Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pottery Barn Copycat Cart

Has anyone else spotted this sweet little Pottery Barn supply cart tray:

Last time I checked it was no longer available.  I guess the $100+ price tag didn't stop people from scooping it up.  Unfortunately, my budget doesn't stretch that far, so I thought I'd try and recreate the look for much less.

The tray bit was easy.  I had an old wooden tray I pick up a couple of months ago from a thrift shop.  I think it was $2.  I made a quick stop at Hobby Lobby and picked up some hunter green paint and a small stencil.  Another $3 spent.

I painted the whole thing in green, and began to stencil.  I decided to add a personalized touch and used our name for the supply company.

I wasn't worried about it being perfect as it is supposed to look like an old slightly battered cart, plus I could go back over and touch up any extra white bits with my green paint.

Next up were the wheels.  Sadly I don't have 4 small metal wheels lying round the house (I checked!).  Etsy had a couple of options, but it would have been about $30 for 4, and even then they weren't an exact match.  In the end I found these teeny tiny wreaths at Michaels.  My plan was to use the tray on our porch, so the natural element of the grapevine wheels would be perfect.  Plus it was $3 for all 3.

Clearly these spindly wheels weren't going to hold the weight of much at all, so I needed reinforcements.  I picked up a plastic container from the dollar store to glue to the bottom of the tray to support the weight of whatever goes on top.

I hot glued the plastic container and the 4 wheels to the sides.  I made sure to glue the container first, so I could glue the wheels at the exact height for them to touch the ground.
You can see the container in the pic below, but when you're sitting around the coffee table it's hidden completely.
This is the original Pottery Barn look:
And here is my recreation for less than a tenth of the price:

Now all we need is a few more warm spring days to put it to good use. 
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  1. That is lovely and quite creative coming up with wheels.

  2. Well done! I love seeing a thrifty version that is every bit as cute and the pricey original! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  3. So cute and very clever! Pinning!

    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  4. How clever is this! I didn't realize at first that the wheels were grapevine wreaths until I read your steps in putting it together. You certainly created a wow factor in doing this!

  5. Very nice! The first thing I thought of when I saw the Pottery Barn picture was to use embroidery hoops for the wheels, (maybe with dowels, or even painted straws for the spokes: )
    I am going to have to copy this one, I have several trays. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thanks Cherryl, I love the idea of using embroidery hoops.

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