Feb 21, 2015

A Rustic and Refined Grain Sack Chair

Who else here on the East Coast is ready for Spring?  I sure am!  However, staying inside a warm and cozy house isn't so bad.  I did bend my rules and brought a small project in since the garage is below freezing right now.  I picked a chair that has been in storage for a couple of years.  It was actually one of my first experiments of painting upholstery....and I wasn't crazy about it.  So, up in the attic it went.

Even though the chair has elegant lines, I chose to use a European grain sack from my stash for a rustic and refined look.  I think it provides an interesting contrast of styles. 

When I was cutting up the bag, I found more lettering inside and I used that part on the back.  Since I sewed the back piece, I had to cut a split in the back to get it back on, so I used the drawstring to tie it back together.  I love this detail.

 The legs were first painted white, then I went over that with black chalkboard paint.  I distressed back in some places to the wood, while leaving layers of paint.  I used Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax on the black first, giving it more of a washed look - then finished it off with Howard's Citrus Wax in Mahogany.  I want to add here that Howard's waxes smell so good!!  Just like fresh oranges!

I wasn't sure what to use for the trim since I wanted to limit "formal", then I spotted the hem pieces off of the bag.  Perfect!

I love this chair.  I believe the styles compliment each other and provide a little bit of restyled charm.  Plus, I kept the covering a little loose, giving it a more casual, slipcover feel.

I am slowly, but surely, getting my stash ready for the Lucketts Spring Market and I think this one may make it in the pile....if I don't keep it by the fireplace permanently....

Here's a Before/After:

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm Linking Up:

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Saturday Sparks Link Party at Pieced Pastimes
Share Your Style Party
Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


  1. Susan, the chair is wonderful! I love it when something for the house is unique like the chair. Great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! I do strive for the unique and the "whoa" factor. :)

  2. Hi Susan, wow, this chair is fabulous! The black paint and wax on the exposed wood is a wonderful alternative to white or gray! great job, I love it. Thanks so much for linking up with the new Share Your Style party!!

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! I am so excited about your new Linky Party! I'll be spending a lot of time going through everyone's post. :)

  3. What a wonderful job you did! :)

    Western Pa here. It's been a bit cold and snowy yes, lol...( UGH! :)

    1. Thank you, Deb! They are saying we are going to get up to 8" tomorrow - just north of Richmond, VA. Forget Spring, I'm ready for summer. :)

  4. I love your chair makeover Susan. I appreciate you linking up and linking back to My Repurposed Life Catch as Catch Can. Catching you this week!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...