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New life for stained kitchen linens…And this 4-piece knife giveaway! How to transform tattered kitchen linens with a little Rit dye. Plus, enter to win an artisan knife set!

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New life for stained kitchen linens…And this 4-piece knife giveaway!, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

No 1.
I wanted to quickly mention this cool giveaway for an artisan knife set from New West KnifeWorks. These guys are making beautiful high quality knives in Wyoming and have recently become a Partner on Honest Fare. I have two of their knives in solid dark wood, but they actually specialize in colorful inlay handles. I’ve been using the knives they sent me just about every day for two months now and absolutely love how sturdy they feel all around (both handle and blade). You feel so much safer using a good knife and the chopping really does become fun.
They’re offering two giveaways right now:
This one on their website.
And this one on their FaceBook page which ends Sept. 7

Go for it!

No 2.
The second thing I want to tell you all about is this little kitchen linen project I’m excited about. I’ve got a pretty substantial collection of kitchen linens in rotation these days. More than can fit inside the large garden basket that sits on top of my fridge, so I’m guessing at least 25. Some I picked up in places I’ve visited; some I spent good money for because the quality was worth it; some I got at IKEA for under a dollar because the quality was irrelevant at that price. I like to have a variety because it means the right kitchen linen is always handy for every use. There are usually a couple making the rounds in my kitchen at all times – one for hand drying, another for wiping down countertops and even one for laying out veggies to dry after washing. (Clearly a huge fan of the kitchen linen over the paper towel.) The only issue I have with my beloved collection is that half of them are all busted up from all their action. And the other half are inevitably on their way to looking all busted up too! You’ve probably got some busted up looking kitchen linens in your collection too. Am I right? That’s what happens when you use stuff.

I do attempt to revive their luster by bleaching them every once in a while, but the stains usually just change color (like from yellow to gray or brown to pink) and I can’t really decide if that’s any better than the original stain was! Then, a few weeks ago, it hit me that I was going about it all wrong. Instead of trying to get rid of these stains, I should be covering them up. With blue Rit dye, of course.

before and after dyed linen honestfare.com
How impressed are you by these mind-blowing before and after pics? Have you ever seen anything this innovative and unique? Yes, it’s a simple Idea, but it never occurred to me to do with kitchen linens and it works so well. They can be as old and nasty as they want to be and you can cover it right up!

Odds are you’ve used Rit dye before so I won’t get into it all. Just this one tip for getting an even dye: Dissolve the amount of dye your using into near boiling water in a separate vessel and let it sit for a couple minutes before adding to your linens that are already soaking in water. I prefer to use the washing machine to dye stuff.

rit dye honestfare.com
It was interesting to see the way the dye took to the striped and textured linens. I’m very happy with How they all came out. I went with blue for a more traditional look, but you could obviously play around with the colors to match your kitchen.

rit dye kitchen linens honestfare.com
Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend!


  1. Margot C
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

    I love dying stuff and that grey-blue is marvelous; good job!

  2. Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been dying my kitchen linens with RIT for ages! I can honestly say the results do NOT look as pretty as yours, though. I’m so messy in the kitchen and have such a gnarly collection of linens it’s embarrassing..

  3. Posted August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    That dyeing project is brilliant. I too, have a kitchen cloth for everything and as such, they are looking rather spent these days. Perfect task for the weekend! Many thanks!

  4. Sara
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    Doing this! AND winning those knives!!!

  5. Posted August 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    That came out looking so good! I need to do this with my kitchen towels too and liven them up a bit.

  6. Posted September 7, 2013 at 5:42 AM | Permalink

    Wow, I love them!

  7. Posted September 10, 2013 at 6:20 AM | Permalink

    Great knives! Looks amazing, great craft!

  8. Adrienne Washburn
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

    I love it! This is exactly what restaurants and hotels use to maintain their towels. The dye they use is different though, as they need an industrial fabric dye for bulk work. Also, the type of dye they use has a special agent that sanitizes the towels during the dyeing process.

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