Have you looked at your pot holders recently? Really looked? Go on...go take a peek. Are they faded, stained...a little crusty around the edges? My old hot pads had seen better days. I decided to replace them with something dark, that wouldn't show stains as badly. I couldn't find what I wanted, so I picked up plain black hot pads at Dollar Tree.
One day, while I had my roller out for a project, with white paint still on the roller, I decided to jazz one up a bit. First I taped off the squares one way, rolled on my paint and let it dry. Then I pulled the tape up and taped off the rest, then rolled again. I used ordinary latex wall paint.
I could have left it there. It was cute with a checkerboard pattern, but you know I can't leave good enough alone.
This fleur de lis stamp I'd picked up on sale was begging to be used.
The paint had seeped in some places, so I used permanent marker to touch up those areas. It worked perfectly, and again, you couldn't even tell.
Although the paint was a little stiff at first, after a couple of washings, it became as soft as the rest of the hot pad. It's been awhile since I did this, and the hot pad still washes up beautifully. My other black pot holders are all jealous. Next time I have a roller with white paint loaded, maybe I'll spiff them up too.
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