Create a one of a kind look with a French chair, a grain sack, and a stencil!
Ya’ll know of my love for French chairs and grain sacks. Whenever I find a frenchy chair at a good price and in good condition, I have a hard time walking away from it, which has resulted in having several that are in need of updating. This was a fun project using a French chair, a grain sack, and a stencil!
If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen my French dining chairs that we “renovated” with grain sacks and stencils. Well, I’ve been needing a new chair for my home office and I had one in storage that I had picked up at an estate sale for $38.00.
I wanted to personalize this chair in a special way and I knew that Lisa at Maison de Stencils could create a perfect, one of a kind, stencil for me. I told her what I was wanting, and she created exactly what I had envisioned!
Here is what the chair looked like when I purchased it.
And here is what she looks like after her makeover!
I am absolutely in love with the look of this chair now!
I didn’t have to do much to the frame because it was already painted in a light color.
However the original finish had a slightly yellowed look to it. I didn’t want to lose any of the natural distressing that had already occurred, so I just watered down some ASCP chalk paint in Old White and whitewashed it.
The piece de resistance of this chair is the stencil design. I have used stencils from Maison de Stencils for a few years and the excellent quality has enabled me to use them over and over again for several projects. They just don’t wear out!
For this project, I wanted something special and meaningful to me, something that represents Edith & Evelyn, the two special ladies that this blog and my business are named for.
Lisa with Maison de Stencils did an amazing job capturing what I wanted, using the French versions of Edith & Evelyn, and including the year of their births. I couldn’t be happier!
I had the perfect grain sack with the best triple blue stripe, to use for the seat and back.
On the arms and on the back side I used upholstery grade burlap to give the chair some texture.
And the finishing touch was the nailhead trim.
The seat of this chair was nice and wide so I actually had to split the grain sack down the middle, in the back, in order to get the stripe where I wanted it.
This gave the chair a few unique characteristics such as the grain sack seams showing on both sides and also an old repair to the sack.
Now some of you may not be so crazy about these little characteristics showing, however I love them.
For me, they just add to the “story”. I can just imagine some farmer’s wife, long ago, sitting down to mend this grain sack.
I can’t wait to get my home office renovated so this chair can sit behind the desk!
Part of creating a beautiful home is by adding layers and pieces that reflect who you are.
This custom stencil was the perfect way to tell a piece of our story, and it created a special, treasured, piece at the same time.
Maison de Stencils offers a wide variety of European and vintage inspired stencils for just about any project imaginable. Or if you have something custom in mind, they can do it!
Slowly, but surely, my stash of french chairs are getting their makeovers!