Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pottery Barn Inspired Serving Piece- Gorilla Glue Style

I was inspired by this serving tray and for weeks I thought, "I know there is a way I could make that!"  So as I was out at garage sales, or in a hardware store, or a thrift shop, I just kept the image of this tray rolling around in my brain. 
Candle Sticks & Cookie Tins Before
Once I let go of the galvanized metal look it came to me quickly, cookie tins! I even had two of the three I would need at home! Another round at the thrift and I came home with a couple of wooden candle sticks. I had some thick dowel and the round ball thing already in my wood stash.

Pottery Barn Inspired Serving Trays
Man! I wish I had some fun Christmas goodies to put in it for the photo!
Use your imagination and picture these cookies in the bottom layer. Candies in the middle and nuts on top.
Peace, Love, Joy

Here's How I did it:

First I glued the lids to the bottoms of the tins. Not only did this give the bottoms extra strength, but it also makes the tin look deeper.
Gluing lids to bottom of tins
Then I weighed everything down and waited for the glue to dry.
Weight Helps the Glue Set Right
Next, I primed and painted each part. I could have painted it with the hammered metal spray paint and it would be more authentic to the PB version, however, I am going to give this as a Christmas housewarming present and I think the soft white is more Christmassy. Of course, if you found tins in a print that you liked, you wouldn't have to paint them at all. I didn't paint the insides because I want to use them for food.

At one point, I had to get tough with my Gorilla Glue!
Getting Tough With My Gorilla Glue

More gluing and a different set of weights.
Weight Helps the Glue Set Right

I used rocks to weigh down the top tin. I really think they are pretty in there!

Gluing the Top Layer

I am super excited with the results! Not only was it cheap! It would be easy to duplicate again in the future. I plan to fill it with nuts, candy and homemade cookies. Cliff thinks it would look good with some greens as a planter. I was also thinking bath soaps, trial sized shampoos and rolled up washcloths would be kind of spa like.

PB Version- $64
My Version $10

Tins: I had two and bought one for $0.99.
Candlesticks -$0.99 each
Thick dowel & wood ball- had in stash
Spray Primer- $3 (tons left over)
Spray Paint- Rustoleum "Shell" left over from another project -free!
Gorilla Glue (Regular- I guess)- $4 (tons left over)

Shanty 2 Chic


Just Rhonda said...

Super cute!! I'll have to give it a try!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Great project! I saw that picture too and started could I make that? We bloggers are a little crazy, aren't we?
It turned out great!
Thanks for sharing,

Heidi said...

that's cool, I've seen this pb item before and drooled over it, now I may just have to make my own! (your's is way better than the original)

Jenny said...

I love this! I am bookmarking this and I'm going to have to try and make one of these!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous!!! If I didn't already have a 3 tier glass one, I'd make me one like yours. Heck, I may do it anyways!

cindy said...

Cuteness! Love me a knock-off :o)

Anne said...

Love it!

Taylor said...

cute! I am so doing this!

laterg8r said...

that is so cool - i like your version better :D

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Really cute project. I'd love to have one of those!

tessahjake said...

I like yours better! Great job!

Mud Pie Studio said...

I can't wait to see what you're gonna put in here!

Unknown said...

That's amazing! I'm so impressed. I know my thrifts have zillions of cookie tins in all sizes so they'd be super easy to find. It looks great!!

HollyLynne said...

Looks fantastic!! I'm a little Gorilla Glue shy, ever since the incident where I got it all over my hands and had to scrub it off with a pumice stone. I wear gloves when I use it now :D

Diane Costanza Studio said...

Wow! That is brilliant. Great idea at interpreting the original. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Ohhh, I'm loving this. Cookie tins are a great idea, and they're so easy to find. Thanks for sharing, I've already got someone in mind to make this for! (besides ME, I mean:))

~ Regan said...

That is super cute! I will have to get started on one of these soon!! :P
Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment!!

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

This is fantastic! I want to give this a try for a gift or two this year!

Room to Inspire said...

Very creative! Love it.


Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous idea, love it!!!

Stefanie said...

You know When I saw this on PB I knew there had to be a way to recreate it for less!!! Thanks for showing us! LOVE IT and will be doing something similar for sure!!

Christi said...

Fantastic!! I think I have everything here to make that - I've been looking at it in Pottery Barn version for months now.

Just FYI, you can buy "galvanized" spraypaint at Lowes.

Thanks for the inspiration!

sweetjeanette said...

Neat idea. Wouldn't it be cool if you found in your adventures one of those cheapy lazy susan bases and make it spin??? Ooooh.... the ideas, the ideas!!!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

That's really cute!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very clever! I like the colour you chose too!

I think it's high time I pick up some glue, candle sticks and cookie tins. :)


Robin said...

Wow - this is the 2nd blog I have seen this week who duplicated the Pottery Barn piece - yours is easier to make and looks better!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Very cute-you could hang some cute banners around the outside and change the look for every season. I hope you'll post this to my ITS SO VERY CREATIVE party--just love it and I am now following--come by


Rebecca said...

Ack! I love it! I totally thought the same thing when I saw that in the catalog. Of course you are way more industrious than I. :)

Sorry I haven't visited, too much crazy in my life right now. LOVE all of your play kitchens and the incredible contribution you are making to helping the homeless.

Tiffany said...

Great idea! I just passed some tins at the thrift store...I am going to have to go back!

The Fifield Kail Family! said...

I Love this it's such a great idea I also saw the PB one and wanted to make something similar this is perfect. Were can you find wooden candlesticks? I found some tins at target but the lids don't want to fit. Stubborn little things =) We love your site around here Thanks so much.