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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dining Room Chairs With a Vintage Grain Sack Look

It's been a while since I first posted about the 6 dining room chairs that came to live with me from an ad on craigslist - they came along with two turkeys on sale from the grocery store for Thanksgiving - that we ate.

You know how you are so excited to finish a project that you hurry up to work on it and then you love the whole process so much you stretch it out for a year because you wanna extend the process of the whole mess since you are having so much fun and you don't want it to end?

Me either.

But Thanksgiving 2013 arrived, two more turkeys were purchased and eaten, and the chairs were completed.

And now 2 months later, January 2014, their debut......

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

My dining room chairs were anything but a fun process for me.

Remember {here} I said I'd rather gnaw off my arms then ever paint and wax chairs again?

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

In June's installment of the never ending dining room redo, I gave a glimpse of the graphics for the chair backs and the 600 tacks that first had to come out, then had to be straightened and put back in. 

100 tacks per chair.

Yeah, Brawn's favorite part.

NOT.


 But I liked the patina on the tacks, and I'm cheap so wanted to reuse them.



{Here} I ruined a brand new Egyptian cotton pillow case working on the chair backs, while simultaneously lifting the pattern and wax from my dining room table.

I also thought I would "help" and I hammered holes in my Corian counter top.  I.D.I.O.T.


But I carried on, working into the night hand striping and sanding lines to mimic grain sacks....

Is that stripping or striping?  I made lines.  I'm too tired to look up the definitions.


I was so proud I lined up all six of the drop cloth backs before they were sanded......

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

I used the CitraSolv method from The Graphics Fairy on the chair backs to transfer the design......

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

I don't think I have mentioned how much I love them.  I love them. 

I love them.  I. LOVE. THEM!!

I love the fronts, I love the backs, and I love them so much I don't even care this picture sucks..... 

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

The drop cloth fabric worked perfect.  We sprayed each of them with some 3M fabric protector, in case anyone with red velvet fingers touches them it will clean easier.  (One of my favorite posts by the way, if you haven't read it and need a laugh take a gander).

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

Next to the ROOM # I stamped in the birth dates of each of my six offspring.......

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

Old Albert surely never thought his memory would live on and be honored on the backs of our chairs, but the old mill sack look is very fitting for the farmer that he was.

Dining Room Chairs With Vintage Grain Sack Look, Bliss-Ranch.com

Some day you will see the whole room.  This week in Minnesota with the cold temperatures, Helll was close to freezing over, but since that didn't happen neither did a dining room reveal.

The chairs are happily surrounding the table Brawn made, that he now needs to revamp so the chairs don't hit the legs.

Did I mention I love them?  I do I do.

I think they are worth every bit of elbow grease I used.... and the blog posts I milked for a year!

Taking a seat with the chairs at:

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They took a seat, now they are taking a bow at:
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66 comments :

  1. beautiful! You should be very proud of yourself for hanging in there Bliss! Love that you put the birth dates on the graphic. I have never been able to get an image to transfer with citrasolv. I can't get a copy with the right toner. :(
    The transformation is amazing. great.job.bliss.

    gail

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  2. OMG YOU FINISHED YOUR CHAIRS!!!!!!! Love, Love, LOVE the idea with the birth dates on the backs...and the patina on the tacks (and no, I haven't made "becoming a rapper" part of my 2014 resolution so let's just leave it there, shall we?!) Seriously...those chairs are gorgeous...I have 6 to redo...want to come to my house? xo

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  3. And so you should love them, they are A-MAZ-ING.
    For some reason I thought the graphic was going on the front (sorry if I wasn't paying attention), but the finished result works way better. I love the grain sack fronts and can't wait to see the whole dining room.
    Do your offspring like to sit on their own chairs ?

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  4. OH my gosh they turned out SO great, Bliss...really beautiful and personal and no one else will have chairs like those! It WAS worth all of your hard work! (And you know I am all about extending the fun as long as possible...ripping up floors today)

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  5. Beautiful. It was well worth it, I do believe. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh my goodness! You worked so hard on these and it was totally worth it Bliss.... they are gorgeous! I can't wait to see them with the table..... so ... do you love them?

