Copycat Pottery Barn Floating Shelf DIY

Isn’t this shelf B-E-A-UTIFUL! My friend and I found this online at Pottery Barn and fell in love….but not with the price. These shelves range from $59-$85 for a 2-foot section – A PIECE. This is well above our price range for home decor. I put my thinking cap on I HAD to make this!

Pottery Barn Floating Shelf Supplies

:: (3) 3-foot Floating Unfinished Wood Shelves*
:: Black Spray Paint
:: Drywall Nails

*Found at the local hardware store.

DIY Steps

{Step 1} We rushed to our local hardware store and purchased 3 floating unfinished wood shelves at 2.5 ft in length and some black spray paint. Menards is my new fave…such wonderful customer service!

{Step 2} Take all of the tools outside and spray paint the shelves a few coats. Let them dry in the sun for about 20 minutes per side.

{Step 3} Hang the shelves in your desired look. To make one longer than the other I hung two side by side.

A simple project that you can use to display anything. I loved this idea of blowing up old pics to put up on the shelves at my good friends’ house. Easily looks like you spent a mint!

Project Cost

$40 total. The 3 shelves were $36. The spray paint was $4 (you could save even more by using a craft store coupon and getting it for half off). Compared to the $60 starting point to purchase these from Pottery Barn, this turned out even more beautiful for a much better price!

by Savings Lifestyle: Emily on February 07, 2012

1 Comment

  • Karen - February 07, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    Nice! My husband copycatted the big dollhouse bookcase for our daughter, using as much scrap word as he could. It looks just as good as the Pottery Barn one at a fraction of the price and fits all her books with some room left over!

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