Chair Makeover for DIY Magazine

By Kate Riley November 8, 2011

Last spring, I received the Coolest Email Ever.

It was from one of my most favorite magazines in the universe: Do It Yourself Magazine.  Yes, the  Special Interest Publication by Better Homes & Gardens. The very same DIY Magazine I have looked forward to every three months for years and years and years and I always buy at the store. Every time I peruse the pages I am so inspired. 

diy magazine cover


So when I received the Coolest Email Ever offering me a chance to revamp a ‘mystery’ piece of flea market furniture for the magazine, I picked my jaw up off the floor and immediately replied “Yes!”.  The mystery piece arrived a few weeks later, with a note.   

bethany note


It was a chair.  A greenish teal crackle finish chair.  What could I possibly do with this chair?  At first I thought, “Oh, I know, I’ll transform it into a planter!”  But that’s been done.

So I stared at it and stared at it and then it spoke to me.  No, more like it whispered.  The chair whispered to me and it told me this: it wanted to be returned to its roots.  So I listened.  Ladderback chair?  That’s classic French farmhouse.  Bring it.

The first part of the transformation involved getting rid of that crackle finish. For any other painted chair I simply would have spray primed and painted it again, easy peasy.  But the crackle finish would be apparent, so it had to go.  It was Citristrip to the rescue!  (I’ve been using Citristrip ever since I compared it with old school strippers, and I’ll never go back.)

strip with citristrip


Once I had the chair stripped down to the wood, I gave the edges a rub of dark Minwax ‘Walnut’ stain, then spray painted it with Krylon’s ‘Ivory’ in satin.

krylon spray paint ivory


A sanding wedge rubbed up against the dark stained edges revealed just enough to give it a subtle distressed look. 

distress with sanding wedge


After the spray paint was dry, I gave the chair a coat of poly. This is one of my favorite products for a quick protective coat. It’s water based (holla!) Varathane satin finish polyurethane. It’s applied with a rag just as easily as another favorite, Minwax oil based wipe on polyurethane (which is best for stained wood, not painted wood).

This water based poly dries super fast, so you must work quickly.  If you ever see this wipe on version at your local home improvement store (I buy mine at Orchard Supply & Hardware), grab some, do not pass go and do not collect two hundred.  This can be used over any latex or oil based paint and it’s absolutely fabulous.

varathane wipe on poly


Next came time to add some character and texture. Instead of a ladderback chair with a traditional rush seat, I inverted the idea, and gave the ladder part of the chair the “rush” look by wrapping it in jute twine.  Many many yards and a lot of hot glue (securing the twine at the base) later, it looked like this.  I really cannot say enough good things about jute twine.  Really, what can’t you wrap in jute twine and transform into something awesome?

jute twine on chair


I also added some 1” foam to pad the seat then wrapped it in old T-shirt batting. For the finishing touch, I found a grain sack print from an Etsy shop and reupholstered the seat with this printed linen to give it that French farmhouse feel.

grain sack seat


Then I snapped a pic of it before shipping it back to BH&G.

cg chair makeover for diy mag


And there she is!  On page 41of the Winter Issue of Do-It-Yourself Magazine. 

twine wrapped ladderback chair


I have one extra piece of cotton poly fabric printed with the same grain sack image.

grain sack fabric


Want it? It measures 22” x 22” so it can become anything you envision, a tote bag, a pillow, a seat cover, whatever!  Leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner at random. 

Sending out a very big thank you to BH&G Do-It-Yourself Magazine for selecting me be a part of the Winter Issue.  It’s filled with a ton of inspiration (as always) plus other makeovers from five other bloggers, including these two, who I think you already know. 

diy magazine cover winter

Grab a copy on newsstands now. 

In the mood for some Christmas crafting?  I certainly am.  That’s next.


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  1. Very nice makeover on the chair!!! I’m loving it ;0) Congrats on getting published in one of your fav magazines.
    Would love the fabric so I can do that same thing to a chair in my house!!! Thanks for the chance.

  2. I love that! I’m currently re-doing my office and wanted to change up some dining room chairs I have, but no longer use. What a fun and simple idea! Love it!

  3. love the chair, what a clever idea. I would love this fabric. It would be perfect in my new kitchen/family room!

  4. CUTE chair!! What a great idea using the twine to wrap the ladder back. I’m truly falling in love with the simple print feed sack (look) on furniture and pillows. I’ll have to find the new mag and check everything out. Thanks again for all your inspiration, you’ve made me start looking at everything with a new perspective and the endless possibilities of spray paint. ;)

  5. Gorgeous! :) I would have never thought of wrapping the twine like that. SO CREATIVE. Would love a chance to use that fabric in our house.

  6. I wish I could only think of half of the things that you have. I look forward to seeing what interesting things you come up with everyday. Thanks for the inspirations!

  7. Awesome chair! I’ve got a chair similar to this and would love to replace, with my own twist of course! Great job!

  8. Congratulations is in order on all your success! Been seeing you in the mags & follow regularly.
    The chair is fabulous… the jute sets it apart from so many similar & the fabric is awesome!

  9. Um, YEAH I wanna win it. You see, DIY magazine has asked me to do a chair makeover and I’d totally use it for that. Heh. I’ll even pay the extra shipping to Canada. ;) Great, great re-do. ~ karen!

  10. I love that chair! And I too am a fan of that magizine.I drool at everything! If I had that material I’d most likely recover my Mom spot chair(crafting niche)… Maybe it would inspire me in a new direction. Thanks!
    I can’t say enough how mug I enjoy your blog and your photography!!

  11. The chair really does fook “french” and not too overdone. Does the Varathane wv poly differ from other brands’ or could I use what I already have on hand? Will you be giving a tutorial on transfering patterns or do I have to read the magazine for that?:)…or did you buy it that way? Beautiful end result.


  12. Love the chair! Very clever. I figured out that one of your decorator extraordinaire-ish skills is to make everything so it goes with everything you have, yet it stands on its own. Very nice, madam!

  13. I just found your site a few days ago. I’m a stay at home mom…for now anyway. You have the most amazing ideas. Thanks to you it won’t be so confusing walking into lowes anymore when I am trying a new project. The chair is fabulous but all your ideas are great! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! I plan of copying everything. Your a great teacher.

  14. the invitation was so cool and very much deserved and your results AMAZING!! that chair not only got a second chance IT GOT A WHOLE NEW LIFE!! congratulations

  15. Congrats, Kate! I must subscribe to that magazine, as I will hopefully be starting my DIY-home projects during winter break :) First up, Trellis wall in bedroom.

