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How to Tea Stain Lace Curtains

Bright white lace curtains can sometimes look too new, especially if your room decor has an old world or country feel. Staining cotton lace curtains in a tea solution is a simple way to give lace a gentle antique appearance. If you have any spare scraps of lace, experiment with different teas before staining your curtains because the resulting color will vary depending on the tea used.

Create a lovely old-fashioned look with tea dye.

Step 1

Put the four pints of water and the 20 teabags into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove the teabags.

Step 2

Place the lace curtains into the simmering tea water and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Step 3

Prepare a setting solution in the plastic bowl, allowing 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar to every 3 cups of cold water. Place the lace curtains into the setting solution and leave them to soak for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Rinse the lace curtains in clean water, then allow them to dry before pressing them. You can either hang them and allow them to dry naturally or use a tumble dryer set to gentle.

Warning

  • The tannins in tea can cause the fabric to deteriorate over time, so avoid staining heirloom lace curtains or special curtains that you want to hand down through generations.

About the Author

Deborah Jones started her freelance writing career in 1990. Her work has appeared in The Writer's Forum, "Reader's Digest" and numerous D.C. Thomson magazines. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a postgraduate certificate in education, both from the University of Derby.