Sunday, May 15, 2011

You light up my Pottery Barn knock off light does

We have a water closet (a.k.a WC or a toilet in its own room) in our master bathroom with a horrible builder grade light.  I personally thought the separate room for a toilet was a little odd when I bought the house, but now I do like it. It is one extra door that I can close so I can pretend I don't hear my two kids screaming for me. Is it the same in your house? You decide to sit down for one minute of privacy and the kids seem to know you are alone and start to hunt you down.

Well I have been eyeballing this light at Pottery Barn for ages. I absolutely love it and thought it would look great in our WC, but like everything else at Pottery Barn, I do not love the price. Really $269 for a light? I guess you can say it is on sale for $215. I, just like everyone else in this world, love me a good sale...but come on $215 for a light that will only be seen by a person sitting on a toilet.  I knew I could do better!
Source Pottery Barn
So I ventured to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found this lamp for the bargain basement price of...hold on to your seats...$5!!!! I immediately scooped it up and ran (drove) home in excitement. Again my husband looked at me and said "What are you going to do with that!?!" No faith :)  I knew I could make this light look almost exactly like the Pottery Barn one!
I suspected I would be able to disassemble the light completely but  I also knew the worst possible scenario would be me taping the glass with some newspaper before I pulled out my spray paint.  I got lucky and was able to completely disassemble the light by removing 10 screws.
 After taping off the electrical chords and the light sockets I brought all the brass pieces into the garage to spray paint. Two light coats later this is what I ended up with, GORGEOUS!!!
 I ended up switching the bolts from the bottom of the light to the top because I liked the look of the flat bolts on the bottom better. I don't think you really notice but it is how I preferred it.
My husband, being the loving man he is (or he knew I would nag him until it was done), hung it for my this evening as I sat on the floor of the bathroom watching. I feel like a kid again. I am so happy with my Pottery Barn knock off!!! I can't believe I got this light for $5 vs $215.
 I bought some fancy LED lights for it since we are trying to save some money on electricity. In the end the light bulbs cost more than the light itself :) 

I LOVE IT!  Here it is from outside the WC.
This has inspired me to post all the lights I have redone and not yet shared with you. So this week I will post them all: 2 drum ceiling pendants, a table lamp for my daughter's room and an amazing beaded ceiling light my sister created.
Linking to some great parties including: Story of A2Z 


  1. She's a beauty now. Great eye for a deal.

  2. OH WOW, first of all your light looks AMAZING. The PB one, unless it was covered in GOLD, what the heck is up with that price. Do people actually pay that, I can't even imagine.

    You did fantastic, and I'd love to invite you to link this up girl. Stop by anytime to say hello !!!

    Also if you get a chance, hope you can come over to see how I make the EASIEST chicken curry ever, using rotisserie chicken, and enter to win your own MAGIC Chicken Curry Mix.

    Bella :)**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

  3. HAHA! Take THAT Pottery Barn!! You should submit this to Knock Off Decor -- perfection!

  4. Great job! I love, love, LOVE the Restore! I think most of my project materials come from there :)

  5. Visiting from DIY Show Off -- just LOVE this light!! I have a couple of gold versions of these in my house (yuck) and I'm thinking they may need a coat of spray paint :). Oh, and I just love the Habitat Store, too!

  6. That is just so fabulous!! I also have my own water closet:

    I thought just what you said - a second door to close and pretend I don't hear my kids calling me!!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  7. You are so creative! I love how you spot things and make them beautiful again...Sally

  8. Hi There, We think alike. I blogged about the same lantern from Pottery Barn and came up with a same solution from H. and H. You got a better deal. My lanterns cost me $15. Your's looks awesome! Great job! If you want to see how mine turned out go to

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  10. That is so cool. You should sell these on Etsy. Seriously, I would buy it.

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  12. I agree - you could sell these for $200! Looks great :)

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