Let me start out by saying I love Pottery Barn style and quality. Those prices, though. uh uh. But their catalogs are are free and sooooo pretty. Lots of inspiration in those pages.
Several months ago I was flipping through a PBK catalog and totally fell in love with this desk
, but seriously hated the price (sure, *now* it's on sale! lol). Not to mention, it's only available in white or light pink. The red might have been considered, but not the pale colors.
Probably the next day, kid you not, I was in a thrift store and found this:
It's a little shabby, no drawer pulls, and someone half-heartedly painted it white, but it has some pretty bones. Plus it's a true roll top desk. For a kid. Best part? It was only $10! Of course I took it home. Where it sat on the porch for about two months.
Then the weather started to change. There's snow in the forecast. Snow. It's hard to paint furniture in the snow. Yesterday, however, was windy and sunny. I got out my spray paint and the drawer pulls I got at Target a couple weeks ago.
Now my shabby, thrift store find has become a gorgeous, PBK-inspired piece of furniture:
Here it happily resides in my tyke's bedroom. I'm ridiculously happy with how this one has turned out.
PBK - $249 (okay, it's $149 on sale, but still), plus delivery
Mine - $10 desk, $12 spray paint, $8 drawer pulls, elbow grease
Bonus: the book rack above the desk is also inspired by PBK. They wanted about $99 for theirs, mine was $1 at an auction, plus some spray paint.
What do you think?