How to Use Vintage Linens in Home Decor

In this article: How to use vintage linens in home décor to camouflage an area you don’t want to highlight.

One of the things I  love about living in old houses is their unique quirks ~  things that make you ask, “What in the world?” when you first move in.

Such is a “feature” that I’ve never shown you before.  It is located here:

corner behind refrig

(picture taken pre-makeover!)

And this is what it is…

pass through window

Isn’t it special?  (I joke…)  A little “pass-through window” – that isn’t “pass through-able” at all!

We moved into this house in Fall.  It didn’t take long for us to start appreciating this quirky “pass through window” feature.  You see, behind that window sits the only heat source for the main part of our house – a wood stove.  The window (with a beautiful fan – be sure to note that!) provides the only way for the heat to reach into the kitchen. Without it, our kitchen temperature would equal an ice cube!

If we owned this house/ or wanted to sell it, we would probably do things differently.  But, since we don’t and don’t we choose to embrace this “quirk”…and then camouflage it as much as possible! (The strategically located fridge was a start…)

The other day I found an old wire basket in the garage and scrubbed off the dirt.  (Sadly, I think the top of my fridge was dirtier than the basket from the garage!)  I contemplated sewing a liner from painter’s drop cloth.  But, honestly, I wasn’t up to fighting with my stupid sewing machine sewing today.

So I went to Plan B.  I got into my linens’ drawer and pulled out everything I could find that was white or cream.  Some of them are tablecloths and many are things that my Grandma Bernice crocheted for me over the years.  I thought of her the whole time I did this project…

I layered them into the old wire basket….

stacked linens in basket

and set it on top of the fridge.

Now you see it… (the “pass-through window”, that is!)

now you see it

Now you don’t!

now you don't

Yeah for camouflage!  And I’m loving the memories of the past every time I glance at that basket.  Hmmm…I wonder if I can remember how she taught me to crochet?…

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  1. Love the linens and specially the basket. I've been looking around for one of those myself.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a cute idea for storing and displaying linens. Now, I 'm looking for a cute basket like yours!

  3. great strategy! I have a house full of these quirks! It has its challenges! Happy WW!

  4. Thanks for the comment! Is that your beadboard wallpaper??? It's beautiful with that blue! That's the color that I wanted to do, but my daughter wanted brighter! 🙂

  5. Love your darling basket and linens and it sure does the trick hiding what you want to ! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday 🙂

  6. I sure love that old basket and linens! What a great look! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  7. Hey there~ Just stopping back by to say thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday~ hope you will come share again soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

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