s a man of few words. Lol.

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

Pottery Barn Inspiration

I was tired of our old, round dining room table. It wasn’t that old, actually. In fact, we bought it new when we got married 7 years ago. The round table was not real space efficient, and the chairs were so large not many people could fit around the table and the chairs kept banging up the walls.

diningroom - OPC The Better Half

So I started begging. I mean BEGGING Ethan to build me a farmhouse style table. I found this fabulous Keaton Extending Dining Tableย in French White at Pottery Barn but it was $1,599! And that doesn’t include shipping. I love this table in particular – the off-white base, the sturdy nature of the table, the size and ability to extend, the stained top, and its slightly rustic feel without being too casual.

Pottery Barn Keaton Extending Dining Table

Building Our Knock-Off

I had pretty much had Ethan convinced to build me the whole table from scratch when I came up with the most genius idea of my life. Seriously, I am awesome. Why not use an old, cheap table for the legs and parts, and have Ethan build a new table top?

Ethan thought it was an equally genius idea, especially since it meant less work for him. Haha. So we got to work looking for a table. It turned out to be pretty difficult. We went to the Habitat ReStore and Second Chance with no luck. Meanwhile, I was stalking Craigslist. Granted, I wanted a CHEAP table but also sturdy.

Finally, we found one on Craigslist for $60. I wish I had a “before” picture to show you, but it was a steal! The sliders, bought brand new, would have cost over $100, plus the cost of wood, table legs, screws, and latches would have hiked the cost up even higher. In total, we spent a total of around $400, mostly because Ethan wanted an oak table top.

OPC The Better Half

While Ethan worked to build a table top (feel free to check out his post to find out how), I painted the base. I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

ASCP Old White - OPC The Better Half

While it needed 2 coats, I was very pleased with the finish and coverage, and didn’t have any problems with cracking or peeling like with Lucy’s day bed. I chose to paint the main pieces of the table frame while disassembled, and then painted the rest (that didn’t touch the table top) once assembled.

Table pieces - OPC The Better Half

Painted table pieces - - OPC The Better Half

The table legs had a bit of trouble standing up while drying, so Lucy’s favorite Barbie, GI Joe offered to help out. He really has sacrificed a lot – first going to war for his country and then enduring the love of a 2 year-old, losing his leg and hand in the process. Plus, Lulu doesn’t let him wear clothes…

In the line of duty - OPC The Better Half

After completing the painting, I used some Annie Sloan soft wax to finish the base. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – Annie Sloan wax rocks! Totally worth the price, but extra stinky! lol!

Annie Sloan Soft Wax - OPC The Better Half

For the table top, Ethan used Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American and then finished it off with several coats of water-based polyurethane.

Rust-Oleum Early American - OPC The Better Half

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table

For one-quarter of the price, Ethan and I designed and built a fabulous Pottery Barn knock-off that is by far the prettiest and most sturdy piece of furniture in the house! Plus, our knock-off dining room table is of higher quality – the table top is oak, while PB uses pine. Seriously, almost $1,600 for a pine table top…it wouldn’t last a week with my kids! lol.

Pottery Barn Knock - Off Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

And here are the girls Easter morning, coloring and eating some candy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย They are sitting in the chairs Ethan’s grandfather built. Those are awaiting some special attention, so stay tuned!

DIY Farmhouse Style Dining Table - OPC The Better Half

What do you think?ย What’s at the top of your Pottery Barn Knock-off list?

Thanks so much for reading along about our fabulous DIY Pottery Barn Dining Table!

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53 Responses
  1. Courtenay says:

    Drool! That table looks amazing in the room! As someone who spent nearly a year and a half begging for her husband to build her a table, I know what a big accomplishment getting him to do it is! Especially cause I just ended up buying mine… So good job! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It looks fantastic! Exactly like the original! Awesome!

  3. Megan says:

    Absolutely wonderful job, Ethan! I was seriously cracking up at that GI figure in the photo…lol. But, I know you are so in love with this! What a wonderful idea and it’s a perfect knock off!

  4. cassie says:

    beautiful! i wish my husband could build- luckily my neighbor is uber talented! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lisa says:

    Jocie, I LOVE this table! It looks so good in your house too!

  6. Tanya says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this table!!!! You two are amazingly talented, with GI Joe’s assistance you can do anything ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Tanya

  7. That is one gorgeous table! Great job, both of you!

  8. Jocie, it turned out AMAZING!!! I love it. And the GI Joe pretty much made this post for me….I’m still giggling.

  9. Trisha Umanah says:

    This is so beautiful! Totally worth the wait!

