Farmhouse Chairs

It’s been really nice not having to gear up for a sale this season.  It frees me up to catch up on projects I’ve been dying to do around our Nest.  I was originally set up to do the barn sale again this Spring, but I decided against it.  I think I’ll wait until the Fall at this point to think about a sale.  In the meantime, it’s project crunch time at our house!

Since we made our Farmhouse Table to seat 8 instead of the 6 that we used to seat, I’ve been dying to add 2 more chairs to the mix.  I wanted something different than 2 more ladderback chairs, just to change it up a bit.  I was originally thinking something along these lines:

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But we had just reorganized and cleaned out our garage and I remembered that I had 4 vintage wood chairs out in the garage that I purchased from a retired antique dealer for $40 (for all 4).  I was saving them to refurbish them to sell at a show, but I thought why not use them for ourselves?  They’re just sitting out there begging to be used, not to mention taking up valuable real estate in our already cramped garage.  Please don’t call the show “Hoarders” on me!

So I decided to redo all 4 chairs to add to our table.  This meant doing away with the 2 ladderback captain’s chairs we had, which was fine because the rush seat was coming undone on both of them and we’d already glued them a few times.  
So here is how the chairs looked once we pulled them from the dungeon garage:
We pulled the seats off and I got to painting them right away with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  I then distressed them with a sanding block, per my usual practice, and decided to use water based poly on them instead of wax this time.  Big mistake!  The poly drew out the old wood stain at certain points on the chairs.  Yikes!

If this happens to you, don’t panic.  Well, I mean, you can panic because it means you have to do another step at a time when you were just about to cross it off your “to do” list, but it can be fixed.  This has happened to me before.  All you have to do is get out your paint and brush again and dry brush on some more of your original paint where you think you need it.  If you’re not sure what “dry brushing” is, Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect has done a video tutorial for you, which you can watch here.  It’s a very simple technique.
And here’s how the chairs look now:

I covered all of the seats with new low loft batting and an old Bemis seamless grain sack (I washed the sack before cutting it up and once the seats were done I protected them with Scotch-Gard Fabric & Upholstery Spray).  I had just enough of the sack for all 4 seats.  I love it when that happens!
And to dress up the chairs a little, I ordered custom number decals from Leen the Graphics Queen to apply to the backs of the chairs.  She’s my go-to gal for decals.  She’s sweet, fast, and understands exactly what you want.

All of the numbers on the chairs mean something to us (no, they’re not birthdays) so they make these chairs really extra special.

Now that we can officially seat 8 (woo hoo!) around our farmhouse table, you’re all invited to come over for dinner.  Well, 7 of you at a time, that is.  I mean, I’d like to sit with you too, you know?

My goal is to do a full dining room/kitchen reveal in the next week or two.  I’m currently making cafe curtains for the windows in the dining room and kitchen, so as soon as they’re finished, I’ll be sharing the full makeover with you!

Thanks for reading!



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  1. They look great!
    From Stilettosnmud In The Mud

  2. They look great!
    From Stilettosnmud In The Mud

  3. I am laughing out loud that you had four large chairs in your garage that you had forgotten about! You must have a huge garage (or a very packed full one!) Sounds like my back room, its so crammed full I don’t even know what’s in there anymore!

    The chairs turned out awesome, I love everything about them, especially the seat covers (and the numbers of course!) When I come to visit can I sit in #18? It’s my favorite number :)

  4. Gorgeous! Beautifully done…I love the numbers on the back, nice nice touch!

  5. Gorgeous! Beautifully done…I love the numbers on the back, nice nice touch!

  6. Cute! Love the idea of the numbers on the back of the chairs! GREAT job!!! :)

    xxo laurie

  7. I love it! Great job!

  8. I love the look of your chairs now! I have a similar set that we use, they belonged to my grandmother, so I hesitate to paint them. Yours look so sweet though.

