For anyone who hasn't seen one of Miss. Mustard Seeds tutorials you've really been missing out. She recently posted one on making vintage "grain sacks". When I saw it I was thrilled. So simple yet I hadn't thought of it before.
I have these two vintage french cane back chairs I bought some time ago.
As you can see they came with some ugly "pleather" seats. One had a small tear which turned into a huge rip so I stripped off the nail heads and used the icky "pleather" to make a pattern from a well washed drop cloth. (some of my favorite fabric to work with!)
Then mixed up some blue and black acrylic until I had the right blue and painted on the stripes
I have an old set of vintage French monograms I bought on ebay so I made a photo copy of the two I wanted to use, then taped them to a window and used a graphite pencil to trace the back of the design. Then laid that down on the fabric where I wanted it and rubbed it onto the fabric. It was really faint but it gave me a layout to work with. Then with a tiny liner brush I painted on the monograms.
Then I gave them a good spray with clear matte spray to make them hold up.
A few carpet tacks and we're in business! I can't believe how good these look and how simple it was.
Thank you Miss Mustard Seed!!
Oh, my word. I am in love. They look so beautiful!!! I love the chair, anyway, and the grain sack is the perfect look. Well done, my friend. I am going to feature this on my blog when I'm done with Lucketts. Thanks for sharing it with me. :)ReplyDelete
I have had such a great time reading your blog. I love all of your transformations, you are so talented. Your chairs are gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing.
Lookin' fab. I love the fact that you paint on your upholstery (and the French monograms, yes!)...I thought I was the only one!ReplyDelete
Thank your for the inspiration!!!! I have an almost identical chair sporting some dreadful velveteen and after seeing this transformation I want to follow your lead. Yours turned out fabulous!ReplyDelete
Very good work!ReplyDelete
I really love those chairs! They have such great details. You did such a great job with the lettering. You must have a very steady hand.ReplyDelete
oh my goodness gracious ... you and miss mustard should start a little business ... " the gilded seed'ReplyDelete
That turned out incredible! I am dying to find chairs like that!!!! Great job!ReplyDelete
Tamra that is BEAUTIFUL! I love MMS too - she's such an inspiration and you are too! I'm going to give it a go now..your monograms are perfect. Well done! JenTReplyDelete
this chair looks fabulousReplyDelete
Love the chair, it looks fabulous.ReplyDelete