Pressed into Service
Re-feather your nest with upstyled vintage table linens.
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.
Seam fabrics with fusible webbing and an iron to create duvet covers, dust ruffles and piecework coverlets. Wash all linens before creating finished pieces.
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...
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.
Update a headboard with gray paint wash applied with a paint sprayer.