Sunday, March 24, 2013

Grain Sack Inspired Table Top


grainsack striped table and chairs



I’ve been working on a little table project in my spare time for the past couple of days, readying some items for the vintage/décor booth that I will be moving

into during the first week of April.

Grain sacks have been very popular in home décor for a while now and I’ve long admired the handiwork of fellow bloggers who can sew up table runners

using vintage fabric. 

A light bulb went on my little head a few weeks ago, giving me the idea that I could paint multiple red stripes to mimic the actual grain sack fabric

on a tabletop.

I had the perfect table in mind. It was a frugal find from two summers ago and it lent itself well to being transformed into a more current décor.

table before


Here’s the table as it has looked since being used in my laundry room.

Its apron and legs were originally painted yellow and the table fit right into the sunny garden décor themed room;

but that décor has outlived its look and I’m looking forward to stripping the wallpaper and going much more neutral in this room.

Since I won’t be using the table in there anymore, I decided to sell it in the new booth that I’ll be moving into in April.

I’ve been itching to get a vintage/décor  booth or shop of my own, so when the opportunity presented itself last weekend, I leapt at it.


stripe details


I mixed up a custom color, using Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan.

The color turned out a bit less yellow than Old White, which was fine with me. I used Emperor’s Silk for the stripes and Graphite for the apron and the legs.

Then I plotted out where I wanted the stripes on the table top, measuring out from the center of the table and using quick release painter’s tape to create

the wide and narrow stripes.

The only time consuming part was waiting for the stripes to dry before taping over them and begin painting the stripes next to them.

I had a little bit of bleed-through on the tape edges, but once I sanded the stripes to give them an aged and worn look,

you really can’t tell that they are not all that perfect.

And I think the slight imperfections makes them look more authentic, anyway.



apron, legs


I had to do the painting inside, since the weather here as been so cold- 30º temperatures inside the garage are detrimental to the painting process,

not to mention being in conducive to comfort.



Of course, I couldn’t just show you a plain ol’ table top, so I dressed it up just a bit so you could see how it looks with a simple place setting.

Yes, I know I didn’t use silverware, but you get the idea, right?




I gave this topiary filled cloche some height with a stack of blue books. It brought a bit of spring into the dark foyer where I took these photos.

It’s a cloudy day and we're expecting another snowstorm today- with up to 10 inches predicted.

It is actually coming down like mad right now and I bet we WILL see that amount of snowfall by tomorrow morning!

I think I had better head out for the gas station soon so I can have fuel for the snow blower. No way I’m using the shovel with that amount of the white stuff!




An iron fleur de lis and a tiny red pitcher completed the simple vignette.



setting a




setting b

I hunted the pantry for some coordinating colors in the dinnerware and came up with these melamine plates and bowls.


table 2

This table would be perfect for a protected area outside, since the legs are wood and I’ve applied a wax finish to the tabletop.

It would be cute in a sunroom or breakfast room, as well.


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Jo said...

It turned out great! I'm excited to see your space. I've been itching to paint but like you said the weather has not cooperated. I hope you share your other projects with us

Debby said...

I just love it. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great "redo" ! I wish you much success in your new business adventure. No snow here, but it is dark, dreary, wet and cold.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Myra said...

Sweet little table and chairs. I love the transformation.

Becky @ Vintage 541 said...

What a clever idea for the table, it turned out great! Enjoy your new booth too!

Becky @ Vintage 541

Ann said...

I'm sure your glad that light went "off" in your brain. What a very clever idea and it just turned out so pretty. Love how you have accessorized it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautifully, Sue! Love the grain sack look on furniture. Congratulations on getting a booth! I'm on the look-out but haven't see anything close. Talk to you soon.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love it Sue!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love it and I bet it sells quickly.

Stacey said...

Your little table is awesome! Love it!

Polly McCormick said...

cute! good luck with the new booth! where will you be set up Sue?

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It looks fantastic! Love it! I have a few dressers pinned that are painted like grain sacks and it's on my to do list. Your table came out so great!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

CONGRATS on your booth!!! This table is super duper cute and I am sure it will fly right out the door. Please be sure to share pics of your new place.


