I hope you guys all had a very happy weekend. I was able to spend some time celebrating my nephew’s birthday on Saturday and we had so much fun. On the way home I was dreaming of ways to turn our three acres into a working goat farm. I’m pretty sure it was due to these cuties. 5 weeks old. They were calling my name.
While I was at my sister’s house I wanted to see how the grain sack inspired chair I made almost two years ago was holding up. I was just starting out with my booth in St. Augustine at Out There Antiques and there was not only no room in the budget to buy authentic vintage grain sacks, I couldn’t find any to buy except for online either.
I really loved the look of the grain sacks though so I decided to paint my own. I found the perfect chair and set about creating the look I wanted using simple canvas drop cloth and craft paint. But before I started painting I had to recover the seat cushion.
I took off the old black cover and removed all of the staples from the old seat with a pair of pliers. I was shocked at how many staples I had to take out. Once the old seat was prepped and ready for the new cover I was able to start painting grain sack stripes.
I washed and dried a piece of drop cloth canvas making sure I had enough fabric to cover the chair cushion. For this chair in particular, it took approximately one yard of fabric.
Next I took the seat cushion form and placed it under the piece of washed canvas. I used masking tape (I ran out of painters tape) to help me keep the lines straight while painting and the form to help me decide where I wanted to put the stripes.
To achieve the grain sack blue color I wanted, I mixed primary blue craft paint with black craft paint (using mostly blue with a drop or two of black).
After measuring the desired stripe width, I placed the masking tape on the canvas and painted each stripe using the craft paint mixture noted above.
Allow one stripe to dry completely before moving on to the next stripe. If you get dried bits of caked on paint in your stripes, you can use a piece of sandpaper to sand the caked bits off for a vintage/worn look.
Once the paint has dried, center the stripes on the seat cushion and staple the fabric in place using a staple gun making sure to tuck in the seat corner fabric.
Place the recovered seat cushion back on the chair and secure into place using screws.
This chair is used as an accent chair in my sister’s home and is used on a weekly basis. I’m happy to report even after two years, the painted fabric is holding up well.
It definitely gives me the confidence to create more grain sack inspired stripes. I need to start with this neglected ottoman!