Friday, April 9, 2010

~a chair makeover~

I picked up 2 of these caned back
armchairs at an estate sale last
month for $40.00 a piece. As you can see the peach fabric
is really outdated and while the dark wood is nice,
it doesn't fit in with the color scheme in our home.
So, I got out my handy dandy can of heirloom
white spray paint and sprayed away!
Yesterday I made these slips for the seats out of vintage
cotton feed and grain sacks.
I am very happy with how they turned out.

I made a 5" ruffle on each slip,
because you know I love ruffles!

The fun thing about these is the gorgeous colors
and the mix and match feed sacks.
I made the seat of this one from an old rice bag.
I think since they are dining room chairs it is appropriate
that they are made out of something related to food!

The other one I used a heavier Bemis sack as the seat,
complete with a few rust spots!

Here is a close up of the Rice sack seat.
I love the crown and the fact that it says Regal
is perfect since it is a head of the table chair!


I mixed up about 4 different sacks to make the ruffles.
This one has a large rose on it with some fun wording.

There is no rhyme or reason to the ruffle.
I figured the more grain sacks I used, the more eclectic it would look.

I made ties for each arm out of leftover grain sack scraps.
These can easily come off and be thrown into the wash.

They are very informal and fun.
Now that I have made these,
I may make 2 more sets out of plain
white or off white fabric for more formal occasions......
but formal doesn't happen too often in our home!
Happy Friday friends!
xoxo

50 comments:

Samantha2818 said...

These look great. Love the fact that you can switch the seat cushions to match the occasion. I've been trying to make ruffles but I'm not really sure what I'm doing - any tips?
~Sam

Wilhelmiina said...

Hello :)

Absolutely gorgeous!
have a great weekend!

stripeycat said...

A super cute idea... Loving those grain sacks.. have to keep an eye out for some at my local flea market... love to make some pillows.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Melaine, your chairs are beautiful. I love your creativity with the seat covers and that crown sack is the best! I just love what you have done.

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Melaine,
You did an amazing job. I absolutely love them!
Have a great weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Katy said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOH, i want those for my dining table. Darling!

blondiensc said...

very sweet!! I heart ruffles!! happy Friday!

Angie said...

Great makeovers!!

Julie Johnson said...

These are fabulous! LOVE the ruffle!

Angie said...

Melaine I just saw your comment!! I almost spit out my coffee! I'll see what I can do as far as Paul Walker goes ;)

angela walker jewelry said...

Just beautiful! I love the ruffles!
Health and happiness,
Angela
http://angelawalkerjewelry.blogspot.com/

Judy said...

Is there no end to your talent? Great job on those cushions, tutorial please!

Judy

Kacey said...

They look great! Love the flexibility.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

keeeeute! THAT'S WHAT I WOULD CALL THEM. This is right up my alley! I love stuff with feed bags in the fabric. So adorable. Your chairs look beautiful!
Blessings,
Dewbbie

Tanka said...

Amazing transformation!! So cute! =)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

They turned out so cute, love them!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great chairs and I love them painted white. Hugs, Marty

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

These chair came out beautiful . . good job, what a difference!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Great chairs and I especially like the ruffles on the seat cushions. They look wonderful in white.

Robin said...

Adorable. Great job. The ruffles add such a wonderful touch.

Just Me and My Halo said...

Having major chair envy here in WI ... the ruffles really make the whole look incredible. Grace and Blessings! ~Crystal

the polished pebble said...

Really Cute Melaine!! Love it with the ruffle!

xo kelley

PS I am so jealous that you can sew : )

Petie said...

Cute, Cute, Cute...Love the ruffles made out of the grain sacks with all their detail and the chairs, what a transformation with the spray paint. Where do you find the spray paint?

chair up said...

"Sack" and "pretty" are not 2 words I would usually put together but in this case I'll make an exception, your sacks look sooo pretty!
Angex

dleahy23 said...

Gorgeous!!!!! You did a great job. No one would ever think they were just $40. That's unreal!!! Love the grain sacks. Have a great weekend <3

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You amaze!
Another Friday Favorite. Come on by and link up♥

kim said...

Those chairs look great. Love those slips!

Martha said...

I love your style. Great chairs, and I would love to see pictures once you place them in your dining room :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Melaine,

You must have changed your about me because I do not recall seeing that you have a yellow lab named Hunter. I cracked up because I do too. He was one of my fosters but I fell in love and adopted him. He is 9 years old (I think - give or take a year).

The chairs look fabulous! I love the ruffles. You did a fantastic job!

~ Tracy

pamwares said...

Congratulations on a pair of absolutely cool chairs!

Sheri Howard said...

SO DARN CUTE!!!Much better in white, and I LOVE the ruffles!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Goodness I love these flirty chairs. Who knew there were such beauties hiding in the unloved chairs. Just goes to show you what a little love will do!
You really did a masterful job!
Yvonne

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

So cute, and I love the ruffle!

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Claudia said...

Hi,

Love the beautiful makeover!! They are so cute with the ruffles.

Have a great weekend.
Claudia

Dayngr said...

Love it. I have no talent like that.

cynthialeedesigns said...

Love the chairs and the seat covers are adorable!!
~Cindy~

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love these chairs and the slipcovers and new coat of paint make them look fantastic. Wonderful job!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Love how these chairs turned out and the ruffles are to die for.

mishebe said...

very cute, i love ruffles too. i am working on a chair with ruffles too.

Melanie said...

Great job! I love the chair color and the ruffles.

Jen said...

Oh, I love the ruffles! Great job!

Anne Marie said...

you really inspired me with this!
thank you!!

beachhouse etc. said...

you are so fortunate that you have the patience to sew...those are amazing you truly have a gift...suzanne

Elisabeth said...

I really enjoyed reading about your blog on Dreamy Whites today? I have a few questions for you- where do you buy your grain sacks, what color did you use for the white on the chairs, and what color did you paint your planking on the living room walls. We are about to paint some dark paneling and I want it white, but not too glaring. I like that yours looks kind of creamy, but still not a color or tan or anything. Anyway, thanks!

Jen said...

I got one of those exact chairs the other day at GoodWill for $3.99, plus 25% off due to military appreciation day. Mine was a buttery yellow and stained, though and NOTHING a lil spray paint and fabric didn't change.

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Fabulous chair re-do!!

shopwithm said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Oh pretty please make some more and put them in your store for me to buy!

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