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Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day}

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.
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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?

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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?
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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.
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So, what do you think?  Pretty fun makeover I’d say.
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The distressing came out just like I had envisioned.
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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.
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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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Comments

  1. Karin Chudy says

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

  2. Marie Blackburn says

    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.
    [email protected] Interior Frugalista

  3. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says

    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!!

  4. Breanna Bertolini says

    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!

  5. [email protected] says

    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.

  6. Christy James says

    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

  7. Linda Ann Evans says

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

  8. Tami Michel says

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

  9. Tone says

    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:)

  10. Angie Chavez says

    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!

  11. Susan Sinclair says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  12. Sue Pagels says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  13. Tammie Price says

    I have a chair very similar to the first one that I would love to makeover like this!

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