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Friday, 26 March 2010

Changes, something old - something new.

I have been busy today on a project I've been putting off for a few months until I was in the mood.  It involved using this lovely old machine to sew a few seams......

Isn't it wonderful?  I love the gold writing and patterns on it.

I've had it for about 8 years, it cost the princely sum of £5 from a car boot sale.
I do have an electric sewing machine, but I'd rather use this - it reminds me of the old treadle machine that was my Nans.  She taught me to sew with it when I was about 9 or 10.

Now, I purchased this grotty old foot stool from my favourite charity shop in November last year for £4, and stored it away until now.

Someone had started to strip off the cover and given up, the legs hadn't been tightened up properly either.
I had just the place in mind for it, and knew exactly what to cover it with. 

Here's the finished project....hope you like it -( I decided not to button it as it would blend in better).

It is to blend in with an earlier project I did for our guest, I should explain that my husband is not a fan of painted furniture, and to be truthful this chair was so nice I didn't want to paint it anyway.  I got it from a local antique centre earlier last year, the seat was in a dreadful state, so I completely stripped and re-upholstered it in this lovely lily fabric.  It was on sale for £45 but I negotiated it down to £30.  I already had plenty of the fabric left over from another guest room project.

I didn't fancy stripping off the paint from the stool legs, so I just cleaned them up and left them painted cream.

I think it blends together well, and is plenty big enough to rest the breakfast tray on too.

Here is the original project I did for this room, sadly I lost the 'before' photo's when my old laptop broke.
I got the linen basket from Freecycle last year, it was in a terrible state, a REALLY BATTERED Lloyd Loom one.  I stripped it back to the basic frame and recovered it in 'bendy' MDF, and made a new flat top as well.  Then I padded it all with wadding and upholstered it in the lovely lily fabric.

It is now in the same bedroom.  And here's a peek at the bed.....

I hope you like my finished projects, though I do have quite a few more that I've done in different rooms.  Please let me know what you think.  Thank you for joining me and I hope you come back soon.

Best wishes

Oh! nearly forgot.  The something old, something new title?  My wonderful husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary today! 


Nancy said...

Rose, These turned out so lovely! That bench looks a million percent better. I like the new fabric. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on a 32 year marriage! That is WONDERFUL!

Rose H (UK) said...

Thank you Nancy. I'm glad you think my 'projects' turned out well - and as for our anniversary and marriage, well that turned out well too!

Rose H

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Your things are lovely Rose. I love the fabric and you did such a wonderful job on all of them. I love the bones of the chair and little legs on the stool. Your bedroom looks very dreamy. Congrats on your anniversary and wishing you many more.
Hugs, Pat

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. I love your stool, the chair and the hamper. You have really been a busy person. I absolutely love our vintage sewing machine, I learned to sew on a treadle one also and I think it always made the best seams in the world. Sure wish my mom had kept it. Thanks for coming by and always leaving such gracious comments. Hugs, Marty

Rose H (UK) said...

Pat and Marty,
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit - and then to leave such lovely comments too, I do really appreciate it.

The Norwegian said...

The fabric is lovely! What a pretty chair - it's lines are so graceful. Stool is Queen Anne
very suitable in England- looks beautiful made over. I can so easily picture you in your bedroom now - over there in Staffordshire! (I checked my UK map to see just where you are)

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi Norwegian, great to see you've 'joined' here :-)
Thank you again for your compliments, I really appreciate that you've taken the time to leave comments.
P.S. You'll have to start a blog too, it's such fun!

Martha said...

Thank you for your kind comment.

Lucy Bloom said...

Well I haven't witnessed any fisticuffs at the jumbles yet, though I have been know to utter a few choice words under my breath myself ;-). Lovely makeovers, and your bedroom is dreamy!
Lucy x

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This turned out beautifully, Rose!

Thanks so much for visiting the Back Porch.

Rose H (UK) said...

Hello Martha, Lucy and Pat,
Thank you so much visiting and leaving such lovely comments, I really do appreciate the time and trouble :o) Hope to see you here again soon.
Best wishes
Rose H

Manuela@TPOH said...

Happy Anniversary! 32 years is quite an accomplishment these days!

Love your footstool makeover it really looks lovely with the chair!


Rose H (UK) said...

Great to see you here Manuela, thank you for your best wishes and lovely comments.
Best wishes
Rose H

Debbie~ said...

Hi Rose, how beautiful they all are, I looove the fabric you chose, how wonderful! Best wishes to you and your hubby on your anniversary! I also want to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi Debbie, great to see you here, thank you for joining in and leaving such lovely greetings and comments!
Best wishes

Cindy said...

Rose, those turned out so beautifully! I've never tried reupholstering, but I'm sure I could figure it out....and would be able to use up some that gorgeous material I always pick up, just because! LOL!!

and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that old sewing machine :)

Astrid said...

Oh Rose, first Congratulations with your and hubbies anniversary.
I love your finished projects..and to use a sewing machine like yours..really is the cream on the cake (for me "old stuff"

Love your blog.

Cottage Way of Life said...

I love your old sewing machine, it's quite beautiful. My immediate thought was that I'd like to take a photo of the machine's graphics, get them into the computer, & photoshop them to use in some project. Wouldn't that be fun? Your sewing projects turned out very nice, that footstool must be very pleased to be looking so smart now. :-)

Happy anniversary to you and your husband!

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi Cindy, Astrid and Cottage Way of Life!
So nice of you all to come along and make your lovely comments, I REALLY do appreciate that you've taken the time to write.
I'm afraid I don't have Photoshop so I can't re-jig photos at all, but I can see what you mean and it's a great idea.

Peonies Bridge said...

I used to sew on a sewing machine like that, a singer 1930, when I was a child, making dresses for my dolls.