I love the idea of colorful table linens for spring and summer but buying new patterns every year can get rather pricy. David Stark, event planner extraordinaire, recently created his own colorful linens for a summer soirée and shared the DIY on Elle Decor.
I instantly fell in love! It’s super easy and inexpensive and the best part is you can draw inspiration from anywhere to create the perfect pattern. Use different sized brushes for different stoke styles or even try making your own hand-blocked print and stamp the fabric.
Layering the patterns is the perfect whimsical look for summer. I definitely plan on trying my hand at this for a festive summer tablecloth or even pillowcases for the deck.
What DIY projects are up your sleeve for this summer?!
Remember that pretty little dresser I showed you on Tuesday? Well, about a day after we received the I thought “I should really protect the top of this with a piece of glass.” Well, I didn’t have a piece of glass lying around, but I did have a runner. Good enough for now I thought.
Yeah, bad idea. A week later my husband spilled some whiskey, wiped it up and went along his way. The next day I saw white spots where the whiskey had stood. I FREAKED OUT alone in private of course.
I began scouring the web for ways to remove white spots from wood. Some sounded crazy like using an iron and a damp cloth to draw out the moisture or using a mayonnaise mixture that you are supposed to leave on for a couple of hours. Everything I found had mixed reviews of success. I finally decided to try the toothpaste remedy I found here.
++ white toothpaste – clean cloth – wood polish, (not pictured)
++ I cleared off the surface of the dresser and wiped away any dust. I then got a clean white cotton kitchen towel and a tube of the least colorful toothpaste in our house (the remedy I found called for white toothpaste)
++ I applied a bit at a time to sections of the spots and rubbed them lightly till my finger heated up and felt warm. I then wiped down the area with a dampened corner of the clean towel and then dried the spot with the cloth and moved on to another spot.
*Note: Some of the spots came back so I had to do this application a few times over. But all in all it took me maybe 30 minutes to resolve.
++ Once the spots were gone I cleaned and polished the wood with wood cleaner because the toothpaste kinda dulls the surface a bit.
I’m really happy with how this remedy worked and I ordered a piece of glass for the top of the dresser that same day. Lesson learned!
Have any home remedies of your own? I’d love to hear about them.
Thank you Tiffany! I’m so glad you shared 3, it would have been really tough to choose just 1. To see more of Tiffany’s projects click here. She has some fab tutorials. And if you want more Savvy on the daily, click here!