Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day}

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Sometimes my projects are in my head and sound good to me, but I never quite know how they’re going to turn out.  It’s sort of fun that way, especially when it all gels together.  Here’s is one of those types of projects. Meet my feed sack chair."Vintage

Want the full story? Let’s go back to the beginning.
A couple of weeks ago, I had my four girls with me and we were headed to pick up our weekly milk supply from a local farmer and then headed on to a flea market.  We were all excited to find treasures that day.
 
Down the back country road we headed to get our milk, and then I spotted a “Garage Sale” sign.  Uh oh. I don’t stop at every one of these (though I would if I could), but I knew since this was off the beaten path there could possibly be a steal.  When driving with a 6 mo. old baby, you have only a limited amount of non-fuss time and I really didn’t know if I should stop.  It could mean diaper changes, nursing time…you know the routine.  Plus, my girls didn’t want to miss out on the flea market.  What to do, what to do?!

I continued on past a couple more houses to get to the farm where we get our milk. It wasn’t until on our way back that I decided to stop.  Boy, am I glad I did. SCORE!
 
This place was the best garage sale I ever set foot in, at least for a picker like me.  Furniture, rusty antique tools, bits & bobbles to feast your eye on! (I’ve been kicking myself for not taking pictures, just so you know.)  Not only were there crazy good finds, but they were asking practically nothing for their items.
Check out this box of antique table legs.  This is one of 3 boxes of legs that were in a barrel for $10.  wow.
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Among my other finds, including a table, chair, chicken feeders, a steamer trunk, etc. (too much to list), were a couple of identical feed sacks that had been hand stitched together….for $1.  YES!!
 
Needless to say, my suburban was full to the brim with children and goodies. I had maxed out my flea budget so it was home we went.  I was giddy to say the least, but my girls were somewhat disappointed. They knew it was all good and were excited for me, but had really wanted to go to the flea.  No worries. We went the next weekend to make up for it.
 
Those feed sacks sat for a couple of weeks while I worked on other projects, and I wasn’t quite inspired yet on what to do with them.
 
I considered mounting them on frames for wall hangings, or creating a bag. Nothing really jumped out at me until I joined up with a fantastic group of ladies who do a monthly themed furniture makeover.  This month’s theme is words and/or letters.  bingo.
 
I have had this pair of chairs since baby was born six months ago, and they had been taking up space for quite some time.  Upholstering is fun, but also can be daunting at times because you just never know what lies beneath that fabric.
Isn’t that upholstery horrid?
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No one liked to sit on these because that fabric had the texture of indoor/outdoor carpet.  They scratched the back of your legs, but everyone agreed they were comfy otherwise and pretty to look at.
Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
It was my pleasure to relieve the chair of its awful skin.

Although the frame of the chair was in pretty good condition, it wouldn’t fit the picture in my head of the finished product.  So, I grab my paint brush and give it a whitewash then heavily distress.  We’re going for rustic farmhouse, right?

Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Now for the dressing up.  Can I just say that it took me a minute to bite the bullet and cut those sacks.  I almost had to close my eyes to do it.
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See the hand stitching where they were joined end to end?
Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
It was pretty tricky figuring out the layout of how these two sacks were going to cover the chair.  Like most times, when I remove the old fabric I keep it to use as a guide to know rough cut lines.  Since these sack were not that wide, I had to offset them on the cushions to make them cover.  I kind of like it in that makeshift way – like they would have “made do” ages ago.
Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
So, what do you think?  Pretty fun makeover I’d say.
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The distressing came out just like I had envisioned.
Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
The chair has so much more character with it’s time worn touches…even the smudges and wear.
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Like I said, it’s fun when pieces come together and the way the story unfolds is half of joy I get of doing what I do.
Once I put this feed sack chair in my shop, it didn’t last long.  It was a bit hard to let go of this one, but I do know that there will be others, Lord willing.
Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day} by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
I would be tickled if you would pin and share my feed sack chair. To inspire others is what it’s all about.
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In case you’re wondering, that other chair in the first picture has also had it’s makeover, and I’ve used my bits of remnant feed sack for a project for me.