  9. Lovin these chairs! Found you from the Shabby Nest and I’m a new follower! Your style is right up my alley!

  10. Love your chairs. They look perfect!


  11. The chairs look fantastic – I clicked through from Coastal Charm because I saw the No. 18. . . My favorite number. Very nice job. Still accepting submissions for guest posts? When is that babe due to join the fray?
    breida @

  12. I love these, Laura! You had me with the white and the fabric you used for the seats, but those numbers on the back are definitely the cherry on top!

    visiting from Coastal Charm : )

  13. Oh these are wonderful! I love your redo, what a change. I am here from Coastal Charm & now following :)


  14. these are fabulous! the numbers and the seats are wonderful!

  15. These are beautiful – I love the touch with the numbers!!

  16. Very CUTE! They really are farm fresh, now! The fabric is especially charming.

  17. I love everything numbered, so of course I love these!

  18. Love the numbering idea, I have similar chairs on my porch that need a face lift, I think you’ve just given me a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Laura those look amazing!

  20. thanks for the info on who is the go-to for those darling numbers. I’ve put her in my favorites. Love your chairs.

  21. Oh these are just perfect! I love everything about them!! I’d love to have you stop by and link up at my party! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


  22. WOW!!!! I love your chairs. I love the sack material that you used and the numbers on the back are perfect! I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime too :)

  23. Thanks for the tute! I love the makeover – you are very talented. I love the name of your blog too because I love Ironstone as well – kindred spirits! So glad I found you – I am your newest follower. Please drop by my blog sometime and say hello, I love to make new bloggy friends, and follow me back if you would like to keep in touch! Heather :)

  24. Oops or not, these look so cozy and inviting! I love the addition of meaningful numbers, too. When I re-do a chair, this is exactly the kind of look I want to achieve!

  25. LOVE it!!! What a great way to update your chairs…and have company, too!

  26. Love how great those numbers look on the back of your chairs! I painted numbers on the back of mine many months ago, but I like your decals better! Love the fabric you used to cover the chairs with too.

  27. Fantastic job! The numbers on the backs are just the right touch. Found you through Miss Mustard Seed. Love your beautiful blog and am now following! Hope you have a wonderful night. :-)

  28. Love, love, love these! Great job! And never knew about the vinyl lettering source. Thanks! Following you through MMS! Can’t wait to see more…be sure and visit me!

  29. I think these are fabulous!! I found you on At the Picket Fence and I have beeen searchin around your blog and I just love it!! I would also love it if you would stop by and link something up at my linky party going on now!

  30. Love the paint, the cushions and am crazy for the number decals (thanks for sourcing too …)



  31. Lovely! The numbers, the finish, and the grain sacks are just what those chairs needed.

  32. I love these! The decals are fantastic!

  33. These are lovely! ?

  34. The chairs are just beautiful! We appreciate you linking up with us!! It’s so fun to see all of the great ideas and recipes on Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We hope to see you back again soon! -The Sisters

  35. hi Laura
    these chairs are lovely . just my style! I love upholstering chairs also. Saw these at Freckled Laundry. Would love you to come visit at Lilyfield Life sometime. I’m definitely going to check out more on your blog
    cheers Fiona

  36. Love, love, love these chairs!…and the paint…the numbers…the grain sack seats…Yummy!

  37. The Decals on the back give it a very nice touch!
    Good work, girl!

  38. Your chairs are fabulous! I love the fabric and the numbers! And white was the perfect color choice!

  39. Just wanted you to know how beautiful these chairs turned out and let you know I featured them on my blog today!

  40. These chairs are beautiful. I have been collecting grain sacks and can’t wait to use them on a project.

  41. LOVE your chairs – they are just perfect! I can imagine how awesome they will look!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  42. So cute! Love those grain sack seats!


  43. John Bemis says:

    Great job on the chairs. I’d be very interested in learning if you have the remnants from the grain sacks, the BEMIS print particularly. Please be so kind to email me about these at

  44. Beautiful job, Laura. Love every detail – the paint technique, the fabulous seats. They’re gorgeous!

  45. Fabulous! They look wonderful.

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