Friday, August 19, 2011

French Chair and Grain Sacks

I've been so incredibly inspired by many wonderful bloggers.
They've inspired me to tackle projects that I used to believe were impossible.
They've inspired me to take chances with restyling furniture, home decor, and thrifting.

Recently, at an auction, I purchased a set of 5 or 6 chairs for $2.50.
$2.50 total, not per piece, but for the lot.

The chairs were not in the best of shape.
None of them matched.
The chairs were actually a bit scary,
but I knew they needed love.

This is the chair that inspired me to bid.

She needs lots and lots of work.

I love the detailing in the wood.

The seat cushion is all lumpy and bumpy.

Did I mention it smells?
Not terribly,
just a little.

I've been wanting to tackle this project
and hope to begin next Monday.

There are gorgeous chairs being reloved
using old feed sacks for upholstery fabric.
I was hoping to find some at an auction.
I did find a few,
but they're either too rough looking or not the right size.

The last two photos are of the same bag, just reverse sides.

A reader emailed about buying one of the sacks, which is wonderful.
Anytime I post something that you'd like to purchase, please feel free to email me.
Many items end up in either my online shop or booth at the mall.
I always love to get emails.

I did find these cute seed sample sacks.

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The sacks measure 6.5" x 10.5".

I'm still wondering just what to do with these.
There are probably four dozen of the bags.
Some were put in my Etsy shop,
but I'm keeping a few for myself.

Aren't they just the cutest little grain sacks?
Fall is here and I'm ready to dive right into it
I can't wait to hop into that first huge pile of leaves


  1. Your grain sacks are fabulous, so many great projects coming up!
    I recently reupholstered some chairs and used burlap with an underlay of natural osnaburg as I couldn't find grainsacks.

  2. I love the chair! What a deal!

    Oh and I have a cute idea for those little grain sacks too.


  3. Oh this is a project after my own heart. Where do you live in Illinois? I live in Quincy...your first feed sack.

  4. Love the grain sacks.
    I have few grain and coffee sacks. I just randomly put them around, like over doors..
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I can't wait to see what you do! I'm your newest follower!

  6. so have some projects ahead of you...can't wait to see how they all turn out!


  7. I'm not sure how sturdy the grain sacks are but could you use one to upholster the seat of the chair? Great pictures!

  8. Have fun with that. I have never been one for re-doing or crafting. It's just not in me.
    It'd be nice to see pics when it's all said and done though!

  9. The feed sacks would make a nice wall hanging.
    Stopping by from That's Friday blog hop.Hope you stop for and visit.

  10. LOVE your site! I am a new follower from the Friday Blog Hop. Please stop by my site at and follow me back on Google Friend Connect and Networked Blogs. I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

  11. Cool! I have some old feedsacks in my Etsy shop hopeandjoyhome. I got a bunch this summer at a sale. I have some pretty rough ones I haven't listed yet. I may try to bleach them out and re stencil them with my own (more French inspired)graphics and freezer paper stencils. Usually those old inks were made to soak and boil out because people wanted to reuse the feedsacks as yardage. Good luck! Julia

  12. I bet you find something interesting to do with those sacks. Great find! Thanks for linking up for Footloose and Fancy Free:)

  13. I can't wait to see what you do with the chairs and the grain sacks are wonderful. Since the sacks don't fit you could do a patchwork using several of the sacks for the seat cover. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party.

  14. That is such a pretty chair. I can really picture it all redone! It has such pretty details.

  15. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. I love the cahir! Paint or stain? What will you cover the seat with? I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    I hope you have a great week!

  16. Gorgeous chairs (so cheap!!)and adorable grain sacks! I'm looking forward to doing a burlap stencil chair makeover my self. Here's my blog!

  17. Wow, I love those old sacks! I love antiques too and those chairs were a fantastic bargain for what you paid for. I have 2 old sacks from my grandparents' time and to think I almost snipped it up to make something. I think they're wonderful keepsakes. Visiting from TTT! :)

  18. $2.50 for how many chairs??? WOW! Are you gonna do something nifty to them as your next project?

    I especially love the Funk Farm grain sack! So colorful and retro. Very cool!

  19. This chair has amazing possibilities, and I love the grain sacks, let us know how the chair turns out, and thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xo

  20. Stopping from Time Travel Tuesday! The sacks look like such fun!

  21. This is so neat. It's a really cute chair and I can't wait to see how ti looks after you've finished re furnishing it.

  22. I love grain sacks! I just wish I knew how to sew!! Your chair is fabulous and I am sure you are going to transform it! Have you thought about drop cloth?

    Visiting from TTT. I LOVE your blog!!


  23. Oh your chairs are amazing! I think they do need a little love and they will be fabulous! Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  24. Great find on the chairs! Love the shape. Thanks for linking this post up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  25. I stumbled your post! :)


  26. I love that chair, it has such good bones and will be a perfect makeover candidate. I'm always on the hunt for grain sacks, but the ones I'm finding are too small for an entire chair. Love your selection!!

  27. Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

  28. Hello!
    I started following you from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop - Week 21! I am a part of the blog hop. :)
    I'm following your site, Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs, etc. if applicable!
    Have a great weekend!

    -Courtney P.

  29. What a great buy!Love the grain sacks, too! ♥

  30. LOVE the grain sacks! They would make neat pillows as well! Those chairs were a steal at $2.50! I'll be waiting to see what you do with them!

    I stumbled your post. If you'd like to stumble back, here's a link:

    Have a great weekend!

    Jamie @

  31. Looks like lots of fun! Hi! I am a new follower from the Finding New Friends Blog Hop. Please follow me back and feel free to drop by Horseshoes anytime.
    PS: I am your 700th follower - do I get a prize?, LOL. JK

  32. I have been looking for some grain sacks of my own and struggling too! It is hard to find just the right one. I am sure your "smelly" chair will turn out fabulous! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

  33. I can't believe you got such a good deal on those chairs! What are your plans for the chair?

    I am following you from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. You can find me at

  34. These sacks are great. I'm a new follower from the Finding New Friends weekend blog hop. Follow back when you get a chance.

  35. What bargains! I know you'll come up with something wonderful for all your treasures. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday! Hope to see you this week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  36. Thank you with this write-up. Superb!


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