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Pottery Barn Knock Off: Heavily Distressed Black Furniture

Good morning and welcome to our monthly furniture themed makeover day. The theme this month is Pottery Barn Knock Off furniture.

Pottery Barn Dawson Knock Off Dawson Furniture Style Petticoat Junktion

Pottery Barn Knock Off

 My  project is  inspired by this Pottery Barn Piece…

pottery barn dawson

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Dawson Media Console.

The gradient distressing on the console is just different enough…..I love it. You guys know how I love distressing anything. I distress the JTS quite often.

furniture find Petticoat Junktion

The dresser came from my favorite junk shop. A steal at $65.

project for Pottery Barn knock off Petticoat Junktion

Prepping the furniture for painting is the biggest part of the makeover process.

removing furniture hardware Petticoat Junktion

Here I have removed the hardware and taped the back side of the screw holes so paint doesn’t leak into the drawer. The permanent marker is for marking the back of the drawer. 

I always mark the back of the drawer according to the slot it goes into on the furniture. It’s a simple step and it makes my life so much easier.

spray painting furntiure hardware black Petticoat Junktion

I used a flat black spray paint on the furniture pulls and gave them a little sheen with Miss Mustard Seed’s clear wax. You can tell the ones that haven’t been waxed.

I like flat paint but sometimes it needs a little help. Why didn’t I use a satin finish? The satin paint actually has quit a bit of shine and I wanted the pulls to blend in instead of making a statement.

Distressed Black Dresser Petticoat Junktion Pottery Barn Knock Off

The pulls are original to the dresser. It is always a plus when the original hardware is still in place. Sometimes to fit the new paint theme I change out the hardware but this time the old worked.

Heavily distressed furniture Petticoat Junktion

I did all of the distressing by hand  using 100 grit sandpaper because I wanted more control than what I have with a power sander.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Furniture Theme 5 Petticoat Junktion

I distressed the bottom really heavily and eased up on the distressing as I got closer to the top of the dresser. Just like the inspiration piece. The paint is Beyond Paint.

Pottery Barn Dawson Furniture Syle Knock off 4 Petticoat Junktion

I would not have thought to do the graduated distressing. When I saw the Pottery Barn piece several months ago I knew I would eventually try the technique.

Black dresser Pottery Barn Knock off decor Petticoat Junktion project

I love Pottery Barn furniture but it’s out of my price range.

Update: This piece made the top ten list. See it here…..Top Ten Furniture Tutorials.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Decor Petticoat Junktion 650

Find more Reclaim Beyond Paint projects here …15 Reclaim Beyond Paint Furniture Makeovers

View my video on how to distress layered paint…...

Distress Layered Paint

Reclaim Beyond Paint Furniture Project Petticoat Junktion makeovers

I’m off to check out the other makeovers…just click the photo links below and join me. As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Sherri, The Reclaim paint doesn’t require any primer or sanding before hand. I distressed the dresser by hand using I think 100 grit sandpaper. I would suggest using something 80-120 grit. I waited until the paint was dry to distress. Thanks for the nice comment.

  2. Kathy the bureau is beautiful. I have a few questions though (I’m new to DIY furniture) You said you prepped the dresser.. My dresser definitely has a varnish or shiny coat, do I have to remove that? or sand? or does this paint (like chalk paint) eliminate that step? Did it require more than 1 coat? What was your process for distressing? a rag while still wet? Thank you so much for this tutorial.. just gorgeous!

  3. Omg! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the pottery barn knock off YOU did! I need it in my life!

  4. Yours was twice as nice as the PB original. As a rule I don’t like most painted wood pieces but this one is absolutely gorgeous.
    Congrats and enjoy that beautiful piece.

  5. Great job Kathy. I actually like yours better than theirs. Their version is just a bit too rustic for me and yours is just right. And the price is great! Have a great weekend at the CL fair!

  6. Lynne, It is sold at You Never Know and it does not have to be waxed. It is a primer,sealer,paint. all in one.

  7. kathy is the Reclaim paint sold at You Never Know in Clarksville? And does it have to be waxed? Love the finished piece.

  8. Love this Kathy, it’s beautiful! It’s like it has an ombre effect with the distressing which is so cool!

  9. This is so high end looking. Love the color. Great knockoff, my friend!

  10. On this one.. you knocked it out of the ballpark and I have to tell you I seriously love your piece MUCH better than the original! Great job!!

  11. My absolute all-time favorite PB finish is with the black distressing. As always your version is stunning!
    ~ Tami

  12. Ha ha that would be “spray” not spay lol!

  13. Wow Kathy! This looks like a whole new dresser! I really need to be able to have a better vision when it comes to dressers. I don’t think I would have given this a second look in the before state and now its gorgeous! And I’m so stealing your cookie rack used as a hardware spay station…I love that idea!

  14. Unbelievable, what talent you have. That is just beautiful Now I have to find a wooden piece to refinish Thanks for sharing .

  15. I did forget it Vicki. Thanks for pointing that out. I will add it to the post. It is Reclaim paint in Licorice.

  16. I love how you distressed this piece. I’ll have to say that I like your version better than the PB one and I definitely like your price better.

  17. Hmmm, gradient distressing, who would’ve thunk it. I really like the look of your dresser. Truth be told, I like it better than the original.

  18. wow kathy this is a show stopper, gorgeous just gorgeous…i am having back surgery tomorrow so i may be out of commission for a while don’t miss me too much ha ha xx

  19. OH my, Kathy, that is gorgeous! You are crazy talented. I love that gradient distressing.

  20. Your blog is my favorite! I love everything you do. Can’t wait to check out your latest ideas. Thanks!