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I love finding vintage one of a kind pieces for next to nothing.  When I saw this chair at a garage sale last summer, I loved the scroll detail on the legs.  Only $5 for this cute, solid oak chair!  Got to love that!



Love the scroll!

After sitting in my garage for a few months, I decided the chair would look great with a black, distressed Pottery Barn like finish because the oak finish underneath would be a nice rich colour. I mixed up some homemade chalk paint using  Behr Black Suede and calcium carbonate, both of which I already had.   (BTW:  I LOVE this shade of black!  It is aptly named because it seems to have a depth or softness about it and it works perfectly for the Pottery Barn treatment.)  After two coats, I did a bit of distressing and added 2 coats of  Varathane.


I love how it turned out!

Now on to the seat!  Stripping off old chair coverings can be like opening an old trunk in an attic.
Overall, the seat cover looked okay but when looking at the underside, I could tell it had been recovered and needed some fixing.
The original seat cover was leather!


There were a gazillion nails to remove!



Using my handy dandy Dremel saw and some wood I  had in the garage, I cut a new support for the bottom.

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I love this tool!

When I removed the gazillion tiny tacks, I found the seat had been stuffed with horse hair!  A discovery which is somewhat exciting and disgusting all the the same time!  The horse hair stuffing does not necessarily provide an age for the chair but it does indicate the chair is vintage if not antique.


Cool and Yucky!

Originally, I was planning on covering the seat with either burlap or a painter’s drop cloth, with perhaps a graphic on it.  However, once the chair was painted, I didn’t like the look.

Then on a trip to my local FabricLand, I spotted a cool black and grey remnant in the discount bin.  I was really drawn to it but I kept thinking I already had some of it at home.  It just looked so familiar.  Regardless I decided it would look great on the Pottery Barn like chair and it was only going to cost me $3.

After I got it home, I realized why it was so familiar!
It looks just like my little Coach bag!
And the weight and texture of the fabrics are very similar!


They are so similar!

 All I needed to buy was the fabric because I had the foam, paint and varathane.

Pretty nice chair for around $10!

Pottery Barn meets Coach

Pottery Barn meets Coach!


It would appear,

Should Coach start making furniture?  Tell me what you think?

  19 Responses to “Pottery Barn Meets Coach”

  1. Great chair and such a wonderful makeover. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  2. Love the double knockoff! Thanks so much for sharing it on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Your post has the very special distinction of being #200 !!!

  3. Soooo fun!!! Adore it.

  4. The chair is just so pretty now. I love the color you used on it and that fabric…perfection! Thanks for joining TTF!

  5. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  6. I LOVE that fabric! Another great job!!

  7. I love the legs on the chair and your colour choice. You can’t go wrong with black-even better with black and white.
    Cathy Haley

  8. I would totally do a happy dance in the leaves over this chair! It looks so good! That’s pretty impressive you found fabric that goes along with the purse so well. I’m hopping over from Get Schooled Saturday (my link ups were #20 and 21) Have a great weekend!

  9. neat! wish i was more craft…

  10. soo great this chair looks super chic now

  11. Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!! : ) hugs…

  12. Hi! I enjoyed reading your posts. Do you have a place to sign up for emails? Or can I follow on Twitter? Not sure how twitter works.

    The oak chair is beautiful. I passed up a sturdy chair at mt favorite thrift store because I could not think what to do with it , even though I really liked its style. Next chair I will know!

    I did not see an ad to click on. Will click when I find one.


    • Hi Judy! I am happy to hear you enjoy my posts. If you wish to get emails you can use the “Subscribe” area on the right panel. Or better yet, follow all your favourite bloggers by signing up for “Bloglovin”. Thx!

  13. Oh my…I saw your thumbnail at the Sunday Funday Party and saw Coach and Pottery Barn in the same sentence….awesome! Such a clever makeover, and I’ll be looking out for a similar project in the waiting. I’m a new happy follower…Mimi…xxx

    • Hi Mimi! I wish I could say I am a Francophone but I am not. However, my teen daughter is quite fluent having spent elementary school in French Immersion and also a month in France on an exchange. Me, just a lover of travel and Paris is at the top of my list. I see you are in Australia. Oh how I hope to travel there some day!!! You are now on my Bloglovin’ list!

  14. I love this! Great job!!!

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