Monday, 25 February 2013

Rolling out the trolley

Jumper chopping has been put on hold for a few days so I can finish doing up my trolley. It's been sitting about in the kitchen for ages and was starting to attract piles of clobber - a spare space doesn't stay spare very long around here.
I knew exactly what I wanted to put on it though, I wanted to cover the trolley in my small collection of vintage knitting patterns. Well it seems such a shame to tuck them away in a drawer.


I've been buying them for the classic and totally fabulous pictures rather than the patterns. Some really are in a league of their own.. in a League of Gentlemen kind of way..


I bought an extra bundle from a charity shop for a pound, and at the counter the lady said, 'You're going to be busy!' I just nodded enthusiastically - didn't feel right to tell her I was sticking them on a piece of furniture.


The trolley came from our local auction and only cost me £2. It did need a thorough clean and a few repairs before I primed and painted it with a chalky emulsion - lovely shade called moonstone grey. Luckily there was enough in the tester pot for two decent coats on the legs and around the edges.


I spent quite a while cutting and arranging the patterns before getting the glue out. One great decoupage tip I was given recently, is to use a piece of kitchen roll to smooth down the picture, gently rubbing over the paper continuously, to push out bubbles and wrinkles. Time-consuming but definitely worth it - plus it reduced anxiety levels.. There are still a few bumps, but shouldn't be noticeable when the sewing machine goes on top and my sewing box has a new home below.


I kept the pieces on the drawer black and white for some of contrast, and picked out plenty of fairisle patterns because I love a bit of fairisle.



Now it just needs a few coats of clear varnish and a good spray of WD-40 on those squeaky old wheels..

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  1. THAT is an AWESOME idea!

    Ahh and those were the days - men were men when they wore cardies.

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    1. and it truly is a cardy and a half - though even that doesn't stop him looking a bit sinister!
      Thanks Liz :)

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  2. That looks amazing. I wouldn't have even thought of doing something like that.

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  3. It looks wonderful! Love the green cardigans, and the baby in the little hooded blue one.

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    1. it's called baby bunting that one - very sweet! Thanks Jennifer x

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  4. What a great idea! Love the nordic patterns! Too nice to be kept in a drawer like you say! :)

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    1. did pick out as many nordic ones as I could find! Plenty of fantastic fairisle patterns, should really have tried to knit some, though not sure my knitting skills are up to it - too late now! :)

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  5. I was going to do something similar with sewing patterns on one of those cantilevered boxes but I think it will be too fiddly - I love this though!
    x

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    1. that would look great! Possibly a bit fiddly, but worth a shot? Maybe try the 'smoothing with kitchen paper' thing! x

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  6. Weren't you tempted to keep a pattern back to knit? This is a lovely idea. I'm trying one new thing a week on blog and I think I'm going to have to give something like this a go.

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    1. that's great!! and I did keep one pattern, for a sweet little cardy - tempted with a few of the nordic ones, but can always search out some more if I ever find the time to try fairisle!

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  7. You could always scan any pattern you liked before cutting it up too, in case you really fancied making it at a later date. It looks great and you'll be sidetracked by all the fairisle.

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    1. that would have been very sensible! Think I was just itching to get on. Will remember for next time! :)

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