Monday, June 16, 2014

Grain Sack Remnants to the Rescue

My stash of grain sack remnants is slowly getting smaller and smaller and I'm determined to use up every square inch of what I've accumulated.  I used to be able to buy remnant pieces from a dealer out at the Alameda Antique Faire for $1 each, but lately the bin has been empty by the time I get to it.  I went digging through my pile of scraps searching for a piece with a blue stripe that would be large enough to cover this footstool. 

Bingo!  I was so happy to discover I had one piece left over that was just large enough to cover the top of the stool.

It also got a fresh coat of CeCe Caldwell's Myrtle Beach Sand and some clear wax.

A couple of weeks ago I rescued the stool and both frames at a yard sale; you can see the ugly "before" picture in this post.  The needlepoint cover on the stool wasn't in bad shape, so I might make another pin cushion out of it just like I did with the cover of this old footstool last year.

This is why I save the small scraps.

I cut a remnant just a little larger than the original cardboard backing, then glued it down with some Tacky Glue and popped it back in the frame.  Both frames were painted the same color as the stool even though this looks orangy on one side.

A little E6000 glue was used to attach the starfish.

Much better!  So beachy and summery.


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31 comments:

  1. FABULOUS! I have some vintage flour sacks (which I hoard) but not grain sacks. Love the look.

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  2. Love the frames--do you get your grain sacks from Patines? They have a store near me I usually buy form them.

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  3. Love the frames--do you get your grain sacks from Patines? They have a store near me I usually buy form them.

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  4. Such a cute little stool and love the frames too! Happy new week!! xo Holly

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  5. Oh, jeez, the scraps with starfish are delightful, Betsy! All 3 pieces need to live together in the same room, I hope someone buys them as a group.

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  6. Love the framed starfish with grain sack backgrounds -- if I had a beach cottage, those would be on the wall in a heartbeat.

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  7. Love the framed starfish with grain sack backgrounds -- if I had a beach cottage, those would be on the wall in a heartbeat.

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  8. Love the framed starfish with grain sack backgrounds -- if I had a beach cottage, those would be on the wall in a heartbeat.

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  9. Yes, these shout, 'SUMMERTIME.' Beautiful!

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  10. Both of these are so darn cute cute Betsy! I too, always save every inch.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. The stool is so cute as are the framed starfish! I love the paint color as well and it does look like the sand on Myrtle Beach, love it!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  12. Perfect! Love the beach theme. I think of beach when I see the blue and red.

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  13. Oh, I adore that footstool! Is it for sale or are you keeping it?

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  14. I love the footstool and the picture frame redos! Great ideas. I need to remember this...:) Have a lovely week.

    Blessings, Vicky

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  15. These are so sweet - great use of the old grain sack remnants. Love the little stool transformation! xo Karen

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  16. Everyone loves small footstools. They are there to put ones feet up but they don't need to be maneuvered around. The starfish with the grain sack background is graphically perfection. Reusing every last bit is recycling to the max!
    Great projects as always.
    -Ginene

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  17. Everyone loves small footstools. They are there to put ones feet up but they don't need to be maneuvered around. The starfish with the grain sack background is graphically perfection. Reusing every last bit is recycling to the max!
    Great projects as always.
    -Ginene

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  18. Love what you have done to that footstool and frames!
    Wish I could find grain sack material at that price.
    Your creativity is fabulous..........have fun!

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  19. This is one of your projects that is so simple, but so cool....Lets call this "simply" perfect!

    Carol

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  20. These are wonderful - I love the paint color you chose.

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  21. Super cute, Betsy. The paint color compliments each project so well.

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  22. Betsy...I just love that little footstool. I save all my pieces of fabric no matter how small, because you never know when you might need to use them.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  23. Wonderful makeovers, Betsy! The grainsack fabric was a great choice for the foot stool and it's a good idea to make a pincushion from the needlepoint piece. The frames turned out very pretty too.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  24. I love how this updates the little stool so much!! The starfish pictures are so darn cute! I'm in a summer frame of mind!

    hugs, Linda

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  25. Perfection! I must learn about the paint and wax.

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  26. That footstool looks soooo much better now. The grainsack fabric was the perfect choice. Love, love the starfish pictures...so summery!

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  27. The footstool and frames look fantastic with the grain sack makover. Your grain sacks look similar to the vintage linens from France that my sister gave me. So pretty.

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  28. Wow! What a wonderful transformation... those all are beautiful and go perfectly together.

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  29. Those starfish frames are adorable. They're perfect for a beach theme. Very clever idea.

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  30. Wow, I love the little frames with the starfish! I grew up summers on the Jersey shore, and love anything beachy this time of year. These would be great if we had a lake house this summer! (I miss being near the ocean, such is the Midwest.)
    xo Kathleen

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