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July 10, 2014

New Use for Vintage Tablecloths


I love vintage tablecloths and have a hard time resisting when I find them for a good price at thrifts shops or antique stores. I have accumulated a small collection of striped, floral, fruit patterns, and checks.  They are so bright and cheery and reminiscent of days gone by.  I have discovered, though, that most of the patterned ones I find are too small for our very large farmhouse table.  I do have a few heirloom linen and lace tablecloths past down from my grandmother and great-grandmother that fit our table nicely, but the everyday tablecloths tend to be a bit smaller.  They still look pretty thrown on the table in a casual way with a jar of wildflowers or used on the picnic table, but I have found another use for my vintage tablecloths.
The other day after cleaning the bathroom and throwing the existing shower curtain into the laundry, I wanted to cover up the ugly vinyl curtain that remained.  I was in search of something summery, something that reminded me of picnics, 4th of July, sunny days at the beach, strawberries...and what do you think came to mind?  My vintage tablecloths, of course!  I dug out a few curtain rings, clipped them to the tablecloth, and hung them on the rod.  That was it...the perfect summery shower curtain!

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I like your curtain rings with clips in not seen those before :)

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  2. What a great idea!! I have some of those curtain clips in my linen closet. I had purchased them a couple of years ago when I was trying to figure out a window treatment for our bathroom. I'll have to dig them out along with the vintage tablecloth I found at an estate sale last fall. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  3. That looks great! It reminds me, I must be some clip-on rings...
    Sarah x

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  4. Brilliant, love this idea! And I've not seen those curtain rings before, they look really handy, I need to find some!

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  5. This looks amazing. What a coincidence I just found a designer who does the exactly same thing. Apparently it's what French housewives do with lovely old bed linen or tablecloths. I just died a little broiderais anglais cover old fashioned grey to do the same thing. I'm like you. I think thats why the packing is taking me so long to do. I know every little thing can be used for something and hate discarding anything.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    debx

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    1. Old fashioned gray...how pretty! Gray is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors. Using old bed linens is another great idea....hmmmmm...the possibilities are endless.

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  6. This mid century beauty below. It is listed as a vintage Lois Long De Antonio. view here

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