Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage Linens on the Line

Vintage doily's, tea towels, table scarves and just about any vintage linens are my weakness.  Anytime I see them at a flea market or yard sale, I gobble them up - I have drawers full of them.  And I don't just store them away, I use them.  I love the feel of the old soft dish towels - especially the ones with the calendars on them from the 1960's.

I use the old embroidered table scarves on my buffet and side table in my dining room.  I use the pretty little round embroidered linens under my table centerpieces and sometimes drape the pretty tea towels across the back of my dining room chairs.

I recently came across a blogger who was using her vintage linens in a unique way and an idea was born for using mine.  Angie, at the Knick of Time used some of her linens as a window treatment as you can see here!

I had always had a window over my sink until we bought and renovated our 1920's cottage style home.  Alas, the only placement for the sink was an inside wall since there was a huge bay window on the outside wall.  I decided to solve that problem with a distressed "window" with a rooster painted on the glass - it made it much more pleasant to be at the sink washing dishes.  Now with a little ingenuity and Angie's idea floating around in my head, I went to work making it a little more pleasant.  I added a clothesline to display some of my collection.  I plan to pick up some vintage style clothespins to give more of a "fresh breeze clothesline" look, but for now I've just draped them across the line.

Thanks Angie!  I loved the idea!  I'm no longer remorseful over the lack of a sink window.  With a view like this, who needs a real window anyway?

If you want to see some more photos of my  rooster themed kitchen, read this older post.

Linking today to a few link parties:
  Thursday's Favorite ThingsWow us Wednesday, Vintage Thingies Thursdays, Thrifty Things Friday
 ,Make it Pretty Monday , BNOP's Met MondayNifty Thrifty Tuesday  Feature Friday and Knick of Time


  1. You've done a really good job there Glenda. I love the rooster and the line looks great with all those vintage things on it. What an excellent idea!

  2. Sweet! Nothing I like better than vintage linens and use mine all over too. You made your sink area so cute with the rooster & linen clothesline.

  3. Love the Rooster window. I love old linens too and you are making good use of them.
    Thanks for visiting Timeless Treasures. Hope you will visit more often.
    Audrey Z.

  4. loving the line with all your colorful stuff! great idea!

  5.!! I am a sucker for vintage linens too! Stopping by from Katherine's Favorite Things Blog Hop. Come by for some puddin n pie.

  6. How cool is that?! I love the window and vintage linens over it! Great idea!

  7. Vintage linens are one thing I thoroughly enjoy. I have so very many. I have them throughout my house.

  8. Hi Glenda! Love the 'clothesline'. I have created a border in my laudry room using old clothesline, clothes pins, and vintage textiles. Great minds..... I love the old textiles soooo much I save and use them in my designs. Hope you can stop by for a visit to my blog and website!

  9. So, so cute! And easy to change out as the mood suits you!

  10. Love your rooster and garland over your sink, so charming!

    Happy VTT!

  11. What a great idea - I can see many places where a 'banner' of doilies could be displayed. Thanks for sharing.
    I am following.

  12. Your vintage linens are beautiful! I am a total sucker for vintage linens as well. I can't seem to say no to them when I find them out thrifting! Thanks you for sharing them with us at TTF this week. have a fun weekend!

  13. beautiful. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

  14. Hey Glenda - You are one of the winners of the sets of Packaways storage containers I hosted at Knick of Time!! Send me your full name and shipping address within 24 hours!

    Angie @ Knick of Time


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