  16. I can tell it was a “pinch me” moment for you for sure! How awesome to see all the cool things that you’ve gotten to do through your awesome blog! Congrats. And I love your photo and styling of the chair too:

  17. That is so cute! I love how you put the “rush” on the ladderback rather than the seat. I have a chair sitting in my garage that i may just have to re-do this way. Would love to win the fabric to use on my chair! Please pick me!!

  18. I love it! I reAlly like the tip on the wipe on poly. I just painted a French provincial dresser black for my kitchen and was wondering what to put on it to make it a little more durable. Just wondering if its shiny. Really don’t want it too shiny since it has new shiny chrome hardware. As for the fabric…I have a sweet sitting bench I just redid for my foyer that is screaming pillow or cushion. Thanks for the opportunity. If not for you blog I wouldn’t have been inspired to do either of these pieces!

  19. Wow! Everyone’s Dream and your Published! Congratulations! Love that fabric and appreciate the opportunity for a chance at it=)

  20. Oooh! I love the chair and I would love to have the fabric. I’m sensing some makeovers coming at my house while I decorate for Christmas.

  21. The chair looks great! And thanks for the tip on the poly. I see myself buying some in the very near future. :)

  22. You are amazing! If I could have the creativity that you have in the tip of your pinkie…I would be a happy lady.

  23. Love the look of the chair. You are so talented. I feel your picture of the finished project does it way more justice than what ended up in the magazine. I have been wanting to make some pillows in fabric like that since seeing ones in a store that were way out of my price range. Would love an opportunity to win. Thank you!

  24. The chair looks great! I would love to use the fabric for a similar chair, or maybe a pillow for the farmhouse we are remodeling. So cute!

  25. I have this magazine! Love your project :) That fabric with the grain sack image would be awesome to have… I have too many ideas for what I could use it for!

  26. The chair looks gorgeous, Kate! Well done. I’m soo happy for you and all the success you’ve found with your blog. You are one talented lady and deserve it! =)

    ~ Catie

    Oh, snd that fabric, lovely!!

  27. Love the twine on the chair back–I think I may have to copy that idea on a chair or two I have waiting to be “redone.” Thank you for this great give away–it would make a darling pillow for my Goat Cart…

  28. Love the twine on the chair back–I think I may have to copy that idea on a chair or two I have waiting to be “redone.” Thank you for this great give away–it would make a darling pillow for my Goat Cart…

  29. I love the makeover. I will have to pick up the magazine too, they are so inspiring!

  30. Can’t wait to find this magazine – your makeover is fabulous! I am attempting my first-ever sofa slipcover, so I would love to make the grain sack fabric into a pillow (I’ll need lots of pillows to hide the mistakes I’m sure I will make!). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  31. That chair looks awesome! would love to win this fabric and makeover a chair of my own!

  32. I have a vintage champagne crate in my otherwise modern living room that is aching for a vintage french sack pillow to go along with it. :) regardless if i win or not, great inspiration!

  33. Kate, you never fail to inspire. I love, love, love this chair. And thanks for offering this wonderful piece of fabric.

  34. Congrats on your project! My Mom would love this fabric for one of her French side chairs. She can upholster like nobody’s business. : ]

  35. Love, love, love the chair. You are now officially famous…not that you weren’t before. But now you’re truly legit! Anyway, I would love the win that fabric…I would probably make an awesome pillow for my bed!

  36. What a spectacular chair. If I won the fabric, I’d try to copy your’s. What’s not to like?

  37. This chair went from a tired, over processed piece of furniure to a classic beauty. Great Job!!!

  38. OMG! Love this chair! You made it look easy. And I have to second & third the praise of the jute! The mag is a great one & i get it when I see it. Would love the fabric for a big couch pillow!

    Congrats on another fabulous project!

  39. Congratulations on your feature, Kate, and well deserved! What a fabulous transformation on the chair. It’s beautiful and lovely French farmhouse it is! It would be fun to make the extra fabric into a pillow! I’d love to pick up the magazine. This one is new to me.

  40. I share your love affair with jute twine with its limitless possibilities! Your creative thought process never ceases to amaze me and that chair would be a great house warming gift for one of my daughter’s new home. I can envision that fabric as a pillow on her khaki colored couch adding to her country french decor!! Keep up the marvelous posts as I am inspired daily!

  41. Wow, I love the way it turned out! Congratulations on the magazine. I’m curious to see what else is in there!

  42. I’m torn between tote or pillow… either way i’d have fun making it :)

    Yours is one of the very first blogs I started following and Definitely one of my favorites. Thanks for all you do to make this such an incredible inspiration!

  43. Another awesome project. I can’t imagine the pressure of having to come up with an idea like this!

    Thanks for the chance for the fabric!

  44. I absolutely love this chair!! I have a chair similar that I would really like to do this with. And…I had never heard of this magazine. I will definitely be looking for it.

  45. Wow! Amazing what you did with that chair! I love it and that awesome piece of fabric you are giving away. I can see a pillow somewhere in my future!

  46. Incidentally I saw it in the magazine just yesterday! Just awesome! Congrats on being invited to revamp this chair and being published! It looks fabulous! I so want to revamp something now…I’m eyeing something in my mom’s room…lol

  47. Kate, You have amazing talent! Twine on the ladder part is brilliant. Also, I like your photo of the chair better than the magazine’s photo!

    PS If you talk to Betthany, tell her I said she has the best handwriting in the whole world!

  48. INCREDIBLE! INSPIRING! AMAZING! Can you come over to my house????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I check your website daily!!! I am a HUGE FAN! I work for hospice and as a hobby love to eat, breath and live decorating…. Life is far too short not to be surrounded by beauty! Thank you for ALL you do!

  49. I spend time nearly everyday reading DIY blogs……they help me keep my DIY inspiration! Keep em comin’!!!!!

  50. Oh my gosh, that is gorgeous! You are so creative, I always learn something new from you. I wonder if Ace has Varathane in a tube?

  51. Kate I love the chair! … and the magazine. Your idea to wrap the back of the chair with jute is genius! It is something I haven’t seen out there in blog land! Excellent job!

  52. I have always put the grain sacks in my cart but never purchased, you make it look so fun and exciting. I have a shopping cart if you want to drop that in….

    Have a great week, thanks for all you do and share with us, a true risk taker!

  53. Great Job Kate! I would have never thought of putting the jute on the back of the chair like that! Wonderful idea!

  54. Love the chair! I have a whole set of dining room chairs, plus a couple of random chairs i need to redo! Your redo has given me an excellent idea for one of them!!

