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Grain Sack Chair


I’m still plowing through my list of freelance articles (all 30 of them), so today I worked on a tutorial showing how to reupholster a small armchair.  See that yellow French chair under the window?  That was my subject.


 It took a couple of hours to get her all stripped down and ready for a nice new look.  I decided to leave the wood frame as it was.  It was a pretty, dark wood and there really wasn’t a reason to paint it.  (See…I do leave some things alone!  Well, I did reupholster the chair, but you know what I mean.)

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 …and here it is in all of its grain sack glory…


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 …with a little surprise on the sides and back…


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The full tutorial will be available on in a while and I’ll link to it when it’s live.  I also still have plans to make a separate video tutorial series that will be available here on my blog.  Don’t even ask me if I’ll be selling this chair.  The answer is no.  I will be working on some more chairs to sell at the Lucketts Antique Market in May and will hopefully have some to sell online, too.  Eventually.

I also wanted to share how awesome the back splash over the stove looks now it’s grouted.

Here’s how it looked without the grout…

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..and with…


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 I love grout.  It made all of the irregular gaps just disappear.  Hurray for grout!


I also primed the sides of the cabinets, since they’ll be visible under the new custom range hood we’ll be making in a couple of weeks.

Tomorrow, the work on the counters begins…

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  1. Mary Syron says:

    Hi Marian,
    I’m sure you’ll clue us all in when the tutorials are available and where to find them. I look forward to seeing them… You’re a good teacher!

  2. Pamela says:

    Wow! I love the chair.

  3. That chair is really beautiful. I’m having trouble finding some reasonably priced grain sacks but I have a lot of ticking that I pulled off the box springs of my grandmothers old mattress (with the label I think, by the writing, from the 40’s). How do you think that would look?

  4. Carolyn says:

    The grain sack look is very pretty and my mind was trying to come up with where I can find some…but your surprise sides and back …blew me away. What a sassy great look!! Thank you for all your great ideas!!

  5. Kim F. says:

    Love the chair! I have 6 or so chairs of my great grandmothers’
    They have great lines and bones. My husband and I renovated
    my grandmother’s farmhouse. I have saved the chairs until something
    perfect came along, and here you are!!! Thank you for your inspiration
    and savvy!

  6. nancy wine says:

    Just love the chair! Where do you get the fabric?

  7. Cheryl says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on reupholstering a chair like this. Have 2 metal framed chairs with arms and no idea how the cushions would be attached since it cannot be stapled..(?)
    Your chair is lovely and I love the use of 2 fabrics. Very charming!

  8. Love the chair. Can’t wait to see the tutorial.

  9. I saw your title and thought “How does she plow through this stuff?” And how do you start your article??? Plowing through! The chair is beautiful! I love the side surprise. You are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!! You must have found those extra hours in the day I have been looking for!

  10. WOW M.M… what a difference the grout made, I have tiled floors and backsplash before, with larger tiles and NEVER noticed a huge difference, when you look @ both the pics it looks like totally DIFFERENT tile! GREAT JOB! PS. can`t Wait for the video tutorial on the grain fabric chair…although I can NOT SEW!! Ha :-))

  11. Wow…that chair is gorgeous…you did a great job Marian!…love the surprise of the coordinating fabric on the sides…looking forward to the video!

  12. Absolutely beautiful!
    Did you have the counter top cut to fit?
    I really need a countertop since mine well … remember butcher block formica? ….that’s me hehehe. This house was built in 1949 and the kitchen never got a facelift…just new appliances except for one…you remember the wall oven that was in Samantha’s (Bewitched) kitchen? It’s a Modern Maid…the door on hers lifts up (mine opens from the right). I am looking for someone to fix it up..(any clues at all will be greatly appreciated since I have had no success… worked so well until only a couple years ago… anyway I call it my jetson stove lol.

    thanks so much for sharing!


