Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Feed Sack Chair Makeover


A couple months back, I bought a round oak kitchen table for the spot in our kitchen where our too-large table once sat. I loved the table, but our chairs were a little too big, too bulky, made that end of the room seem too heavy. I was willing to live with it, but...


One afternoon a couple weekends ago, I drove by a house in town on the way to pick up pizza, and sitting by a curb was a set of four matched oak chairs, exactly what I wanted...


And as the hand-lettered sign on the chair said, 4/$30, I couldn't believe it! I stopped and headed to the door, hoping no one else had already spoken for them. I was lucky, they were mine! I paid the money. Because I was driving the Suburban, I loaded them up and came home (after I picked up the pizza!).
It took me a few weeks, but one day our weather was rainy, dreary for the fourth day in a row, and I was stuck in the house again.

I went out and brought those babies in from the garage and started tearing the seats down.


Digging through my fabric stash, nothing seemed to pop out at me, I had gingham in blue and red, but gingham was already very prominent in the the kitchen, and you can over do a pattern like that in a small space.

I kept hunting, and none of the prints looked right. I didn't want to have to buy anything, I wanted to use what I already had! Lo and behold, in one stack of fabric I found some feed sacks; they're not actually old, but they looked great; they said "farmhouse"! to me.


They're from an elevator in a nearby town, and I'd picked them up at our neighbor's garage sale for a quarter apiece a couple years back.

(I have a few left, I wonder what they will become?)



I started by taking off the upholstery, and underneath I found an old, cracked mess of fake leather? To cover that and add some needed cushion, I went to my stash of useful items from garage sales and took out a twin mattress pad. It helped cover the brown so the darkness wouldn't show through and give the covering an even base...

(These are well worth the dollar they normally sell for at garage sales. I just wash them and stash them to have a couple on hand for projects like this. Much more useful and much cheaper than plain quilt batting for some projects, I use them for things like this all the time.)

I cut a piece to fit each chair seat and stapled it into place with the heavy duty staple gun.




I centered the feed sacks, cut them and stapled them to the chair cover and screwed all of the covers back into place! I treated them with a couple coats of Scotch Guard the next day when I could get outside.

The whole job took a couple of hours, start to finish! I just love how useful vintage items like these old chairs, are made to be reused and recovered for years and years.




These chairs are the perfect match for the table, and...

the chair covers are the perfect match for a farmhouse kitchen!





Chairs $30
Feedsacks $1
Twin mattress cover $1
$32 total cost!

15 comments:

Deanna said...

You did well!!!!
Really cute what you have done to these neat chairs.
May you have a sweet week-end and God Bless,
d

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

What a steal! Those chairs would cost at least $200-$250 in a shop!
They look great with the new
seat covers! Thanks for sharing.

Bear Hugs~Karen

KathyB. said...

I love them, and you're right, they are perfect for a farm house kitchen and your tutorial is wonderful. I think I will be saving those mattress covers from now on and I can think of a lot of uses for them now that you mention it, besides covering a mattress~

More than Survival said...

VERY cool!!!!!! I love your creative ways!!! Thanks for sharing... ENJOY your new chairs!!
Heather

Lori said...

How fun! I love these feed sacks and what a great use for them. Good idea!

Laura said...

How neat! You have such great ideas! Thanks for sharing with your fans!:)

Michelle said...

I love them!! Such a great idea, and they look so good! Great job!!

Sunny said...

Awesome job! Wishing I could find some feedsacks.....
Sounds like you had a fun time doing this "make-over"!

Ali said...

Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE them! You did such a fabulous job, I want some feed sacks like that too! I love the print. How perfect for your kitchen =)

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

These are great! Love them :)

Sewn With Grace said...

Hi! I saw your comment over on 4:53am's blog and thought I would drop by for a visit. I live in Portage, MI by Kalamazoo and was wondering if you are near by? Off to read your posts. Have a blessed day!

from my front porch... said...

Joni, we are so alike! I can't begin to count how many roadside finds I have in our home! I also have a fave thrift store that always has tons of fabic for next to nothing. I buy scads of it and use it as my "go to" for projects!
Those are the most adorable feed sacks ever! Great job as always :)

Hop on over to my blog. I am having a giveeaway! Maybe a trip to Tn is in your future?! I hope you can enter. If not maybe spread the word for a family friendly adventure!

How much longer 'til that babe arrives? I know you can hardly stand the waiting game!
xo, misha

basketsbyrose said...

You did real good! Love how they turn out! Those chair where meant for you and where just waiting for you to drive by!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

What a deal you got Joni! I bought two chairs that I swear, match yours exactly... however, I paid about $40each for mine. Love love love your feedsack covers! Genius! (: xxxVicki

mary your sis said...

Wow! Is it possible those old seats are made of "bondet" leather? (LOL) You're right, these chairs with the mostly open back take up less visual space than the others you had do. And the finish matches so well! Love the feed sack upholstery, too.