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An upcycled footstool

stool-before

This little footstool has been in the family quite a while and has already had a couple of makeovers whilst it’s been in our care. This time I felt it needed a really different look. The legs have had the full chalk paint, sanding and wax treatment. The fabric was worn and had to go (yes, we really do use it as a footstool, so it gets worn!)  It’s been replaced by a piece of Laura Ashley vintage brocade. All topped off with a length of sparkly ribbon. It’s still the prefect place to rest our weary feet, but so much prettier now, somehow!

stool-after

One more upcycling project

I promise I’ll get back to my knitting again soon, but there are so many other projects I wanted to get done first. Here’s just one of them. For ages we’ve had our TV hidden away in a pine media cabinet. The wood was dark and the cupboard loomed when the doors were closed and the TV packed away. So I wondered whether I could remodel the cupboard to make a more up to date TV table which blends rather more seemlessly with the rest of our decor.

Out came the jigsaw. Not my favourite power tool with that scary blade that tends to rip through wood leaving ugly, gnarled edges. But I gritted my teeth and set to, slicing the old cupboard in half.

The next phase was to remove the top from the original cupboard so that it could be replaced on top of the base section.

Then the fun bit – painting with my favourite Rustoelum chalk paint in clotted ceam and sanding back to give that distressed look I love. A final coat of wax, a little wood glue and hey presto our ‘brand new’ TV cabinet was born!

 

Rainy day sewing

Today was a day for staying indoors and bringing some sunshine into the house with some up-cycled curtains.  I originally made these curtains from Laura Ashley fabric for my daughter’s bedroom in the 1990s.  I have cut them down, re-lined them and added new rufflette tape.  Sewing them transported me back to my daughter’s lovely sunny bedroom when she was a child – the fabric is a little sun-faded in places.  Other damage the curtains had sustained is thanks to her pet rabbit at the time, who was partial to a little nibble on the edges of the fabric.  I’ve incorporated the faded bits and the bunny damage along with all our happy memories in the ‘new’ curtains.  The material is so pretty that I don’t think anyone will mind.  They certainly brighten up my laundry room on such a dreary day.

bunny-damaged curtains

bunny-damaged curtains

sewing new rufflette tape

sewing new rufflette tape

'vintage' Laura Ashley fabric

‘vintage’ Laura Ashley fabric

I couldn’t remember the name of the fabric, but Laura Ashley have very kindly reminded me via Twitter!
Soo @handmadebysoo
@LauraAshleyUK upcycling ‘vintage’ LA curtains, but can’t remember the name of the fabric. Can you remind me, please? pic.twitter.com/43KFVIuuVd – Feb 22

Laura Ashley @LauraAshleyUK

@handmadebysoo I can confirm this was our old ‘Dotty’ fabric and this colour way is named ‘Poppy’. I hope this helps, thank you.

10:06 AM – 23 Feb 15

Completed ‘honeymoon’ makes

The ‘honeymoon’ bed runner was hand placed and quilted from vintage upholstery fabric swatches, Laura Ashley scraps from the stash and a little modern gingham, embellished, as usual, using a collection of vintage mismatched buttons.

The completed bed runner

The completed bed runner

Also on the bed are a couple of cushions, crocheted from scraps of colour coordinating yarn.  Just a couple of giant granny squares, crocheted together to form the frill.

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

Then it was time for handmadebysoo to try a little ‘up-cycling’, adding a modern Laura Ashley hydrangea fabric cover to a vintage Lloyd Loom style linen box.  There was no need to do anything to the original paint finish.  Even the braiding was saved and re-used.

The linen box

The linen box

And finally, it was time for a little fun!

Knitted kittens

Knitted kittens

Referring to an old favourite pattern for knitted cats (http://betsy.imagin-itis.net/fibrcraft/kitten.html) handmadebysoo knitted these three woolly kittens as a finishing touch to amuse the honeymoon couple.