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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Grain Sack Chairs

I am sure most of you are familiar with the current popularity of using vintage grain sacks in home decor. I had found this beauty years ago at a flea market in Germany. It’s no secret why I bought it~ the reason is literally written all over it. :)
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When the Fashionista moved out last August she took most of my office furniture with her. I started collecting images of looks I loved for my new office.
This of course brought to mind my piece of linen bliss and the search began for furniture that was upholstered with vintage grain sacks.  sofia-settee-front-1 I adored the arms on this chair.

new_bobbin-settee This was by far my favorite image.
angie seckinger
I set out to create a similar look in my office for under $500. Of course most of you have already seen the hutch/bookcase I made over for $80 which was included in this budget. I still needed drapes and such so what to do about chairs? You might recognize these stars from my Oprah audition video.
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I know, I know. Pure horror. But I needed something small in scale and inexpensive. These 80’s delights fit the bill for $20 each at a side of the road yard sale. The grain sack is of course double sided and Mr. Decor desired a “HIS” chair so off the sack went to my cousin who has mad needlepoint skills.
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While the grain sack was getting it’s additional initials I sanded down and painted the legs of the chairs a pretty creamy white. I also decided that since we wear shorts 6 months out of the year I wanted a softer fabric on the seat and arms. Vintage ticking fit the bill perfectly.
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The chairs are headed off to the upholstery shop for new foam and will be recovered in their new (old) fabric. In the meantime I am working on some pillows for the chairs that I will show you on Friday and researching how to slipcover because great grandma’s wee stool needs a new look too.
wing chairs 010 Be blessed dear ones.


Carrie said...

Neat vintage look.

Linda said...

I'm always amazed at your wonderful abilities! Those chairs, etc. are going to look marvelous! :)

Hope you have a wonderful remainder to the week ~ we're off for fun at the Michigan Dunes and Chicago.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oooohhhh I can't wait to see them all dressed up! I hope it doesn't take very long;)! I have zero patience!

Cathy said...

I just love that fabric. I recently bought some nubby fabric that looks very similar to it. I am going to upholster a chair in it and may add my own strip to it. When I do it I will post pictures. Have fun with yours:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Shelia said...

Okie Dokie! Now I'm waiting for the reveal and know they're going to look fabulous! Now you didn't let your little sprout take off with that wonderful office hutch you remade did you? :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;) I'm still casting my vote!

vignette design said...

These wing backs are going to be fabulous! Can't wait to see the big reveal!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I do so covet, covet them...fabulous!!! Can't wait to see them redone!


French Basketeer said...

Can't wait to see the new chairs all dressed up! Your cousin Tara is very clever to have matched the monogram the his & hers idea....been busy cleaning out large email files this morning. Have a wonderful day....

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, the chairs are going to look just fabulous. I can't wait to see them all finished. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

Your room is going to be awesome!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the grain sack look. And it's durable to boot!


Leah said...

So excited to see how they turn out! Great ideas!

TheSmithHotel said...

Can't wait to see the finished chairs! I am sure they will turn out beautiful!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this look and keep wanting to find some bags to make pillows! Great project! ♥

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love this material, I have some of this fabric and I've been making purses with it!!! I wanted to thank you for visiting our studio, and for your sweet comments! Blessings~~~Daphne

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Laura! What foresight you had to pick up those linens in Germany! This is going to be a fantastic project that Oprah NEEDS to see! Can't wait for the finished project.
xx Suzanne said...


These personalized chairs are going to be fabulous! Can't wait to see the finished products.

Your Friend,

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sooooooooooooooo GORGEOUS!! Loving the initials! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):))

The Pennington Point said...

I'm a sucker for a vintage feedsack. Oh why do I love them so? Those chairs are amazing. Lisa~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I can't wait to see these, Laura! Love the feed sacks. They are neat!


Sheila :-)

April said...

these are so exciting! you have such a great imagination. i've got a NEARLY identical worn-out-cushion pair of smallish wing chairs in my house. . . .and lots of ticking. have been trying for YEARS to get the gumption to pull out my upholstery book(most i've done is a footstool! lol)and see about going to town on those things. you just brought it back to the tip of my brain. hmmmmm.
hoping Oprah finds you as endlessly inspiring as I do!

Michelle said...

I am quickly becoming addicted to your blog. :)

You are quite an inspiration!

Karena said...

Laura, what a great perfect find and now look at how it has become so much a designer look!!

Beautiful. I hope yo will join my giveaway I think you will like it!

Art by Karena

NanaNay said...

What a great look that is going to be.

Gina said...

Amazing! What a lovely idea, I can not wait to see the end result.

Gracefully Vintage said...

I like the burlap, the sack look, in moderation, who could of thought so many pieces out there were upholstered in those sacks. I like them because they are neutral,allowing for a throw pillow only to change up the piece. Can't wait to see your finished project. Just became one of your followers-so Ill be back to see..Thanks for stopping by my Creative Space for Karen's Sharing Party.


Oh my-- how yummy!!

Mimi said...

I love that vintage fabric and cannot wait to see how they turn out!!!!!I know with you they will be fabulous!!!!!
Have fun,

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

These turned out amazing! Love it. Connie