Saturday, June 15, 2013

DIY Vintage Equestrian Feed Sack

I never seem to be quick enough with the auctions on Ebay.  I always lose.  And it's so frustrating, right?  Not so long ago, I missed out on a couple of amazing feed sacks that I really really wanted.  Thought I had them, but lost in the last few seconds, literally.  I couldn't seem to find anymore like them anywhere so I just decided to try making them myself.  It took forever, mainly trying to figure out just the right font to use, and then cutting out all those letters.  But luckily, it's summer and sometimes it's pretty relaxing to sit and cut things out like when we were kids, right? 



Here's how I made them.....

To start, I washed and bleached a couple of pieces of dropcloth, dried them and laid them out flat to start stenciling on the words and art.  The fonts I used are available for free download on 1001freefonts.com.

The font I used for the TRAINERS' CHOICE sack was called Libel Suit.

The font used for the word OATS is called Steelfish.

And the font used for the words FOR RACEHORSES is also Steelfish. 

Fonts used for the JOCKEY OATS artwork is all Steelfish.

You can play around with the sizes.  I don't remember the font sizes that I used because I tried so many different sizes.  It really depends on the size of the piece you're going for.  Both my framed "sacks" are 22 x 28" so they would fit into a 22 x 28 inch sized poster frame that I picked up at Walmart.

The horse and jockey artwork is easy to find online, just google horse silhouettes.

After I had all my letters and artwork printed and cut out to use as stencils, I laid them on my dropcloth to determine their position.


To get just the right color, I used craft paint and mixed together 1 part Skyline with 2 parts Steel Gray.


Then I started stenciling it on lightly.  Make sure that you don't completely paint in the letters.  Otherwise it won't look aged and original, it will look like you painted on fabric.


I could have actually gone lighter here but this was my first experiment.  I stenciled the artwork on first and then did the words around it.  It seemed to be easier to get everything even that way.  And that's it!

I absolutely love how they turned out.

My hubby brought home this fantastic green piece in the photo above from a storage auction.  It was originally wood but the stain was in bad shape and the hardware was dated.  So, I replaced the hardware with something better, painted it this amazing shade of green, Valspar Homestead Resort Olive, and then distressed it with Minwax special walnut stain and wiped off.  I wish I had remembered to take a before photo so you could see the sorry shape it was in.  I am loving the pop of green color.


As you can see I've updated with pillows and the same curtains I added to our den.  The blue pillow fabric came from here.  The bird pillow I made by stenciling a bird silhouette onto green fabric that I already had.


My thoughtful hubby picked up that sweet old oar behind the couch at an auction.  It was in perfect condition and I think it's lovely.  :)


The green seed stock sack I actually did find on Etsy several months ago, so of course, I made a pillow out of it.  I'm crazy about that green color.


Also, see that vintagey looking record player on the bookshelf?  My hubby bought that for me because I absolutely love listening to old Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald albums.  Problem was, it was a color that I didn't care for, burgundy.  Can you paint those??  Well, I sure did!!  I taped off the dial in the center and just spray painted the whole thing white.  Love it!!

If you have anymore questions about the DIY sack and art, I'll answer them in the comment section!  :)

45 comments:

  1. I didn't think this room could get better than it was already! Love, love. The green is a beautiful colour and I really need to try the special walnut because I'm really liking the depth it gives the piece.

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  2. That room is absolutely gorgeous!!! The dresser is pretty and isn't it funny how colors come back around. I remember my mom painting furniture with a similar combination late in the 70's. I even stripped a mid-century chair a couple of years ago that was done in that combination (not at all well though!) Yours looks amazing & subtle & perfect.

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  3. The room looks amazing! Your husband has found you some great stuff!

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  4. I've said this before, but I love your home. It is beautiful!

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  5. You have such an amazing eye! I love, love, love this room!

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  6. I absolutely love your home. I love the dresser and the color. I think that may be the color we used in our spare room. My youngest son said the room looks like an old person but I love it and how everything is coming together. I'm doing a lot of DIY projects.I have been looking for old feed sacks to use as seat cushions on two chairs that I'm painting but have had no luck. I think I'm gong to try making some using your technique.

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  7. Love the DIY grain sacks, great idea and I bet a whole lot cheaper than eBay too! :o)

    Tania

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  8. Hi. I love this room and the lovely look you are going for is similar to what we are trying to achieve in our apartment, also on a budget. Had never thought of feed sacks. Instead we have some coffee sacks we are planning to use for cushions or as part upholstery for a new armchair. Feed sacks though i would imagine would be better suited to cushions as they are made of softer, less scratchy fabric. Seeing you stencil to make the lovely equestrian pieces on the wall brought back memories of stencilling and inspired me to consider it as another option for creating the little touches in our apartment. I have just started my own blog on making a life and a home in London which would include our salvage, up cycle adventures and retro finds. Would love to add you to my blog list featured on my blog.

