Vintage Folding Chairs with Grain Sack Stencil

It often seems that when I find one good thing, I find multiples. And…just like a good junker, I can’t just take one. Nope, I gotta have ’em all. haha. You can understand this makes perfect sense when it comes to the vintage folding chairs, right? I mean, they’re meant to stay together as a family. {{just go with it and affirm. wink, wink}} (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Folding Chairs Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

First, I’d like to brush you up on your vintage folding chairs background (as if you had one). These beauties are made by Louis Rastetter & Sons of the The Solid Kumfort company. Also, it’s crazy that they can date as far back as 1900.

Louis Rastetter & Sons Solid Kumfort Folding Chairs Label |

I believe my set to be around the 1920-30’s based on the harp and design. In addition, they have that Mid Century feel to them. These chairs are the coolest! They don’t fold up like modern day chairs do. However, these have to close them by holding the base and lifting the seat.

Stack of The Solid Kumfort Vintage Folding Chairs |


That gives them more stability and strength – like most furniture from the past and unlike modern-day furniture. Also, true to the 20’s and 30’s the vinyl seats are a dead giveaway. Can you say sweaty bottom? eeewwww…

Original Vinyl Upholstery on Solid Kumfort Folding Chairs |

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At a closer look, you’ll see that these chairs haven’t had the respectful treatment they deserve. It seems as if they had been stored in a basement or garage where temps fluctuated and cause moisture to accumulate. Or, quite possibly, they were sprayed with water and not wiped clean.

Damaged Vintage Folding Chair Back | #prodigalpieces

Either way, they are still wood, still full functional, and have oodles of potential.


First, I begin by removing the seats and then wiping the chair frames down with a vinegar/water mix to clean the wood. I use a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle and a soft rag. This gets rid of any residue or build-up that would prevent paint efforts from sticking.

Then, I pop up my HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter and set up my DIY Furniture Turn Table. You can read how I built that awesomely handy tool HERE.

HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter with DIY Furniture Turn Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

You can see how easy it is to use and set up in this video below:


In addition to my shelter, I bring out my Super Finish Max Extra paint sprayer. I’m not a glutton for punishment and painting chairs by hand is one of my least favorite things to do. With my sprayer, I just fill up the canister, attach my blue tip, and away we go!

Spray Painting Vintage Folding Chairs with HomeRigth Super Finish Max Extra |

Also, it only takes a second to get some practice in on a scrap piece of wood or cardboard. The key to a smooth finish is to get the flow knob set right,initially. Then, while spraying, stay about 8-12 inches away from piece, and work from your elbow and shoulder.

Not only am I using paint, but also a primer to hide the stains, but also give my next layers of paint tooth. After that, I use two coats of a custom-mixed creamy antique white for the finish. Each coat only took about 15 minutes to apply. I’m tellin’ ya, that sprayer and shelter make my job a blast…literally!


Meanwhile, during those cure times I took the in-between times to remove that awful vinyl. It was time to freshen up these chairs with new batting and upholstery. I had this soft green upholstery in my stash that would be perfect.

Cutting Upholstery Fabric and Batting for Solid Kumfort Vintage Folding Chairs |

Next, I wanted to add a bit of ooh, la, la to my vintage folding chair set. I used this same grain sack stencil I use in this past post HERE. With basic acrylic paint and a textile medium added, it’s super simple to create this design.
Grain Sack Stencil for Upholstery by Prodigal Pieces |


Now my set is refreshed, renewed, and so pretty!

French Farmhouse Vintage Folding Chairs by Solid Kumfort and refreshed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse #french #diy #vintage #midcentury

White French Farmhouse Folding Chairs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor #farmhouse

I’m smitten with the stencil that really took these chairs to a whole new level. Without it, they would have seemed flat, don’t you think?

French Grain Sack Chair with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

Creamy Antique White Upholstered Chairs with Grain Sack Stencil by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #farmhouse

I don’t know about you, but I always have a few folding chairs hanging out in storage. They’re handy for when guests come over and we need extra seating. Also, they work in filling up those awkward spots in our home too.

French Chic Folding Chair with Grain Sack Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

French Farmhouse Vintage Folding Chair by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse

What a happy ending to my fun thrift store haul. It is my goal to inspire you to see beyond the obvious and give DIY a try.

