Monday, March 15, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired Children's Table

What's not to love about Pottery Barn kids? There furniture is adorable, the colors are fantastic, and everything would look so great in my daughter's bedroom and play area. So what's not to love? The price tag. Gulp. Yes, the price tag's not to love.

During one of my recent shopping trips to search for play room ideas, I came across the cutest little kids table and chair set.

However with a price tag of $308 for the set - $139 (set of 2 chairs) and $169 for the table - it was easy to turn around and say, "Um, no thank you" and walk out of the store. Of course, I still loved the idea of the table and thought the colors were oh-so-girlie and too cute to resist.

What's a bargain mom like myself to do? Start shopping! And shopping is what I started to do. I headed to the nearest Goodwill for a thrifty shopping day and what did I spy? The PERFECT children's table. I truly think this table was meant to be mine. Who could have resisted a blue beauty like this. And, with a price tag of only $4.99, there was no second guessing.

Yes, the picture above is shown in the sanding phase, but isn't this a beauty? A solid wood, blue kids table. LOVE IT!

What did I do to turn my Goodwill treasure into a Pottery Barn inspired children's table?

Step 1: Sanded table. I used a lower grit sand paper first and then used a higher grit for the finishing touches.

Step 2: Wipe down table with lightly damp cloth.

Step 3: Primer. I used Kilz Primer. Let dry.

Step 4: Paint! I headed to Home Depot to pick up one of their sample sized paint containers. I debated and debated about paint colors, but finally decided on a mint green similar to Pottery Barn's color.

A closer look at the paint color and label. The perfect size paint for smaller projects like this one. And, with a price tag of less than $3 per container, the price can't be beat!

Drum Roll, please. The results?

My Pottery Barn inspired children's table is perfectly paired with two chairs from IKEA.

What a bargain, and for a fraction of the cost.

My final price tag:
$40 - two chairs
$5 - table
$3 - paint
primer, sanding supplies, cloth, paint brush (used from my supply drawer) - free

TOTAL: $48 for my DIY children's table or (Remember the pricey tag of $308 for Pottery Barn's version?)

I definitely had to sacrifice some on the look (the chairs are not the windsor PB style), but I think the colors go well with the look I was trying to achieve and my two year old will never know the difference. Add a tea set to the top and voila, perfect-O!

I love it! This was such an easy project and didn't require tons of tools. I still need to put a coat of polyurethane on the table, but wanted to make sure I had enough time for the paint to cure because it's been really humid in California the last week.

What's not to love? Nothing. It's purely perfect and fit for a little girl to have tea parties and host friends for playgroup.

I'm partying with ...

Frugal Friday Linky Party by The Shabby Nest


  1. I found you at the Linky on The Shaby Nest. I L-O-V-E the way this turned out! I really love the shade of green you painted the table! Don't you love it that much more know YOU did it?!?

  2. Super cute! What a deal! Don't you just love Goodwill!?

  3. I have wanted to do the same thing with chairs I have but I'm still waiting for that perfect table. Beautiful job!

  4. Wonderful, you have beat my $100 price. I have a white table and green chairs for my grandchildren. The two year old was just thrilled!!
    Great job on the thrifting!!