Thursday, 13 September 2012

Lloyd Loom Linen Basket


In my last post, I promised photos of the tatty Linen basket and its makeover.

This is what it looked like when I bought it from the Auction House.  As you can see, it was in a sorry state and not something you would want to have on display.

Had a look in my fabric cupboard and found some lovely leafy fabric and got my Laura Ashley eggshell paint out.  Had to give it a couple of coats of paint to cover the silver spray paint.  I threw out the plaited edging on the lid as it was really tatty and starting to snap but found some super girly braid to replace it at my local fabric shop.  Its a bit mad but I love it.  So here is is the finished basket.

It now sits next to my sewing table and it now stores all the off cuts of wadding that I use in my patchwork quilts, its surprising how much it holds.



Saturday, 8 September 2012

Lloyd Loom Chair = En Suite Van!

At the start of summer (before I knew about all the rain!), I was on the look out for a Lloyd Loom Chair that I could use as a garden chair, I had visions of 1930's Poirot scene, they are so more elegant than plastic chairs.  I found one at a local auction but I couldn't get to view or attend the sale.  So I left an online bid, to my joy I got it for £15 and it came with a tatty linen basket which was ripe for restoration as well.  Bargain, I thought!

BUT when I went to collect it, the chap picked it up and sticking out the bottom was a potty, I had only gone and bought a commode!  I really went off it at this stage and didn't want to bring it home but a bid is a legally binding contract so off in the van it went.  This is what it looked like

I got my Laura Ashley eggshell paint out, covered a new seat pad, threw the offending potty in the bin (I might regret this rash act in later life!) and hey presto, a finished garden chair but I have had to wait until this week for the sunshine. (PS.  I made the cushion as well)

When I told our friends in the pub about my purchase, there was much leg pulling that I could leave it in my work van and I would have a en-suite van!!  Least it made everyone laugh.

I will share photos of the restored linen bin in my next blog.