So several weeks ago in one of my Friday Favorites posts I shared these vintage grain sacks I found at an antique store in my hometown. They were only twelve bucks each, but I feel in love the instant I saw them. My initial plan for these was to build some really cool frames out of old wood I have sitting in my garage. But to be really honest with you guys, I was being super lazy and kept putting it off because I didn’t feel like making the frames. I tend to do that sometimes. Anyway, the other day I was piddling in our garage and I stumbled on this old window that I’ve had for at least five years now, maybe longer. It’s actually an old screen window that had been painted green and I just wasn’t loving it. But as I stood there looking at it, trying to decide if I wanted to throw it in our garage sale pile, it dawned on me that this window was the PERFECT size for my grain sacks. It’s like the heaven’s opened up and I suddenly realized that this window was meant to be with my grain sacks. I squealed in delight, quickly summoned my husband for help, and the rest is history. And today I get to show you my vintage grain sacks framed in an old window!
Eeeeekk!! You guys, I seriously cannot believe how perfectly the grain sacks fit in this window. It was meant to be, that’s the only explanation for it. Let me show you how this window looked before:
I told ya, it was green. I actually have two of these matching windows sitting in our garage and I tell ya, they were this close to going in our garage sale pile. I’ve had them for years and just never found a way to use them. Until now! All I had to do to prepare this window for the grain sacks was rip out the screen and paint the frame black. That’s it. So easy and fast. And can you believe I painted it black? I surprised myself with that one too. But I knew I wanted to hang it in our breakfast nook and I wanted the black to contrast with the white planked wall.
The grain sacks only needed to be trimmed by about 3 inches on top to fit in the window. We just used a staple gun to secure it in place along the back side and that was it. Easiest project ever.
I actually grew up in a teeny tiny town about 10 miles from Rocky Ford, so that grain sack up top is extra special to me. Burrell Seed Growers Company was started in 1900 and still exists today, which is pretty cool.
I still can’t get over perfectly the grain sacks fit in this old window and how easy it was to put together. I guess my procrastination paid off! And this is just the proof I needed to show my husband that it’s definitely worth it to save all the things. Just in case. You never know what kind of project will come up and it’s absolutely necessary to have a garage full of random things that could be used for a wonderful DIY project one day. Feel free to use this post as evidence if you’re fighting that same battle with your own husband. Or your wife. Or your mom. Or whoever dare disagree that a garage full of random vintage finds is a bad idea.
I’d love to hear what you think of my old grain sacks. And let me know if you have any questions!
Black Apron Rack: Magnolia Market // Gray Stripe Apron: World Market // French Stripe Half Apron: World Market // Table Runner: World Market // Light Fixture, Chairs & Table: Thrifted Finds // Bakery Sign: DIY project