Monday, March 14, 2011

tea anyone?

here's my finished project with the cute castors! i have wanted an old tea trolley for years. i have bid on them on eBay a few times and missed out.
so when i spied this one in the corner of someone's shed, i asked the price and it came home with me. (at a very good price i might add :)

here's how sad and sorry she was when i bought her home!
she was pretty battered and worn, and you can still see her 'scars' through the paint, but i like it that way.

oh there are the castors again. sigh. love them.
they are so wobbly and rickety, but that makes me love them more.

the timber handle is missing from one end but that doesn't matter.
it all adds to her vintage charm.

i was surprised on Friday afternoon with these beautiful soft pink roses.
don't they look gorgeous in my old jars?

the trolley is going to be used for our little cockatiel's Cherry and Keira.
the base can house their food, toys, etc. all hidden nicely in that rustic basket.

oh there are those 'to die for' rusty old castors again :))

hello rusty lovelies.
yes i know i'm a little loopy when it comes to vintage ;)

i took a couple of pics of my roses early this morning too.

now i just need to learn how to grow my own....

i am listing a few lovely pieces on eBay today.
here's a couple of pretties that are going up for auction.

there are some other pieces that i painted up recently and blogged about that are for sale too.
just click on m eBay button to the right of my page to take you there.

i've had some questions about the paint that i use. i prefer Dulux paints and buy it straight off the shelf. no 'colour' mixed in at all. just white low sheen.
if i don't want a stark white finish, i opt for 'Antique White USA' by Dulux also.
i then seal my pieces with Porter's Sealer which never 'yellows'.
hope that is of some help to the painter's out there!
happy Monday
Kate x
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  1. oh Kate, just devine, where did you get the basket from? I'm loving baskets lately too. You would love the wheels on my trolly, they have that antique pink still on them, the kids want me to paint over it. lol.

  2. Gorgeous , love everything about it !
    Karyn x

  3. You have been busy for sure Kate. The trolley and roses are fabulous. Love it all really.
    Pam x

  4. Well done Kate!
    Loving the end result
    Gail xx

  5. My gosh that is a beauty!!
    Thanks for the info on the paint :)

  6. Hi Kate,

    you have done an amazing job it looks fab i love the colout of those roses to very pretty. dee x

  7. The trolley is gorgeous! And you're right - it's all about those rusty castors! :)

  8. Fabulous! The roses are so beautiful too.

    TDM x

  9. Great transformation of an old piece. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kate your trolley looks fab, it has come up beautiful, will look even better with your shabby chic coordinated birdies on top. and love the roses, no doubt given to you as a sweet romantic gesture. (not that I was watchin) tee hee
    Love it all!

  11. The trolley is totally tranformed - looks great - its amazing what a coat of white paint can do!
    Love the look of your white interiors!

  12. I too like a bit of rustic or vintage still for character. Gorgeous tea trolley Kate, and a great home for your little friends cage.