Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Mekenzie’s DIY Version of the Versailles Chair

updated May 5, 2019
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Mekenzie was dreaming of the Restoration Hardware Versailles chair for her basement but at almost $2400 it was out of her price range. Like a true DIYer, Mekenzie decided to mock up her own version of the chair using this tiki chair as a base…

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

The first step in Mekenzie’s makeover was applying a custom blended gray paint over the chair’s original finish. After the paint had dried, Mekenzie used hot glue to “upholster” the chair, using batting to fluff up the fabric a bit. She continued with the “upholstering” until the wicker portions of the chair were covered … and the chair started to take on the characteristics of the Versailles chair she loved so much. After upholstering the chair, Mekenzie used nail-head trim strips around the top of the chair to finish it off.

Of course, Mekenzie’s version isn’t exactly like the original but it’s a fairly close facsimile for a fraction of the cost.

See more details on this project over on Mekeznie’s blog — Interiors By Kenz: Ultimate Chair Makeover Reveal.