Sunday, January 16, 2011

Faux Grain Sack Slip Cover






 I made this slipcover using drop cloth fabric that had been washed and dried first.  I found this fabulous and wonderful French grain design at The Graphics Fairy .

I measured and cut the fabric for the top of the bench, then transferred the design on to the fabric.  Then I cut and pinned each of the side pieces, and the cording, onto the top piece before sewing it all together.
  


I personally have had trouble finding vintage grain sacks.  I've  found some on line, but they have been a little too pricey for my budget.  I've run across a couple in antique stores or at the flea market, but they were either too stained, or too pricey.  I love the reproduction grain sack look using the drop cloth fabric.  The texture is wonderful, strong, and similar to that of authentic grain sacks.


I love it when an idea spontaneously comes together. I bought this old piano bench at The Willow's Nest in November.  It looked pretty rough.



 
My first idea was to add planks to the top and paint, then distress the whole thing.  However, that would require me getting some help (power saws make me very nervous), or making a trip to Home Depot and having some wood cut (this would require money that I really didn't want to spend).  After seeing various slipcovers on a number of blogs, and recently finding the wonderful French grain image, this project suddenly came together in my head.  Especially since I always have drop cloth fabric ready to use.   Since the black finish matched my other furniture, and it was already naturally distressed, I thought it be best to leave the black base as is.  After a good cleaning, that is.

This was a project I was able to complete in a couple of hours, and didn't have to make any trips for supplies.  This makes it all the more enjoyable!

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I have to get my printer fixed because that is gorgeous..xx

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  2. great job! i love those canvas drop cloths! i use them for all kinds of things--or rather, i used to use them--back whe i got things done!
    great inspiration!
    paige

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  3. Coming over from Brag Monday. I love how you used this image for your bench! It fits perfectly!

    Happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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  4. Wow, this is fantastic--truly gorgeous!!!
    XO

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  5. Looks beautiful..thanks for sharing.
    tammy

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  6. I'm so glad you came over to my blog because I just came back here and realized that I wasn't a follower--I am now!!
    XO

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  7. Wow! How fabulous your bench cover is! LOVE it!

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  8. What a great idea! It looks great.Love your blog.

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  9. Thank you Audrey and Alicia! And, thanks for visiting the blog :)

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  10. Great work....love it...following now...
    Sherry@Back2Vintage

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  11. Hi Pam and Robin,
    This is really beautiful and clever!

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  12. Looks amazing! Isnt Karen the best! I dont know what I would do without her wonderful blog she shares with all us. I am a new follower and I love everything I see:)

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  13. I'm so excited that you were featured on The Graphics Fairy!!!! Congratulations!!! Woo hoo!!!
    XO

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  14. Love this idea and your blog...I'm a new follower.

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  15. This project is just fabulous! What a wonderful job you did with the bench.

    Happy to have found your blog--can't wait to see more.

    Cori
    Starview Sonnet

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  16. I'm so glad that I found your blog. I love the bench cover. I've never tried using drop cloths, but after seeing this, I'm going to try one.

    I'm also following your blog now. I'll be back to see you soon.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  17. It came out so pretty. The image is very clear. It doesn't appear to be an iron-on transfer. What method did you use for transferring the image to fabric?

    ~ Robyn

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  18. That is amazing! I just came over from The Graphics Fairy...I'm so glad she featured this, I wouldn't want to have missed it. Theresa xoxo

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  19. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and visiting our blog.

    Sissie, I get the canvas drop cloths at Wal Mart, Home Depot and Lowes. I've even ordered a few from Amazon. They start at about $10. I've found there is a slight variation in color from brands. Some are more flax in color and some are whiter. You can even bleach them.

    Robyn, I used the Citrasolve method for transfering the design. I'm pretty sure Karen at The Graphics Fairy has a post on this. The ink is actually transferred from a mirror image print and heat set on the fabric. I love this method over iron-ons because it seems more authentic.

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  20. I've had a few questions about how I transfered the design onto the fabric. I plan to post a tutorial on this in a few days and will try to address questions. Thanks!

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  21. I just followed the link from The Graphic Fairy to your website :-). I loved what you did for that old piano bench! I want to know how I can get a reverse image from something that I have?

    Please explain as I feel so uninformed! blukazam@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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  22. Hi Mary. I'll try to get this posted by tomorrow night. I'm certainly no expert but I will explain what has and has not worked for me. :)

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  23. Hello! I LOVE this bench! Too pretty. I see where others asked how you transferred it. I hope you end up posting the tutorial! It looks great.

    I found you through Brag Monday, and I'm a new follower! :)

    Kelly
    http://crazywego.blogspot.com

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  24. That is so cool !!!
    I am excited to have found
    your wonderful blog :)

    xoxo
    Lori

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  25. You turned a Cinderella of a table into an elegant bench ready to go to the ball. Kudos. Virginia

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