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Friday, May 21, 2010

Thank you Miss. Mustard Seed!

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!!


  1. 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. :)

  2. I have had such a great time reading your blog. I love all of your transformations, you are so talented. Your chairs are gorgeous!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Lookin' fab. I love the fact that you paint on your upholstery (and the French monograms, yes!)...I thought I was the only one!


  4. 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!


  5. 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.

  6. oh my goodness gracious ... you and miss mustard should start a little business ... " the gilded seed'

  7. That turned out incredible! I am dying to find chairs like that!!!! Great job!

  8. 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! JenT

  9. Love the chair, it looks fabulous.

    Leeann x



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