Friday, January 6, 2012

New life for a stained textile


Yesterday, I stopped in an antique store that is closing in my hometown. Lots of things were 50% off, and I snatched up a wonderful crocheted lace tablecloth for $8. It was in pretty good shape except for a few places that were unraveling, and a fair number of stains. Even after bleaching, they were still somewhat visible. This morning, I cut it into panels and hung them as curtains in my laundry room. 


I love the airy, delicate feel they give this space. My laundry room used to be a side porch on my 1916 home; it was closed in before we purchased the house 15 years ago. That’s why the ceiling is bead board (wainscoting). I painted the walls the same cornflower blue as the kitchen, as the room is visible from the kitchen.


There are certain times of the day – early morning and late afternoon – when the slant of light is just right, and it pours in through these windows. That’s when I think I’ll enjoy looking at this lace the most. And it makes me feel good to recycle something so beautiful, something that someone put a lot of work and time into making.

11 comments:

  1. Absolutely lovely! What a great idea!

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  2. It's the perfect touch for this window. What a great find! Too bad the shop is closing.

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  3. I think your lacy curtains are absolutely beautiful! You gave me an idea what to do with an old stained tablecloth that I can't bear to part with.

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  4. What a wonderful idea, it looks beautiful over the window. I have some old lace curtains that I shouldn't have washed in a machine, now they are shredded, so trying to think of an idea I can use the good pieces with.

    Debbie

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  5. What a lovely effect, congratulations, wish I had a kitchen/laudry window to try it out on.

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  6. Aren't they beautiful!!! And after all, what's really perfect & pristine in this world of ours? You'll love seeing the designs they make in your room when the sun comes through!

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  7. Vintage linens are definitely a eye catcher...I love your recycling...and they are beautiful against the blue and the window.

    I have some saved in my stash just waiting for me to discover where they will be most beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  8. beautiful! and you are so right... so much time went in to that piece!
    Great blog, nice to "meet" you!

    gail

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