Pottery Barn Inspired Desk Makeover

Have you seen a new desk you love but the cost is too high? Come see this Pottery Barn inspired desk makeover and start browsing your second-hand options! Soon you’ll have people asking, “Is that a Pottery Barn desk?”

To go along with the white desk, try our Cozy Built-In Bed Nook with Storage Drawers, Design Inspiration for a Sweet as Sugar Girl’s Room (on a budget!), and Easily-Sewn Back Tab Curtains.

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By Jackie at House Envy
The Pottery Barn Teen Chelsea Desk.
Love it!
The $1000 price tag? — not so much.
Pottery Barn Desk, How To Make A Look Alike, By House Envy On Remodelaholic
After browsing through the furniture finds on Craigslist one day, I found this solid maple desk with similar lines to the Pottery Barn desk and bought it for a cool 30 bucks.  Not bad, right?
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1. Remove Hardware, Sandpaper and spray primer

To start the desk makeover, I removed the hardware and sanded the entire desk using a 120 grit sandpaper and then applied a spray primer.

2. Paint

After allowing this to dry for 24 hrs, I began applying my paint using a sponge roller.  I chose Pillar White color from Behr in a satin finish.
I love the grayish undertones and the way it reflects the light.

3. Clear Poly

After several thin layers of paint had been applied and dried, I gave this guy a nice coat of clear (non-yellowing) poly.

4. Hardware

To finish the desk makeover, I replaced the old hardware with fresh new pulls and knobs in an
oil-rubbed bronze finish, just like the Pottery Barn Desk.
Here is the finished result!
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 (Yes, the pictures on the wall look crooked.)
 And what desk makeover would be complete without the
“before and after” shot!
Second Hand Desk To Pottery Barn Look Alike By House Envy On Remodelaholic
Pottery Barn Inspired Desk, By House Envy On Remodelaholic
Awesome, Jackie! Your look-alike Pottery Barn Inspired Desk Makeover is as beautiful as the real deal!
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Originally published 12.29.2011 // Updated 08.07.2019
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. The desk turned out great!! Thanks for the inspiration. {now if i only had enough patience to find what i want on craigslist}

  2. Fantastic job! I think I like it better than the Pottery Barn desk.

    BTW, Monday I am hosting my first Linky Party on my blog Small Moments. I’d love it if you stopped by and linked up something from your blog!

  3. I would love to see how you protect the areas you don’t want sprayed! I spend so much time on taping and covering that I usually decide to just hand paint.