Retro Napkin Holder

Hi everyone!  I am happy to be back on Life With Lorelai today.  I have been doing my favorite thing again…visiting garage sales and thrift stores.

The garage sales have really been hopping in our small town, and I even visited a flea market last weekend.  It’s just too fun!

One of the things I picked up a couple of weeks ago for $2 is an old napkin dispenser.  I haven’t seen one like this in a restaurant in a long time so I nabbed it.   Now, it is a retro napkin holder!

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It was a little rusty and sort of dirty when I picked it up.

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But I cleaned it up and gave the whole thing a coat of white paint and primer.

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Then, I used my Pure and Original Sea Moss  chalk paint to paint the middle sections green.  This is the same green paint I used on my Re-vamped TV Stand.  I love this color.  It isn’t exactly the same green as we have in the kitchen, but it is really close.

Then, I used a black chalk paint to paint the “band” in the middle.  This just gave it a little interest.  It needed something.

After the paint was completely dry, I brushed on some crème wax and let it dry.  Then, I buffed the whole piece with soft cloth to let the shine come through.

Then it was time for the Silhouette Cameo.  I created the word “EAT” on the Silhouette software program and cut it out of black vinyl.   I cut out two so the back and the front of the napkin holder would match.

Here is the final result.  What do you think?

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I love the way it turned out, and it looks great in my kitchen at our little eating area.

I ordered some napkins to fit in it.  They were harder to find than I thought.  Amazon did not have the correct size.  I needed to search for the smaller size.  They ended up (with shipping) costing just over $15 for 800 of them.  That is 2 packages.

I don’t imagine they will last too long because they are pretty small, and I am a definite napkin user.  LOL!  But, I will keep ordering them because I love the idea of having them available.  I should move the napkin holder into the living room for when we snack.  LOL!

Retro Napkin Holder

I hope you like it as much as I do.  I just love the way it turned out!

I hope you have a great day, and I will be back in a couple of weeks!

See you then,



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