Upcycled Drinks Trolley – start to end process

In February this year I purchased a second-hand drinks trolley from the British Heart Foundation furniture charity shop in Doncaster, for £15. Only recently, I set aside two days of grafting in our garage to upcycle it… I thought I’d share with you my start to end process, I do hope you enjoy…

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This is what the drinks trolley looked like when I bought it. Definitely in need of some tender loving care, and a little titivating! It was quite funny actually because when I brought the trolley outside from the BHF shop in Doncaster, the wheel fell off and started rolling down the street slope! So yeah, it was a bit embarrassing running frantically after a wheel in a busy town centre, but nothing a wingnut couldn’t fix at home!…

The first step was to put on some personal protective equipment, a white overall that made me look like a giant tampon, haha! (Gloves and protective face masks are definitely advisable also when spray painting). I then gave the trolley a good long clean with sugar soap, sanded it down thoroughly, then sugar soaped it again loads to wash off all the debris…

The next stage was to spray the drinks trolley with a spray primer I bought from Wilko’s. I decided to spray paint rather than paint the trolley as I was told this achieves the most effective and fastest drying coverage, which was so true; it only took about 30 minutes to dry, I was pleased overall with the coverage too. I then spray painted only the areas of the trolley I knew were going to be visible in the end product with metallic gold and chrome silver spray paints. Again, these were relatively quick to dry…

I purchased these wooden love hearts from The Works. I used a craft knife to cut the middle of the big love heart, and used the smaller love heart holes as stencils to draw and cut 4 little wooden love hearts, before spraying all these new shapes bright blue…

After that, I cut out some vintage inspired wrapping paper I bought from Clintons to A3 size and laminated them. I glued these to the top and bottom on the trolley using a standard craft glue gun…

Next, I protected the laminated sheets, and spray painted the remainder of the trolley shelves with red, blue, gold and silver splodges. This stage was not planned. Originally, I was going to glue cushion fabric on these areas of the trolley but changed my mind at the last minute. So at this stage, I was pretty much ‘experimenting’ which ooooo sounds so artistic, but in truth it’s probably more accurate to say I was ‘winging it’, haha! I then cut off 8 strips from a red fluffy cushion, to become borders around the A3 laminated sheets…

Next, I used a glue gun to stick down the dried large blue love heart onto the bottom shelf of the trolley (this is where I imagine beer cans to be stored). I also used the glue gun to glue the red fluffy strips of cushion around the edges of the A3 laminated vintage wallpaper…

Lastly, I used the glue gun to glue down 4 pink and cream love hearts I also bought from The Works, then glued to them the 4 small blue spray painted love hearts (where I imagine shot glasses to be kept). I also glued pretty pink ribbon around the edges of the large blue love heart and attached some battery operated lights I purchased from B&M around the top shelf of the trolley…

and yippee, we have an upcycled drinks trolley!

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This was only my very first upcycling project, I have never attempted to upcycle anything before. So, bearing that in mind, it is certainly not the best but I think I have made a valiant effort, and the end result isn’t toooooo frightful, haha!

I hope you enjoyed the post, please do share with me your thoughts on the project.

Thanks, Lauren x

 

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50 Photos: ‘How to guide’ – Bobble Hats for Beginners

In my recent employment, I helped run arts and crafts sessions for adults with predominately learning difficulties and autism. I worked alongside a wonderful lady who had ample experience in crafts and arty hobbies, and was so kind as to teach me, during our sessions, how to loom knit a basic bobble hat…

Please see below a 50 step photographically demonstrated ‘how to’ guide of how to go about making a basic bobble hat (with brim and pom pom)… I do hope you find the information useful…

