DIY farmhouse grain sack chairs

It’s been really nice not having to gear up for a sale this season. It frees me up to catch up on projects I’ve been dying to do around our Nest. I was originally set up to do the barn sale again this Spring, but I decided against it. I think I’ll wait until the Fall at this point to think about a sale. In the meantime, it’s projected crunch time at our house!

Since we made our Farmhouse Table to seat 8 instead of the 6 that we used to seat, I’ve been dying to add 2 more chairs to the mix. I wanted something different than 2 more ladderback chairs, just to change it up a bit. I was originally thinking something along these lines:


But we had just reorganized and cleaned out our garage and I remembered that I had 4 vintage wood chairs out in the garage that I purchased from a retired antique dealer for $40 (for all 4). I was saving them to refurbish them to sell at a show, but I thought why not use them for ourselves? They’re just sitting out there begging to be used, not to mention taking up valuable real estate in our already cramped garage. Please don’t call the show “Hoarders” on me!

So I decided to redo all 4 chairs to add to our table. This meant doing away with the 2 ladderback captain’s chairs we had, which was fine because the rush seat was coming undone on both of them and we’d already glued them a few times.

So here is how the chairs looked once we pulled them from the dungeon garage:

We pulled the seats off and I got to painting them right away with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I then distressed them with a sanding block, per my usual practice, and decided to use water-based poly on them instead of wax this time. Big mistake! The poly drew out the old wood stain at certain points on the chairs. Yikes!

If this happens to you, don’t panic. Well, I mean, you can panic because it means you have to do another step at a time when you were just about to cross it off your “to-do” list, but it can be fixed. This has happened to me before. All you have to do is get out your paint and brush again and dry brush on some more of your original paint where you think you need it. If you’re not sure what “dry brushing” is, Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect has done a video tutorial for you, which you can watch here. It’s a very simple technique.

And here’s how the chairs look now:

I covered all of the seats with new low loft batting and an old Bemis seamless grain sack (I washed the sack before cutting it up and once the seats were done I protected them with Scotch-Gard Fabric & Upholstery Spray). I had just enough of the sack for all 4 seats. I love it when that happens!

And to dress up the chairs a little, I ordered custom number decals from Leen the Graphics Queen to apply to the backs of the chairs. She’s my go-to gal for decals. She’s sweet, fast, and understands exactly what you want.

All of the numbers on the chairs mean something to us (no, they’re not birthdays) so they make these chairs really extra special.Now that we can officially seat 8 (woohoo!) around our farmhouse table, you’re all invited to come over for dinner. Well, 7 of you at a time, that is. I mean, I’d like to sit with you too, you know?

My goal is to do a full dining room/kitchen reveal in the next week or two. I’m currently making cafe curtains for the windows in the dining room and kitchen, so as soon as they’re finished, I’ll be sharing the full makeover with you!

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