    • Patti says:

      Dear Deb, I just saw your comment about your butcher block Formica. My solution was to paint my counter tops. I lightly sanded them and then started painting. I used Rustoleum high gloss oil base enamel in black, I can’t remember but in think I gave them two coats. After they dried, I took some white, grey and a dark blue craft paint and sponged it on in a granite effect. The final steps were three coats of Helmsman high gloss marine varnish with a very very light sanding between coats. Oh, I did have some gold flecks that I randomly sprinkled on, not too much. The counters have lasted me four years and still fool anyone who sees them. I may be doing a remodel soon and will get the real deal but in the meantime the faux granite has served me well. Another caveat, the cost was less than $40. I am available if you have any questions. Smiles to you.

  13. Annette says:

    Oh, how I WISH I had your energy and know how! lol I will have to settle for a much slower method and lots of tutorials. I just love your style… Everything looks so effortlessly put together. Seriously, I wish I could hire you to help me decorate my house. Sigh In the meantime, FABULOUS WORK… Keep it comin’! 😉

  14. Marian, You are an amazing young woman! The chair is fabulous and I love the backsplash!

  15. The tile looks fantastic! Grout is a beautiful thing! I have 2 chairs that I am wanting to have reupholstered that are very similar to your chair. I am trying to decide if I should do it myself? I look forward to the tutorial! Life to the full, Melissa

  16. Whoa, the chair looks amazing! and I’m glad you chose the white grout! it looks so bright and pretty! It was smart, and well, like you said, a “duh” to do a sample piece with the two grout colors… ! I’m excited about your bedroom, and can’t wait to see it all done!


  17. Alesia says:

    I think I have the exact same stove as you….how do you keep yours so clean?
    Love the backsplash by the way.

  18. Sunny C says:

    Your Home is Looking so Beautiful!!!! I Love what you did with the Chair!!!

  19. That chair is gorgeous! I love the look of the warm wood with the fabrics. So pretty. The backsplash is so classic and clean. Love it all!

  20. I’m looking forward to your tutorial on how to reupholster the chair, I have one similar from my parents that is desperately in need of new material. I have no idea how to, and I’m a little intimidated, but I would like to try…just so I can say I did it. I love how yours turned out, love the 2 materials.
    Debbie :)

  21. That little chair turned out absolutely beautiful. I love the floral fabric on the sides and back. Thank you for sharing and I can hardly wait for the tutorial. Blessings to you dear Marian. [email protected]

  22. everything you do just has a way of turning out so beautifully! I am sooooooo loving that tile!

    • I have to agree with Jessica, you have a way with making anything look gorgeous, I adore grain sack fabric and that tile is stunning!

  23. Debra Van Dyke says:

    That chair is freaking awesome.
    Beautiful job…I want to learn how to do is gorgeous!

  24. Althea says:

    Just how many hours do you have in your day!?! I can’t even come close to your completion schedule, but you are an inspiration to get er done. Love the chair, the humbleness of the grain sacks counterpointed by the elegance of your drape fabric is brilliant. Finding your email in my box is like getting a little surprise present to open!

  25. Karen says:

    I love the look and the sides of the chair! Great job! Great inspiration for the project chair in my bedroom…

  26. The chair and the backsplash look great – don’t you love it when a plan comes together like you see it in your head?

  27. Love this chair, and can’t wait to see the tutorial!

  28. helen Rayburn says:

    Just looked at the grain sack chair you did and turned out lovely! I was just wondering about that pretty persian rug in one of the shots; did you happen to get that at Pottery Barn; the reason I ask is that I want to get a rug for my breakfast area; it is too much expense to not like the rug or find that it is not good quality. Thank you

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  31. Mandy Downing says:

    I just love the fabric you used for the sides of the chair! What is it called? I doubt if we can get anything like it in the uk – but it’s worth asking! I am an upholsterer and always looking for unusual fabrics and textiles. Thank you for sharing!

  32. Alexandra says:

    What is the manufacturer and pattern of the blue fabric you used on the side of the chair and for the curtains? Thanks!

  33. Amanda says:

    I know it’s been a couple years since you posted this blog, but I would really love to know the name of the indigo fabric you used on the chair panels and curtains. Please please please share with us! :)

  34. The grain sack chair is simply amazing, I have been bouncing around your blog and delighted at such beauty when it comes to design. I had to post on the grain sack chair though, I just love it.

  35. I love the design, absolutely beautiful.

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