Set of 3 Grain Sack Folding Chairs by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor #farmhouse #vintage

Vintage Bedroom Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #bedroom

Also, if you’d like to own this set for your home, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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HomeRight and I want to empower you to create your own home story too. We’re giving away a Super Finish Max AND a Medium Spray Shelter. Wahoo!!!

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Do pin and share my vintage folding chairs fun. I know I’m not the only one with spare chairs hanging around that need new life.

These vintage folding chairs by Solid Kumfort needed TLC. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave them new life with paint & upholstery. Head to see at #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #farmhouse #homedecor #french

Up next, this broken ladder remnant will become something new. Stay tuned!

Old Broken Ladder for Upcycled Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Also, more DIY fun projects like my vintage folding chairs:

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  • Kim

    I love the folding chairs!

    November 14, 2019 at 5:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! They remind me of my childhood days.

      November 14, 2019 at 6:06 am Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    Beautiful….the chairs look totally revived! I love the stencil you used as well. ~Thanks for the opportunity to win a HomeRight Sprayer and Paint shelter….both are #1 & #2 on Santa’s list!🎄

    November 14, 2019 at 5:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! They sure needed something to dress them up, poor things. 😉 I wish I had a set of these awesome tools for everyone.

      November 14, 2019 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Denise

    I love redoing old chairs, especially the wooden folding chairs. I need to find more!

    November 14, 2019 at 7:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are my favorite extras as they just don’t make them like that anymore. Here’s to vintage!

      November 14, 2019 at 8:08 am Reply
  • Marlene

    I love how you make old things come alive! The folding chairs are so pretty as well as practical.

    November 14, 2019 at 7:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a sweet thing to say. Thank you! 😀

      November 14, 2019 at 8:08 am Reply
  • Susie Wilcox

    With a full house at Thanksgiving, these extra seats would be so handy. Certainly much nicer than my card table folding chairs! Great job on redoing them. You are inspiring!

    November 14, 2019 at 7:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! That’s my way of thinking too. Who says extras need to be ugly, right? haha. I have some of those too.

      November 14, 2019 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Cassie

    Very cool!!! I love these chairs, great makeover!!

    November 14, 2019 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Cassie! Thanks!

      November 14, 2019 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Shelly

    I Love Paint! What a difference it can make!

    November 14, 2019 at 7:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both. Upholstery too!

      November 14, 2019 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Megan

    Those chairs are so cool!!!

    November 14, 2019 at 7:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was like a kid in a candy store when I found them. eep!

      November 14, 2019 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Amanda Pennington

    I’d use the set on some end tables in our living room that need some love!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good. I hope you like my project today too!

      November 14, 2019 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Ginny

    I love the folding chairs! And the stencil definitely added an extra special touch to them. Ummm, so many projects to paint! Where do I start! ! We have a stool in our living room that is in need of painting first! Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yippee!! That’s awesome. I think they needed that touch. Thanks so much.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Betty

    Awesome job Larissa! I, too hoard folding chairs. Aren’t they the cutest?

    November 14, 2019 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They sure are! Thank you. One can never have enough. 😉

      November 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Babette Thurston

    Oh I’ve been trying to win one of these! I would paint my TV cabinet just for the aesthetics!! This would help so much!! Love what you did with the chairs! Beautiful!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I totally get it. You will LOVE it! 😀 Thank you.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • Claudine

    So pretty, Larissa! The stencil was the perfect final touch. I love these chairs…like sitting on a little piece of history! 🙂

    November 14, 2019 at 8:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s how I feel too. Thank you, Claudine.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville, TN

    Nice project and I agree the stencil was a good addition.
    I love my medium spray tent but cannot fold it up! I’ve found one video online, have watched it numerous times, tried to follow instructions and still end up looking like I’m performing a comedy sketch! I generally get frustrated and leave the tent folded haphazard and as flat as I can get it. If you are adept at this magic could you provide some tips or make a video?

    November 14, 2019 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I think I may have just spit out my drink…bwahahaha! I wish I could should show you how. I could send you a quick video if you email me.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    I would not have ever known these chairs folded. They are awesome

    November 14, 2019 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Right? That’s the best part. Thanks!

