Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Holy Burlap!!

BURLAP....my new favorite thing! It is rustic yet sophisticated, and adds some texture and natural elements to a room! It is super durable and easy to work with...plus it is CHEAP! I have some FUN projects planned this summer with burlap!

Here are a few inspirations:

I LOVE these burlap lamp shades!

Here are five ideas for how to use burlap in your home:

As a window treatment. A natural or dark-colored burlap drapery over a white sheer curtain provides a rich contrast as well as versatility. You can leave both drapes open to enjoy the view, close the sheers to allow filtered sunlight while blocking prying eyes or close the burlap drapery over the sheer for a complete blackout effect for those noontime naps. This is a look that can work for any style from traditional to contemporary.
As a wall covering. Burlap can be stretched and attached to a wall either with conventional wallpaper glue or by using starch as an adhesive. As a wall covering, an open-weave burlap can be used to hold an ever-changing array of art and artifacts simply by hooking them into the fabric. Or mount it over cork-board for additional versatility. Holes from thumbtacks and nails will disappear when removed. Burlap’s low cost, high durability and ease of installation and replacement makes it ideal for many applications, from a child’s room to the dining room.
As a low-cost alternative to upholstery. Transform that sagging old sofa into a durable, kid and pet-friendly gathering place with burlap fabric. Wrap and tuck it around the existing cushions and drape it over the back and arms for a fast new look that’s easy to remove and clean. Or you can have it sewn into form-fitting slip covers.
To transform raw space. Basements, attics, garages or any unfinished space can be transformed into a playroom with a little creative use of burlap. Stretched and stapled over open studs or rafters provides a fast, fun solution to transforming that raw space into a play space. It’s indestructible.
As a throw or table covering. A soft, tight-weave burlap can serve as a cozy throw for a fraction of the price of a store-bought throw. Or it can provide a whole new look for your dinner table, either as a table cloth or as an accent runner. One of the best things about burlap is that the more you wash it, the softer it gets.
Most importantly, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to be creative! You’re only as limited as your imagination.

My much needed prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that You promise to carry our burdens and give us rest. Lord, we release every worry about the future and every disappointment from our past and accept Your love, peace and joy. Lord, show us each how to carve out time to spend with You in rest, reflection, and refreshment.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I am turning it over to him....I know he will bring me peace and rest when I need it most!!




  1. I love burlap also! Ballard Designs has a table with a cover of burlap that I love!!

  2. Hi Amy,

    I love burlap too...did you see the burlap runner I just got on clearance at Pottery Barn? I love that ruffled burlap tablecloth, great photos.