  55. OMG, I adore the chair! Wrapping the ladder rungs with jute is perfect ~ and I’ve got six dining room chairs to practice on! Would love to win the fabric ;o)

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  56. Just love your creativity, Kate! I’d try this myself if I won the extra grain sack. Congrats on your feature in DIY!

  57. Fabulous~! I’m a firm believer in wrapping some twine and yours turned out wonderful~!

  58. your chair turned out fabulous!! would love the extra fabric piece to fix up a small bence i have ;)

  59. Oooooooooo love your creation, love your printed fabric!!!! Would love to try to create a one of a kind piece.

  60. I have the perfect stool sitting here waiting for the perfect covering! Great job on that chair, I love it!!!

  61. Congratulations on being picked to contribute to BH&G’s DIY Magazine. The chair looks fabulous – love the grain sack seat and who knew twine could be so sophisticated??

  62. I love the chair! It turned out great. So creative to wrap the twine around the back. I’d love to win the extra fabric. :)

  63. I love what you did with this chair. The jute and the seat cover print looks perfect together!

  64. That turned out really cute. I have a desk chair that I’m wanting to recover the seat with something new and that would look great. And I went to Paris this summer, and it would be a nice reminder. Hope I win!

  65. I love the French Country look and would love to have the extra material. I have a great side bench I need cover.

  66. I am so inspired by your site…and the chair is amazing! I would love that fabric to try a transformation of my own!!

  67. Ooo la la!..How fantastic is that chair!..Yes, the chair definitely has that french farmhouse flair; however, the way you “re-fabbed” (my design word for rehab) it, lends it to be fantastic in any room. Such a great piece. Congratulations on your well deserved successes! As Dr. Grey said to her love Derek, “pick me, pick me”!!!

  68. OMGOSH…talk about being impressed. I just L.O.V.E. that chair and am dying for one, just like it.You really did a number on it and it is just flat AWESOME.

    Plezzzzzzzz add my name to your drawing. I love that piece.
    xo bj

  69. Beautiful! Love that you “inverted” the rush chair idea – you are creative, talented and never cease to inspire me!

  70. What a difference that made! Love the twine and seat cover material. I’ll be on the lookout for that magazine today!

  71. Absolutely fabulous!! I would love to have the fabric! I have the perfect idea for it!!

  72. Lovely! I have a dinged up $5 antique shop find that is very similar to yours, and is screaming for a makeover! Love that grain sack fabric (reminds me of the two years we lived in Paris…sigh…)

  73. That chair looks fantastic. How creative of you to wrap the back of the chair with jute. I love how it turned out and would also love to win that fabric. I have a rocking chair pad to cover. Thanks for the chance.

  74. I have a chair that’s been begging for a makeover! I’d love to win the fabric. What you did with the twine was genious!! Love it!

  75. My goodness! That chair is fabulous!!!! Congratulations on getting picked for the magazine.
    Would loved to win the material too! :-)

  76. My first thought is to frame it in a jute twine frame, but if I had it in my hands I might change my mind. I need to feel it and let it whisper to me :) Great job on the chair….as usual!!!

  77. You really came up with the coolest idea ever. I’d love to win that material. It’s so awesome. Congrats on the magazine feature.

  78. Congrats on being published! I love BHG too. Thanks for the tutorial and great ideas!

  79. The chair looks amazing! WOW. I have yet to figure out the whole printing on fabric thing…I’d love your extra! Thank you, you did an amazing job!

  80. I WANT IT!!!! I would make an ottoman with it……. should be big enough to cover the clearance ottoman I just bought at Target.
    Love-LOVE-LOVE your ideas.. wish you were related to me- you could redo my WHOLE HOUSE!

  81. I love the chair. It looks amazing, just as all of your projects. I would love the fabric to cover an ottoman or maybe a pillow???

  82. DIY is one of my favorite mags, too. Love the chair! I’m in the process of doing a room for my two girls, and this would be perfect for the little footstool I want to recover!

  83. Your chair re-do is absolutely fantastic and I am already planning to redo my four dining room chairs in a similar fashion. And yes, please please please I would love the grain sack fabric. Count me in and thank you for having the giveaway!

  84. Love, love the chair!! I have a chair that my daughter bought in order for us to re-do and that fabric would give it the shabby chic farmhouse look. Love it! God bless you for all the inspiration you give to us.

  85. Love this! Great inspiration for some chairs I have that need redoing. Thanks for all the tips.

  86. I love the chair! I’m thinking I may have to go buy some jute and see what I can make :) I would love the grain sack fabric too!

  87. I like your creative approach and how you think outside the box. In think your chair shows a good balance between elegance and tradition without excess. I now have to find a way to translate your chic simplicity in my decor. Thank you for the inspiration.

  88. LOVE the look of that chair and i do subscribe to DIY magazine. Always chock full of great ideas!!

  89. Love the chair make-over. I would love the grain sack fabric – I have a chair of my own that needs a new cushion. I can’t find one anywhere in a store to fit, so this would inspire me to do my very first DIY make over!

  90. The chair turned out beautifully and I would love the fabric to create something of my own!

  91. I absolutely love this chair. I have a little chair I tried to give a makeover to that sits so sadly in the corner of my dining room waiting for someone to care about it and give it the makeover it deserves. Now I know exactly what I will do with it, Nice Job!

  92. LOVE LOVE LOVE the chair! GREAT WORK!!! =)

    I have a pillow that would LOVE that fabric!

    Thank you!

  93. Kate,
    I really like the back of the chair, the way each ladder is wrapped with twine or rope? It really turned out so pretty.

  94. Kate, you INSPIRE us!! Fabulous look. Wish I had your imagination…I think I would have been stuck at, “So I stared at it and stared at it…” :)

  95. Great makeover! Love the seat and would love the material. I think I would frame it somehow and find a place for it in my French bistro kitchen. Congrats on being in the DIY magazine!

  96. Seriously!!??!! LOVE !! I just want to spend one day inside your head and soak up some of your creative awesomeness!! WOW! I JUST saw your Holiday Party in the Matthew Mead magazine last night at the grocery store! so now Im off to get the DIY mag.!

  97. I also love this magazine!!! I did see your chair in there and loved it but had no idea you had done it… :) thanks for sharing all of the great details on the poly and all of the products you use… We used that same paint stripper to strip the floors in our laundry room and it worked great!

