Skip to main content

Monogram Mini Banner Revive

While doing yard work this weekend, I noticed that our fabric mini banner had seen better days ....

It started out fresh and new as a crisp black bordered banner surrounding an ivory panel containing a black monogram and decorative stitching.  

After a few years in the sun and serving as a perch for our feathered friends, it was certainly overdue for replacement.  The stitching had held up well, but the black border was totally faded.

While it's true that buying a replacement banner isn't exactly a budget buster - they can be found for $10 or less - I couldn't convince the frugal side of me to toss it when the center panel was in good condition.

One option would have been to replace the outer black border with new fabric.  But, an even quicker option was to paint the faded black border using fabric paint - my kind of project!

The items used:

This paint is awesome and in the past I used it on a bamboo typography mat border.  You can read more about that HERE.

Only one coat of brushed on fabric paint was needed on both sides of the mini banner.  

Even before the paint dried it looked much nicer!

Once dry, the color difference was evident ...

After letting it dry thoroughly, it received a liberal application of Scotchgard fabric protector.

The magic of a new coat of paint continues to amaze me!  And, it's nice that this tired little banner once again looks fresh and new!

Do you have anything in your home that could be revived with a fresh coat of paint? 

 Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting!

Shared with:


  1. So pretty, thank you for sharing this with us at TOHOT!

  2. That was such a great idea! They do fade out in the sun and a quick paint job was the answer. Love it!

    Happy Thoughts of Home. :)

  3. That's an excellent way to revive the faded border fabric!

    1. Thank you, Bless! Was amazed that the black stitching looked like new. Appreciate you stopping by!

  4. Isn't it satisfying to redo something that you already own and like?
    You did a great job!

  5. The pattern is really cute ♥

  6. Great job.. Looks like a new banner.. SO pretty.
    I have lots of stuff lined up that needs re-painting.. now.. just making myself do them. lol

  7. Paint is a marvelous thing! Thank you for linking with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Frugal Craft Space - File Cabinet Makeover

After years of having our kitchen island serve as my craft table, I am excitedly creating a craft space in our guest room where craft supplies and equipment can remain set up and ready to go!  I envisioned a large craft table supported by two 2-drawer file cabinets.  The cabinets provide great storage, but were less than attractive and desperately needed a makeover.

The first criteria for the new craft space was to be frugal and to use items we already had on hand whenever possible - basically, the same criteria for any project we undertake. No surprise there!


Two metal 2-drawer file cabinets
Four decorative drawer pulls
Zinsser 123 Primer
Latex Paint
12 large wood paint stir sticks
Paint brush
Mitre saw box or hand saw 
Loctite Power Grab adhesive
220 grit sandpaper
Wood filler

We already had one file cabinet and located another of the exact same height at a local thrift store for only $15.  Along with being thrifty, an added bonus is that older metal file cabinets are made really well…

DIY Console Table Reveal

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and turned our garage into a workshop as we measured, measured again, cut, assembled and sanded the boards that would result in this beauty ....

To say that we like it is an understatement!  

This journey began with the need to replace our drastically undersized original console table and you can read more about that HERE.

Our inspiration was Ana White's Rustic X Console.  We followed Ana's wonderful free plans to construct the frame using 2" x 2" and 2" x 4" boards.  These were the only boards we had to purchase, as we had the two shelf boards (1" x 12" each) and three tabletop boards (2" x 6" each) on hand.

The finished dimensions are a whopping 76-1/2" x 18" x 32" - a little over 6 feet, making it much more appropriately sized for our 18' long wall (our original console table was only 42".)

You'll notice a few additional foyer changes as well.  The wall was…

{TUTORIAL} How to Make Book Pages Look Old

It's no secret that our home is filled with an abundance of book page d├ęcor, and it's only rivaled by monograms and burlap!  But, finding old books that don't smell musty and well ... just OLD, is hard to do.  I love the character of aged book pages, but not the scent of years of being stored in dark, damp spaces. 

Fortunately, years ago I discovered that you can give not-so-old books an aged appearance, thanks to tea staining.

And, it takes very few supplies:

~~Book pages
~~8 tea bags
~~Baking sheet
~~Rectangular dish
~~Paint brush
~~3 cups water

Will show you three different methods for applying the tea to the book pages:  Soaking in tea solution, applying tea solution with a paint brush, and applying tea solution with a tea bag.

The longer the pages soak in the tea solution, the darker they get.  Or, if you're using the brush on method with a paint brush or tea bag, the pages become darker with each application. 

Let's get started!

To begin, preheat oven to 170 …