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Coffee Burlap Sack Chair

For years I have had this basic chair that needed just a little updating.  I thought how much I love the Coffee Burlap Sacks and what has been done with them.  Why not try it out myself?
Before starting, the chair was painted white, so instead of stripping, 
painting over it would be the option I choose. This way when sanding you see different layers down to the wood.  
 I painted the chair with Versaille, ASCP.  
 The areas that needed a little texture and depth were sanded until the look wanted was achieved.  You can see this on the back of the chair.  
 Then it was finished with a coat of clear wax and dark wax.   
Here was the fun part… covering the seat with a burlap coffee sack. 
Everything was going great until stapling the fabric on the chair.  
 My hands were turning BLACK!   
 Where was this coming from?  
 The print on the burlap sack!  
  Now what? 
I could just imagine someone sitting on my precious chair in 
beautiful white pants, 
getting up to have BLACK INK all over them.   
We certainly could NOT have that!
I remembered back to my college days.  At least I remember something from my Art and Design degree.  Back then (I am really dating myself) I used a sealant for pastel drawings.  If you didn’t use this, the pastels would get all over your hands and anything that it touched.  Also, after working hours on a piece, you definitely did not want your work smudged…  if so… you start over.  There is a sealer, that seals artwork, so why not fabric? 
This is what I purchased…
It worked like a charm.  I rubbed my hands over and over it… no ink transfer.  
This sealant can work for many uses.  I used it over the 
mod-podged music on the 
This gave it a very nice top coat.  I always like to spray once, let it dry, 
then spray again. 
On the top of the coffee sack was a great trim, I had to add this as a 
finishing touch.
It almost looks like a braided/rope trim.

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  • NanaDiana

    Angie- That turned out great! I love the color AND the seat covering. Good idea about the sealant- xo Diana

    January 20, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Anne Boykin (bloominganne)

    Hi Angie, Love the chair! I’m new to your blog and can see that you stay busy. Beautiful work. Anne

    January 21, 2012 at 3:41 am Reply
    • Angie@slipcoveredgrey

      Thanks so much, Anne! We have been busy and there will be more to come soon.

      January 21, 2012 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Rosemary@villabarnes

    Hi Angie,
    You did a fab job on the chair. Thanks for visiting my blog, and following. I’m following you back. I’ve been checking out some of your previous posts. I’ll be back.

    January 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Dee

    I love how the texture of the burlap seat match the texture of the desk. Great job! Dee

    January 22, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Now that it’s presumably been through a few years of use, would your still recommend using coffee sacs? I worry that the threads will snag easily. Any issues with that? Thanks!

    April 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Michelle, This piece was sold in a booth that I owned several years ago. Unfortunately, I do not have a piece of furniture with coffee sacs where I could give you a definite answer. I have used burlap, however, for pillows and the back of a chair and it has held up really well.

      April 3, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

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