Pottery Barn-Inspired Coffee Table

What time is it? It’s time for lunch! If you have a preschooler, then you know why that was my automatic response! (Bubble Guppies) Those songs have a way of sticking in your head for hours. Actually it’s time for Themed Furniture Thursday!! That’s where I and a bunch of my favorite bloggers each make over a piece of furniture, but the catch is, there’s a theme! Because everything is more fun when there’s a theme, right?

This theme was actually a tough one for me…we had to make over a piece of furniture inspired by Pottery Barn. I have a little upholstered stool that was as close to something Pottery Barnish as I could get, until I came across this coffee table at a yard sale last Saturday:


For $15, I figured it just might work. I shared this pic on my Facebook page on Saturday. Can you see it in there?

Yard Sale Haul

That was my first official yard saling day of the season!

The coffee table reminded me a bit of the Tivoli coffee table by Pottery Barn. It has since been discontinued so this pic is the best I could do:


I know the legs are straight in their version, but I was mostly inspired by the color:

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!))

You know black is a stretch for me! The lines of this little table are really pretty though, and I think they show so much better with a little paint.

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

Instead of sticking with plain knobs like PB used, I added something just a bit prettier:

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

These knobs and scrolled back plate came from Hobby Lobby.

This was my first time making DIY chalk-like paint in black, and it worked beautifully.

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

The top already had these distressed spots:


Which I don’t mind a bit.

I sanded and waxed using Annie Sloan clear wax like I usually do.

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)



I would have loved to set it up in front of a sofa, but I have a sectional and it was way too long, so in front of the dining room doors it is…

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

You might want to say goodbye to those old laminate floors because it might be the last time you ever see them! My new hardwood floors just came in today!!! I can’t wait to tear all this out!

So, what do you think? Does it resemble the PB version?

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

Not if you’re talking about cost, that’s for sure!

More importantly, is it an improvement over the before?

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table (Resembles the Tivoli a bit, but not the price tag!)

I think so.

It can always be painted over. Black makes a fantastic base coat. 🙂

Want to see how my friends were inspired by Pottery Barn?

Check their projects out at the links below!

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Now I gotta run…got some floors that need tearing up! Anyone want to come help?  I’ll try not to sing the Bubble Guppies theme song the whole time. 🙂





P.S. You can check out some of my past themed furniture makeover favorites here:

Themed Furniture Makeovers Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 Thrift Store Side Table Goes Glam

Mini Drop Cloth Rosette Stool Makeover

Duck Egg Blue and White China Cabinet

Sewing Stool with a Secret Drawer

French Secretary Desk

Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

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  1. This looks great! I LOVE the decision to go with the pretty little knobs and plate. Perfect choice! The paint looks wonderful and this looks so good with that rug!

  2. I think it looks better than the Pottery Barn table. Love it in black with those knobs. It really shows the features compared to when it was stained. I may have to try the DIY chalk paint. What black paint did you use?

  3. Christina says

    Christy, you did a phenomenal job making this Pottery Barn look-alike! I’m betting yours looks better than theirs. 🙂 I really like the distressed black! The hardware is perfect bling touch. 🙂 YAYYYYY CHRISTY!! 🙂

  4. So sleek and gorgeous…you nailed it, Christy!!

  5. Christie, your table make-over is so much better than the Pottery Barn table. It is prettier and more interesting. I love everything about it, especially the new knobs. It’s a winner.

  6. Like yours better!

  7. Nice makeover Christy! I love the knobs. And how exciting for you to be having new wood floors installed! I can’t wait to see it!

  8. Dana Garcia says

    In your headboard bench, you said you used a spray shellac BEFORE painting. How did you get the paint to stick ?? Don’t you usually do that afterwards ??


    • Hi Dana,
      The shellac was to seal the stain so it didn’t bleed through the paint, and I used milk paint which doesn’t require priming or sanding. It gives a natural chipped-over-time look. I usually use chalk paint which also requires no priming or sanding and sticks to just about any surface.

      • Dana Garcia says

        Thanks for the quick reply. So do you always use this shellac on projects?? What is chalk paint and where would I find it? I hate sanding… Would this work on kitchen cabinets?? Also would love to make one of these for the back deck, but it is exposed to the elements. What would I paint it with?