      November 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Frances Batson

    I have a set of my grandmother’s chairs and I love the stencil on the seat. Great idea!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that sounds like fun! 😀

      November 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • TeresaSue

    I really liked the stencil.
    I don’t use Facebook but I am already subscribed to your newsletter and I appreciate your down to earth approach to diy.
    I have a huge pile of projects collected for winter, I would have to just close my eyes and throw a dart to determine which one to tackle first. : )

    November 14, 2019 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean the world to me, TeresaSue. Thank you! I know you’ll love this set.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Sharri

    I love following you and seeing your families awesome makeovers.

    November 14, 2019 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my whole day, Sharri. Thank you for the love.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Judy Newell

    Your upholstery skills are great. These chairs look so much better now. Thanks for all your posts. I have learned so much from them.

    November 14, 2019 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a sweet compliment, Judy. Thank you. I truly enjoy what I do.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Connie

    What a cool vintage find with these chairs! They definitely don’t make pieces like that anymore 😉 Always a place in my house for a (another) cool chair.

    November 14, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I seriously did a happy dance!! tee hee! Thank you.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Diane

    I love when I get an email that you have posted a new project to your site, You are so talented! Would love to use the sprayer and shelter to tackle all the small waiting-to-be-painted future treasures piling up in my garage.

    November 14, 2019 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…that made me smile from ear to ear, Diane. Thank you! I just love hearing from who I write for. Many don’t comment unless they have to for a giveaway.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Tess

    Love these. I have one of these chairs for my sewing machine which is in a closet. Handy and saves space! Now I need to paint it and recover the seat. Thanks for
    The inspiration.

    November 14, 2019 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! That’s exactly why I love them too. great minds…

      November 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Audra

    Love the details on these chairs!

    November 14, 2019 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too! Thank you, Audra.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Cate

    LOVE the chairs! They are simple and understated in an elegant way! Good job.

    November 14, 2019 at 11:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You got what I was after. Thank you!

      November 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Aubrey

    That stencil is too adorable! I have been wanting to redo my whole dining set, actually. I’m new to building furniture pieces and this was very helpful. Thanks!

    November 14, 2019 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! You will love the sprayer for that very project. It will save oodles!

      November 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Toni

    I DO like your project. I also have some chairs I want to re-do. I keep putting the job off. The give-away would simplify the project and encourage me to get on with it !

    November 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I’m tickled to hear you are inspired.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Naomi S

    I love the way the chairs turned out Larissa and I would love to have one of the spray tents. I have a ton of chairs that need make-overs and it would be so helpful to do them in the tent. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    November 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Naomi. It will help you oodles!

      November 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Susie

    I love the chairs and would love to try a paint sprayer.

    November 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It’s the best tool.

      November 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Melva

    Incredible how paint can transform a piece of furniture! I’ve not spray painted furniture but would love to try.

    November 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Totally! 😀 You will fast become addicted

      November 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    First, LOVE your staging for these chairs! Second, so by using the HOMERIGHT SPRAYER I can be done in the fraction of time it’s taking me to prime, paint and paint again? I’ve been using an old sheet to define a painting area, coz I tend to splatter whilst I work!

    November 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thanks! I kid you not that each coat took me 10 minutes for all 3, not counting cleanup time. There is no other way to get it done faster. Really!

      November 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • LuAnn Rodgers

    Nice looking chairs! I have a set of chairs I would put redo, but like you don’t want to paint them by hand. The max sprayer would make it so much easier!

    November 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear ya. Painting chairs by hand is my least favorite thing to do. ugh. The Super Finish Max makes it a breeze!

      November 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • Lynne

    The chairs turned out gorgeous! You did an awesome job, as always.

    November 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Whew! I’m so glad you think so because I certainly had fun. Thanks, Lynne.

      November 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, Wow, you and Home Right tools really are a perfect match for each other. The time savings and the ability to work in many more ares is a really a plus. As usual, you really made these old chairs fresh, new and pretty. Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

    November 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It seriously is the best setup outside of a pro shop. You can’t beat the ease or the price. Thanks, Kaycee.

      November 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Great redo on the vintage chairs! The spray shelter would be great here in breezy Palm Springs! And the sprayer…that would be fabulous for my furniture makeovers! Thanks for the entry!

    November 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I bet it would be. We are getting fall winds blowing winter in, so inside I must be! 😀

      November 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Monica

    Those chairs came out beautifully. Ironically, I have a set of those with red upholstery that is falling apart. You have inspired me to do something with them. Thanks. I’d send a picture but they’re buried in the back of our shed, lol. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win the sprayer and shelter.

