I have managed a few re-purposing projects this summer and I wanted to share them with you today. One involves a vintage bed sheet and the other involves an old tray.
While I was at a good friends home having coffee, I noticed she had fashioned a “coffee station” out of a large picture frame. I decided I needed one of my own and knew the exact item. I have had an old tray hanging around in the storage room for years and I now had a purpose for it.
You have probably seen these at auctions and sales and such or perhaps you have one laying around also. It is like a picture frame with handles and it has little feet on the bottom side.
I think they use to use these on hutches or side boards to put the tea set or coffee set on so as not to ruin the wood top.(?) The first thing I did was to paint the frame a dark red.
Then I decided I wanted a pretty yet old-fashioned looking background for my tray. The first time I used a cute piece of wrapping paper but coffee got spilled on the tray (a lot of coffee) and it seeped under the glass and the paper got all disgusting and crinkled up. The good thing about using a piece of wrapping paper is that it is a good disposable option. The second time, I decided to use fabric so I cut a piece to fit and reassembled the tray with the fabric backing and glass. My tray did not have the glass anymore so I took it to a glass shop and had them cut a piece for me. It was $10. And VOILA!
Here it is in its’ place on the counter with my Keurig, my favorite cup and my biscuit tin which holds my selection of k-cups. I love it and will soon be changing that background for an Autumn print.
Can you even believe it…Fall is in the air!
My next project involves an OLD nightgown and a vintage sheet. I am not sure how old my favorite nightgown is but I am going to take a stab at a guess and say 15 years!!! And I paid a whole ten dollars for it on the clearance rack! I could not bear to replace it or throw it away. It is stained, tattered and torn. I wanted to find another one that I loved just as much but have not been able to find one. So I decided I would make one but could never find a fabric that felt quite like my “favorite one”. Then one day as I was making the bed I thought to myself…A HAH! This is the feel that I want for the nightgown–cotton sheeting. So I got a few vintage sheets from a good friend that collects them and made myself a new nightgown out of one of them. Here is a picture of the sheet before the cutting began.
Eegads! Is that an awful picture or what? Oh well…..a sheet is a sheet is a sheet.
I want to give you a close up view of the border though because I left that as is and used it for the hem of my nightgown.
I already had my pattern—-probably for a good five years now while I was on the hunt for the fabric.
Here is the finished project…..
I think it is the sweetest thing! I love the broken in softness of the sheet and the slightly faded, old fashioned flower print. Other than the pattern which I have had next to forever, the sheet was free, the lace trim around the neckline came out of my ribbon and lace stash and the buttons out of my box of old buttons so it came in at LESS than the $10 that I paid for my original nightgown! If you have a young daughter, one flat sheet would easily make a nightgown for both you and her!
And things are carrying on as usual outside in the yard.
The bumblebees are lazily drifting from flower to flower on our Rose of Sharon bush. They are planning for winter!
And the morning glories on this old bench are continuing to thrive.
I am hoping you all have wonderful plans for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Have a lovely holiday!