Pottery Barn Inspired wine barrel lazy susan

by Sherry

Last year I was in Pottery Barn and saw a wine barrel lazy susan that I liked.  What I didn’t like was the $129 price tag!   Here is my inspiration for this project.

I put the project in the back of my mind until recently when I found a lazy susan in a junk shop.
I paid my $1.00 and headed home with this beauty.  Well, I hoped she would turn into a beauty with a little pampering.
 The piece was stained an ugly orange color so the first thing I did was lightly sand it. I wanted the look of planks of wood so I took a pen and ruler and drew lines in the wood. The wood was soft enough that by pressing hard the pen made a groove.   I then applied a coat of stain and wiped off gently leaving more color in certain areas . This was a big improvement on it’s own.
The more I looked at the PB version I felt the design was a little plain for me. I found an image I liked at  The Graphics Fairy  and made a copy enlarging it to the size I wanted.

Using carbon paper I just traced the design.  I created the additional wording in Microsoft’s Word and then followed the same process.  Then it is as easy as painting in the design with a black paint pen.  The lazy susan was lightly distressed with sandpaper and finished with a clear coat of spray varnish.  I used the same technique making the Antiquities sign shown here

Here is the finished project…
And a close up
  I already had all the materials I used left over from other projects.
  The total cost of my lazy susan was $1.00!    
PB you know I love ya…but I like my version better and it cost $128 less than yours. Don’t feel bad because you’ll end up with some of the money I saved.  I just ordered two lanterns from you. Of course I am known for being rather thrifty so I waited until they were 75% off.
Thanks for the inspiration Pottery Barn!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) January 12, 2011 - 2:27 am

Oh I love it. It looks fabulous. What a great design and such a wonderful idea. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage January 12, 2011 - 2:30 am

It is fantastic Sherry- and loving it and the price tag way more than PB! Well done! 🙂

Carrie January 12, 2011 - 2:35 am

That looks fantastic! Great job!

Donna January 12, 2011 - 2:45 am

Way cool! Your project turned great! In fact, I like yours better than the PB version. Theirs was definitley a bit plain. Yours has so much more character! I will now be on the lookout for lazy susans in my junkin' travels!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage January 12, 2011 - 2:45 am

Wow, that is an awesome transformation! You certainly can't beat the price! Well done!

Grannys Attic January 12, 2011 - 2:46 am

Sherry, What a great job you did for $1. I like your much better than PB. Have a great day, Vicky

Ann January 12, 2011 - 2:49 am

Wow! impressive…a dollar well spent! So creative!

Tyla January 12, 2011 - 2:56 am

To be honest, I like yours better. Nice job. Thanks for sharing! I'll be on the prowl for a lazy susan now myself. 🙂

High Street Cottage January 12, 2011 - 2:56 am

Sherry I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Was that enough explanation marks???
No, I really really love it. And I've seen those same lazy susans. Never thought of stenciling. And you chose something so tasteful, so expensive looking too! Proud of you young lady! I have a stencil project coming up I think you'll love. Well done, xoxo tami

Cathy~Mille Fleur January 12, 2011 - 2:59 am

Gorgeous! You are a genius! Only trouble is…now I want one;)!

Tricia - A Rosy Note January 12, 2011 - 3:01 am

Wow Sherry! That looks great and of course I love the price too 🙂

Linda @ A La Carte January 12, 2011 - 3:04 am

Wow that lazy susan turned out awesome! I love it! Fantastic!

The Decorative Dreamer January 12, 2011 - 3:04 am

This looks fantastic! My girlfriend and I were looking at some of these at Tuesday Morning over the holidays that were made out of several barrel boards cut to the shape of a circle. She wanted one but we did not like the way the boards might bevel making the center unlevel as one solid piece would not. I have a lazy susan and advised here against that one with the boards as well. What we were both ogling over was that it was stamped like these. I told her we could paint something on one and it would be better but I hadn't thought of The Graphics Fairy at the time. That is a fantastic idea. I will pass it on and I am sure she will be thrilled! Now if we can just find her one at a great deal like you did. haha! Thank you!

Tamra January 12, 2011 - 3:06 am

Way to go Sherry! My heart went a flutter when I saw $1.00 I so love a bargain.

And might I say the grooves are the tiny detail that really make it sing.

I predict that all Goodwill's and all other thrift stores will be slammed for the next week or so with girls looking for lazy susans! lol

Just beautiful!

Amy @MaisonDecor January 12, 2011 - 3:09 am

The lazy susan came out amazing! I love it…I just gave one away~darn it.

Doro January 12, 2011 - 3:19 am

I agree with all of the folks above. It is gorgeous!

