Monday, January 17, 2011

Pottery Barn Finial Tutorial

Here is the tutorial for my Pottery Barn Decorative Objects that I featured yesterday. 
Getting this look for less is so simple,
it made me wonder why I didn't do this so much earlier??? 
 I had started putting the candlesticks together with the finials and started painting them and then just moved on to another project.  I purchased the smaller candlesticks for 29 cents each at Goodwill.  A few of the finals came from there as well. 

I had already started painting them when I remembered to take a before pic!

Lets get to the steps;
This is the base for the largest finial. 
It is metal and started out black.

The two pieces were attached with Gorilla Glue.
The cup of the base is so deep that this took a lot of glue!!

One end of these pieces had a screw and the other end had an opening.
I enlarged the small opening with my drill and screwed the two pieces together.
I did enforce the bond with Gorilla Glue.

Here it is with 3 pieces put together.

A untrained monkey could do this!


The other finials were simply glued together!
Lets move on the the paint finish....

Each pieces was spray painted black. 
Once dry I went over it with a cream color spray paint.
Next, I hand painted each one with a latex semi gloss paint. 
My paint choice is Valspar Angels.
Once dry, I took 80 grit sand paper and distressed them until I liked how it looked.

Glazing is the final step. 
I slather the glaze all over the finial and wipe off slowly until I achieve the look I was after.

I hope you will take a stab at creating a cheaper version of the catalogs we all love!
I am not stopping here!

Go visit more before & afters with Kim at Southern Savvy Style



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They look absolutely stunning. I loved your post showing them all grouped together. Great finishing tips also. Fabulous look. Hugs, Marty

Angie said...

Wow! TA DA is right!!

Much love,
Future Mama

Unknown said...

Love them!!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What a great look! How clever of you to put all of those together - you have great vision! Love it.

Lori said...

I love them! I can never find stuff like that at our Goodwill!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful creativity. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! Now I just have to find such marvelous treasures!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love these...I was looking at my catalog and saw these then remembered you were going to have a tutorial. I couldnt wait to have the kitchen cleaned up for the night to get on here and see your post. They seem very simple to do and look just like Pottery Barns, great job and thanks!


René said...

I love diy projects that save moolah. Very nice.


Erin said...

That is an awesome tutorial, thanks!

Savannah Granny said...

Great tutorial on finials. Love the finished colors and results. Thanks for reminding that we can often easily duplicate the pricy accessories. Ginger

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great idea...and a wonderful tutorial! I would love to try this! Thanks! ♥

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those look awesome and what a great tutorial. I never find things like that at GW. Thanks for linking up this week!

Jemsmom said...

Wow!!!! Those are fantastic!!! I ams stopping by from Kim's and just wanted to tell you what a great job you did! I would love to try this!

Melissa Miller said...

They look so good! Wow! :)

All That Glitters said...

Those look wonderful!!!!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I love them! I can't wait for your next project. I know I have a lot of the things I need up stairs, and need some things for my new mantle. Thanks!

Heather said...

It's like Legos for big girls! Love it!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

How clever and and I love how they turned out! Such character and I think I could actually do one!!

Traci said...

Like Pottery Barn but only better! Love this idea - never would have thought of it!!

Unknown said...

Lacy, these are gorgeous. And it looks like you had fun combining all those shapes. I have a few finials that may have a new home soon.

Dear Sweet Home said...

Love it! Great job :)

Laura Everyday Edits said...

hi.. visiting on today's blog linky party. love the finial post. please stop by sometime.. laura

Robyn @ said...

Great job! They look so expensive. Thank you for posting the tutorial so I can create the look myself.

~ Robyn

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I love these! They look awesome!! I am definitely going to make some. I am now your newest follower. I look forward to following along. Come check me out if you get a chance.


Jacqueline said...

These are so gorgeous, I think I am definitely a monkey, and maybe I could do this. I love the final look and they are all so unique. Thanks for the step by step tutorial. I just helped glaze kitchen cabinets, so I ought to be able to do this!

KimMalk said...

Hi Lacy - I guess I've been under a rock to miss these posts. Your are doing a fantastic job, I love all of your copies. :)

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

I am so glad I found this tutorial (and your blog!) What kind of glaze did you use? I love the finish!

girlsgonescrappin said...

May I ask a question about the finish? First, after the black and cream paint, why another coat of paint with a brush and what color did you do. And lastly, what kind/brand of glaze? Thank you

girlsgonescrappin said...

Oops, another question....what finish on the spray paint (matt, gloss,etc.) Thanks again

Tami Michel said...

Love these! I featured this post on Scribbles and Swirls...I hope you like it. Please take a look and follow along as well.
Thanks for the inspiration.

pageonpaper said...

What a great idea!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

I adore how these look! Thank you for sharing!

avisiontoremember said...

LOVE THESE! I am hoping I can find some of these laying around my house and my moms so that I can make a few :)

Kellie said...

They are AWESOME! Thanks so much for the tutorial! :)

Lookiewhatidid said...

Amazing. I want to make some after seeing this. Found it on Pinterest. Great job and thanks!

Simply Simplisticated said...

Girl YOU ARE DA BOMB!!!! This is GENIOUS!!!Im Totally doin this one:) Thanks for your creativity and inspiration:)Deidre~

mallwalker said...

I know this was posted more than a year ago, but I just found it through pinterest. I have to tell you that your finials are fabulous! I could kick myself for getting rid of some pieces that would have worked for this last summer.

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Hi! I just found this post through Pinterest and it is brilliant! I love finding ways to recreate those Pottery Barn/Restoration/Anthro looks. Very cool. Love it and will be trying it soon!!

Thanks for the tutorial!


PS-I'm going to repin this

Revi said...

Hi Lacy,
I'm posting a photo of this project and linking to your instructions. I just found a bin of wood pieces, and remembered this I want to make some! The post will be tomorrow, 10/29/12.

Barbara Jean said...

very, very cool!

thanks for sharing how to do it.


Unknown said...

These are really cute - I can't wait to try them out:) Thanx for sharing

Unknown said...

Perfect! Love the idea.

Lisa Montsion said...

I really like them.


Jamie | anderson + grant said...

Making these finials is such a creative idea...You would never know they were made of separate pieces.

I have listed your idea as one of my favorite things I saw during the past week on my blog at .


Elizabeth {Real Inspired} said...

Great tutorial! I will put these on my to-make list! They look so high end. I would like to share them on my blog if you don't mind?
Elizabeth @ Real Inspired

BluKatKraft said...

Love these as they are but they would be great in colors for my decor. thanks for sharing :)

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