  98. Love it. I was totally stumped for ideas when I saw your item. I think what you did is WAY better than a planter so glad you waited for it to whisper to you :)

  99. Brilliant! I never would have thought to wrap the rungs in twine. Such a pretty chair that is so versatile in most any decor. Thanks or your inspiration…now where’s my twine? :)

  100. Hi Kate! Thanks for the helpful hint about finding your linen on Etsy. I THOUGHT I was buying a linen flour sack on Ebay, but when I got it, it turned out to be a PAPER bag! It was unused and in great shape, so I framed it for kitchen display – yet I still have a stool that needs fabric.

  101. I love, love, love the chair! I am inspired to actually go out and buy that magazine now!

  102. wow, congratulations! it looks great! i really love the twine wrapped ladder back. the printed linen worked perfectly!

  103. The link to the etsy shop doesn’t work. I would like to see what else they have and I want the linen bad for my chair

  104. I was a bit apprehensive when you said you were taking it back to its roots, but as I continued scrolling down I was very impressed by your twist on a classic. I should be used to it by now!

  105. You are just too clever and i really do think that you waited for the chair to tell you what it wanted to be because it is perfect. Oh, and i want that remnant…it would make a great gift for my friend who is a high school french teacher

  106. Girl! When I saw that first photo of the teal chair I thought “a chair, what is she going to do??”

    Okay, you got me with the jute twine! Centsational! You made me smile. Love it!

    I’m as proud of you as if I were your mom!

  107. CONGRATULATIONS! You deserved the magazine recognition. Your chair is amazing . . . And I would love to win the linen, Paris, stenciled piece . . . I am hoping!

  108. Hey Kate!! The link you gave for the grain sack fabric isn’t coming up with a proper link! I would love to see what else the shop has! Can you help? thanks!

  109. I have also had a long standing love affair with BH&G’s Do it Yourself magazine! Great chair redo!

  110. What a beautiful transformation!!! I need 6 of those chairs for my kitchen table please. :)

    And the leftover grain sack, pick me pick me!!! In the process of deciding on new pillows for our master bed and that would be lovely.

  111. Fantastic job on the chair! Deciding what and how to transform the chair would be the hardest part for me, especially if it was not for me to keep.

  112. Wow!! Really? The chair is gorgeous, what a great idea to do the reverse rush seat thing. I found your blog through Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff. I’m a Canadian reader and sure hope you would send the linen ‘up north’. Great blog.

  113. Wow – love that chair! You are so creative to come up with that change! Especially the jute! Love the seat – so yes, I WANT that piece of fabric….yes – I want, I want, I want!!!! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  114. Kate all is can say is FABuloso! This chair is spectacular & now I know what I can do to bring my dining room set back to life! French Country is my style of choice I’m so glad to have your blog to look to for inspiration.

  115. Oh my goodness!!! I love the chair and the grain sack is to die for! Off to purchase the magazine today!

  116. Fantastic makeover! Thanks for the tip on the water based poly- much appreciated. My desk chair NEEDS that sack. ;-)

  117. Gorgeous! You are SO GOOD! I would love the grain sack to make a gift for someone….a tote bag! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  118. Love the chair makeover. Leave it to you to figure out something unique. And I can use the linen in a bedroom that I’m redoing. Thanks!

  119. Congratulations! That is so cool you were selected to do a chair makeover. It is beautiful!!!

  120. Lovely re-do :) I have the perfect idea for the print, as well.
    barbi17west at gmail dot com

  121. How fortunate to live in a country where tons of tools are available to let the inspiration and the abilities find their natural road. Not so common here in Guatemala, yet I find that as a challenge, and work with what there’s available around. Thank goodness for Internet! because there is inspiration there! – such as your blog and your work! – and fromt here, I gather what’s possible and come up with my very own versions :o)
    A pillow would be amazing with the fabric!! please count me in? :o) thank you! and know that you have fans all over the planet!…including one in this small country in the central portion of the American continent.

    ps I liked your chair photo better! ha!

  122. Follow you daily…you are an inspiration. Funny, I am currently re-vamping a chair from the 60’s-incorporating your idea using jute for wrapping!!! Love the grain sack seat cover…I want thank remnant! Congrats on such recognition…one talented lady!

  123. Awesome chair makeover! I have a small piano bench that could use a makeover with that grain sack. Hope I’m picked! Thanks, Danielle

  124. You constantly amaze me with your ideas!! I’m trying to work up the courage to make slipcovers for two chairs and I think I could use this as part of the covers. Count me in!

  125. I love the chair! I just got a vintage ladder back chair from my mom to do whatever I want with. This is so inspiring. I could use the fabric on the seat, or make a bag out of it. Tough decision!

  126. Hi I love what you did with the chair. It looks amazing ! I would love to use that piece of fabric for a piece on my new screen porch I am building. how fun it would be on the day bed I am putting out there. thank you for the wonderful blog you write.
    Kelly Miller

  127. Morning Kate,

    Love the chair and saw it in my DYI mag. I would be interested in that piece of grain cloth and love the french print. I have a cute ladies chair that I recovered the seat but not the back and maybe this piece of fabric would be the crown jewel.

  128. I love that you listened to the chair! Ideas can evolve from your original intention…and lucky for us all that you followed your inspired voice! You are awesome! As is your chair creation! Kudos!

  129. I just finished readying DIY mag and tearing out most of the pages to file in my project binder….your chair included. What a wonderful transformation! I’d love to win the fabric piece you have and would use it on a darling little footstool.

  130. That was an awesome DIY! The finished chair is so charming! Thanks for the giveaway!

  131. I fell in love with your blog from the very first moment. This chair is wonderful just like all of your other projects! I wish I could find quality pieces like you do at thrift stores : (

  132. I adore that chair! I think I’m going to try that jute trick on a clear glass vase to give it some personality! Great tip! I would love to have that fabric…so many ideas are rolling through my head! I would definitely put it to good use! Thanks Kate!

  133. I love that you post almost every day! Thank you! This chair is really terrific….I kept wondering where you were “going” with it…and it turned out to be very classy. You have such a wonderful eye. At 68 I may be one of your older readers, but only one of your many many fans.

  134. I love the fabric with the grain sack image. Looking for pet and wallet friendly fabric to re-upholster my dining chairs. So far no luck at my local stores. This fabric gives me some ideas……

  135. The chair looks awesome. I definitely love the jute twine and printed linen combination.

  136. I am thinking of adding a touch of french flair to my little girl’s room. This would make the perfect addition. I am thinking of using the fabric to cover a vanity stool.

  137. I love the chair! I’d also like to see what else the shop has…is there another link or shop name? I tried some searching and couldn’t find it.