Jane January 12, 2011 - 3:25 am

This is a fabulous project! I love it!! I have a lazy susan in my studio and I am definitely copying your idea. Thanks for posting this.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions January 12, 2011 - 3:26 am

I have to say, Sherry, that yours looks SO MUCH better than the PB version! I can't believe they want $129.00 for theirs! Love the technique you used to get the imprint on the lazy susan.

All That Glitters January 12, 2011 - 3:38 am

Wow!!! and yours looks way better!

Amy Kinser January 12, 2011 - 3:40 am

I love this! You did a fantastic job.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments January 12, 2011 - 3:40 am

Tnhat is some knock off and what an awesome price. I think your first project of the year is a homerun hit right out of the ball park.

middle child January 12, 2011 - 3:45 am

You are very creative! And if Pottery Barn can sell their's for $129,,,,I'm thinking you could sell your's for $150 or more!
I guess I just never thought of using other things for inspiration and then looking for what I would need to "copy" the idea. Such a simple thing but the thought never crossed my mind. Thank-you. YOU are my inspiration! I already hang out at the thrift shops so I am looking forward to creating.

Judy January 12, 2011 - 3:47 am

I have a lazy susan that I might try my hand at making one of these…love it!

I'm off to check out those PB lanterns…


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style January 12, 2011 - 4:03 am

Sherry, you are GOOD really really GOOD! I don' even know how to download graphics and print out stuff! I need to learn. I love how you made that look old with the lines and the writing on it is perfect. Yes, it is way better than PB's overpriced version. Thanks so much for sharing this at my party!

Deb January 12, 2011 - 4:09 am

Wow…it looks awesome…you did a fabulous job! ~Deb~

[email protected] In My Heart January 12, 2011 - 4:29 am

Love it, love it, love it! Sherry you did such an amazing job with that and made it sounds so simple even to we simpletons! 🙂

Blue Creek Home January 12, 2011 - 5:06 am

Sherry, you knocked this one out of the park girl! It is better than the PB one to me!
I have two round pieces of old wood (probably tops to tables or maybe a lazy susan) I think I will try one of these. If I do, I will link back to this post so everyone can see how mine should look!!! 🙂

[email protected] Ground January 12, 2011 - 5:38 am

Sherry, you are amazing! I think your's is even better!! I want to try this myself, great job!

French-Kissed January 12, 2011 - 6:09 am

Definitely like yours better than PB's! You did an amazing job and I think you will enjoy it all the more knowing how much $$ you saved.


Mom in High Heels January 12, 2011 - 8:41 am

What a gorgeous lazy Susan! I'm kicking myself now for throwing out an old one we had. You did a fantastic job for an amazing price. Take that PB!

Red Door Home January 12, 2011 - 10:55 am

A terrific find at a great price! Thanks for sharing this fun project.

Rose H (UK) January 12, 2011 - 11:22 am

Goodness me Sherry – what a fantastic transformation! What ever the cost (which is astounding), it looks a million dollars :o)

Paula January 12, 2011 - 11:36 am

oh Sherry! love it! who knew such a boring wooden piece could be so beautiful! keeping my eyes open for a 1.00 lazy susan:) 🙂

Miss Char January 12, 2011 - 11:41 am

Well I bet there will be a run on old lazy susans at all the thrift shops today. Great project Sherry and your graphics are perfect. Thanks for adding another craft to my list of things I've got to try.

Stephanie January 12, 2011 - 12:08 pm

It turned out SO FABULOUS Sherry – great idea!!!

Shannon January 12, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Love it! Great job!

Rene January 12, 2011 - 1:47 pm

Brilliant! You must be loving that lazy Susan (and the price).


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio January 12, 2011 - 1:48 pm

That turned out wonderful!! I have a really one from a winery in France, that I bought a few years ago at a local gourmet kitchen store. Yours looks just as good and boy or boy – yours is almost FREE! Great job!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage January 12, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Well, yours has Pottery Barns beat to pieces. It's much, much nicer! I'd pick it first any day.

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Nancy January 12, 2011 - 3:51 pm

I have two or three of these lazy susans…now I know exactly what to do with them. Fantastic idea Sherry!


Heidi January 12, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Awesome! Love it!

[email protected] Decorating January 12, 2011 - 4:55 pm

I just love this!! What a great way to recreate something at a fraction of the price!! Awesome!

Allison January 12, 2011 - 5:11 pm

I love this project so much! I wonder if I'd get lucky enough to find a lazy susan for $1 to try it out!! Thanks for sharing!

Pamela January 12, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Love love love that idea!! It is gorgeous!