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  9. Love your whole den! White rooms can sometimes feel cold, but you certainly know how NOT to make it feel that way! beautiful!

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  10. Your pictures are even more precious as you made them yourself..they are gorgeous! Hapoy weekend! xo
    Dagmar

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  11. Everything is wonderful! The colors, the atmosphere...LOVE your style!

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  12. Can I just say what you've probably already heard a million times? How awesome is it that your husband brings home so many amazing treasures??! I have to sneak things in sometimes and there is no way my hubby is bringing me anything! Probably because my garage is filled with my future projects! I love the feed sack art, you did an amazing job on them. They look very vintage!
    XO,
    Christy

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  13. Great idea! I also like the idea of framing part of the sack....I accidentally acquired a few at an auction recently that are in good shape.

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  14. What a wonderful room! And I love the feedsack art even better because you created it! Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  15. What a wonderful DIY!! Thank goodness you had to improvise and share with us, so love the feed sacks :)

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  16. These are so stunning! What a fantastic idea!
    I have missed out on vintage sacks too on Ebay - but having them personalised to me would be SO much better!

    Thanks for sharing!

    K x

    www.vintagecrossesandkisses.blogspot.com

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  17. Love the whole room! What is the exact color shade of your walls? Would love to repaint my dining room.

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    1. Hi Karmen! The color is called Classic Gray and it is from Benjamin Moore. :) Have a great day!

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  18. I love the entire room! Where did you get your curtains? You decorate beautifully!

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    1. Hi Chelsea! The curtains are from Target! :) Thanks for stopping by today!

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  19. Love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Wish it could be linked to Pinterest. Am I missing something?

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  20. Love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Just wish there was a link to Pinterest. Am I missing something?

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure what you mean about a link to Pinterest. I'm not a very technical person at all. :)

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  21. Leave it to you, sweet Diana to make your room even more inviting and beautiful! I Have a wonderful week. You must have the patience of Job to find the fonts,the colors and the eye to make such wonderful feedsack art...truly AMAZING!!

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    1. Hi sweet friend!! I've missed you! Thanks for stopping by today! xo

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  22. Okay, so I was going to say how much I love how the stenciled art came out. Love it. Then I started ogling the green buffet piece. I LOVE that color green you chose. And then I saw my most favorite thing of all. The seed stock pillow. Oh my gosh, I love it. The whole room is looking fantastic.

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  23. Love the way it turned out. Stenciled art looks great. Love the color on your buffet.

    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  24. They look perfect there in your gorgeous living room!

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  25. You have a beautiful home, I love every detail. I like the natural shades you have in your windows, are they bamboo? I want to get some for my home, do you mind sharing where you purchased them?

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    1. Hi Jeanine! I'm not sure if they are bamboo or not. :) They are just a cheap wood blind I picked up at Lowes. I love them and so far, no problems! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. Your home is so beautiful, I love every detail. Are the shades in your windows bamboo? I have been looking for natural shades for my home, would you mind sharing where you purchased the shades?

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  27. You did a great job and you'll get more satisfaction out of your DIY than buying on eBay. I think they look fantastic. regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  28. Your home is beautiful and awesome. You are my great inspiration! We have just bought an old house in mountains and we are going to renovate it in a vintage style. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  29. Your home is beautiful and awesome. You are my great inspiration! We have just bought an old house in mountains and we are going to renovate it in a vintage style. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  30. LOVE the record player and you are so lucky to have such a thoughtful hubby :)

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  31. I'm head over heels with this idea, and I can't wait to try it for myself! Thanks for creating this tutorial. Did I see that right? You cut the letters out of office paper to make your stencil. If I tried that, I would think I would have bleeding everywhere! Or did I miss what that is?

    I'm a first time visitor, but I've got to follow!!!!!!!

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  32. Fire Engine Kids Bed is one of the best stuff for purchasing a kids beds.

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  33. I love your coffee table! where did you find such a treasure?

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  34. Would like to request permission to use a couple photographs with your copyright shown and giving your blog and writing full props. It would be in an equine themed article that I could forward the draft to you first on my design blog http://somethingbeautifuljournal.blogspot.com/ with a connected Pinterest with due props http://www.pinterest.com/patricialynne12/equine-art-and-decor/

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