Click the images below to read more and see other projects like my feed sack chair:

Itchy Vintage Chair Gets Lovely Linen Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesHandmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I’ve enjoyed sharing my feed sack chair with you on this Themed Furniture Makeover Day. You’ll want to take a minute to head over and see all the other makeovers linked up to the party below.  I’ve joined up with some of the most talented furniture ladies!
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28 Comments

  • Karin Chudy

    I think this is my favorite! Just FABULOUS!! I can’t believe the difference!
    Hugs,
    Karin

    October 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

    Oh my goodness this is so much better!!!! I love the entire chair from top to bottom. Beautiful job!

    October 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    Oh my gosh Larissa your chair is stunning! Worth every cut you made into that vintage grain sack. Now instead of having a beautiful vintage grain sack hidden in a drawer somewhere it can be on display for everyone to enjoy.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    October 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Artsy Chicks Rule

    That is so cool Larissa!!! You did a wonderful job on it! 🙂
    Nancy

    October 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Larissa, way to knock your first Themed Makeover project out of the park! 🙂 I just love this chair – it’s cool, unique, vintage, and definitely one of a kind. I cannot wait to see what you end up doing with the other chair!!

    October 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Breanna Bertolini

    INCREDIBLE transformation! Those chairs were just plain woof before haha. And what an amazing find with those grain sacks! Sounds like you hit the thrifting jackpot! Welcome to the group, can’t wait to see what you do next month!

    October 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Stacy&Eric Anastasia Vintage

    You already know how I feel about this chair 😉 Can’t wait to see the next one!

    October 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    First, I love it that you are able to go to the farm to get milk! You already know from Facebook that I love your chair and can’t wait to use some of my mom’s feed sacks to do something similar.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply
  • Kim@Snug Harbor

    Great finds and awesome chair!

    October 24, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply
  • Meranda S

    Really well done Larissa!

    October 24, 2014 at 12:51 am Reply
  • RusticOwlTreasures

    Love that chair!

    October 24, 2014 at 4:59 am Reply
  • Cristina Garay

    Awesome job and wow, great finds!

    October 24, 2014 at 11:43 am Reply
  • feathersanddimes

    Can’t tell you how much I love this! Fabulous job!

    October 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Christy James

    Amazing makeover, Larissa! Your upholstery looks flawless. I know you are so glad you stopped at that yard sale. Those legs were the deal of the century! XO

    October 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Linda Ann Evans

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love with this chair….so, I went to etsy and added you to my fav’s…love your work !!!!!

    October 25, 2014 at 1:22 am Reply
  • Tami Michel

    Man, I would have scooped up those legs and feedsacks in a heartbeat! Your chair is beautiful!
    ~Tami

    October 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Melissa@daisymaebelle.com

    This turned out so super cute! I LOVE those grain sacks! Life to the full! Melissa

    October 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Angie Chavez

    Just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party! I’m sharing your before photo on FB Wednesday afternoon, as a teaser here – https://www.facebook.com/KnickofTime

    November 5, 2014 at 5:34 am Reply
  • Tone

    Thanks for sharing this great post at Vintage inspirational Party! This was very fun reading! I love the old grain sack. It makes a super cool look! Need to try this sometime:)
    Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime and say hi:)

    November 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence

    You did such a beautiful job on this! I love it, thanks for sharing Larissa.

    December 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Angie Chavez

    Giving you a shout-out on FB tomorrow AGAIN, because I love this so much! Thanks for sharing it at the Best of 2014 party at Knick of Time!

    January 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • Sara Duckett

    This chair turned out really great!

    June 9, 2015 at 2:13 pm Reply
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  • Susan Sinclair

    Where can I find the feed sacks would love to do some chairs like this?

    October 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Just check on Etsy or eBay, and your local Craigslist. I know you can get your hand on some. 🙂

      October 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    So beautiful….sigh…..I just want to stay home and work on furniture! I do some, but with a full time job, I don’t have enough time….thanks for showing us this lovely chair!

    June 2, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know what you mean as I homeschool and run my business, time is a rarity. Thanks for the love!

      June 2, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply

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