  10. PB could hire your kids to distress their pine table tops and then sell them for more money!

    I watched GI Joe on TV when I was a kid and they always said at the end of every episode, “Knowing is half the battle.” I asked my babysitter at the time what the other half of the battle is (I was an inquisitive 5 year old) and she said doing. I’d say that’s exactly what you guys did on this project, figured out what to do and then did it. It turned out great.

    • supimeister says:

      haha this is so true. I can’t wait until my wife and I have kids so we can get our furniture distressed for free ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. table looks great but I think I’m in love with those chairs! swoon!

  12. DeDe says:

    Jocie, Wow, this is absolutly georgous! He did an outstanding job! I am whisking my husband could build like that!

  13. WOW – your table turned out amazing!!

  14. Laura Beth says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! I’ve got to try some of Anne Sloan’s chalk paint!!

  15. Jacque says:

    Okay so Ethan is going to build me a table and Matt is going to build you a pantry! DEAL!

  16. Vanessa says:

    Absolutely amazing. All these table posts are making me want to redo ours!!

  17. This is SO pretty! WOW!! Amazing job!!

  18. trebor says:

    I really like the farmhouse style tables, mostly because they are super durable. I love the idea of one built well enough to pass from generation to generation.

    Not so for GI Joe! Haha…so glad you include pictures and comments of stuff like that

  19. poiboybf says:

    Good to get the full scoop here. I am glad that GI Joe was enlisted for duty on this job, but in the picture, he REALLY doesn’t look too comfortable. Plus, either he is extremely double-jointed, or he’s going to need some serious chiropractor therapy. Hope you have workman’s comp. It is a shame how many of our veterans get treated so poorly (case in point). Also, funny how I don’t remember Ethan mentioning that it was YOUR idea to use the old table as a skeleton haha.

  20. What a beautiful table and such gorgeous table models!

  21. Charming table…love the top.


  22. Jess says:

    Wow! I think your table is even prettier than the PB version! Nice work. ๐Ÿ™‚ p.s. I found you from Pinterest.

  23. Roeshel says:

    Wow! It’s gorgeous! Beautiful work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jamie says:

    This is amazing! Funny post too ๐Ÿ˜‰ You did a great job! I’m your newest follower ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Jamie @

  25. Eek565 says:

    Smart choice to go with a hardwood top. Pine can look just as nice, but the durability is definitely an issue.
    I love the idea of reusing an old table too.

  26. This looks awesome!!! Great job, guys! I popped over from Knock Our Socks Off–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  27. suburbsmama says:

    I can’t believe that you built this! This is amazing!! If you get a chance, please link this up to my sunday linky party:

  28. kayla says:

    This table looks absolutely gorgeous! I would love for you to come link up to my friend Heather & I’s link party > There are no rules so you can link up whatever you’d like! Hope to see you there,

    -Kayla ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Home Coming says:

    Wow! That looks great. I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers.

  30. So gorgeous! Pinned and featuring tomorrow!

  31. It’s beautiful! How much did it cost to make? I’m definitely going to try that chalk paint.

  32. Your table looks great! I’m sure you are going to enjoy lots of happy times around it.

  33. Linda says:

    Great job! I prefer your version to the PB table.

  34. What a great table! Thank you so much for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party! It’s beautiful!
    House on the Way

  35. Heather says:

    Thank goodness for GI Joe!! To the rescue! Fabulous table – love it!! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired linky party – I pinned this to our group party pinboard! Tx! Heather xo

  36. krystie says:

    The table came out gorgeous! clever thinking too to save money, awesome!

  37. Karina says:

    What an amazing table! So impressed with the end result.

  38. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #69!
    P.S. Pop back on Monday for a big surprise!

  39. Very impressed that the two of you pulled this off! The table is awesome. I have that same oak secretary that you have behind the table ;o)

  40. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Wow, that is one gorgeous table!

  41. Your table looks beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa

  42. This table is seriously gorgeous! I love the little beading trim around the edges! In case you didn’t see it earlier, I featured this today on my blog, so stop by and grab a Featured button if you don’t already have one!

  43. your knock off table looks better than the original. I bought some AS wax, but haven’t gotten around to using it yet. thinking after your recommendation that I need to break it out and try it.

  44. sarah says:

    OR…Better Homes and Garden make one that looks almost exactly like that and is sold at Walmart for $160. We have it in our kitchen and it looks great and passes the sturdiness test provided by my toddler and preschooler.

  45. katieQ says:

    After reading your post about the chair makeover, I had to take a look at the table. It was a fabulous idea to mix the bottom of an old table with a new handmade top. Definitely, an inspiration.

  46. mom2kaelyn says:

    Sooo….how much does Ethan charge for his services??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Annetta Green says:

    What other wax can be used and how do you apply it? Love all of your makeovers. Thank you.

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