  138. The chair is fabulous!!!! Congrats on getting picked to be featured. I would love the fabric!…..
    thanks, jlk

  139. I LOVE the addition of the jute twine! I never would have come up with that. Congrats on your feature :)

  140. Oh Kate! So lovely! It looks like something I would find in a Ballard Designs store/magazine. And their Genoa chairs (which are the inverse of the lovely you created here) are $399!

  141. Oh Kate – I’m SO happy for you. How nice to receive validation from the very magazine you’ve admired for years! I would love to win the grain sack printed fabric. I tried to DIY one before and it was a complete disaster:(

  142. Wow! This is probably my favorite Centsational chair transformation yet! And of course I’d like to take that sack print off of your hands… Keep on rockin’ it, Kate! I look forward to your posts every day at work! :)

  143. Great Job on the Chair! It’s beautiful! I would love to win the grain sack. I’ve been drooling over this style fabric at the stores for a while now!

  144. Madame Kate, la chaise est fantastique!

    Which is a Google-free!-English to French translation. I’ll love you even if you don’t choose me to get the fabric.
    XXOO – Nancy (Hmmm… is my name French, too?:)

  145. It’s awesome, Kate! And how exciting to be in DIY! I only wish the Special Pubs were available by subscription! There are so many that I love!

    Thanks for the poly tip. You won’t believe this but the bookcase I emailed you about? Yeah, well, it came back to me :( the poly bubbled and turned a garish yellow. So it’s stripped now, awaiting prime and (this time) enamel. So I’ll go grab some of this poly. And pray.

  146. What an honor and validation of your amazing creativity!

    I usually just lurk( and drool!) here but just couldn’t keep it in with this project. You always present everything so clearly and in such a positive way. Because of this,I have completed many projects I would never have done or even thought of on my own. The jute idea is next! Thank you for being my partner!

  147. oh. my. stars! what an amazing transformation! this is the CUTEST chair I’ve ever seen. I love the reverse jute and the seat cover has me smitten. Really. This is just amazing! I’m so proud of you! I was also happy to learn about the stripper. Putting the stain on just edges of the chair legs was also genius. I’m just flabbergasted. Great job. You are now officially my hero. And I would love the extra piece of fabric lurking about in your stash. I have such visions, but nothing that compares with what you’ve accomplished. Thanks for the opportunity. I LOVE your site!

  148. I read your blog first thing every morning…great for inspiration. That chair is fabulous, who wouldn’t want 4 of those sitting around their table. The chair transformation was wonderful.
    Thanks for all you inspiration.

  149. wow. you have an amazing way of seeing potential. i am sometimes stumped by how to make a piece look its best but you are wicked good at it! awesome chair, love the grain sack!

  150. Beutiful!!! I love the ‘vintage’ feel on the “new” chair!! Haha, you did a great job!!
    Maybe I can do something like that with the extra fabric… ;)

  151. i saw this when my issue arrived in the mail and I love what you did with the chair.

    i love that magazine. i always find a few things that I want to try.

  152. Love the chair, and the seatcover. That material is wonderful…..I love the new idea for the Polyurethane..Thanks

  153. I love the chair, the magazine and your great ideas!!! I have been looking for just such a piece of fabric. I would love to use it for part of my chair redo. You are very inspirational! Thank You

  154. Love the chair and the jute! Love the cover too! I don’t think the etsy link is working?

  155. This looks so great~ I too love the jute and am totally lusting after that fabric! I may have to track some down on my own. Nice work!

  156. After seeing your beautiful chair redo, I’ll be looking for this (not before noticed) magazine issue on the newsstand. Thanks! I also read your paint stripper link and am a new convert to a more environmentally friendly product. Thanks again!

  157. What a pretty chair! I haven’t used the French aesthetic very much in our home, but I’m sure I could find a good use for that grain sack fabric! :) As usual, love your work, Kate!

  158. Love the inverse idea!! I’m also a huge believer in the jute twine…and frosted glass spray/etching cream, also into looking glass spray paint too – surprisingly I’ve got my habit under control and don’t raid the neighbors homes in search of “projects” I can use these awesome tools upon. :)

  159. I have a chair in my guest room that could use this exact makeover. Love the cushion!

  160. Beautiful fabric. Two children are currently taking French in high school and we are becoming Francophiles. Would use it to update our living room. Love your take on the chair. Fantastic!

  161. Great transformation!! I’d love to make a cushion for my bedroom out of that fabric Thanks for the giveaway.

  162. Love the print… I have my eye on a chair that could use some similar treatment!! Love your chair makeover.

  163. I can tell you post some extra special effort into this piece. Love it! Really hoping for that fabric!

  164. You continue to amaze me with your fresh and innovative DIY ideas. Using jute on the chair back rungs was BRILLIANT. Congratulations on being featured in such a fabulous magazine. Keep on doing your thing that you do so well. I’m thinking I would make a fabulous pillow from your left over vintage-look French fabric.


  165. Pick Me! Pick Me! It will be my jumping off point for going neutral!! I am wanting to start neutrals in my home and this would be the perfect fabric to do so!! I even have the chair sitting in my living room that I’ll put it on!! Pick Me! Pick Me!

  166. Great re-do and thanks for the reminders about the stripper & sealers – I’m about to re-paint my kitchen cabinets and I’m really thinking I need to strip the paint…as much as I don’t want to. The previous owner painted them black and I’ve discovered, didn’t prime them first, so the paint will occassionally peel off in chunks.

    I’d love to win the piece of fabric to make a supa-cool pillow!

  167. WOW!!!! I know what I am going to do with MY chair now!!!! GREAT JOB–and to be contacted for a special project going INTO a magazine is SO COOL!!


  168. I CANNOT get over the jute! What a wonderful idea. I don’t know that I would have thought of it, but it gives so much texture and interest while keeping with the “farmhouse” feel. I just love it! Congrats on the feature, too. I know that must be way better than exciting for you!

  169. What a great redo! Now I know what I’m going to do with the mother-in-law’s french provencial chair that’s been sittiing in my living room waiting for its makeover! I NEED that material for my chair seat! As a new “re-doer”of all things good and sturdy, I love the inspiration you provide. Great job on that makeover for a great magazine! Thanks so much!

  170. Kate, The Great!!! :) You are absolutely amazing, and so is the DIY chair. I love the look of the grain sack and jute combo. I have jute at home and I am thinking of what I can tackle with it. Thanks for sharing!

  171. Kate – the chair looks great. I’d already seen it in the magazine. Congratulations. I would love to use the grain sack fabric on an ottoman I’m working on redoing. Thanks for sharing.

  172. Oh my goodness, I love that chair!!! And yes, I would love the fabric to try this technique on a chair I’ve had laying around for years not knowing what to do with it — and now I do!