  • First of all you will need to purchase a loom knitting kit. Usually, the size loom you will need to use to produce an adult size bobble hat is the largest loom in the kit. You may think “surely that one is too big?”, but trust me, that’s the one you want. In my kit, my largest loom is bright pink (see above)
  • Once you have chosen two colours of yarn (medium or chunky size, depending on how thick you’d like your hat to be), tie a slip knot around the protruding anchor peg (figure 2)
  • Next, wrap the yarn around each individual peg (in a clockwise motion, but the circumference of the loom itself anticlockwise) until you have wrapped every peg (figure 3). Repeat this step exactly so that you end up with two rows of yarn (figure 4). To clarify, by ‘two rows of yarn’ I mean one purple and grey yarn, in my case, underneath another row of purple and grey yarn
  • Then, take your pick and pull the bottom row of yarn over the top row (as demonstrated in figure 5 and 6). Handy tip: if you start with the peg just before the anchor peg, this avoids your yarn unravelling mid-process (which is an absolute nightmare!) Starting with this peg secures your looping
  • Go all around the circumference of the loom anticlockwise pulling the bottom row of yarn over the top row…
  • You should then simply repeat, repeat and repeat the process:
  • Push your yarn down with your pick to make room for a new row of yarn. Loop a new row of yarn, wrapping each individual peg, then use your pick to pull the bottom row of yarn over the new top row of yarn, working your way anticlockwise around the circumference of the loom
  • As you continue with this ongoing process, the depth of your hat will grow at a steady pace (as visible in the figures above)…
  • Once your hat has grown to a reasonable length (twice the size of how big you’d like your brim to be), the next step is to actually create a brim:
  • Firstly ensure there is only one row of yarn on your pegs at this moment
  • Hook with your pick the middlemost loop you have knitted over the top of each individual peg (figures 12, 13 and 14). There should be exactly the same number of loops as pegs, so these should fit perfectly. Handy tip: you can at this stage take your slip knot off the anchor peg and tuck it inside the brim you are creating so it is no longer visible; tuck it in neatly
  • Pull with your pick the bottom row of yarn over the new top row of yarn (as demonstrated in figure 15) all around the circumference of the loom, and hey presto, we have a brim! :D…
  • Then we’re back to growing the depth of bobble hat, which may take a wee while, so patience and perseverance is key
  • Loop a new row of yarn around the circumference of the loom, use your pick to pull the bottom row over the top row, repeat, repeat, repeat (I think you may have the hang of this now, hehe)… continue maybe even for a fair few hours, as your new bobble hat grows and grows in depth
  • Once your hat has grown massively (to round about the size of figure 25), you are ready to finish it off, yippee…
  • Cut your yarn to roughly the length of one and a half circumferences of loom (figures 26 and 27)
  • The next step is a little bit trickier: thread your pick underneath the yarn attached to the peg (figure 28) then hook and pull the cut yarn upwards and out with your pick (figure 29) do this around the entirety of the loom, threading your pick underneath the attached yarn on each peg and pulling the cut yarn upwards and out (a close-up is shown in figure 30)
  • Your bobble hat is now ready to be detached from your loom, just lift it off the peg with your pick (as visible in figure 32)
  • Decide at this point which way round you desire your hat to be, as it is or inside out. Either is perfectly fine, it’s all down to personal preference really
  • For aesthetic purposes, knots should be tied opposite to the way you wish your hat to be worn: If you then pull the loose yarn, your hat will suddenly join together splendidly. Ensure you tie a few knots to secure…
  • Now it’s time to create your pom pom!
  • I have used the largest size pom pom maker in my purchased pom pom maker kit. Generally for an adult size bobble hat, this is the most suitable choice size wise for everything to look in proportion (if you’re making a smaller hat, use a smaller pom pom maker)
  • Place your two (almost) identical pom pom maker shapes on top of each other, they should slot together nicely although you will have to hold them in place, so don’t be surprised if they don’t click and lock together! Tie new yarn around the pom pom maker (figure 37)
  • Wrap your new yarn around one side of the pom pom maker (figures 38 and 39), then basically continue your wrapping on the other side (figure 40)
  • When your pom pom maker is wrapped thickly with yarn on either side, tie a knot to secure (figure 41) and clip your pom pom maker together with the clips that should be provided with your kit (figure 42)…
  • You must then place your thumb or finger (thumb is easiest) through the hole in your pom pom maker (this is very important as your yarn will fall apart otherwise), and use a pair of little scissors to cut all around the middle of the pom pom maker (figures 43 and 44)
  • Cut off a loose bit of yarn (figures 45 and 46), to then tie very very tightly inside the middle of your pom pom maker to secure (figure 47)
  • Your pom pom maker can then be safely be detached, and wahey we have a pom pom!
  • Trim your pom pom a little bit maybe with some scissors for aesthetic purposes, then all is left is to sew your new pom pom onto your hat (figure 50)…

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… And there you have it! You have created your very first pom pom bobble hat! Congratulations! (Mine is modelled above by my lovely mum, hehe)

Remember, you can always choose to use different colours; I have a few bobble hats a grey and a block colour yarn as I think these work quite well, but black goes well too with a block colour, or maybe try different shades of the same block colour – it’s your choice entirely, whatever suits you! 😀

In hindsight, perhaps a video (instead of photographs) would have been a better choice to best illustrate the process of how to make a bobble hat for beginners, but I do very much hope you found the post informative and relatively easy to follow…

Thank you, much love always, Lauren x

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