Friday, March 17, 2017

Parma Mill Grain Sack Love {Chair Redo}

Hi!!!!!  It's a dreary, cold day in March, and I got a kid home from school with a fever but life rolls on and I've got a big silly smile on my face because life is just okay!  We've had some close calls the last couple of weeks with a car accident while the kids got on the bus two mornings ago that scared the snot out of me as I watched from the window, a tree falling on my workshop during some severe wind just as I was walking outside to work in it and watched it happen,

But we're all unharmed and happy!  Was a very sad week however for some of my friends who unexpectedly said goodbye to loved ones, are struggling with health, etc.  My heart broke for each one of them as I picked up the phone or talked to them and saw/heard the tears.  I wish I could offer comfort, but since I'm not in their shoes, I have to point them to the one who not only sees the BIG picture, unlike us, but He feels their pain in a real way. The Lord Jesus as prophesied centuries before He was ever on the earth in Isaiah 53:

".....a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
Was this post supposed to be about a chair??

Can you tell my mind is NOT on chairs and furniture makeovers today?
Life and God has been REAL lately, folks!

Okay let's get back to it.

The good ole' boys at the Parma Mill gave me some old legit grain/feed sacks:

They told me all the farmers initialed their feed sacks so nobody would steal them.
I can't remember if they told me who VM was.... but I forgot if they did!  Maybe some of you Parma folk would know!

So I just can't help but include this photo of where I got them.  Oh man I love this old place.  It makes me strangely happy to pull up and see Calvin in his 80's lean over that railing and ask if I need some layer feed..... (next time I think I need to make sure he's in the picture!).

Back to the chair.  After laying the seat on the feed sack, cutting around it and stapling it on the back, I needed to do some finessing to the wood.  The green paint actually sanded off with ease!  This chair had been sitting out in the weather for a while and I could tell that the paint was not an accident.  At one time, someone had really done a work of art on it!  I picked this up for $1, by the way, at my secret location.  I can't give away my secret or I won't have any more chairs to redo 'cause y'all will run right over there and snatch them up!  Haha.

So there it is, all beautiful and rustic.  I decided not to paint the wood.  I like it naked. :)

And so for now, it's sitting in the corner of the bedroom over at Gidley Station, until I can get a more comfortable chair in it's place.  Gidley Station is the house next door and is our latest venture and you can stay in the old railroad station now on Airbnb!  Click here if you're interested:

As always,

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  1. I really like how this chair turned out! Super cute and rustic.
    I also hope your friends find comfort and peace in the Lord. He is so kind to care about each of us.

  2. Nice project, but I especially appreciate the message you included in this post.

  3. Grateful for your averted tragedies. Sad for the gone to Glory survivors. Thankful for your message. The chair does's about redemption.
    La Verne @ hopeandsalvage


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