August 15, 2012

Pottery Barn Knock Off Chairs



When I found this set of chairs at a thrift store for about $5,  I had no idea they were the exact same style as Pottery Barn's beautiful Napoleon Rush Seat Chairs. While browsing through PB's online catalog, I couldn't believe how similar they looked and decided it was time to paint the chairs a much lighter color to create a great knock-off look like the ones I was admiring online. 

Here are Pottery Barn's chairs:


Why would someone have gotten rid of these? They were sturdy and in great condition. I was happy to be the lucky recipient and couldn't wait to cover them in a creamy shade of paint.

Here are the chairs before: 





And here are the chairs after! 



I revamped these chairs by spray painting the rush seat covers with a few coats of white spray paint, then painted a few coats of latex paint + primer in my off-white shade on the wood. (A cheap way to do small painting projects like this is to buy one or two of the $3 paint tester cans tinted in whatever color you like.) I lightly distressed the edges of my chairs with my Dremel to finish.


Here are the chairs in my dining room. So light and airy. By the way, did you know dining room chairs don't have to match? Here I mixed two different styles of chairs all painted a pale color to create a uniform look with eclectic style.






I am so happy with my transformation! It's amazing what a few simple coat of paint can do. (And, I have to laugh when people think I actually shop at Pottery Barn...)


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16 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job on these chairs I love the creamy whites!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I'm really happy with them too-I appreciate you taking the time to write a sweet comment!

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  2. I have to say...I shopped PB once. It was their EAT letters on clearance, like $8 incl shipping clearance! LOL!

    Love these chairs, whoever gave them away is crazy. They prob are real PB chairs and the owners were bored of them so they replaced them with Anthro chairs! (;

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    1. Thanks! I agree-they were crazy. Good thing I know what paint can do! Thanks for your kind words!

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  3. My mother-in-law also has a wooden table in her dining room very much like yours, with quite similar white painted wood chairs around it and only a few match! :)

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    1. What a coincidence :) thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Nice blog, love these refurbished chairs. i have over 60 chairs, I have a little chair passion going on...would you consider a button swap? This would be awesome.

    -Nicole

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  5. Just saw two of these chairs at Goodwill for $8 each. Had to pass them up because there just isn't room enough for everything I love. Your chair remake is beautiful! Nicely done. I'm now following. Hope you'll stop by Quirky Vistas and follow as well if you like.
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz
      Wish I could find more of those chairs! But I do understand about not having room. Thanks for following! I will stop by your site :)

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  6. Awesome find! I need to thrift with you!!! Can't fathom getting rid of those! Craziness! So happy for you! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thanks Aimee! Wouldn't that be fun if we lived closer?

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  7. Wow they look better than the originals, awesome job!

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    1. Thanks, Mel! I never mind working hard on something to save a little money and make it look nice!

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  8. That is a fantastic find! They look great in your space. Megan

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    1. Thanks for stopping by with kind words, Megan!

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  9. Love the chairs. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a minute. http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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