• PROJECTS • How to Cover a Table in Burlap

March 27, 2012



Several weeks ago I asked DH if they had any burlap bags at work:

ME: "Hey hun? Y'all have any burlap bags?"

DH: "I don't know, I guess. WHY?" (looking at me with that what is she up to now look)

ME: "Well, I was going to buy burlap but it's to $@%# expensive, plus Lowes keeps selling out of it. If y'all have some, why throw it away when I can use it."

DH: still giving me that look.."I'll check." and then quickly found something to do before I started in with the bombardment of questions.

Now despite the fact that I wanted to irritate him about them.........I resisted.
 Then a few days later he calls me from work:


DH:"Hey! How many bags do you want?"

ME: "Why? Do y'all have some? Just a couple, Why?"

DH: "Yes, we have some. Only a couple? OK........Love you, bye." Now, he gave me long enough to say love you, too; then he hung up before I could start in with the questions.

Now since he rode his bike into work, I knew he couldn't bring them home. So, I waited...............waited..................waited.......................and waited some more (four days worth of waiting impatiently  patiently).

DH: "Hey! I got your bags in the garage."

ME: all excited "Really? How many did you get? Are they big or small? Are.........."

DH: " will you just go look."

We walk out and I see these:

There were 10!  Just a few more than I wanted but I can figure out something to do with them. I'm about to jump out of my skin with excitement. THEN.......

DH : "Those aren't the only ones."

ME: "What do you mean, those aren't the only ones?"

DH: "The black box has more bags."
Are you ready??.....................look at HOW MANY he brought home!!

There are at least 50 in the box. They are all coffee bean bags.Aren't they cool??

Until I figure out what I'm going to do with the rest; I will show you what I have used two for already.

DH brought two of these end tables home. I decided to paint the legs and edges white.

I took two of the burlap bags, ran them through the washer and dryer. OMG, they left so much lint in the dryer I had to use the vacuum to get it out!! Anyways, I grabbed my spray adhesive, some upholstery tacks and got to work. DH gave me a hand laying the burlap on the top.  We trimmed of the excess, smoothed it out and let it dry. Once dry, I touched up any loose edges with hot glue, plus it helps with any fraying.  Then I took a ruler or tape measure; measure and place a mark every inch around the edge of the table and tap in upholstery tacks.  Now I sprayed two coats of satin poly on the top of the table, to protest the burlap from any spills, etc.
Unfortunately, we already had a spill and from this I will tell you that four coats would probably work better.

Here is what they look like now:
This one had a rip and stain on one side, so the graphic is off.





These are going in the family room on either side of the sofa, for now that is all you get to see of them until we finish. Sorry! The great thing is the cost ........free!! Yippee!!

What to do with the rest of those bags?????

Check out something new I am starting. Rainy Day Reading, HERE

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.








24 comments

  1. Over from Type A....those are SO cool! Love the way the table looks, what a fun and unique idea! I have been looking for some burlap bags to cover a few barstools. I wish my hubby would show up with some! ;)

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  2. Wow, you have a gold mine there! Love what you did with the table.

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  3. That looks awesome--great job.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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  4. What a unique project. I LOVE this! As far as those leftover bags ... you could send them my way! :) Or you could use them as giveaways, sell them on Ebay or Etsy, make curtains or pillows ...

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  5. Oh My is right! I have a thing for burlap too and this table is too cute! Happy Wednesday!

    Chandra
    astylishlittlelady.blogspot.com

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  6. Those are lovely and I love, love the table you redid with the coffee bags. How exciting that you got all of those bags. I would say the projects are endless with that many bags. Awesome!!

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  7. What a great idea! I have a few of these too! I might have to start looking for end table now!!

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  8. I love how you transformed the tables! I enjoy working with burlap and have used it many times on my blog. I even had a few giveaways with the coffee burlap bags from Brooklyn NY.

    Dee

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  9. Love the table and love that you have such a wonderful supply of burlap at your finger tips!

    ~Trisha

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  10. I like this idea and will try it with some of my burlap bags. You could put a piece of glass over the top to protect it too.

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  11. Holy moly you sure have a stash load. Love the table Tina. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love this table what a fantastic job Tina. What a great project and idea!

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  13. Looks great! Stopping by from the "Linky Follower Party" hop! You can find me at www.lucasandmahina.com!

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  14. Holy crap. You are now the queen of burlap, lol. How awesome is that. Those tables look amazing. I can hardly believe they're the same tables. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

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  15. i'm so jealous!

    i had to buy
    my burlap bags last year

    if you can't find uses for all them
    you should definitely consider selling
    on ebay

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    alison

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  16. You lucky lucky girl! the table looks great.

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  17. Creative and what a score! I think I see burlap patio furniture pillows in your future, giggle xo

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  18. Tina,
    Girl, you are one lucky duck! That will keep you in burlap for years!
    I LOVE what you did with it. Those tables look amazing, I would never have thought to use them like that.
    Fabulous!
    Thanks so much for sharing you cool ideas with us!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  19. Wow, that table came out fabulous!

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  20. I love how it came out- sharing at tonights party~ Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  21. JACKPOT!!!! LOVE what you did with the table and here's an ideas of what to do with the rest . . . I'll email you my address :) Seriously you should sell some on Etsy or Ebay -- you know you'd make some $$$!

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  22. WOW! That was such a great idea. Never thought of covering a table in burlap. I love it. It looks beautiful. :)

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  23. Seriously?

    I need these! Wish my hubs had a coffee bag connection!

    The table is fabulous!Kelly

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