Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The First Snow Of The Season And A Cleaner For Vintage Textiles

I woke up to a beautiful snowfall this morning.

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I can’t remember the last time it snowed this early in November in east Kentucky.  We usually don’t get snow until December.  I took these photos through the window because it was too cold to go outside.  The temperature stayed around 30 degrees today.

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Now I’m really getting into the holiday spirit.  A cup of hot coca and a roaring fire made for a marvelous morning!

You may recall some beautiful vintage toile curtains that I bought in Provence this past spring.

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You can’t tell from this photo, but there was yellowing on the fabric in places and the lining on the back was in need of cleaning.

I purchased some Restoration wash from Amazon and decided to give it a try.  It comes highly recommended for antique/vintage textiles.

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Here is one curtain panel ready for its bath.  I don’t know why my photos today make the toile look more raspberry pink than what it actually is!

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And here it is soaking in the tub.  The directions said to soak it for twenty minutes then wring out the water and soak it again in a fresh batch of water.  You should have seen how yellow the water was in the first tub full!  I’ll let it soak overnight.  I can already tell a difference.  Ha…now it looks red!  Who knows what color I’ll end up with.

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I’ll let you know how it goes.  If it works well, I’m going to wash all my vintage toile in  Restoration.

Here’s to more snow days.

Blessings,

Kim

5 comments:

Deserae said...

It was cold here today too but no snow yet! I can't wait to see how your toile curtains turn out....they are gorgeous!
~Des

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow…snow can be a nuisance, but is surely is beautiful!….No snow here..we just had a little sleet last night…let me know how the fabric turns out after you gave it a bath in your beautiful tub!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm sure waiting to hear how that fabric came out!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your snow and your toile curtain is so pretty
I just love toile and usually collect blue & white however I would have to find a wall for your pretty panel

My Kentucky Life said...

We had snow in my part of KY too....south central. But still the college kids are wearing shorts! Quoi?
I visit your lovely blog often....and admire the French items the most. I am a fellow francofile....et j'enseigne le français. J'ai habité á Aix en Provence.
I add a few French tidbits on my blog from time to time. Please visit if you get a moment. Sheila from Mykentuckyliving.wordpress.com

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