Gail January 12, 2011 - 7:03 pm

OMG that looks awesome! I have to agree with you, yours looks better than PB. Thanks for sharing the how to and for your inspiration.

Have a wonderful day,

Brenda Kula January 12, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Wow! What a difference a day makes! It looks so authentically better than PB!

[email protected] January 12, 2011 - 9:17 pm

Get out!!!! YOurs is waaaaay better!!!

Pat January 12, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Fabulous, Sherry. I've wanted one of these for awhile. I'll be on the lookout for a lazy susan. I think I can do this.:-)
Thanks for the inspiration!

[email protected] Charm January 12, 2011 - 11:11 pm

You just saved a ton of money…love the look of yours!


I'm Not a Trophy Wife January 12, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Love it! I bought a wine barrel on ebay.. and I paid alot more than $1.00- and your design is awesome. Very, very impressive


Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie January 13, 2011 - 12:44 am

I have nothing else to say except "fab-u-lous!" Love that this was a thrifted item! Thanks for linking up at WWC!

Pattie January 13, 2011 - 12:59 am

This is amazing, I can't believe how well this turned out I think this looks better than the one from PB. Gotta love a bargain.

Betsy January 13, 2011 - 1:29 am

This is absolutely amazing, I just love what you did. I do believe I like yours better, and the price is no comparison. Great job Sherry.

[email protected] Crafty Home January 13, 2011 - 2:24 am

Wow, that's amazing! I think yours looks better than PB! I hope to see you on my weekend linky party 🙂

Lucy Designs January 13, 2011 - 2:27 am

this is just beautiful, love it!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage January 13, 2011 - 2:33 am

Gorgeous as always!! I can't believe the before!! 🙂

Gracie's Cottage January 13, 2011 - 2:40 am

Clever…I love it!

laurie @ bargain hunting January 13, 2011 - 2:48 am

Oh My Gosh! Sherry, that is amazing! Yours IS better than the P.B. one. I love it! You pulled this off brilliantly! laurie

vignette design January 13, 2011 - 4:00 am

You're kidding me! I absolutely love your design so much better than PB. And for one dollar! I'm so amazed! ~Delores

Starwood Country Creations January 13, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Sherry, I absolutely love this!


Chrissy January 13, 2011 - 2:47 pm

I absolutely agree, your version is much better than PB, and cheaper. What a great project.
Thanks for sharing!

Shannon January 13, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Wow – that looks amazing! I LOVE the details you put into it with the staining and creating the look of wood planks. Brilliant!

How great to find such a deal on something and turning it into something wonderful. Nice work!

Andrea January 13, 2011 - 7:39 pm

What an amazing project! It turned out wonderfully!

Van January 13, 2011 - 11:36 pm

Your transformation came out PERFECTLY. Fun blog theme!

Annie Louise January 14, 2011 - 12:33 am

Fantastic!! I am so impressed, I love this idea.
Thanks for sharing,

Mona thompson January 14, 2011 - 2:43 am

Great job!!!!! I love this. You are just too good.!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com January 14, 2011 - 2:47 am


I don't see you for a while… just thought of dropping by to say "hello".

Take care, darling.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

vikki January 14, 2011 - 9:28 pm

I like yours better!

Honey at 2805 January 14, 2011 - 11:52 pm

How absolutely terrific! Yours is much better thant the PB version. All over blogland, women have just written this down on their list of things to find and do. It's certainly on my list! You are so-o-o- smart!

Phredfamily January 15, 2011 - 1:26 am

I like yours so much more than the PB one! Does the paint pen come from a craft store or is it a specialty item?

Just Call Me Zippy January 15, 2011 - 2:00 am

Okay..gotta leave a comment. Brilliant!!!! Between the photography and gluten-free blogs I don't get to many of the decor blogs, but yours is in my favorites. This is an example of why Awesome!

Barbara January 15, 2011 - 3:48 am

I have worked as a Tasting Room manager at a local winery for ten years and own a lazy susan made from the top of a $1000. French Oak barrel that was used for local wine making. I was lucky enough to get mine as a gift from the cute frenchman that made them, but I retailed them for $90. each and couldn't keep them in stock because they sold so quickly. This is all just background to me saying that YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB! I love love love it 🙂

Help! Mama Remote... January 15, 2011 - 4:57 am

In the words of my little girl, "BooYa!!!!!WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

Lori January 15, 2011 - 3:13 pm


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Please join me for my Valentine Party! http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-party.html

Luvin' the Hubs January 16, 2011 - 1:17 am

Bazinga! I absolutely love it!
I see those all the time at the thrift stores and could only invision yucky decoupage on them.
Your's is fabulous!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com January 16, 2011 - 1:39 pm

I like your version better too!! What a great project!

