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!
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.
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!
Using my handy dandy Dremel saw and some wood I had in the garage, I cut a new support for the bottom.
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.
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!
All I needed to buy was the fabric because I had the foam, paint and varathane.
Pretty nice chair for around $10!
I LOVE IT!! HAPPY DANCE TIME IN THE LEAVES!
It would appear,
I created a DOUBLE KNOCK OFF!
Should Coach start making furniture? Tell me what you think?