Pressed into Ser­vice

Re-feather your nest with up­styled vin­tage ta­ble linens.

Country Sampler's Upstyled Home - - CONTENTS -

WHEN IT COMES TO A STYLISH BED­ROOM MAKEOVER, look no fur­ther than thrift­ing a pile of vin­tage red-and-white linens into an eye-catch­ing and cozy dis­play. Dish tow­els, ta­ble run­ners, table­cloths and nap­kins all can be used to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful bed­scape that boasts lots of de­sign for lit­tle money. Use these works of art to up­hol­ster chairs, swathe win­dows or make in­stant bed pil­lows to style your bed like a pro.

Li­nen is easy and forgiving and is quickly fresh­ened with a wash­ing, line dry­ing, and a good press­ing. A tiny bed­room cup­board con­ceals con­tents with a vin­tage nap­kin glued to the inside of the glass door. A bed­side ta­ble made of a bas­ket holds a spe­cial red-and-white em­broi­dery piece that del­i­cately re­in­forces the dual color theme.

Up­date a head­board with gray paint wash ap­plied with a paint sprayer.

Wrap a pil­low in a vin­tage dish towel or bureau scarf. Se­cure cor­ners both front and back with small safety pins. Use the pil­low for dec­o­ra­tive styling only.

Wrap a reg­u­lar lamp shade at­tached to a hang­ing light lamp kit with a red-and-white dish towel ad­hered with fab­ric glue. Rein­vent a chair with a cast-off table­cloth and a sta­ple gun. Laun­der fab­ric first and dry thor­oughly. Cut away pieces that are thread­bare or have dam­age.

Seam fab­rics with fusible web­bing and an iron to cre­ate du­vet cov­ers, dust ruf­fles and piece­work cov­er­lets. Wash all linens be­fore cre­at­ing fin­ished pieces.

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