Creative Reuse For Shopping Bag

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.  My son and I arrived in New Mexico, and while I’m spending this evening with family,  my blogging buddy Marie is here to share how she transformed an accent table with a shopping  bag, and it turned out amazing.

Take it away, Marie!

A shopping bag used to transform a corner table
Hello Everyone, I am Marie, a furniture flipping, empty nesting, Grandma who runs on two speeds; sleep and full throttle.  I blog over at The Interior Frugalista where I share all things DIY from furniture makeovers, DIY home improvement projects, and home decor crafts.  I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger at Knick of Time!

My neighbor a.k.a. The Furniture Fairy gave me this cute little corner table.  I forgot I had it until rummaging through the shed one day.  That same day I was going through my scrapbook paper bin and came upon a shopping bag that I had saved.  I don’t remember where I got the bag from but obviously loved it enough that I thought it might come in handy some day.

Then inspiration struck…

An free corner table plus a shopping bag equals a pretty and rustic table makeover

A corner table with lifting veneer…

A corner table with lifting veneer before a makeover

…and a vintage looking bag.

A shopping bag used to transform a corner table

…equals A Creative Use For A Shopping Bag.

The first thing I had to do was address the lifting laminate by gluing and clamping it. Once it dried overnight I had to also address the red mahogany that was guaranteed to bleed through the paint. With an old chip brush, I applied a couple of coats of shellac and that did the trick.

Now for the fun part, adding the pretty!

I painted the top and bottom shelf with Country Chic Chalk Paint in the color Rocky Mountain.  The rest of the table was painted with one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Primer Red.  The second coat was dry brushed with the color Emperor’s Silk.  Once dry I lightly sanded the paint using 220 grit sandpaper to reveal more of the Primer Red underneath for a rustic look.


A shopping bag decoupaged onto a corner table

Then came the bag.

A decoupaged shopping bag table top


I placed the bag onto the table top and decided which part of it I wanted to use.  Then I generously cut the bag to the shape of the top.

You can buy vintage style paper bags on Amazon here (affiliate link).

My go to decoupaging medium is Dynamic Wallpaper Adhesive because I get very few air bubbles or wrinkles using this product.  I brushed it onto the back of the paper and slowly laid it onto the table, rubbing the air bubbles out with my fingers as I went along.

Once dry I brushed two coats of Mod Podge over the paper to protect the finish.  After that was dry I used a craft knife to remove the excess paper along the edge and then sandpaper to smooth out the rough bits.
Table top and bottom shelf decoupaged with a shopping bag

Using a clean rag, I rubbed dark wax over the entire table, including the paper tops, to give it an aged appearance.

A Red Rustic Corner Table with Shopping Bag Top AFTER

You’d never know it was the same table!

A creative use for a shopping bag on a Corner Table

So will this make you think twice about recycling those interesting shopping bags you come across now and again?  I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by my shopping bag table today.

Thank you so much Angie, for letting me share my table with your readers today!


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  1. Very pretty, Marie…never thought of re-using a shopping bag! Thanks for the finishing wax hint!

  2. WOW! What a great transformation! I’ll certainly be looking out for different bags from now on.

    Judi in the UK

  3. Liz Thomas says

    Angie, continued prayers for you, your dad and your family! Marie, thanks for your nice post!

  4. Great idea!

  5. What a great idea, Marie! Now that little table has personality! I think I will look over some of the shopping bags I have saved. I was just thinking the other day when I was in a purging mode that I ought to get rid of them, but now, maybe not! Very inspiring post! Thanks.

  6. VERY NICE. I always like small, interesting pieces and the new look you gave this one, just gives it it’s own unique personality. Well wishes to Angie & family.

  7. I love this idea

  8. Superb site. I share on facebook.

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