6 Fresh Uses for Beautiful, Vintage Linens

 

Have you ever been to an antique store or thrift store and found some beautiful, sometimes hand-embroidered, linens? They could be curtains, handkerchiefs, tablecloths, anything. I love finding gorgeous pieces like this, as they seem to hold a lot of love. However, sometimes these linens are stained or faded with age. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still use them! Often, these damaged pieces come at a discounted price. I’ve gathered some ideas for how you can use these linens in your own home.

1. Display Handkerchiefs in Embroidery Hoops

This is one of my favorite DIYs. All you need is a few embroidery hoops. You can stain them, paint them, or even buy colorful ones. If you have found a vintage handkerchief with some great embroidery, but damage on one section, you can choose to frame only the intact section, giving you a sweet use for something that may have been discarded.

 

 

The rosy patterned embroidery hoop actually came from a partly stained handkerchief. Now its beauty is lighting up the room again!

2. Adding Handkerchiefs as Accents

I have a beautiful handkerchief from my great-grandma. It has little butterflies embroidered on one section. Since I wanted to keep this handkerchief intact, I chose to use it as a bit of interest on my bookshelves. You can apply this same idea to a vanity display or centerpiece for your tables!

 

 

3. Reusing Table Runners

If you are a parent like me, you probably know how messy little kids get when they eat. I found a nice table runner at an antique store, but some of the stitching was a little worn. I loved the colors, and, since it was already imperfect, I knew it would be okay if anyone spilled on it!

 

 

On a later trip to the same store, I found a matching, smaller runner. I am currently using this as a draping in a basket on the table.

 

 

4. Use Doilies and Handkerchiefs in Craft Projects

Love a doily, but not sure what to do with it? It can be used as an accent to your decor, or you can use it to spunk up a craft project! There are several pins on Pinterest that involve using lace as a stencil when spray painting or for pressing in clay projects. You could also put these pretty little pieces to work in your scrapbooks or wedding decor.

My mom did a great project with a doily for my wedding. She draped it in the background of a vintage suitcase. Guests were able to put their cards in the suitcase. Since I had a vintage-themed wedding, this was perfect!

 

 

5. Fold Faded Blankets at the End of Your Bed

I love chenille! I think it is such a great, textured fabric. I found a chenille blanket in one of my favorite colors at a local antique store. Unfortunately, some sections of the blanket were very faded and discolored. This is where strategic folding comes in handy!

Since I was just going to use this blanket as an accent piece, I folded it so only the portion of the blanket that wasn’t faded was showing. The best part about this find? It was only $9 and is a huge blanket!

 

 

6. Stitch Vintage Handkerchiefs Together to Make a Set of Curtains

This last idea I found in a vintage inspired magazine. All you need is a large collection of handkerchiefs and a sewing machine.

Measure out the dimensions of the curtains you would like to make, and arrange your handkerchiefs so they will fit these dimensions. Then just pin and stitch away!

 

 

I did this set of curtains in just one night. Since I was keeping it for myself, I wasn’t too worried about perfection. I love the boho feel!

How do you use vintage linens? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO…PB

Gold Mirror DIY – An Update!

 

One of my first posts on my blog was for a mirror DIY. I thought I’d update this post with some better pictures and a little bit about how I made it!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good, intricate mirror. I came across such a mirror at Walmart. Unfortunately, it was black! Although some people may like that color for their decor, I prefer a glamorous, golden look. Since this mirror was only around $25, I thought I’d put a little work into it to make it mine.

Supplies:

  • Mirror
  • Painter’s tape
  • Gold spray paint of your choice!

This is a fairly quick DIY. In order to use the spray paint, I covered up the entire mirror surface with painter’s tape. For the more difficult, curved edges, I ripped up tiny pieces of tape to conform to the shape.

Then I went to town with the spray paint! One thing to keep in mind is making sure you spray from different angles. This will help ensure that every surface is covered. I also recommend doing several coats.

I have had this mirror for several years, and I love its timeless look. I even used it as a champagne tray at our wedding!

Here are some gold mirror DIYs from other bloggers!

How to make a DIY gold leaf mirror…..

Gold Mirror DIY

XOXO…PB

 

Handmade Flower Press

This past weekend I was busy with a new craft for my Etsy shop. I have been wanting to make homemade flower presses since I got the idea from my father. With my parents’ guidance, I was able to bring this idea to life. I am so excited to share these presses with people to help them preserve flowers from weddings, funerals, gardens, etc.

Check it out at Etsy by clicking on the image below!

 

XOXO…PB

Color-Block Tray DIY

Here is another tray DIY for you!

I love the look of unfinished wood with some bright colors. For this tray, I used a mint, black, and light yellow for a fun geometric effect! Here are the supplies you’ll need:

-Three acrylic paint colors of your choice

-Painters tape to separate sections of the tray

-A paintbrush or two

-Polyurethane or another sealant to protect your tray from spills and damage

This DIY is very easy and very fast! All you need to do is tape off the geometric pattern you would like to use, add a few coats of your favorite paint colors, remove the tape, then add a sealant once the paint is dry.

