How Do You Give Fabric an Antique Look?


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Fabric can be given an antique look with items you already have in your kitchen. With water, coffee or tea, and tongs and a large pot, you can make fabric look aged in just minutes.

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  1. Get your supplies

    Gather coffee or tea, a Dutch oven or a large pot, water, a plastic spoon, tongs and latex gloves.

  2. Make your dye

    To make dye with coffee, use 10 to 12 cups of strong coffee. Make the coffee as you normally would. To make dye with tea, fill your large pot halfway full with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Remove the pot from the heat and add 6 to 8 tea bags, gently stirring until the water turns a golden color.

  3. Dye the fabric

    If using coffee dye, place your fabric in the empty pot and pour the coffee over the fabric. Add water to the pot until the fabric is just covered. Heat the fabric on medium-low heat for five minutes. Stir gently. If using tea dye, add the fabric to the pot of tea you made in the previous step. Stir the fabric gently to disperse the dye. Let the fabric sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Rinse the fabric

    Remove the fabric using the tongs and place the fabric in an empty sink. Rinse the fabric with cold water until the water runs clear. Squeeze the fabric to remove excess water. Hang to dry for a streaked look, or machine dry for a more even dispersal of color.

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