Usually I’m really bad about getting posts made up for specific link parties.
I tend to procrastinate just a tad too long and before I know it, the party is over.
Story of my life.
Did she say Burlap?
Why, I love burlap!
As a matter of fact, I have a good supply of burlap waiting to be used.
Did you know you can harvest burlap from old box springs?
I took apart this box spring last year and found a big sheet of burlap under the padding.
Not only did I get lots of springs out of this, I got free burlap!
Coffee sacks are another great source of burlap.
I bought out all the stock at our local Real Deals store when I saw them for sale a couple years back for a buck apiece.
I must admit, I’ve made several attempts to decorate with burlap, only to fall short time and again.
You see, it turns out Mike just hates the look of burlap.
Why, who doesn’t like burlap?
I mean, it’s just so cool looking.
Just look at that wonderful texture it has.
I love it!
But he doesn’t.
Of course it could be due to the fact I’m just not good at putting the look together.
Let me show you a few of my failures……
This curbed ottoman started out like this….
Then got covered with a burlap coffee sack.
I had a tough time figuring out what to do around the bottom edge to hide the staples, the glued on ribbon just doesn’t work with it.
These days it’s sporting a drop cloth slipcover.
As if that wasn’t enough, I had a 2nd ottoman, same legs, different shape, that also got the burlap coffee sack treatment.
Notice the ribbon around the edges, again, not working.
This one has been relegated to the guest/junk room, awaiting a new slipcover.
Another burlap failure was the kitchen window treatment I fashioned from burlap, string, and clothespins and key tags.
I tried to make it work a couple different ways,
but alas, it was voted down in favor of drop cloth.
I’m still in love with how it looked and have finally decided upon another place I can use this idea…
I’m thinking when I go to decorate the potting shed this summer
this would be the perfect treatment over the window I plan to install in there;
Not all my burlap projects have been failures though.
I do have a few that worked out ok.
When I wanted curtains for my laundry room makeover, I immediately thought of burlap.
It’s loose weave lets some light shine through.
Because it was in the dark basement, I chose a bleached burlap.
I really like how the burlap curtains let the light in while maintaining privacy.
This is another burlap project I really liked. I used one of the coffee sacks on this bench last year.
It was one of my favorite pieces.
I was rather sad to see it go, but I made it for a fundraiser so it was auctioned off to the highest bidder.
This wicker trunk got a cushioned burlap cover on the top.
It makes a great seat at the end of the bed, and holds extra blankets.
I gave this to my daughter.
A thrift store vanity stool got a new burlap seat cover.
This one went to my daughter in law. You can read about this makeover here.
This lampshade is a source of controversy in our household.
Mike hates it, but I have stubbornly stuck to my guns and managed to keep it.
I’m sure eventually I’ll cave in and cover it with drop cloth.
Now I’m off to get some great ideas from all the links to Donna’s burlap party.
Watch out Mike!
I feel some more burlap projects coming our way.
You see, I’m determined to change his mind!