Church Sale Chairs Get a Makeover

Special Note: The winner of the French Box Giveaway is revealed at the end of this post.

Each year, the church down the street from me has their big sale to raise money. Every year I find something and this year was no different. A couple of chairs were sitting outside just waiting for their forever home. They were a steal so I didn’t mind having to give them a bit of a makeover.

Here are the chairs after I got done with them. They’re going in the dining room.
They were originally priced for $20 each, but I got the pair for just $15.
This is the before. Nothin’ special about these chairs, but they’re solidly built.
So out came the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
A little bit of distressing and a coat of clear wax finished the chairs off.
Next, I tackled the seat cushions, which was a first for me.
I wanted to recreate the look of a French grain sack on the seat cushion.
I started with drop cloth cut to size, and using painter’s tape, painted stripes on the fabric.
I used a mix of blue and black acrylic paint to get the right shade of blue.
Then it was just a matter of wrapping the drop cloth around the existing seat cushion.
Hubby had some upholstery tacks to secure the fabric on the underside.
And now I have 2 “new” chairs to replace the Windsor chairs in the dining room.
At just $7.50 apiece, I think it was a great bargain.

And now to reveal the winner of the French Box Giveaway

Nancy at Coeur d’ Alene! Congratulations to Nancy, who wins both French boxes.

I’ll have another giveaway in a couple weeks! Thanks to all who entered.

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  1. Great job on those chairs. They look fantastic! Congrats to Nancy!

  2. Just gorgeous, love the seats too, you did a wonderful job!


  3. Congrats to Nancy!!

    LOVE those chairs!!! What kind of paint did you use on the stripes?Just acrylic?LOVE this look!

  4. Congrats to Nancy! Love the chairs, Jennifer. They look so much better and kudos to you for seeing their potential. I don’t know that I would have given them a second look in their “before” state.

  5. Wow, the chairs look amazing! I can’t believe that you painted the stripes on a *drop cloth*!! (And I thought that the cushions were covered with Genuine Vintage fabric!) How beautiful they look in their “forever home”.: )

    Congratulations to Nancy!


  6. gotta love ASCP Old White. Your chairs look terrific.
    PS- the church called, they saw this post and want their chairs back! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love the chairs and what a bargain price! You did such a great job. I really though that you covered them in grain sack from the photos. Love them!

  8. Wow! What a bargain those chairs were and look how fabulous they turned out!

    Congrats to Nancy for winning those gorgeous boxes!

  9. What a transformation. And that fabric looks legit. Great job. Thanks for sharing, liz

  10. The chairs came out great! Love the stripes and the grainsack look.

  11. Well done! I love the grain sack stripes!

  12. Love them! Hope you link them up to My Monday Muse! It’s GIVE-A-WAY time! Link up for a chance to win!

  13. Hi Jennifer,

    You did an amazing job on those chairs, I love it that you painted the drop cloth material. I thought it was part of the fabric.

  14. Turned out really nicely, Jennifer.

  15. Painted drop cloth….genius! Nicely done!

  16. Fabulous! They look SO much better. I’ve been wanting to paint with stencils on a dropcloth that I’m using as a slipcover but I’ve been afaraid to try. You’ve given me inspiration! Great job (and great find!)

  17. Those look wonderful.
    don’t you just love drop cloth. So versatile.

    …Pat, via Tweak it Tuesday

  18. Adorable chairs! I love it when you can score a bargain and be fearless in the restoration! Great job!

  19. they really do look like real grain sacks! I love that the drop cloth has an almost light gray color to it also!! pretty, pretty.

  20. Those chairs are so fresh with the new white paint and covers! You gotta love a bargain like that!!

  21. The chairs look so much better.. great job.. White makes every thing look so fresh.

  22. Your chairs came out great. I have wanted to try that painter’s tape stripe on my drop cloth as well. It’s nice to see it comes out so nicely.

  23. Fantastic! These oak chairs are a classic. Love what you did with the seats too!

  24. Lovely chairs! I love the idea of transforming drop cloths for French grain sacks! Congrats to Nancy!

  25. These chairs look very nice! Great makeover job! I love the pics of your kitchen window/sink area in your previous post. I’m thinking of beadboard backsplash in our kitchen which we renovated last year. What do you put on it to protect it from water splashes behind the sink? Thanks in advance. Pam

  26. Very clever and creative ๐Ÿ™‚ Painting those stripes on the drop cloth is brilliant. I have bookmarked this for future reference. Your chairs turned out fabulous!! Many thanks for sharing ~
    Tone on Tone

  27. The chairs looks fabulous!

  28. Your chairs turned out great. Love the idea of painting on the stripes.
    Mary Alice

  29. Super cute! Good idea to paint on the stripes – sometimes real grain sacks can get pricey!

  30. These are so gorgeous and what a transformation! The DIY grain sack cushions are so cute, they would look great with the grain sack pillows I just finished lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank so much for linking up and fabulous job.

  31. THese are beautiful good job!1

  32. Jennifer, your chairs are sensational!!! What a great makeover! Thanks for showing us how you made your fabric look like ticking!
    I hope you will join me for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS each week and share any dyi, tips or just show off your great tidbits! Link goes live Wednesdays at 8:00.
    Your chairs would be the perfect project to share!

  33. Jennifer –

    1. Love the chair makeover

    2. Love the drop cloth cushion (and I do have an affinity for drop cloth as fabric …)

    3. Am looking forward to meeting you in-person tomorrow!



  34. Nice job! I love the idea of creating faux grain sack! You certainly got a great deal on those chairs. I would have snatched them up too!


  35. what a BEAUTIFUL transformation!!! I LOVE these!!! Thank you SO much for linking up and inspiring me via Happy Hour!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  36. Wow the chairs turned out great! Like your blog and etsy and am now following you!

  37. Hello Jennifer,
    I really like the makeover of your chairs – great job :). The paint and the textile works very good together and I just bookmark your DIY, because very soon I will need it. Thank you for the idea and have a great day.
    Greetings from Prague,

  38. your stripes are perfect!! you did an amazing job on this faux grain sack look. Love Love it! I have one chair that I think I am going to redo this way! Thanks so much!

  39. Wow! Nothing beats a great church sale, right? Last night I went to one in town and snagged some great deals. Small items… like madeline tins and vintage lace. The prices couldn’t be beat! Great idea on painting a grain sack stripe! I have a question… does the paint absorb and become soft or is it still raised a bit on the fabric? Either way, you did a great job! And no seepage under the tape! Lucky you!!!

  40. I really love the faux grain sack look. You did a great job! I am your newest follower on GFC!

  41. Not only were they a bargain, they look sensational Jennifer. Thanks for sharing them at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

  42. Wow, those chairs are fabulous!love the design and colors, so fancy looking.Thanks for sharing.

  43. Love what you did to the chairs. I have two which I picked up from a garage sale a few years ago. I still need to do something to them. I hope I can make mine turn out as nice as yours did.


  44. Thank you so much for showing us how to DIY the stripe on the chairs. I have been trying to see what method would work, painting prior to the installation or after. They look perfect. And thank you for sharing the paint color. What a wonderful thing to do for your church.


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