Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

I love Restoration Hardware’s Deconstructed furniture, I have wanted to do a knockoff for a while.  One of my sisters found a cane chair at a thrift store a while back for $5.00 she knew I was looking for one so she picked it up for me.  I lived with it as it was for a while but the fabric was aged looking, I made the mistake of painting the fabric to make it look cleaner.  That was a fail!  It made the fabric really hard and uncomfortable and it made taking the fabric off the chair very hard when I decided to reupholster it.  My advice if you ever plan to reupholster furniture don’t paint the fabric!

I started out by sanding the chair.  I did this by hand, if I had used a power sander it would have gone a lot faster.  After sanding my neighbor and I pulled the fabric off the chair, carefully remembering how each piece went back together.   I also removed the cane from the chair.

Before Sanding

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

After Sanding

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

The color was a little too red for me after sanding so I mixed some paint together and watered it down to make a paint stain.  I used white paint and some brown paint to get the desired brownish gray color I was going for.

After staining

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - After staining

I also applied a paste wax after the stain dried to protect the finish.  Once the frame was done I moved onto the upholstered pieces.

The back buttons were pretty easy to get out.  After I had the back taken apart I laid my new linen fabric over the foam backing to make small cuts for the buttons.

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

I used a staple gun to reattach the fabric to the back, pinching the fabric where needed to make pleats.

I covered the buttons over the existing buttons using fabric adhesive spray.

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

Using the original outer back as a template I cut the new fabric, attached the padding and stapled this to the frame.

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - Before

Again using the original as a guide I cut new fabric and sewed the seat cushion.

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

The last fabric piece was the burlap bottom.  I used black upholster tacks to attach this to the base.

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff - attaching burlap to the base

My dog “helping” more like laying on the linen fabric remains!

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

Final Result!

Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

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16 comments for “Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Chair Knockoff

  1. July 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This is gorgeous – I love it!

  2. July 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful job! Big upholster jobs scare me, and you did excellent! I’d love it if you’d link up to my Look for Less Design Challenge! By linking up, you’re entered to win a $60 Target Giftcard too! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2014/07/diy-x-leg-ottoman.html

  3. July 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

    You rocked that knock off Dria! Love it!

    • Dria
      July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Aww thank you Therese!!

  4. July 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, that looks awesome! Love it! I’ve always wanted to try something like this, thanks for the step by step instructions!

    • Dria
      July 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks so much Dawn I hope you make one of these!

  5. July 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Wow that’s awesome! I would love to do something like this, but always thought it looked like too much work…looks like it’s worth it though 🙂

    • Dria
      July 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      You should give it a try Rosie!

  6. July 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Great project, Dria! I love how the chair came out!

    • Dria
      July 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much Cher!

  7. July 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    You did an amazing job on the chair…shared on FB – such a great way to give a old chair a new life.

    • Dria
      July 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Aww Thank you so much for sharing this Debbie!

  8. July 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Wow, what an awesome DIY project. It came out awesome.

    • Dria
      July 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Robin!

  9. July 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

    You did a great job with that chair! I love repurposing things and making unique new pieces. Happy 4th!

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