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How To Clean A Vintage Rug

I love rugs!  In my opinion, they make a space and when it is vintage, even better. I have found two beautiful vintage rugs for our home and there is something about a handmade, intricate, vintage rug that can not compare to a new rug. There is a downside, vintage rugs are just that....vintage. They are old, have probably been passed down and seen a lot of love over the years. That is where this post comes in handy, I'm going to teach you how to clean a vintage rug so when you come across the most perfect rug the wear won't scare you away.

Another note, I highly believe having a rug professionally cleaned is something that should be considered before you dive into cleaning your own vintage rug. Assess the scale of dirt on the rug from 1-10. If it is higher than an 8, I would take it to be professionally cleaned.

How To Clean A Vintage Rug

1. Find a clean, flat area outside to work on. This can be your driveway or front porch just clean it off before rolling out your carpet.
2. Lay out your rug with the piling side down (the "top") and vacuum going along the weave first. Go back over the rug going against the weave but being careful not to catch the fringe if applicable.
3. Flip the rug over and repeat step #2.
4. For vintage rugs that just needs to be spot cleaned, treat any spots with a vinegar mixture of 1/2 tsp of dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Be careful scrubbing the mixture onto the area, gently massage it in and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
5. If you feel like your rug needs further cleaning, spray the entire rug with a water hose on both sides.
6. Fill a spray bottle with more vinegar mixture and spray thoroughly over the rug. Spray off the mixture with your water hose.
7. Finally, let the rug dry with a fan or two pointed at it to make sure there is no mildew from the water. You can also drape the rug over a porch rail or cement wall to air it out. Once it is completely dry, bring your new-to-you rug inside!
Stay tuned...I am gathering a post of all the best places to find vintage rugs! In the meantime, do you have any vintage rugs in your home?


Etsy Challenge: Grow Your Shop In April!

Did you join us for the March Etsy Challenge?! How'd it go?

Let's recap last month: the challenge was to take new product photos, add 3-5 new listings and promote through Instagram accounts. I added new listings to all three shops and saw so much growth from it! I will stand behind adding new listings as a way to grow your shop, because it works!

For April, I am only going to keep the challenge to one idea. This is not as overwhelming and makes the challenge easy to focus on.

Post behind the scenes content and your story to your social media channels.

I'm sure you're used to posting perfect listing photos to your Instagram so your followers can see your products. While this is a great way to share what you sell, it is hard for followers to buy into. Focus on your story, your why, and your behind the scenes. This will create deeper relationships instead of consumer relationships.

Here are a few post ideas to get you started:

-What tools do you use to make your product? Organize them neatly and tag #EtsyOrganizedNeatly for a chance to be featured by @EtsySuccess
-Do you come home from your 9-5 to work on your shop on the side? Share how you do it!
-Post a photo of your workspace! Even if it is your kitchen table, it counts!
-Introduce the maker and share why you started your shop
-What is the most rewarding part of running an online business?
-Working on something new? Post a photo of the process
-Share a video of your hands making or designing your products.

Hopefully these will spark some ideas for social media posts this month! I'll be posting mine on my instagram account.

If you're joining in on the challenge, comment below and share your social media handles with me!

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The Perfect Finishing Details For Our Master Bathroom Renovation

Our Master Bathroom is soo close to completion! It has been so fun to dream up a bathroom from scratch and watch it come to life. I have some plans for finishing up the details and I'm trying to remind myself to be patient with the process. Even though I'm trying to be patient, it doesn't stop me from planning it out! I have a DIY I want to attempt, two special photos framed and for the rest I want to keep it pretty simple and thoughtful.

One thoughtful detail that I am excited about is our new framed photos that were professionally printed and framed by Framebridge. We have so many quotes and vacation photos around the house but I have always just bought inexpensive frames at a craft store so this was my first experience with a professional framer. When I opened the box, I could immediately see the detail that went into these frames! I loved the thoughtfulness of the handwritten note, packaging, and hanging supplies. I couldn't believe how well my iPhone photos printed and how simple the whole process was! I'm so thankful Framebridge takes all the work out of the equation so I could focus on other details in the bathroom renovation.

Jordan and I chose a photo from our honeymoon of ourselves (our first framed photo of us!) and a photo I took on my iPhone of some waves from a recent vacation since we both love the ocean. I love the clean wood frames that will tie in with our vanity! These photos are some we will keep close to us for years to come, I'm so thankful we have them framed to enjoy. If you have any photos or art work you want to show off, I highly recommend Framebridge. Use the code alwaysrooney15 at checkout for 15% off your order!

As for the rest of the details, here is a moodboard for where we are headed. The brass planters I have already started working on as a DIY. And the rest will come in due time!

We are on the home stretch, folks. For updates check my instagram stories!