Here is the project that I hinted at in yesterdays post.
Coffee is a staple in our house. I love the smell of a freshly brewed pot, and the warming comfort a steamy cup brings. So when I discovered that one of the coffee shops near us gave their coffee bags away I was beyond excited! Their coffee bags are graphic and gorgeous and begging to be framed in my kitchen. I also have a love of vintage window so it seemed natural to put the two together.
My husband is a general contractor. When he replaces old windows, he brings the discarded windows home. Treasures like that are better than flowers in our house! I dug into my stash and found 3 matching windows that were the perfect size. After I gave the windows a quick sand, I was ready to begin.
I love the look of distressed, painted wood. However, these windows were painted very sloppy so I was unable to salvage their original patina. To achieve the distressed look i was going for I painted them first with a chocolate brown and then a crisp white. Once everything dried I sanded back to the brown paint in a few areas and then glazed them with a chocolate glaze. Perfect!
I tackled the coffee bags next. I cut along the seams of the sack and set the back burlap fabric aside to be used for this project. The burlap had a lot of wrinkles so I carefully ironed the back side. I was nervous that the ink would do weird things when ironed, but it held up perfectly! I was able to even use steam on a few of the deeper wrinkles without a problem.
Next I cut a large piece of cardboard to fit inside the window. Your burlap piece should be about 1-2 inches larger than the cardboard on all sides. Spray one side of the cardboard with spray adhesive and gently lay your burlap coffee sack on top printed side up. Gently stretch the burlap until the image is exactly where you want it. Flip the cardboard over. Tape excess burlap to the backside of the cardboard creating a finished edge.
We go through large amounts of cardboard at our house and I was really excited to discover that Costco gives their slip sheets away. Slip sheets are large sheet of cardboard that separate the items that come in on pallets. The Costco employs don’t even question anymore when I ask if I can have a few slip sheets! I have not tried any other companies, but I am sure that if they have product delivered on pallets they have slip sheets.
Our kitchen is hard to take pictures in, but they hang above a small table. I LOVE them! I recently took down a group of pictures from this wall, and these cover up the holes perfectly. When we paint next time there will have a lot of holes to fill, but for now you can even tell.