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  7. L.O.V.E them too!!! And how sweet to have stamped your kids birth dates on the chairs! Fabulous job and well worth the wait!

    :) Linda

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  8. They ARE very lovable! Great job, Bliss!

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  9. they were worth the wait! amazing!!!!!! and you know what else was worth waiting for - my coffee! it arrived yesterday and i made some this morning. so good.

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  10. It's like giving birth - you forget the pain and want to do it again! I love them too - and the names of your kids on the back! Wow - 6 kids - you really did forget the pain!
    Kelly

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  11. Fan-Tastic Bliss!!
    And you know me. I am so the type to post the before, the idea ...
    Oh, I'm sorry was I doing something last year?

    Worth the wait. They are super fab!!
    It's the end result that maters anyhow :)))

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  12. what a fabulous new look! Great job!!

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  13. OH MY. Every project that you turn out is AMAZING and these chairs are no exception. Wow, what a great outcome. Great chair and I loved that you stamped the b-days on the back.

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  14. I love them too! They turned out beautiful! I can't wait to see the whole room reveal!!!!

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  15. I really love how they turned out! You did an outstanding job. I know you must be so relieved to have that project finally done and are happy with the outcome. I'm sure you had plenty of time on your hands to get this project done with the deep freeze that was outside your door too!

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  16. The are absolutely positively beautiful! You had six kids? Are you Catholic? That means you were "with child" for a total of 54 months. (I'm being silly...you seem to bring that side of me out.)
    Brenda

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  17. Oh wow they're beautiful well worth the 2 years!

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  18. Yay! They're done and they're spectacular! I was wondering how you were faring out there with the 'chilly' temps!

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  19. We expect greatness from you. You delivered!

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  20. Bliss, they are utterly and completely fabulous! Good things come to those who wait, right? Congratulations on a job VERY well done!

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  21. Fan-freaking-tastic, Bliss. Totally worth the wait. :)
    xo Heidi

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  22. Bliss, those chairs are just beautiful! I love them too, but I don't have a clever rhyme. Worth all the work and the post milking!

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  23. Such fabulousness is definitely worth waiting for! Beautiful!

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  24. WOW. Those turned out beautiful. Definitely worth the wait.

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  25. Lots of work but it paid off! Love them!

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  26. Bliss these are fantastic!!! God Bless you guys dealing with all those tacks. I would have saved them too, I like the patina on them. These were worth the wait for sure!!!

    Cynthia

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  27. Oh wow, they turned out SO wonderfully!! I can't believe they are done either - I would have not had the patience for the tacks but it was so worth it. They look amazing - pinning!

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  28. I 'love' your updated gorgeous dining room chairs Bliss!!! It was so worth the wait :)

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  29. Those are simply amazing! And you must be the most patient woman around! Wow!

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  30. When you do a project, you never disappoint. These are FABULOUS!

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  31. Very COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Unique, striking, fabulous! It may have taken a little longer than you had hoped to get them just how you wanted them, but isn't that how it's done when you want them to be just right?

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  33. These chairs are gorgeous! Wonderful job! I can't believe how different they look from their before state! Wow! So impressed! Hugs, Leena

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  34. On a scale of one to Andy Dick, how weird is it that I have wondered about your dining room chairs?

    They're gorgeous, obviously. And since I didn't do the work, I feel comfortable saying it was totally worth it. (It totally was.)

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  35. They're actually DONE?!! I LOVE them. SO worth the wait!

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  36. So worth the wait! You really hit the nail on the head with these Bliss, they are simply stunning!! I love the faded grain sack look and the colors!! YOU ARE AMAZING!! I love them too!

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  37. Most excellent my dear Bliss. They look great! And I'm happy for you that you're done. I can't believe that Braun did all those tacks for you. That's pretty special - makes up for a few of his silly man traits.