Traci January 16, 2011 - 1:50 pm

What a beauty! Great Job – this is why I just love your blog!

[email protected] and Cheese January 16, 2011 - 1:52 pm

I love this project! I have had a Lazy Susan for over a year that I picked up at Goodwill and didn't quite know what to do with it. Now I know! Thanks for sharing yours. It looks great!

Lori January 16, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Yours is even better! Thanks for all the inspiration we get from PB in blogland.

The Inspired Nest January 16, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Sherry, I just love this lazy susan! I will be searching for an old lazy suzan to do this too!

Krafty Kat January 16, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Hoping I find a lazy susan for a buck somewhere so I can do this too! Amazing job!

Pamela January 16, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Sherry I know I have already been bby to admire and drool over your lazy susan but I wanted to let ya know I am now trying to figure out how to do something similar to our plain cutting board. Let ya know if I figure something out. Thanx again for a great inspiration project!

[email protected] January 16, 2011 - 10:35 pm

I don't know how I missed this lazy Susan post, but I did. I love it!! And for $1.00? You are a very creative and talented lady. And if you live close enough, I would cook for you as often as you would drop by.

Andrea | HomageStyle.com January 17, 2011 - 1:23 am

Love it! Makes me want one! Can't wait for garage sale season!

Sarah January 17, 2011 - 2:40 am

Sherry, I've too admired these pieces. Have to say yours is better looking. You are very talented and one clever individual. Great project!

♥ Sonny ♥ January 17, 2011 - 3:02 am

your's is beautiful at any price, but 1.00– wowzers.. applause applause

Pam January 17, 2011 - 3:08 am

Fantastic idea. It looks great. I'm off to check out your antiquities sign!

Allison Shops January 17, 2011 - 3:26 am

Looks great! I can't believe the PB one was that much. Geez! Hope you'll come see the picture wall I helped DD2 create for her home.


Teri January 17, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Holy moly!!!! That IS amazing!!! So cute, now I want one!!! You blew PB's right off the map!

Kathleen January 18, 2011 - 5:49 pm

It looks great! I have an old wood lazy susan at our cottage! I am going to try it. If I do I will credit you with the inspiration!
I am a PB Outlet shopper. Even there I wait for the sales! Most of their stuff is so overpriced. You look on their outlet web site and it 75% less for the same thing in the outlet. Crazy!
Have a good week, Sherry

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ January 23, 2011 - 7:25 pm

This is a big Wow factor, you took a boring lazy susan and made it spectacular….. it is so much better than the other one without a doubt. Now look at what you did- it seems like everybody wants one now…. Thanks to YOU!

Take Care*

Kelsie From Our Country Home February 6, 2011 - 1:30 am

Again, how did I miss this when you first posted it??…Yours btw is so much nicer than the PB one and the price tag, forget about it…Great job once again.

Blessings Kelsie

Deborah March August 19, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Why ANYONE buys at PB's exorbitant prices is beyond me! This is just beautiful Sherry! (Thanks for your kind comment on mine too)

Ellen September 24, 2011 - 3:36 am

cant find the Antiquities sign directions can you tell me how to make it, i just love it

cincynana October 9, 2011 - 9:30 pm


I just love this… I want to copy your design… having much trouble finding the date and leaves on graphic fairy… do you remember what it is called?

thanks so much

Eliza Freitas October 13, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Olá Sherry!!! Seu blog é maravilhoso,um charme, muito inspirador e seus trabalhos são lindos… Parabéns!!!
É um prazer visita-la, realmente tudo muito encantador.


Lorrie February 18, 2012 - 6:15 am

Love, love, love this! Today I found a lazy susan just like this, only mine was $2, still a bargain. I love how yours turned out, mind if I steal?

Lindsey February 27, 2012 - 1:22 am

Love this! Looks great. What colors did you use and how was it painted?

Lindsey February 27, 2012 - 1:23 am

Love this! Woud you mind sharing waht color you used and the technique to paint the lazy suzan?

-Lisa March 20, 2012 - 2:39 pm

I think yours looks 100 times better than Pottery Barn's!
Great work.

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Christine January 7, 2013 - 3:02 pm

I'm new to the Blog world (altho online since 1986 — yes, that's right) and have spent two weeks mesmerized by page after page after page. I just wanted to say I love your projects and most of all, you crack me up. That's worth its weight in gold. All the best to you. I'll be haunting you. 🙂

Donna Hart March 13, 2015 - 6:35 am

You've inspired me to customize my old Ikea lazy Susan! Yours beats PBs 🙂


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