The Tablescaper said...

VERY clever!

Wonderful to have you at SEASONAL SUNDAYS.

- The Tablescaper

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Great job Sue! How exciting about your new booth! Hopefully one of these days I will be able to visit it. ~Hugs, Patti

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love what you did with the table. It's a perfect transformation and has so much charm. Congratulations on opening up your new booth, so exciting!!

Rettabug said...

Honestly, that looks JUST LIKE FABRIC, Sue!! You did a fantastic job of painting the little table.
I hear you on the need to work inside. *sigh*
We're both getting dumped on today, so they're be no painting this week, either. I'm SEWING!!

Stay warm,

p.s. What new booth???? said...

Very cute! I posted on Tuesday's Treasure's a striped, well sorta plaid table I did too! Little Bit

Jamie -Better With Age said...

Wow, that's amazing! You did a great job. You should join my new linky party {1 party, 5 blogs!}
Have a great week!
Jamie @

Pam said...

Good luck with the booth. Very cute table, I'm sure it will sell in about two seconds!

DesignedByBH said...

I absolutely love it!

Atta Girl Amy said...

I love your grain sack table. Very well executed.

I did a similar paint treatment on a pair of Frenchy end tables recently, and I loved the look.

I did mine all in shades of gray, but I'm really liking how the red pops. I may have to revisit the technique in Emperor's silk.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Love this! Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to do this someday.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh, my... That table is gorgeous! Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a great redo, I love it, congrats on the booth, I know this will sell in a heartbeat. Thanks for joining TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty


This is beautiful!

Kate Griffin said...

This turned out great! Love the red. Stopping by from the party at Savvy Southern Style.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I just love did a great job. Congrats on the new venture...sounds like fun!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Sue, I am so excited for you and your new booth. I know you will have so much fun working with it. This adorable table will fly right out the door....I just know it. What a great idea. Happy Easter ~

Brandi said...

Beautiful job on your table, Sue! I hope it sells quickly!

Carol Cook said...

The size and design of your table is great and with the grain sack look, it is perfect.

I love the dishes you put on the table.

Old Red Barn said...

Love this table, especially the distressing in the stripes.

Greetings from Belgium

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Sue, I think it looks amazing - inspired idea. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Maureen said...

Here from Home & Garden Thursday and love this so much I'm pinnig!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You got the table just right. I love the faded look. Perfect.

chateau chic said...

I love how your table turned out. What a great way to give it a bit of pizazz!
Mary Alice

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What a great idea! I love the new look.

Visiting from Amaze Me Monday.


Debbiedoo's said...

Well that light bulb was full swing! Fantastic looking Sue.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Sue,
I think you sure had a great idea! What an amazing transformation of this sweet little table. The grain sack look is perfect here and the colors are gorgeous. I think you will find multiple uses for this table! Love the melamine set. I just bought a set and can’t wait to set the table for a dinner outside with friends. Hope you get some spring weather soon! Happy Week........

The French Hutch

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The stripes are a great idea and the colour of the legs are perfect with the worn red of the stripes.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Super cute! I love the idea and I know it will sell fast! I would buy it!!

Cindy said...

Oooh, I love your painted table, it's really wonderful!
Thanks so much for giving me the great tip about bath tub caulking, I really appreciate you taking the time to do it.
I love your blog!
Hugs, Cindy

Babs said...

Great job on the little table! I'll bet it will sell in a flash, if it hasn't already. I just noticed the date of your post. I can't believe your cloche is just like the one I found at the thrift store a few weeks ago. Love it with the topiary in it. Hope you're having some Spring weather by now. Happy Saturday!

must love junk said...

Love this table top!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE this darling table and also the red chairs!! I love red and have it in my Kitchen...
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Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The table turned out just awesome. I guess I will start looking for grain sacks after I get a couple more mashers!

xinex said...

You did a really good job, Sue. The table is really cute. It's April and you are still getting snow?...Christine

Sarah said...

How clever of you! This is a darling table, Sue. Love it with the red, white, and blue place settings. '-)