Coffee Sack Art

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.


Until next time... xoxo Tammy!  

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61 thoughts on “Coffee Sack Art

  1. These look really cute. I didn’t realize coffee shops give them away.
    I have one large coffee bag from Brazil that I just tacked to the wall. I love it, too. :)

  2. These are fantastic~ I love how you have framed the old sacks and really made them into fantastic works of art! :) Would love if you would come share these at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

    • We found these at a local coffee shop where they roast their own coffee. It might be worth asking your local coffee shop if they receive their coffee in burlap sacks. The smaller coffee companies are probably more helpful than the larger chains. I hope this helps.

  3. Wow! They look like wonderful pieces of art! A great idea to use the old windows as frames.

    I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It’s for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

  4. I LOVE these! I love burlap anyway, BUT….. my maiden name is Dunn. Is there ANY way I can coax you into getting some of these & shipping them to me to make presents for my family (Dad & Uncles)? I’ll be more than happy to pay shipping & whatever else you might need (within reason of course, LOL).

    PS- found you through Not Just A Housewife’s linky party.

  5. First of all – LOVE this idea and may just have to stop in to Dunn Bros. next time I am back in Minneapolis. I grew up in MN and we try to get back a couple times a year. My husband loved this project too! The colors on the bags are so vibrant. Love that! Great job!!!

  6. Those are so cute and original! I just saw an idea this weekend at Antique Alley in Texas where they used coffee bags to cover dresser drawers. There is a picture on my site you should check out. A coffee bag dresser would look great under your framed bags.

  7. These look fabulous and how awesome that you were able to get the coffee bags, the slipsheets, and the window frames given to you! Lucky! Thanks for linking up!!!

  8. I ADORE burlap art. This is too fantastic for words. I am really excited that you put this up for all to love. Thank you so much for posting at the beagle.

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  10. I just found 3 large coffee burlap sacks at a yard sale and have been searching online for ideas on what to do with them. I stumbled onto your website and I love your idea. I am going to do this with mine. Thanks so much for the tips.

  11. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I might by no means understand. It seems too complicated and very large for me. I’m having a look forward in your subsequent submit, I will try to get the hang of it!

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