THAT COST HOW MUCH?! - CB2
Welcome back to another episode of “That Cost How Much?!”, the series where we take ridiculously priced items from our fave retailers and DIY them for much cheaper. Today we are going to tackle CB2, Crate and Barrel’s secondary brand!
We saw this gorg printed marble planter at CB2 and totally fell in love, the only problem was that it cost $80 USD ($104 CAD). I mean, the planter is GORG but the price is a bit much. Let’s get to DIYing.
Thin paint brush
We struggled finding a pot or container that was the same shape and size as the CB2 planter, so we decided to go with a simple white trash can from Walmart. It’s a bit smaller, but we think it still works and gives the same aesthetic. We started by getting the base marble look by wrapping the trash can in marble contact paper. The trick with this contact paper is to first grab a sheet that is a bit bigger than your trash can. This is because the trash can slopes up slightly, and we need to accommodate for this changing surface area! Go ahead and wrap the contact paper around the can. Be sure to move slowly and press firmly. To fold over the edges of the contact paper around the bottom and top edges, use a blowdryer on a hot setting to heat up the paper and allow it to become pliable.
Once your can is wrapped, we are going to use some liquid gold paint to add the metallic touch that the CB2 can has. Go ahead and grab your can and a paintbrush, and paint over some of the marble lines on the print to add some dimension! Let it dry and you are done!
This project only cost us $21 USD ($27 CAD) and the original cost $80 USD ($104 CAD)! What a total steal!
BRASS STORAGE BOXES
We are absolutely obsessed with this brass boxes from CB2, but you know what’s not gorgeous?! The price tag. These boxes are $129 USD for two (that’s $168 CAD!).
Two sheets metal ducting - $16.50 USD ($21.57 CAD)
Aviation/metal cutting pliers
We kind of struggled finding a material to emulate the brass box, but we ended up going with this metal ducting. It is thin and pliable enough to fold, but sturdy enough to hold its own shape!
Grab your sheet and measure out a rectangle that is 9 inches (22.8 cm) by 27 inches (68.5 cm) and cut that out using some thick aviation snips (or any thick metal cutting pliers). When cutting, go nice and slowly and be careful of any sharp edges of metal!
Next, measure out 9 inches (22 cm) in from each shorter side of the sheet and create a crease at this 9 inch (22 cm) mark with an exacto knife. Once creased, go ahead and fold these two sides up from these marks!
Next, with another sheet of the metal, draw out and cut two rectangles that are 10 inches (25.4 cm) by 9.5 inches (24 cm). Once cut, grab a sharpie and mark a half an inch (1.2 cm) in from three of the sides. Draw a line across each of these three sides. Once drawn, take an exacto knife and score along all of those points. Next, take your aviation snips and start cutting small triangles into the edges of the square, creating tabs in the sides of the metal. Make sure the tips of these triangles do not pass the line we drew earlier. After you’ve created your tabs, go ahead and fold them up. It helps to use a ruler to help you do this.
Time to attach the sides. I am going to be using some SteelStik to attach the sides together. Mix together the putty following package instructions, apply small amounts of the putty to the tabs and create your box! Once the SteelStik is dry, go ahead and sand and spray paint the box a gold colour to match the CB2 box! To make two of these DIY boxes, it only ended up costing is $32 USD ($41 CAD), as opposed to the $129 USD ($168 CAD) that the original would have costed!
MARBLE DOOR STOPPER
The final CB2 DIY is this amazing marble door stopper. This product is only $30 USD ($39.21 CAD) which really isn’t an awful price, but we know a way that we can make it for much less!
The first thing we are going to make is this leather strap that allows you to pick up the doorstop. We got this black faux leather from the fabric store. Go ahead and cut a strip that is about 15 inches (38 cm) by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Once the long strip was cut, we folded this strip in half, good sides together, and tied it in a big knot at the open end to secure it in place. This will also help it to stay in the concrete better.
Time to mix the concrete! We used the Quickrete concrete mix. Be sure not to get the quick drying kind, as we do need some time to work with the wet mix. Something else you’ll need is a mold for the stopper that is disposable, we ended up grabbing a large disposable pop cup! You’ll also need some other disposable containers to mix the concrete in!
Before we start mixing concrete, we need to make a small X out of two slits that the knot of the strap can slip through. Place the knot into the slit and seal around the strap by using some water-resistant tape. We used gorilla tape. Next it’s time to mix the concrete! Go ahead and mix four parts cement, one part water. The mixture should end up being a peanut butter type consistency. Make sure to mix enough to fill the entire cup. Next, grab a smaller container and mix some of the concrete with the red paint we grabbed earlier. Stir until incorporated. Next, grab another small container and mix some of the regular concrete with some of the red. Mix just a little bit to create a marbled effect. Once mixed, pour this into the cup. Repeat these steps until the concrete fills the entire cup! Let this dry fully.
When we removed our stopper from the mold, it was a bit darker than the product we are replicating, so we decided to paint the outside with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white paint to brighten up the colour!
And that’s it! In total, this DIY cost us $10.50 USD ($13.73 CAD), while the original was $30 USD ($39.21 CAD)!
Thanks for reading! If you want to see more, check out the video below!