Friday, 17 February 2012

Rescue and refurbish

I should be able to get back to crafting by the end of next week and I can honestly say, for the first time in ages, my fingers are twitching to get started. I have no idea yet what they want to get started on, they don't keep me that well informed. I just know if I don't make something soon I'm going to pop ( I don't do explode - too much mess to clean up afterwards)

In preparation I have been squirrelling away some finds from the charity shop. When you can't make, hoard! Many people bring in textiles that aren't fit for resale but can get sent for recycling. The shop receives a donation for each bag they send off. We often have to decant the bags brought in by the public into sturdier pre-printed bags we have for transporting to recycling depots.

It was during this task, sorting through grubby net curtains, frayed towels and pobbley brushed nylon sheets that I came across these.

I took them out , checked them over, but could find nothing wrong with them other than the fact that they were slightly dated and the donor obviously thought no one would want them. 

Ha! I fell in love with them on the spot. Which was quite strange actually since they are so 'not me'. But that's the thing, I think I was drawn to the vintage novelty of them, if that makes sense. So I rescued them, measured them, priced them and bought them.  

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with them, the only thing I am sure of is that they will no longer be curtains. ( I say that but judging by past experience they are likely to remain in their present state for some time to come)

I few days later I arrived to start my shift and found this little treasure at the till point.

Can you tell what it is yet?

Perhaps if I open it up....

...add the trays....

...and flip down the sides?

A slightly shabby but fully working butlers table!
Well I couldn't resist. It just had to come home with me. With a little bit of TLC,(I'm still not sure whether to sand it down and wax it or paint it in some trendy colour. Any ideas?),it will be perfect in my workroom. I'm a bit of an untidy crafter. I invariably have half started, or worse still half finished, projects strewn across my worktable, taking up valuable space. It makes it increasingly difficult to lay out patterns or cut out fabric. 

This butlers table will give me somewhere to put works in progress, keeping my large table free of mess ( well that's the plan anyway:o)), with the added advantage of trays I can bring in to the house with me of an evening should I feel the need to continue some crafty endeavour.

I can't wait!


Emma Thomsen said...

Ooh love your finds! I can see the appeal of the fabric, I would want it too. But like you wouldn't have a clue what to make with it!

Colette said...

Some fabrics are just meant for hoarding!! Love the butlers table - very jealous!

Very Berry Handmade said...

Ooh great finds! If I was volunteering in a charity shop our house would be even more full of fabric finds than it is now!! The butler's table is ace - looks v useful.

Ali said...

What fab those colourful curtains..and that's a tremendous table!
I'd find it so hard to resist if I worked where you do!
Hope the week flies past and you're prevented from popping!!
Ali x

A Time for Stitching said...

They're lovely curtains! Maybe they could be made into bags or cushions. The butler's table looks like it could scrub up well. I keep a basket especially for carrying stuff to and from my shed - invariably it's in the wrong location when I need it!
Teresa x

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