Burlap for a Boy

I really don’t have time to blog today, but when I saw that Funky Junk was having burlap as her feature on SNS, I couldn’t resist.

So – forgive me if there are any typos or something doesn’t make sense!!!

I like burlap – the texture and color – maybe not so much the smell! My oldest son has an outdoorsy theme in his bedroom. As he gets older we have gone more into the hunting type arena. His dad is a hunter and we have great open land to spend outdoors. And he is definitely an outdoor kid!

I made my own curtain rod and brackets out of branches and sticks. I cut the branch in half for the bracket and screwed it directly into the wall. The curtains were made to look like tree tops and I added leaves on the twine ties.

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The shades I originally had were a dark brown. (to look like a tree trunk) We had problems with the windows having condensation on them in the winter so they were stained beyond use. So I replaced them with simple burlap shades. Not quite a tree trunk looking, but it works!

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To open them, I added some large buttons and put a twine tie at the bottom of the shade.

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Then, I came across some camouflage burlap and added that for his closet curtains. I just hemmed it on all sides and pushed the metal curtain hangers through the burlap every so often.

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It is somewhat sheer, but definitely does the job of hiding the mess that usually is his closet!

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You can see that there is grass painted along the bottom of the trim. That was also one of the original things I did to the room years ago.

I also added some storage in his room using burlap. These are just plain cardboard boxes covered with burlap – camo and plain. I added the same chalkboard tags I put on my other, burlap covered boxes.

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Another “burlap-type” project included the cork board makeover I did a few months back.

As you can tell – I’m a big fan of burlap! Thanks for looking.

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Upgraded Utility Cart

My husband and I lived in a tiny house when we first got married – it was really cozy, but lacked for storage. We were on a budget so we picked up a pressed board laminate microwave cart. I can’t find any pictures of it in it’s original state. It was an American Oak color I think. When we moved, our new house had room for the microwave above the stove. I’ll have to show you sometime how we managed to use our regular microwave as an above stove mount. Anyway, I decided to repurpose the old microwave cart.

I first removed the top portion that surrounded the microwave and went above it.

I took a picture of it, though it is buried in my basement – sorry for the terrible picture! This gives you an idea of what color it was also.

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I wish I could’ve found a picture, but apparently it is so old that there isn’t any existing pictures of it online!!!

I first painted the cart an off-white. It’s the same color as the hallway (the paint in the background) in my house. Recently, I added a glaze, concentrating on the edges of the doors, and added some stenciled fleur de lis with burnt umber acrylic paint. I sanded the paint after it dried to give it a slightly worn appearance.  I also found some old file folder boxes and covered them with burlap, added handles and chalkboard labels. They fit perfectly in the open shelf. Underneath I store my cake decorating magazine and books, stencils, etc. It has been really handy and it looks better after I “upgraded” it! Worth the $30 or so dollar we spent years ago!

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The burlap is hot glued on the boxes, with hole poked and handles threaded through. The chalkboard labels are cut lathes with holds drilled for the knots to hold it to the box. I want to spray paint the handles black, but I’m waiting for summer to do that! Maybe an off what would be better and not detract as much from the stencil?

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I had fun messing with a few vignettes.

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