  173. I love what you did with the chair! I would love the print and would make a pillow out of it, or have a small chair of my own that needs redone. I love that chair was so bright and a popular color and you made it classy and neutral.

  174. Oh this would be so awesome to win. I am redoing my daughter’s room in a french theme, and this would be perfect for their desk chair.

  175. Thanks for posting about the poly coat, I’ve had the worst time finding something for our painted pieces. I’m seeing a great footstool for our master bedroom with that wonderful grain sack image. :)

  176. Gorgeous! How in the world did you ever part with that beauty? Any chance they’ll send it back to you?!?

    I’d love that fabric to make a tote bag for my teenage daughter, who adores all things French!

  177. I just got my DIY magazine last week and loved this chair – I had no idea it was your creation! Well done!

  178. I love this idea. While studying Interior Design, I had to do a Eco-Hotel proposal and my sofas were all in burlap. I think this fabric is so beautiful. It adds a vintage/modern twist to any space. I hope I win it!

  179. Lovely makeover! The chair is so simple yet versatile.

    Would you please list other resources for the fabric (if you know any)? The etsy store seems to have closed.


  180. you can darn well bet that we’ll be seein’ lotsa jute wrapped ladderbacks comin’ up! well done! i love when classic gets twisted!

    congratulations on the magazine piece!


  181. I saw this in the magazine and was so impressed! That fabric would make the perfect pillow!!! :)

  182. Love it! I have a chair I picked up on the side of the road that needs a new seat, this would be perfect!!!

  183. That chair is so cute! I am definitely going to try adding some jute to a chair I just bought at the thrift store.

  184. I’ve never even heard of rub-on poly! I’m definitely gonna be on the hunt for some!!!
    The chair turned out super cute. That fabric is awesome!!!

  185. I would love this — this would make a gorgeous pillow…or I could even add some textured matting and frame it! :-)

  186. What a great leftover piece of fabric. I have just the perfect place to use it up.
    Wow! That chair is great. I love jute! Have many different sizes, but your use of it in your project is awesome!

  187. Love the reversal of the rush seat look to the ladder back. So creative! I’d make a throw pillow for one of my breakfast table chairs.

  188. Well.. looks like I’m off to the hardware store for some twine and Varathane! Yay for a 4-day holiday weekend filled with DIY projects!!

  189. Oh my gosh, that was yours?! That was my favorite re-do in that article. I loved, loved, loved the jute wrapped around the ladder part and loved the grain sack upholstery!

    Kudos on the magazine piece and the super cute chair!!! I’m sure your idea will be duplicated like ka-razy and there will be a rush on vintage grain sacks. :)

  190. Absolutely gorgeous chair makeover!! I have to say you deserved a spot in that magazine and I hope they contact you again next year too!:) Great choice of materials too!!

  191. I have just added DIY Magazine to my Christmas list. (Yes, I’m an adult. yes, I still have a Christmas list. Please don’t judge.)

  192. I see a new pillow in my house to go with the new sweater pillow I just made. Here’s to lady luck.

  193. I love this! I am impressed with the traditional restoration to the chair. I love the grain sack image that you found it really makes the chair. I am definitely going to try this one myself. Thanks for all the great pics and instructions!!

  194. Love what you did with that chair! I have an old stained ladder back chair with a rush seat, and after seeing what you did to your chair, I plan to paint mine the same way. I can see a pillow with the leftover fabric sitting on the chair…it’s going to be a busy weekend!

  195. Hello! I just found your site yesterday and will be coming by to check it out often. What great ideas you have!

  196. I would love that piece of fabric. I am just finishing up redoing an antique harp-back chair and haven’t found the perfect fabric for reupholstering the seat yet. This would be perfect!!

  197. I just LUV the way you renewed the chair. And I LUV, LUV, LUV the fabric that you used for the seat. I want that chair! Sigh…

    I would love the fabric and do the same thing to one of my thrift shop chairs.

    Thanx for the idea and the give away! You’re awesome!!!

  198. YES I want the extra sack! I would either use it for one of my own chair refinishing projects or make a lovely big pillow for my garden house.

  199. i love that fabric too!! I need to recover my kitchen chairs and u have given me a great idea. I would love to win the fabric!

  200. WOW that is so cool. You did an awesome job on the chair. Great thinking outside of the box.

  201. That is awesome!! Great job with that. I will definitely be picking up the magazine.

    The fabric is super cute too!

  202. LOVE the jute on the back, makes it look so much more comfy. I personally would have had a hard time taking the blue crackle off, it was pretty before too. DIY Mag sure made it hard on you! :D

  203. Great job! I love how nicely you cleaned that chair up. It looked like it belonged with itself again, fabulous!

  204. Love the chair….love your bookcases…..thanks for sharing all your creativity with those of us in need of some vision!! Would love to have that grain sack fabric….have been wanting to make a pillow just like that for some time!

  205. Awesome job Kate..I have a vision of doing this with the old ladder back chair in my bedroom…I paid a whole dollar for it…I also love DIY magazine!!!

  206. Gorgeous makeover! I am dying to make some new sofa cushions. I was so inspired by your World Market napkin covers.

  207. I love old chairs! Using the twine on the back of the chair is such a fresh idea! It is gorgeous. :)

  208. I would love to have that grain sack print because I’m redoing a chair and I think it would be PERFECT for it!

  209. How are you so creative and original??? Wow! That’s gorgeous! That had to be hard since it came to you in one of your fave colors!

  210. That’s terrific! I love how it turned out! I have to say though, the angle of your photograph works much better than theirs….sorry BH&G! Does anyone else agree?

  211. You do the best work! I subscribe to several DIY blogs but you pieces always seem right in line with the stuff I love. I would love that grain sack and would make a pillow for my daughter’s bedroom redo – she is going from “princess pink” so tween sophisticate :)

  212. Thanks for writing a thru and thru do it yourself. The chair is beautiful, but could truly be a weekend project, that even the clumsiest of us could make. I appreciate the explanation of staining the chair before you painted it, I’ve always wondered how to get the vintage look with sanding. Now I know! Congrats on the magazine feature!

  213. I love your chair makeover! I got that issue in the mail not too long ago but haven’t had time to read most of it but now have to run to my nightstand and look at your page! I would love to win the grain sack print, it would make a perfect pillow for my bedroom!