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  38. Oh, my stars! You did an amazing amount of work...and it all looks perfect. Heck, one chair of tacks and I'd be pulling my hair out! Thanks so much for sharing this project at Thrifty Life Thursday, Bliss.

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  39. Oh Bliss, they are so, so beautiful!!!!!!!!!! And you are too, too funny! Seriously, that is one of the best makeovers I've ever seen, and since I didn't have to do the work, I can sit back and say it was all definitely worth it! LOVE!!!!!

    -andi

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  40. Imagine the most expensive chairs you could buy in all of the land..... these are better.

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  41. I love those and wow sounds like things I would do. Glad I'm not alone.

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  42. Bliss, that is the best makeover I have every seen. The paint and waxing job is the best and love the new covers on the backs. You are so talented.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  43. Hey girl, you were featured at Revisionary Life "Thrifty Life Thursday."

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  44. Oh Bliss - these are beyond amazing and worth their " wait " in GOLD ( pun intended lol )
    Absolutely spectacular!!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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  45. LOVE LOVE them...so worth all that hard work!! I have yet tried to add a graphic to something...is it easy? I love the one you chose for the backs!

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  46. Lovely! Your determination paid off. Great design!

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  47. I just found you through Savvy Southern Style. What a fabulous job on those chairs!!!!! And your dedication and determination is something ;-) totally worth it, I love them too. Six chairs is a mighty undertaking. Just became your latest follower. So glad I found you.

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  48. You guys did an amazing job!! Congrats!

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  49. I think this is one of the best remakes I've ever seen!!! I love your chairs, too!! Wow, they are stunning...absolutely perfect and worth every minute you spent on them! Fantastic job, Bliss (& Brawn!)!!!
    Debbie :)
    Oh, and I had to pin this!!

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  50. Yay! They're done! What a great job you did on them, Bliss. They look fantastic!!

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  51. I want to celebrate along with you that they are finally finished!!! And I am feeling sorry for myself that I am so late to the party to say congratulations. Like you gave birth to another kid, and me, your friend called a week later to say by the way, congratulations ;( I love them, I really LOVE them!! I think you should mention how much your really love Braun too. He does the heavy lifting around here, except for the part of giving birth. That tops any heavy lifting and table alterations, tack removing, etc. That's all I got.

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  52. How did I miss this!! I was waiting for the big reveal...so worth it.
    Wow, great job. Love. them.
    Deb

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  53. Somehow I missed these, but damn girl, I love them!! They almost leave me speechless.

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  54. these chairs are beautiful! where did you get the graphic for the back of the chair? i would love to have it..

    CJ

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    1. Drop me a note in email BlissRanchBoss@hotmail.com

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  55. I saw these chairs on Pinterest and realized that I was somehow NOT following your blog on bloglovin. What?? And why?? But, at any rate, I am now so I get to see all of your posts. Phew! I don't know what all I've been missing, but I'm so glad I didn't miss these chairs because I love them, too! They are completely amazing! -Denise (your newest follower who thought she was already following you but wasn't because she is scattered and a bit on the ditzy side sometimes!)

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  56. Wow how cool are those!!! They turned out great!! What else to do in this freezing tundra we call home then paint some furniture- looks like the polar vortex is coming back next week so more painting on the horizon. Great job Denise!!

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  57. Your chairs are not only gorgeous they are inviting too!

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  58. I'm in LOVE! Great job and I love the simple steps that you showed. Following you from Kammys Korner.
    Sabrina ~ http://4mykiddos.blogspot.com

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  59. Not that these chairs need anymore press, but they do! I am featuring them tomorrow, I just LOVE them!

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  60. These look so beautiful! Totally worth all the work. You are a really trooper for straightening all those tacks!

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  61. So gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Stop by Tuesday to see them featured. Have a great week!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  62. These are gorgeous. WOWZA is all I can say!

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  63. (Velvet) blood, sweat, and tears ....WOW... this re-do is absolutely brilliant and heart warming. You are quite a lady (Brawn rocks too) :')

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