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Today has been a grain sack inspiration day around here!
I love antique European grain sacks and they can be used for so many different things…….pillows, table runners, upholstery projects, Christmas stockings, tote bags, lamp shades, and much more that I’m probably not even thinking about.
I upholstered my first set of chairs several months ago using some antique grain sacks from Europe and now I am hooked.
I have renovated a French sofa in them, several more chairs, and quite a few footstools. I’ve also made several pillows out of them. I love the way the finished product looks and it gives an instant French look to the home.
My favorite grain sacks are the ones from France and Germany, though if they have graphics on them they can get quite pricey. The sacks with initials monogrammed on them are also sought after and prized highly, their prices reflecting that. Hand stitched with the original owner’s initials, these sacks look beautiful when used in a way that showcases the monogram.
I was recently asked if the upholstery is “itchy” but it really isn’t. Unlike burlap, most of the European grain sacks are made of a very heavy, nubby fabric and when laundered, they end up with a very soft feel. And because they are so heavy duty, they are perfect for upholstery projects.
Come visit our Pinterest board for more inspirational photos! We are down to one set of antique European grain sacks in the Edith & Evelyn Vintage shop, but we’re bringing more in next week! What kind of projects could you use them on?
I picked up this vintage French chair several months ago at an estate sale in Mobile, Alabama. It was in very sad shape….at least the upholstery was. The wood frame was perfect as far as I was concerned………old white paint, very timeworn, lots of natural distressing……like I said, perfect!
Mr. E&E took one look at it and started his expected eye roll and his usual comments, “You’re not serious?”, “Have you really looked at it?”, “It’s in pretty bad shape.”, “What are you going to do with it?”
And of course I looked at him like he had lost his mind! Did he not see the beautiful lines, the curvy legs, the original timeworn paint??? And it was only $38.00!! Yes, that’s right, $38.00! How could I NOT buy it?!? For the love of everything holy…….it was a bergere chair! Yes……a bergere chair…..hello?? I stood firm and finally he turned it upside down to inspect the springs, sat in it, looked it over…….I knew at that point that he was coming around to my side!
For some reason, Mr. E&E has gotten it into his head that I am out to rescue all the neglected French chairs in the world………I have no idea where he has gotten that ridiculous idea!
I don’t see her shabbiness, I just see her with new clothes. I knew she would be beautiful! And so she is……..
It has taken me several months to get her finished. Not because she was difficult to do. But because I seem to have a million and one projects going at any one time. I will work on things for a couple of days and then my attention gets grabbed by something else and away I go! I will eventually come back to the original project, sometimes it just takes me awhile!
She had some major staining on the back where someone had rested their head for a long time, leaving a nice large stain. Someone placed a doily over it to try and cover it. Yuck. The bones were good though and once all the old fabric was removed, it was easy to start adding the new fabric, which consisted of upholstery grade burlap on the bottom, and antique German grain sack on the arms and back, French toile fabric from Hobby Lobby on the back front, and I upholstered the cushion in a slipcover made of an old antique quilt. I love the graphics in the antique grain sacks and love using them in upholstery projects, though they are getting harder to find.
I think she turned out so cute!! It’s easy to update a vintage chair with new upholstery for a new look and I’ve found that a lot of these old chairs are made much better than new ones. Just be sure and check the “bones” and make sure they are good!
On the way home from this particular estate sale with the bergere chair in the back of the SUV, Mr. E&E looks at me and says, “What kind of chair did you say that was?”. Love that guy!
It’s snowing like crazy here in our neck of the woods again……major storm moving in. Snow began falling early this morning and it’s still at it and the flakes are huge! Mr. E&E is home early and has Italian stew on the stove. He not only helps me with my junk, but he also cooks! I think he’s a keeper!
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