  214. LOVE the chair…and I agree…what CAN’T you do with jute twine…LOVE the stuff!
    I have been wanting something with a grain sack print for a while. I supposed I could create one, but I would much rather get down to the business of making something WITH it! :) In my case I’d like to create a pillow for my hubby’s ugly chair. Maybe people will notice the pillow and not the chair…heehee :)

  215. GIRL….You are famous!!! I read this magazine all the time too…..Your chair is fabulous and I want to copy it, so I hope I win :)

  216. The chair is really awesome! I’ve got to run out and get DIY – never read it but of course I will have to get it since your project is featured!! Love the flour sack, I’m thinking maybe I could use it in my powder room….

  217. I love this magazine and how exciting for you, though I must say your photography shows off your handiwork 100% better than the magazine.

  218. So cute! I have a couple chairs I’m working on now – hopefully they’ll look as great as yours!

  219. I’m going to have to check out the magazine! I love BH&G’s regular magazine, so I’m sure I’d love this. Also, I love the twine look!

  220. Great chair and great fabric, I would love it, because I try to do some DIY myself to make my apartment look prettier.

  221. Kate, that chair is fabulous! I am dying to try this on my own ladderback. Thanks for another brilliant idea.

  222. Whooopie!!! I would just absolutely LOVE this!!! I’m from up North and I never see this around here!! I have the perfect chair it would look good on!!

  223. Love the chair & love the fabric! I think I would make a pillow for my couch. Thanks for the chance to win!

  224. Genius idea wrapping the ladderback in jute. Love the grainsack…and I would make a pillow for my daughter’s house. she would love it! Thanks!!

  225. I love that chair. That extra piece of fabric would look gorgeous on a chair that I got for free on the sidewalk (it had a sign, Free to a good home).

  226. I just purchased this magazine the other day, and I too can’t wait till the next one comes out….great job on the chair!!!

  227. A stunning makeover. Congrats on the opportunity to do that and be featured. Quick question if you have a second. Do you find that poly to yellow ever? Even over ivory? I’m having trouble with poly on white latex painted pieces these days.

  228. Love the makeover on the chair. I have a white ladderback chair that’s been with me since college and it is screaming for a “do over”. You have inspired me to roll up my sleeves and get to work!

  229. That is beautiful. congratulations….So very inspiring. You’ve made me want to go out right now and change something ugly in my garage….AND…It’s 10pm and freezing outside! Well done.

  230. Ooh! I can never seem to get my hands on enough seed sacks. When all else fails, I paint fabric to look like them :)

  231. Love the chair makeover! I would have never thought to put the jute on the back of the chair. Also love that piece of fabric!

  232. I love creative projects! And I especially love seeing someone else enjoying them too! Thank you for sharing your lovely tips and photos!~

    Just gorgeous…I’d LOVE that fabric, and for those of us who DON’T win, can you please post the etsy shop you got it from? THANK YOU!!!!

  234. I have been waiting for an inspiration for a chair to put in our family room against a wall as decor and extra seating. This would be perfect! I love it so!

  235. Viola! from cackle in crackle to looking fine in twine. Your creative veins run deep and sharing those impulses is with us is the best inspiration. Beautifully done. If these magazines are smart they will keep publishing you.

  236. Nice job! I have been thinking of using a sack/fabric like that for the cushion of my footstool.

  237. I ♥ the reverse thought process of the rush look! And great tip on the Varathane, too. I’d love to win this fun give-away of the fabric. Great feature. :-)

  238. Great job on the chair! Love the grain sack seat and the jute twine. You are awe!some

  239. A) Great tip about the Citristrip–we’ve had lousy luck with paint strippers. Like lousy as in, I think I have permanent nerve damage in my forearm.

    B) I totally just saw that chair as I was reading the issue last weekend, and is it lame that I thought “Hey! I KNOW her!”? :P You did a fabulous job, as usual. :)

  240. Love the chair make over. LOVE IT! As always, thanks for the great tips. Thank you for the oppoortunity, and keep up the good work!

  241. OMG! I LOVE how that turned out! I never would have thought to do the twine, not in a million years. But now, I’m envisioning everything I CAN do with it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  242. Love it! Too bad you couldn’t keep the chair. I would love to make a pillow out of the fabric for a pop of French!

  243. I can just hear them now at BH&G saying, “Leave it to Kate to come up with something gorgeous!” Great job! Bravo!

    That remnant would be ideal for my grandmother’s old (pre-1900’s) rocking chair I found when having to clear out my parents attic. It would just fit the seat and look gorgeous against the dark hand-carved arms. All these years my mom had held onto that rocker, imagine my surprise…Score!! Yes, it made up for all those spiders & webs…

  244. Love the chair makeover and the magazine. Picked up my copy today! I’d love to win the fabric to redo the seat on my antique chair I use at my itsy bitsy desk.

  245. Love it! I would have been stumped if they sent me that chair to redo, very creative! I have a chair that’s suddenly calling me to refinish it :)

  246. Hello! I am in the process of buying a home and relocating back to Ohio from California to help take care of my mother. I have rented for many years and have been reading your blog religiously for design inspiration. I love your design sensibility! thanks for sharing all of your great work!

  247. Well, since clearly no one else wants that fabric, I’d be willing to take it off your hands. :)

  248. That chair looks fabulous! And thanks for the recommendation for a good poly – I’ll definitely pick this one up.

  249. How cute a pillow made from that fabric would look on my bead! Love the chair.

  250. I love your chair makeover. What an inspired idea to wrap the jute twine around the ladderback. I would love to win your extra grain sack!! :)

    Thank you!

  251. I am your most deserving fan. If you pick me, I will put it in the pantry with my cupcakes.

  252. You inspire me! I’m a beginning blogger and look forward to each morning and what creative project might be in store… thank you!

  253. Beautiful Chair! I love the makeover! I’ll have to watch for the magazine on the shelf. I would love to win your extra grainsack! Fabirc like that is so inspiring… although I might be tempted to copy your gorgeous chair!

  254. I’ve wanted to redo a chair of mine like that for a long while and that sack would be perfect! Love that mag too!

  255. the sack print is a perfect touch. i think i want to invest in a thousand rolls of jute twine…that stuff is magical. congrats on the honor; i think your chair in all sincerity is fabulicious.

  256. I’d super love that grain sack. I’d make a pillow to put on this fantastic black chair I got at a flea market. Love it. And love the blog too. It’s nice to be inspired by another witty do it herselfer!

  257. That is so amazing … congrats!
    Your chair is GORGEOUS! And I know what you mean, that magazine is a definite motivator!

  258. Oh my goodness, i just bought that issue but only quickly skimmed through it so far. Now I definitely need to linger in it! The fabric choice is FANTASTIC, great job!

