Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pottery Barn Turtle Stool Knock-Off

Yesterday was my nephew's birthday.  He turned four.  I always try to come up with something that's homemade.  I've had a picture of some stools, that I ripped out of the Pottery Barn catalog, stashed in my idea folder for ages.  I came across it when I was looking for ideas. 

Here's the image out of the catalog.

 I decided to do the turtle.  Here's a close up from the Pottery Barn website.

All of the animals are regularly $69.  They're on sale right now for $54.99.  We made ours for $2.
The only wood we had to buy was a 2 x 2, we had the rest in the garage.  
I also used paint and rattle can sealer that I already had.

 Here's the finished product.

The "shell" of the Pottery Barn one is individual pieces.  We decided to use one solid piece and use a router to cut out the design.  The same was done for the eyes and mouth.

The legs are different as well, but I wasn't goin' for an exact replica.  Their photo was just used as a starting point.

So there ya have it.  A Pottery Barn turtle stool/side table for $2 dollars.  I see a ladybug or butterfly in my nieces future. 

Happy Birthday Lulu!!!

I'm linking up over at Centsational Girl and  Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things.


  1. I love homemade birthday gifts - and that is truly creative! $2? Go you!! xoStephanie

  2. wow...looks very your clicks..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  3. You made that for $2 ??!!! Where is your etsy shop, girlfriend?

  4. Mindy this is awesome!! What a great Aunty you are! I can't believe it was only $2 to make. That makes it even better

  5. Oh my goodness!! I NEED to make one it!! Maybe I just not good with wood projects...but any chance you would do a full detailed tutorial on your next ones??? I would LOVE it!!!

    Alisa @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  6. Love it! I don't have kids but want one anyways!!!!

  7. Great job! Who needs Pottery Barn when you can do this right? Love it:)

  8. This is sooo cute. I hope you would like to share it with goodbyecityhellosuburbs!

  9. Opps my link didn't work- let me try it again WorkShop Wednesday

  10. That is SO cute! Love the turtle stool!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again this weekend!

  11. Your turtle stool is adorable! We liked it so much that it's been featured at our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky party! Come and grab a button!



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