How to Achieve a Decadent Woodgrain Grain Sack Stripe to Furniture!

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Isn't adding grain sack stripes to projects such a classic look? I've done it many times over, and it never gets old!

But one thing I hadn't done yet was to create a woodgrain effect where the grain sack stripe sits instead of a painted version...

So I jumped at the opportunity to try it on a recent wood stackable chair find I landed for cheap!

The result? OH MY GOODNESS. This piece is SO handsome now in comparison, don't you think?

Here's what I did:

These two vintage wood stacking chairs were found through a local Facebook group. I loved their unique shape so I grabbed them with an idea in mind to really make them sing...

The chair was first sanded to remove the original finish mainly where the grain sack stripe would be positioned.

Next, a Grain Sack Stripe stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils (G1L from HERE) was used to trace the design out.

Tracing helped for position. The stencil can also be used with paint for any project desired as well!

About the stencils:

Grain Sack Stripe stencils are designed to get this epic look on any project quickly!

There are 6 to choose from, in 2 different lengths, designed to mix and match so you can create your own variations too!

Visit them all at Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils HERE

The grain sack design was then filled in completely with tape to protect the wood underneath.

The chair was then painted in Fusion Mineral Paint's Ash with a decadent brush that had the paint going on flawlessly!

After the paint was dry, the tape was removed, then a coat of Fusion's stain and finishing oil went over top of the whole entire works, including over the paint, while wiping off the excess.

More info in the original blog post linked below shares:

  • how to select a brush for less brush strokes
  • what stain over paint achieves

Ready to see the finished result?!

What. A. Beauty! The grain sack stripe showcases the wood grain so perfectly! And against the Ash tone, it's so stately, don't you think?

There's only one problem.

My plan had been to sell the chair, but I love it so much, I ended up putting it to use!

So much for my purging efforts, huh?

Isn't it pretty though? What would you use this effect on?

See more on this and other decadent grain sack projects HERE!

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  • Becky Matheny
    Becky Matheny
    on Feb 16, 2021

    That is gorgeous! I am still thinking about a round oak table that I bought last fall, it needs a lot of tender loving care, and will be my dining table when our roommate moves out and takes her table with her when she leaves... this would be a great idea. I want to paint the pedestal, but the top I am thinking of staining the table top with a stencil, like a sunflower, or some other type thing... any ideas??

    • Hi Becky! I love your idea! Just pick a stencil you love and go for it!

      You could stain the top then stencil with the same colour as the pedestal base.

      You also may wish to stencil first, then stain over top so the stencil has a little more protection, dependent on what stain you use.

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  • Lisa West
    Lisa West
    on Feb 16, 2021

    Yes it does give a elegant stately look to the chairs. Suoer like the update. Really nice.

  • Beth Parsons
    Beth Parsons
    on Feb 16, 2021

    Turned blah into pretty.

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