    November 14, 2019 at 7:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…sweet score for you!! I get the shed part too…hahaha. My pleasure to share my fave tools.

      November 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    I really love how your chairs turned out! They look so much better that it is hard to tell it’s the same chairs. Great job!! I have a toy chest, a small wine cabinet, a chair and I don’t remember what else that I need to paint, lol but I’m thinking of buying a shelter because it is so windy here. What would you recommend? Is the medium and large close to the same? Anyway, love those chairs!! Love love love the grain sack seats!!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! That’s the best compliment, Cheryl. The large is good for big pieces like dressers, but you can get away with using the medium for smaller objects like your chair and cabinet.

      November 14, 2019 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Charlene Paugh

    Who knew folding chairs could look so cute ! Nice !!!

    November 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Right? I couldn’t resist this trio. 😀 Thanks for the love, Charlene.

      November 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Maria Howard


    November 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Cherie Wallace

    Love the chair makeover !!!!!!!!
    Would LOVE to win the sprayer and painting shelter. First thing I would work on is an beaten up old Queen Anne style chair that was given to me by a thrift store. They were sure they wouldn’t ever do anything with it. But I WILL.

    November 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance over here! 😀 Thank you for the smile, Cherie. I love to hear your tenacity. That’s the spirit!

      November 15, 2019 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Fredda

    Love the chairs. I haven’t seen any made quite like those. I really love your tutorials. I’ve learned a lot. Thanks!

    November 14, 2019 at 9:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I haven’t seen any for a super long time and that’s why I was so excited to find them. I’m happy to hear you’re learning. That’s exactly why I’m here. 😉

      November 15, 2019 at 5:43 am Reply
  • Marie

    Wish my folding chairs looked that pretty so I wouldn’t be embarassed to bring them out. Love the stencil you added to the seats!

    November 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee. I have some old school wooden ones…the kind that fold up on you if you sit too far back. HAHA!

      November 15, 2019 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Melinda

    Love the folding chairs! The re do definitely perked them right up! I always look forward to your posts. Always a surprise in store!

    November 15, 2019 at 1:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to hear, Melinda. Thank you for the giggle! 😀

      November 15, 2019 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Floranet

    Amazing work!! Looking for more from you.

    November 15, 2019 at 4:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Such sweet words. Thank you!

      November 15, 2019 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    I love these chairs. Great job

    November 15, 2019 at 4:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lori. 😀

      November 15, 2019 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Laura

    Love all your projects!!!

    November 15, 2019 at 7:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet, Laura. Thank you!

      November 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Linda L.

    I just adore how these chairs turned out. I’d sure love to come across some of these at my next thrift store adventure!

    November 16, 2019 at 7:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wouldn’t that be a treat? I love that you wouldn’t know they fold. They surprised me! 😀

      November 16, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Mona Elam

    I have a set of vintage metal canisters that I would love to upcycle to look like granite ware! So excited to do this.

    November 16, 2019 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be so fun! 😀

      November 16, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Erin

    I have some old outdoor chairs I would love to refinish.

    November 16, 2019 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Nicole Zerbini

    Beautiful chairs! I would love to tackle my kitchen cabinets with this sprayer.

    November 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Nicole. The sprayer would help immensely.

      November 17, 2019 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Amanda Whitley

    i would paint my daughters vanity and give it a makeover

    November 16, 2019 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Hanna Quana

    Wow, great transformation! Wish I had me a medium spray tent! I need to spray more so I can get better at it!

    November 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You will love a shelter as it frees me up to paint wherever I prefer.

      November 17, 2019 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Edie Smoak

    Love the chairs! And now I’m inspired to make over some old folding chairs myself. But first I would finish up a wall of built in shelves for which I “ve been dreading painting the many pieces by hand

    November 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I hear ya there. The right tools really do make the difference.

      November 17, 2019 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Cassandra D

    With the HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter I would work on a vintage chair.

    November 16, 2019 at 10:23 pm Reply
  • Meg Foster

    What kind of paint, primer, and finish did you use for these?

    December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I mentioned with links to what I could that I used Gripper primer, followed by a latex antique white in an eggshell finish. 🙂

      December 3, 2019 at 11:11 am Reply

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