Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grain Sack Upholstery

I still remember the first time I saw a chair that had been reupholstered using vintage grain sacks.  It took my breath away.  It embodied everything I love about casual living and repurposing vintage goods.  And the stripes were blue!  You know I love blue!!

Last summer I was at a flea market and ran across this bench.

You may be surprised to know that it was not the stained, country rose upholstery that attracted me!  
It was those legs, and the wide bench pleading for stripes!

So I started by painting the base in ASCP Old White.

I distressed and added a coat of clear wax and dark wax.

At the same flea market where I found the bench, I also found a stash of grain sacks.  Yes, the heavens opened, light shown through the clouds, and the angels sang "Eureka!"

It only took a few inches more than half of a sack to cover this so I've still got a large piece that can be used on a smaller bench or chair seat.
Yep, it still takes my breath away!


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29 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I agree, totally takes my breath away too!

Stephanie said...

This bench had the perfect shape for this - looks AWESOME!

Maureen said...

It looks fabulous! I am a sucker for those curvy legs and always pick up pieces that have them.

Roxanne said...

Love it!!!!

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Cyndi, You did a lovely job on this piece. I love grainsacks too!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great job, Cyndi! Something like this would be hard for me to part with. I could just see this being used in someone's entry or as bench seating in their country kitchen.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a simple change but dramatic difference! it looks stunning!

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Great transformation! Love the grain sack for the cover. What will you do with the rest of the grain sack?

chateau chic said...

Your bench is gorgeous! LOVE the grain sack cover.
Mary Alice

Emily said...

I never get tired of seeing grain sack upholstery...that bench was perfect for it!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

it looks great. I never tire of this look
popping over from MMS.
fiona xx

Vintage Street Designs said...

Looks FANTASTIC!!! I'm so into benches right now. Just finished one for end our bed and now I'm ready to tackle one for the dining room table. You did a fabulous job on yours! :)

Peggy Bolyer said...

I'm right there with you on the grain sacks. They make such a statement without saying a word. Beautiful job.

Peggy @ southscapedesigns.com

Youaretalkingtoomuch.com said...

Looks so good! Found you from Miss Mustard Seed! So happy to be here! Going to roam around! Love, Me

Heaven's Walk said...

Left me breathless!!!! FABULOUS job!!!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Anne said...

Loving that grain sack, wonderful work.
Anne

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Two great finds to make a bench to dream about. Glad you shared, love it.
Joy

Anneke at This, That and Life said...

Cyndi! This looks GREAT!!! I am inspired to use some grainsacks I have for something like this. Awesome job.

The Thrifty Challenge said...

beautiful. I love the idea of using grainsacks for reupholstery. I have made a few benches and they are so useful. Awesome work.

Donna Wilkes said...

The rough texture with the fancy legs are a good combination. Love the color.

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

LOVE this! The grain sack upholstery really makes the piece...simply gorgeous. :-)

solar panels said...

UV or ultraviolet light is damaging to antique furniture. Sunlight can degrade early finishes, wood and fabrics. Antique furniture should be placed out of direct sunlight, and curtains or shades should be used to diffuse or block sunlight when possible. Clear finishes can yellow or turn opaque from the exposure to sunlight.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

woohooo for grain sacks! your bench looks great cyndi!

gail

Good Time Charlie said...

This turned out so adorable! I love the stripe going down the middle. Great work! -K

Anna Englund said...

Okay, wow. I've been spendind the last few hours scrolling through your blog, and I can feel the inspiration literally flowing in me right now! Your blog is all about exactly the kind of things I want to make myself.
However, I've discovered all of this rather recently, and therefore I haven't got any applies yet. Could you maybe make a blog entry about what basic stuff would be useful to invest in, or would you happen to know any other blogger who's already done this?
I can't wait to get started, and I will definitely continue reading your blog!

Greetings from Finland,
Anna

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Debbie Borthwick said...

This one is stunning, too! I have made pillows with my grain sacks and have been wondering what to upholster, and I now remember that old piece I have stored away. It will be made over...you've inspired me.
Debbie :)