  259. Wow, you did a great job and congratulations on becoming (more) famous! You make it look so easy.

  260. Amazing! I love everything you do! All the store clerks at my local hardware store are probably sick of me telling them about everything you create when I go down there to attempt something similar :) And yep that fabric is stunning.

  261. Just retired and now have time for fixing up chairs and making pillows…please pick me!

  262. What a lovely finished product you came up with! Looks great, girl! Very French… Like it much better than the turquoise.
    And if I win, it’s becoming the center of a large tufted headboard I am making…

  263. I have total Chair Envy, if there is such a thing!

    They surely picked the right girl for the job, looks great – must be a huge buzz to see your work in the pages of such a great magazine, well done on yet another amazing and inspiring do over!

  264. So creative!! And very fancy with your magazined self :) – congratulations!

    I would love to win the fabric – I see a pillow in its future :)!

  265. I love this transformation! And I love the fabric! It will go perfectly with the dreamy farmhouse I’m building in my mind. ;)

  266. Love the chair makeover, and could definitely use the fabric for a chair I have here just waiting for some love. Thanks for the giveaway!

  267. The chair is genius. Going to find my twine right now but need the fabric for my seat cover! Great idea!

  268. That’s a great redo. I have a thing for chairs, all kinds and I tend to buy them at yard sales and then wonder what to do with them. You made one simple chair a stand out piece.

  269. I love the jute twine and am with you – what can’t it transform into fabulous?! I also love your stripping and protectant layer info. Thanks for the great tips!

  270. Love the chair… however I have no more room in my tiny townhouse….so I have something else in mind for the fabric. I would add some lace strips and make it into an adorable throw pillow!

  271. I love the chair makeover-especially the jute! I would love to make the grain sack into pillow for my living room.

  272. Gorgeous! You make it look and sound so easy! I think I could handle making a pillow with that beautiful grain sack!

  273. love love love this chair, so amazing, love your blog so much, it inspires me daily! Tried to go to the Etsy shop to pick up one of those pieces but I could not connect, so disappointed. Would love to win the one you have! Thanks and keep up the good work!

  274. What a fantastic imagination you have, the chair is beautiful!!! Love the grain sack, would use it on a small footstool.
    Thanks for giveaway.]

    Regards, Susie

  275. LOVE this idea and the fabric, if you don’t pick me can you let me know which etsy seller this was from? is PERFECT for my french inspired craft room chair :-)

  276. Absolutely incrediable chair. How clever you are. I would love to win the second piece of fabric for a seat as well.

  277. Your chair turned out so great … what an exciting thing to see something you made in a magazine. Congratulations! I love the grain sack … it would be so great on a little stool or covering a chair I have.

  278. I’ve never dabbled in DIY projects before, but have recently become interested. I picked up this issue today. My first! I love your chair idea.

  279. Just saw your great chair in my DIY magazine today. Love following your blog when I have a minute. You give me inspiration for many chairs.

  280. Just read the article in DIY today. You’ve given me much inspiration for projects, including 3 chairs!

  281. I love the transformation! It is stored in my mind for a future project and I look forward to getting this magazine.

  282. Wow. What a wonderful transformation! You are extremely talented. Can you come and decorate my house for me?!

  283. Great job on the chair! I’d love to use that fabric! Hmmm… which way to go? Pillow? Bulletin board? Laptop tote? Oh, the possibilities!

  284. This must be kismet. Just yesterday I saw an adorable DIY bulletin board made with a potato sack over a plain canvas. I would totally do that.

  285. Love the idea and the fabric! Would make the finishing touch to our guest room as a pillow.

  286. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I actually prefer your photo of the chair to the one BH&G used as I find the composition and styling of your photo more engaging. Thanks for the inspiration!

  287. I found your blog because I saw your chair in the magazine. Thanks for the how-to so I can duplicate it!

  288. I love the chair transformation. If I won fabric would make a pillow out of it that would go perfectly in my family room

  289. Thank you so much for posting such a great how-to. Your chair turned out beautifully, and I love its new French farmhouse look!

  290. Wow! What a transformation! The chair would look great in so many rooms and would work with so many different types of decor.

  291. Love the image on the fabric, now I need to go and buy the magazine to what else could inspire me!

  292. What a great makeover! I’d like to give the jute wrapping a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

  293. The jute twine on the back was such a great idea! And LOVE that fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

  294. what a cute and classy transformation. I just finished re-covering a chair and would love to add the fabric as a pillow, thanks for the ideas, as always!

  295. I like the fresh, clean look of the chair…although I have to admit I’m a fan of the prior teal color, too!

  296. The fabric is fabulous for a pillow as you already demonstrated with the chair. I love new pillows and make them often. I think I should find an old chair that needs a new life, too. Thanks for sharing!

  297. Amazing job! Loved it when I saw it in the magazine and doubly loved it when I recognized you had created it!

  298. I love Do It Yourself magazine and am excited to hear a new issue is out. I must look for it. Your make over is very clever and cute!!

  299. I am in LOVE with any and all natural fibers, and that JUTE STRING gives me the tingles!!! You have done an amazing job on this piece. I feel quite inspired now. Thanks!!

  300. I have jute, but could never quite pinpoint what I wanted to do with it. This chair (and the other jute projects) really inspired me! Going to be a busy week!

  301. Hi, I was wondering who won the extra piece of cotton poly fabric as I loved it!!! :o) I love this blog and everything published! It is also inspiring me to make some little changes in my house and I am loving the results!

  302. love it!! going with a beach theme calm and relaxed for my inspired me…what size jute did you use? I bought hemp cord and now after princing and trying to locate more I can’t find it so looking into the jute..2 ply, 3 ply…the 20 medium weight or 28, overwhelming for me.

    Thank you

  303. Thank you for your step by step instruction on your blog. Loved the chair article and was happy to see the solution to when yo purchase a chair that has had a crackle type finish. The jute and the choice of fabric(the jute and the cotton poly graphic print) was spot on for a french inspired chair. This chair would be so versitle. You can see it in a bedroom, large bathroom,front porch,yard,kitchen or laundry room,love furniture that serves more then one room. Hope I win the fabric so I too can make a versitile piece of furniture.

  304. Gorgeous! I would not have thought of using spray paint for a rustic style.
    The wipe-on poly is on the shelf at our local (Ontario, Canada) Home Depot. I guess I’d better grab some tomorrow.
    And, isn’t the print just one of the free Graphics Fairy prints transfered to a piece of cloth? Easy-peasy!

    Now to check my back room to see if I have a suitable chair to do a semi-duplicate myself!

    Thanks for the awesome ideas.

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