How to Create "Aged" Farmhouse Tea Towels Using Coffee

2 Materials
$14
2 Hours
Easy

I recently purchased a set of farmhouse style tea towels from Amazon; and though I loved them, they were just too white and bright for my liking. I love a worn, vintage feel; and figured I could create that look using coffee.


When I tried, it worked!! They really do look aged now! I'm going to show you how easy it is to create an aged look using your leftover coffee and grounds!


COST OF PROJECT IS BASED ON COST OF TOWELS I USED

You will just need a pot of coffee, and the grounds you used, to make it! Make sure to have a bowl ready to mix your towels.

I just used the grounds I made my morning coffee with! It was that easy!

I poured the pot of coffee into a bowl and mixed my grounds in as well.

I placed a towel into the bowl. I did not wash the towel before; but did saturate it in warm water first.

I then mixed the coffee and grounds into the towel

I fully submerged the towel into the coffee for about 1-2 hrs. You can always leave longer as well.

After removing the towel from the coffee, I rinsed well with warm water. I did not wash the towel in the washing machine, as I don't plan to use it for anything but display.


I cannot guarantee the color with stay if washed in machine. Just rinse thoroughly, throw in the dryer, and iron.


That's it!

This is a comparison of the coffee stained towels vs the white original ones.

I love the aged look the coffee gave them!

Suggested materials:

  • Tea towel   (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07DJ1H765?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin)
  • Coffee

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  • Poetart Poetart on Aug 07, 2021

    An important secret to maintaining a dyed item is HEAT SETTING! I did not learn how important a difference this was for over a decade. Depending upon a shrink factor with the fabric used, higher heat the better! Since Only natural fibers & nylon will truely take dye well. Polyester blends may take on a tint. Anything you dye, ink, use markers, paint (even fabric paint), or color ( how batiking is done), should all be set by heat! Highest dryer setting & iron setting, always use paper or press cloth for first time, or two.

  • Linda McKeller Linda McKeller on Aug 08, 2021

    Definitely gonna try this one! How much easier can it get for such a great outcome?!!

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