Retro Napkin Holder

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!

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

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

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?

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!

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,

Michelle

 

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DIY Napkin Rings with Beads

How to Create Napkin Rings With Beads

Hello! I am here today with a fun post for your table décor. I think it is fun to have place cards and Napkin Rings. So, I like to combine the two.

We don’t have a big family, but I like to control where everyone sits. LOL! Don’t you? Anyway, these are a fun, little project that can dress up your table in no time.

Creating Napkin Rings With Beads

This summer while garage sale-ing, (I think I just made up a new word) I ended up purchasing an insane amount of beads. So, now, I am trying to find some fun uses for them beyond jewelry. I thought these Napkin Rings fit the bill, and they look great!

Supplies Needed:

  • Wire
  • Beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

How to Create your Napkin Rings:

Step 1: Cut a length of wire about 9 inches long

Step 2: Create a small “loop” at one end of the wire using the round nose pliers

Step 3: Slide the beads you have chosen onto the wire.

At first, I created a pattern with the beads up to the half way point then reversed the pattern for the second half. It looked great while it was straight, but when I twisted the wire around my napkin, the beads that looked the same ended up stacked together and it looked funny. So, I switched them around until I got the look I wanted.

Step 4: Create another “loop” at the other end of the wire when you have your beads all done.

Step 5: Twist the beaded wire around the napkin as tight as you like it to create your Napkin Ring

If you like a place card, you can put it between the rows of beads.

I hope you enjoyed this “how to” tutorial. I know you will love these Napkin Rings!

Happy creating!

Michelle

 

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