I Did It My Way

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello out there, I love Pottery Barn. One day while drooling over their catalog I stumbled upon these gorgeous hurricanes             
49.00 for this

79.00 for This one

 And then I saw the price...RUT ROE... Not in the I said what every DIY gal says on a regular basis...I can do that! So I set about gathering up my materials.       


I've had the large hurricane for about 12 years, the smaller one I bought at the Dollar  Tree,the silver candlestick with the crystal came from Marshalls and the plain silver one came from the Goodwill

 First I taped off the top of the hurricanes with masking tape so that I could apply the silver leaf and get a nice edge.
 I did this after I etched the larger one,sorry I got ahead of myself.

Apply etching cream to stencils for monogram put it on much thicker than this pic shows wait five minutes then rinse with cool water.
 My etching came out a little anemic, I don't really know why...I've read that some glass is easier to etch then others maybe that explains it ...yea thats my story and I'm sticking to it LOL. After the monogram was etched I applied the sizing to the rims of the hurricanes for the silver leaf. After the sizing became tacky not dry, 30 to 60 minutes later I applied the silver leaf.
 After you apply the silver leaf you have to burnish it with a very soft brush or your finger to smooth it out. If you have any bare spots you can use the silver leaf that flakes off  when burnishing and apply it to the bare spots. After this step I glued the candle sticks to the bottom of the hurricanes using e6oo0 glue. I turned them upside down and placed books on top overnight to weigh them down. After setting over night here's what I ended up with:

Sorry about this horrible pic

I used the holy candles from the dollar tree inside of the hurricanes to mimic the look of the inserts that they sell to go in  the hurricanes. I think its so pretty that way. The cost for my hurricanes:              

  1. candle stick 5.99  
  2. silver leaf and etching cream on hand
  3. stencil 3.00 with coupon.
  4. holy candle 1.00
total cost 9.99 compared to  49.00 at PB
  For the smaller candle:
  1.  1.00 for the hurricane
  2. 1.50 for the candle stick from goodwil
  3. 1.00 for the holy candle
 Total cost for the smaller candle 3.50. All together the hurricanes cost me 13.49 as compared to 128.00 for the PB version. I think they turned out pretty well and I saved 114.51 not to shabby. I'm linking up to Debbies Newbie Party   and Layla's How To's Day
and  It.s So Very Cheri for The Party and Hop.


  1. Those are fantastic! I think they are nicer than PB...what an awesome knock off. Thanks for joining in this week! Have fun.

  2. Awesome Karen! You did a fantastic job!

  3. Rut Roe!!!! Your hurricanes turned out great Karen!! I love the silver leaf at the rim. I'm cracking up at "My etching came out a little anemic". Although I think they look perfect!

  4. Beautiful!! I'm also a new follower! XO ~Liz

  5. What a lovely idea! These turned out beautifully. I saw you on Debbie's Newby Party & I'm happy to be a new follower of your blog. :-)

  6. Great job! I love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing. I'm now a follower. I found you at Debbiedoo's!


  7. You did an amazing job! Not only are they just as beautiful, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a lot of money.

    What could be better?

  8. hi karen! what a pretty blog! thanks for your comment about my loss of chloe, our cat. so appreciated. all the best to you.



  9. You did an amazing job on the hurricanes. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog. I'm a new follower.

  10. They turned out amazing, I'm really into knockoffs at the moment and you did a great job, found you via Debbiedoos

  11. that is an impressive job Girl! Way to go! Love it way better than PB and for the price, it's priceless work you did!


  12. How awesome are you!! I think yours look better than PB's!!! Way to save!!!

  13. Great job! I love these! Just found your lovely blog via Debbie's Newbie Party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. How pretty! Always nice to save money.
    Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll come see the informal picture wall I did for DD2.


  15. I kinda like these better than pottery barns. Great job!!

  16. Karen

    Beautiful job!! Love how yours turned out, and I have to agree, I think much nicer than PB, and every time you look at them, bet you enjoy knowing you did an amazing knock off job!!!!

    I found you through Debbiedoo

  17. Fantastic job, they look great. It is always nice to save money.

  18. Great job! Thanks for being my 60th follower! Yay! I'm following you as well! Allison :)

  19. What a great blog! I LOVE how your PB imitation turned out. Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog. I'm following you back! Rebecca

  20. Oh, those look so classy. I am so flattered you chose to follow my blog, I am your newest follower as well! I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  21. Smart girl! You did a great job & I love the little bench the the previous post!

  22. Glad you found my blog, so I could find yours:) I love the way your hurricanes came out. I think the "anemic" etching, actually makes it look timeworn and vintage. Nice job!

  23. Hi Karen, you did a great job and you would never know their an imitation.Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower I really appreciate it. Following you back, Martina

  24. hi karen,
    thanks for stopping by my blog. love the candles.

  25. Hi Karen,

    Great job! I love the tutorial too!

    Thanks so much for coming by my new blog. I'm your newest follower. I'm looking forward to seeing what projects you're working on.

    Have a great day.

  26. hi karen,

    thanks so much for the helpful idea in your comment on my blog!

    nice job!!!


  27. Wow, I love the hurricanes. Great job. I found your blog on DustyLu's blog.
    I'm a friend of hers, and just saw her tonight, so I was leaving her a comment when I saw yours. Thanks for taking the time to explain your steps for this project. I will be following your projects. If you'd like, come over and take a look at my blog. Thanks in advance,

  28. Hi, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and being my newest follower. Im pleased you did as now Ive found your fab blog!! Im loving this make, its so clever - I'll be keeping my eye out at the charity shops for hurricane lamps now :o) Scarlett x

  29. I love when a DIY project turns out so wonderful! Looks great!

  30. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I absolutely LOVE your blog. I love the little bench darling!
    p.s. I am your newest follower

  31. I'm in shock! Those are beautiful... I'm definitely keeping this project in mind. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & following : )

    ~Your newest follower, Liz

  32. I love how these came out! Fabulous! I've been dying to try glass etching! Great job! Thanks for the sweet comment on my china cabinet, new follower here ;)

  33. Wow that's amazing, I think yours look every bit as good or better than the ones from Pottery Barn. I think I might just give this a try!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  34. Love this project! My first attempt was decent, but I definitely need a better stencil for future projects.

  35. What a great job you did on these! They are beautiful. Thanks for joining my Open House party.

  36. Karen, WOW! You did a fabulous job making the hurricanes. I'm not particularly a craft person, but you've inspired me to try this one.
    Thanks for the inspiration,

  37. Kareen - I just found your blog through ItsSoVeryCheri & I just absolutely love it! These are AMAZING! They are so chic - You def. don't need PB! I did something similar but in the reverse with frosted glass spray paint. You can see it here:


  38. How lovely, you did them extremely well.
    :) jeanetteann


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