  9. Beautiful! I am in love with those crystal knobs and the backplates. Have fun ripping out those floors! 🙂

  10. Yours is the best of all of the PB projects! Great job!

  11. It is soooo much more beautiful than the Pottery Barn version. They should be copying off of you instead of the other way around! The black looks just gorgeous! You have a great eye for style, Christy. 🙂

  12. You definitely got this one right. Beautiful work, as always. : )

  13. Debra Brown says

    Christy I am curious how you handle the drawers. Do you paint the entire drawer inside and out? And if there is drawer slide hardware do you remove it before you refinish? I really enjoy your blog and the work you do. You have inspired me to try some of my own projects.

  14. Beautiful job, Miss Christy!

  15. Ah, not only does it resemble the Pottery Barn table but looks way better! Love your version with those pretty glass knobs.

  16. Rita Spittler says

    WAY better than the PB version. Genius indeed! I,too, want to know how you treat the drawer inside. Inquiring minds want to know!

  17. I love this piece made over with the black paint and it does look very much like the PB version. The knobs that you added are a nice touch. You should start doing more makeovers with black paint if this one sells quickly.

  18. Jacqueline says

    Yes and yes. Love it.

  19. I think yours looks better than PB. I like the curves on the front panel. You did a fabulous job.

  20. Another beautiful job…you amaze me with your creativity. Years ago I hired a lady to redo our oak table, chairs and hutch in distressed black, like your adorable table. With just a little bit of paint It gave the old set a whole new look. BTW…good luck on your new wood flooring. About five years ago we replaced our carpeting with 5″ plank distressed hand scraped dark oak. It took us a month to get it done’ but it was well worth all the hard work and dust.

    • Thanks, Ange! Paint is like magic in a can, right? Sounds like I am putting down something very similar to yours. It also sounds like you remember it very well…there is dust everywhere here! 🙂

      • I do love our wood flooring, but what I didn’t know when we installed the flooring was that the hand scraped areas would be an issue…they ended up showing wear marks. And the seams have a bit of a bevel and when I would use a swifter to dust the floors the dust falls into the bevel area. I have to vacuum the flooring…still looking for the perfect vacuum.

        • I don’t think our seams are beveled, but I did wonder about dirt and dust settling into the areas that are lower? I installed Brazilian cherry floors in my last house and they were gorgeous, but they showed every foot print, every speck of dust, you name it, so I was trying to get something that would be easy to keep looking clean! I appreciate your input!

  21. I prefer your version to The a Pottery Barn one! They should be following you Christy. The knobs just give the black the lift it needed. It’s really lovely and I’m very impressed with the make-over!

  22. Yours is WAY better than the Pottery Barn version! I love the scrolled plates and knobs you chose, they’re perfect!And yay, for new hard wood floors, can’t wait to see them 🙂

    • Thanks, Bre! I am SO excited about my floors…although I’m not as young as I think I am and my body is feeling all the work I did today boo! It will be so worth it though. 🙂

  23. What a pretty piece Christy. Black paint along with a talented lady can make anything beautiful!

  24. You had me at Bubble Guppies! thanks, now I will be singing myself to sleep with it! Seriously though, I have always loved the Pottery Barn distressed black look and you did an outstanding job. The knobs make it even classier!

  25. Tina Matteson says

    I love yours even better than the PB version! How is it that every one of your projects seems better than the last? I love them all. You are so inspiring.

  26. Wow, Love the all black! Your table even matched down to the style of the legs! Great find!

  27. Great find, Christy! It turned out beautifully!

  28. Fabulous job Christy! The table looks a million times better than before, and I agree that it looks better than the PB version too! <3

  29. It came out beautiful!

  30. You did such a fabulous job, Christy! I like yours even better than theirs. Black was the perfect color and the knobs and plates are just the right touch.

  31. Beautiful!!! I’m always amazed at the amount of stuff you can fit in the back of that vehicle of yours!! lol

  32. Yours is WAY better than the PB version. 🙂



  1. […] Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer was shopping her first official yard sale of the season when she found a coffee table for only $15. It reminded Christy of a table she’d seen at Pottery Barn so she crammed it into her car and hauled it home for a makeover. Christy repainted the table with homemade black chalk paint and finished it with a clear wax. I love that Christy opted for pretty crystal knobs instead of plain ones like her PB inspiration. […]