Posts Tagged getting stains out of vintage linens
An occasional (can’t manage more than that) series of posts where I say not much at all.
Remember my stained piece of gorgeousness picked up in the junk/charity shop?
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Here it is now
I decided to trust the oxygenating stuff (known as Vanish here and in the U.K. at least) and soaked it overnight. Then I sprayed with a dilute white vinegar solution and laid it out in the sun. Then repeated both actions before hand washing in mild soap and rinsing thoroughly followed by another bout in the sun.
I am as chuffed as whatever a chuffed thing is. **
Here’s the final result of my project using leftover yarn.
One or two people might be getting a blanket for Christmas.
The other day a friend and I had a spot of lunch before mooching around a couple of junk shops.
Unlike the U.K., we are very ‘poor’ in charity shops (thrift/op stores) around here but we do have quite a large one within a half hour drive. There is so much stock that some of it ends up outside to be rained upon and this includes furniture, sewing machines and all sorts.
You could be forgiven for thinking this photograph was taken outside the junk shop but, in fact, it’s part of the terrace at the back of my house – the shutters are a clue. This, however, is the position this wardrobe door was found in – leaning up against an outside wall in all weathers – with the only damage being the veneer at the base starting to peel off a bit.
I’ve been looking for a full length mirror to put in my sewing room to help with fitting issues and I might not have thought of an old door separated from its wardrobe if my friend hadn’t suggested it.
Anyway, the door was purchased and (wo)manhandled by the two of us into my car – it was a tight squeeze .
I thought the wood veneer might look a bit ‘heavy’ in my workroom so decided to clean and lightly sand the surface …..
……… protect the lovely bevelled mirror with masking tape and whip out the chalk paint.
Here I include a word of warning to anyone over the age of about 40. Never actually look at yourself when bending over a mirror – gravity is not your friend.
I love this bevelling.
Not much distressing of the chalk paint was necessary as the wood stain shows through a bit anyway so I just rubbed a bit at the mouldings and brushed some soft wax over it all. I left the little lock cover on as it’s pretty and I’m not trying to hide the fact it was once a wardrobe door – it’s more interesting that way.
Not bad for 5 euros (about 6 US dollars)
Despite having this antique suitcase stuffed full of vintage linens that I must have a rummage through one of these days, we also went a bit mad in the linen department of the aforementioned junk shop.
I say ‘we’ but it was mostly ‘me’.
I find linens really hard to photograph which is probably why I still have a suitcase full of the stuff instead of having it in my online shop. Well, that and I’m not very knowledgeable about embroidery or different kinds of lace so the descriptions are a challenge for me too.
This piece is lovely and only has a general, slightly tea-stained look about it – no single stains. I know I have some readers who are vintage linen aficionados and wonder about the best and safest soak for an overall ‘freshen up’ for this piece. (You should be able to click on all the photos to enlarge them)
I got told off by Mr. Tialys for buying this next piece because it definitely has some staining which the thread, in particular, has absorbed. The work on it is so lovely though and the lace surround so pretty and there’s no other damage (more excuses ready if needed) that I had to buy it.
Obviously, the darker threads are stains although at first I thought the maker might have just run out of beige thread 🤔- but I also wonder why the light cream and the darker cream embroidered squares are placed in these positions – it seems a bit random. I don’t think I’ll be able to get the staining out of those threads – unless you know different – but wondered about deliberately ‘tea-staining’ the whole thing. Any thoughts from my knowledgeable readers much appreciated.
Changing the subject ever so slightly, I hear that mustard is big again this autumn which I hope is true or this –
will have been a waste of time.
Not that most people in the corner of rural France I live in would know or, still less, care but I do at least try to keep up appearances.