Monday, September 19, 2011

grainsack chair

I just finished my first, and possibly last, upholstery project, using this chair that's been sitting in the garage for a few months, and an old grain sack I found online for $30.


I loved the details of this chair, and knew it would be fun to {primp}.



Here's what it looked like before.  I'm sure it was a real beauty in it's time, but I was going for a different look.

 


The finished chair now sits in a little nook near my built-in shelves,







Then, I couldn't decide whether to paint the chair white or leave it as it was.  So I compromised and did a thick white dry brush effect.  I like the way it turned out, with a little bit of the natural dark wood showing through, and I didn't even need to sand!













Not bad for a totally unique and utterly cool chair with a frenchy farmhouse feel.

 



Now I'm off to finish my boy's room redo (which feels like the longest project ever!), and to gather ideas to bring fall inside.

keep primping,


66 comments:

  1. Oh Michele, it's gorgeous!!! I just love how it turned out. Great job!!!

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  2. Beautiful!! Pure talent is what you have!

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  3. this is so great!
    i would love for you to link it up to my new link party flashback friday
    go check it out!
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/flashback%20fridays
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  4. I love, love your chair. I would have a hard time cutting into the grain sack too. I have one right now that I cannot bring myself to cut! LOL!
    Maybe if I find a perfect french chair, I'll be inspired to cut it and reupholster.

    Great job.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Your chair looks fantastic. Great finish, and upholstery work.

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  6. Gorgeous makeover. The lines of the chair are so soft and pretty.

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  7. Wow! You did an amazing job!!!!! It is way to gorgeous to be the only one you ever do;)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  8. I like the way the stripes on the grain sacks go opposite ways! Love the look!

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  9. I'm sure the chair is sooo thankful for the makeover!!

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  10. This is such a stunner! LOVE that the stripe is going in different directions and the rope detail - so gorgeous!!!

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  11. You saved her from her shame! She is beautiful and coveted and the star of the show this week at Nifty Thrifty. Great job, I love her! andrea @ townandprairie

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  12. Great work! Upholstery is not for the faint-hearted!

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  13. Wow Michele, this turned out beautifully, great job! I want to try this myself, just haven't found the right chair. xo

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  14. What a perfect chair for that corner! Nicely done.

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  15. You did a wonderful job, Michele!! I really love this chair! It looks perfect in your entryway, too. I think you should keep up the upholstering...this looks just great!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. Michele, all of your hard work paid off! That is absolutely gorgeous. I like the stripes going in different directions, too! I also love that the stripe is true navy and not a wimpy blue! Bravo!!! :)

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  17. What an ugly chair (it used to be)! I love your transformation! I recently bought a grain sack at an antique market and have been debating what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  18. Nice job Michele. It looks great! I love the uniqueness of it. = )

    ~ Catie

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  19. Great job!! Love the details in the chair too! I just blogged on one close to this with the same type of legs, etc. You did a great job!

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  20. What a beautiful makeover...hope it's not your last upholstery project, you did a great job!

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  21. Beautiful transformation - you do great work!

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  22. LOVE your chair makeover! The feedsack looks great on it and you did a fabulous job!!

    Hugs, Sherry

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  23. wow - its gorgeous! i envy the way you saw potential with that chair....lovely! oxox, tracie

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  24. So gorgeous Michele!! I absolutely adore it!!
    Hope you have a beautiful day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda
    http://alabaterrose.typepad.com

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  25. Gorgeous, Michele! The grain sack is fabulous.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  26. You did an awesome job..I could never of done that..I love the detail on the chair too..Have a great week..
    Janet

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  27. Love the combination of the ornate chair with the simple grain sack for a very French feel.
    Laura

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  28. what a gorgeous chair! i love that grainsack, too- i love that the stripe is a little bolder than i am used to seeing. it looks gorgeous!

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  29. Very cool!

    I have some grain sacks....

    Don't have a chair, though.

    Maybe your success will make me go out and find one............

    Thanks for sharing!

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  30. best tranformation i've seen in a long time! i laughed out loud at the before.

    bravo.

    and great name you've got there.

    michele

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  31. I would'ave loved to see the house that that chair originally came from! lol! Whoa!!! But you did a great job transforming that ugly duckling into a beautiful French swan! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  32. Great job with the chair. I love the stripes on the grain sack.

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  33. The chair detail was so great to begin with. Glad you decided to dry brush it white and the grain sack fabric is so pretty. It turned out so beautiful.

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  34. Soooo great!Thanks for linking! I'll be showing this off on BCD tomorrow!

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  35. This is such a cool chair! Love the transformation.

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  36. Love, love, love this transformation!!!! Looks great next to your ladder:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  37. Love it-thanks for sharing! I have a chair like the before--I think I'm inspired:)

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  38. What a fabulous result! Can't go wrong for $62,- !! I can't believe how awful it looked before hahaha!! You have done a fab job!!

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  39. I can't get over that amazing transformation! The before was .......well..........awful! The after is nothing short of amazing. Thanks for sharing this project and giving a tutorial.

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  40. Michele what an amazing transformation... hopefully this won't be your 1st and last, you really have a talent for this! Love it!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  41. It turned out beautifully. I know what you mean when saying it would possibly be your last upholstery job. I'v said that 4 times now but have 3 more waiting for me. I must be a glutton for punishment.

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  42. I think it is lovely, and you did a wonderful job on it. The chair has such a beautiful and unique style, and I love that you used a grain sack to reupholster the chair with, too. :) And boy do I relate to you saying it was the most work just taking off the old fabric/removing staples! I am halfway through a project right now, and think that the worst must be over now that all the staples are out! :) I sure hope so anyway! :)

    Well, enjoy your gorgeous chair and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  43. IN. LOVE. What a fabulous piece! I want some of those grainsacks!!!

    Shared on FJI Facebook for SNS 100!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150377571011141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  44. Beautiful chair you did such a nice job.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  45. That before picture literally made me laugh! Awesome. I'll bet that chair feels SO pretty now. :)

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  46. Wow - the after is so pretty, nice job!

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  47. wow. i love it its so gorgeous you have done an amazing job xxx

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  48. I need this chair in my life!! I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party!
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  49. The chair turned out fabulous!! I featured it today at Time to Shine: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/time-to-shine-features-no-36.html

    Thanks so much for linking up!!!

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  50. Not bad, indeed! Very nice, in fact. I love the white washed wood look on this chair. You have a wonderful, unique, chair which you will cherish for a long time. Totally worth the effort.

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  51. Absolutely beautiful!! I just adore your chair! You did a wonderful job on it!! Sharing this at the party tomorrow~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week! :)

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  52. Your chair is so pretty...the roughness of the grain sack and the delicacy of the carving! Amazeballs!

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  53. Michelle! This an absolutely gorgeous makeover! Great work, wow, the fabric before was pretty outrageous!

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