If you want a cleaner edge, you can try a different brand of painters tape. Since this was going to be a tray I would keep, I was not too concerned about the paint bleeding through a little bit.

XOXO…PB

A Pop of Color on Drab Chairs

A few years back, I was in love with Monica’s table set on Friends. I loved the multicolored chairs mismatched with the table. Watching Friends again recently, I’ve found I love the whole style of the apartment in general!

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Isn’t is so cozy cute?!

I wanted my own shabby chic tablescape! I went to several different antique stores and got a few different sets of chairs. A couple of them were pretty beat up and looked like this:

The most important thing for me when buying chairs is how sturdy they are. I have bought several chairs with loose spindles that are seemingly impossible to fix. (No matter how much nailing, gluing, and clamping you try!) These chairs passed my sturdy test!

In order to paint them, I quickly sanded and cleaned them. I did not use a primer as I didn’t mind if the paint chipped (shabby chic!).

Then, I simply picked out a few sample tubs of Valspar paint and went to town painting! My favorite is the bright blue.

What color would you paint your chairs?

XOXO…PB

Shabby-Chic Stool Thrift Store Makeover

I had been looking everywhere for the perfect stool to have one hand. Either stores were charging outrageous prices, or I just plain couldn’t find any! However, I was lucky enough to come across this little guy at a thrift store a while back for only $5!

 

 

Love the style, not the finish. One of my favorite colors is a watery, bluish greenish gray for furniture. I really like doing a light color as well. It allows the color to act more as a neutral rather than an accent. So I got to work painting! (ps – little paint samples from Lowe’s and Home Depot are the perfect size for projects like this!)

 

 

To make it shabby, simple use some sandpaper around the edges. Just don’t go distressing happy like I did originally:

 

Too much shabby, not enough chic.

Perfection!

If you do use a little too much sandpaper, just repaint and start again! This is a really fast and fun DIY you can do for less than $10.

 

Decoupaged Trays DIY

Hello Everyone! Today I’m going to tell you about some more fun trays I made. These mod-podged beauties were a pretty easy and quick diy, so it’s a perfect evening or weekend project! Plus you can use scraps of leftover scrapbook paper or wrapping paper you love. You could even use Christmas wrapping paper for a holiday specific craft!

The steps to this are pretty simple:

  1. Starting with an unfinished tray, first apply stain or paint and let dry overnight.
  2. Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the tray. You may need to smoothly join two pieces together or make it a funky collage!
  3. Put down a layer of mod-podge with a paint brush.
  4. Lay down your scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.
  5. Smooth it out using a credit card or store card you don’t use anymore. Mod-podge washes off pretty easily, so it’s up to you!
  6. Let the mod-podge dry!
  7. Apply a layer on top of the paper.
  8. (Optional) Put a layer of polyurethane over the painted or stained portions of the trays.

AND YOU’RE DONE!

Dip-Dyed Ombre Curtains for a Nursery

With a baby on the way, I wanted to do as many special touches for his nursery as possible. This included making a little canopy backdrop for his crib. Today I will tell you how I made dip-dyed curtains for my little baby boy’s room.

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First, I wanted to go with more of an aqua/mint color for his nursery. I am just not a huge fan of baby blue! I picked up the following supplies from my local Walmart – I have to do most of my craft shopping at Walmart since I live in a small town:

-Set of white curtains (length depends on your preference)

-Aqua colored fabric dye

-Salt

-Gloves to protect my hands from staining

-A bucket to hold the fabric and dye

-Grocery bag

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(Apparently I’m not good at taking non-blurry photos!)

When you are dyeing fabric, it is best to make sure that the fabric will take the color well. I used a sailcloth fabric, which I would not recommend doing again. Here is an article for the best fabric for absorbing color.

Mixing the dye is a fairly straightforward process. Just follow the instructions on the packet! Salt is actually used with the type of dye I used, so that’s why it’s included in the list of supplies.

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Once you have it mixed up, you can put your fabric in the bucket to absorb the dye. In order to get the ombre look, gradually add more and more fabric length as time goes on. You can also do the reverse and take out the fabric as time goes on so it does not get as saturated. I used a plastic grocery bag to protect the part of the curtains that I wanted to stay white from getting splashes of dye on them.

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Once you have left your fabric in the dye for the amount of time desired, make sure to rinse all the dye out as much as possible. If you want to wash your item, this is especially important as it keeps the white sections from absorbing the dye. I did not wash mine as I wanted to make sure the dye would not leak. After rinsing out the curtains, I simply dried them on a clothes line. Then, I hung them up in the nursery!

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My mom got me adorable little elephant wall mounts, which I used to drape the curtains. You can get a similar one from Amazon below. I hung the curtains from a rod on the wall.

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