Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Frenchy Dish Towel Love

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Frenchy Dish Towel Love

Hey there!

Are you ready to see something disgusting today?


Ok, good.  Let me show you a sampling of my disgusting dish towels...

Stained, faded, ripped and gross.

Ugh!  Aren't they hideous?!   They are embarassingly hideous.

I don't use my dish towels in a "decorative" way and I don't even use them much for cleaning things, they are just for drying your hands at the kitchen sink. When they are folded up next to the sink they don't look quite as disgusting (maybe?)  I also have 2 decent looking ones for when we have guests over so they don't think we're gross which obviously we are by the looks of our kitchen towels.

They have been stained from random projects by Mr. Chic even though he has his own huge stash of "work" towels.  Then I bleach them to get rid of all his project germs which has totally faded them and turned the khaki color a little bit peach.  Most of them came as gifts from our wedding registry and after 11 years they have seen better days (and that might be the understatement of the year).

For quite a while I've held off on buying new dish towels (obviously!) because I couldn't find any cute ones, just plain ones that were too expensive.  Who wants to pay a lot of money for average?  Not me.  I was waiting for something good (for about 8 years).

Anyway, I happened to be at TJ Maxx the other day (surprise!) and came across the cutest Frenchy dish towels I have ever seen!  They were super inexpensive too... double score!!

Each set came with 2 cute towels.  These are so cute that some of you crafty sewing girls could make them into something fun (in case you forgot, I don't sew but maybe I could hot glue them into something fun?? ;)  They also had some of the same towels with Frenchy dark red designs instead of black.

document Paris kitchen towels

They each came in a 2 pack for only $3.99!  I had looked at Target and they were charging $3.99 for one towel similar to the striped ones from TJ's!  I got 2 lovely towels for that price.

They are so cute I don't really want to use them and ruin them.  I'm thinking the towels with the cute prints will be my decorative-for-looks-only-hang-on the-oven-towel and I'll use the striped ones at the sink.  I'm just going to have to keep them all away from Mr. Chic!

So, am I the only with with disgusting dish towels or do any of you have the same dirty little secret?


  1. Oh I have to buy new ones really often because ours really get a work out and they start to look terrible in no time. I love your new ones and I like them for the pretty ones hanging on the stove. I do the same thing. You found some great ones and the price really is good. Hugs, Marty

  2. I thought it was a rule that dish towels and wash cloths looked like heck! Mine most certainly do! Thankfully, Dollarama carries them cheap, so I can replace as required. I've never liked the hanging on stove ones, so I just buy basic.

    But don't get me started on the state of my pot holders!

    :) Liz

  3. I love these towels. I do a seasonal change on the stove. I like purchasing towels (with my "and more off coupon" of course, from Kohls. Right now I have a fun spring green towel with flip flops and the word RELAX on it. I was on sale for 3.99 AND I had an additional 30% off coupon! Score ;)

    In regards to the rest of the towels that lie comfortably out of the public eye in a drawer next to the sink. Well, let's just say there's a reason for that!


  4. I ABSOLUTELY have gross dish towels! Mine are from when we first got married--my parents had some old tablecloths and one was the type of material that they use for old flour sack towels. So I cut it up into towels...and didn't hem them :) So now we have freyed and stained white towels. Blech. Maybe I need to buy more bleach...or just go to TJ Maxx! Love your towels!

  5. They are adorable I am thinking pillows!

  6. That is too funny! You are very brave. And totally lucky. I'm dying of jealousy. I love your new dish towels!!! I'm on the look out for some myself but have never seen any even half as nice as yours. Great find!!! Thanks for sharing. x Julie

  7. I have several from William Sonoma that my sister gave me when we moved into this house 17n years ago! They are getting pretty nasty by now but still dry the dishes! I also bought some vintage towels on ebay and have enjoyed them. But my dirty secret is my bathroom tub/shower daughter and I both have long hair and you would not believe what I pulled out of the drain yesterday....disgusting! Can't blame my hubby either because he is super bald!

  8. What a great tip, thanks Kate! I think I may have the same towels as your original ones, and probably in about the same condition! I'll hav to get my buns to Target!
    xo Becca

  9. Those towels are SO cute, I think I might frame some--then they'll ALWAYS be clean;)


  10. Where i can buy it???they are amazing!!!:))


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