Saturday, July 21, 2012

Something Old, Something New & my winner

Sometimes you just have to take the OLD

and transform it into that NEW special treasure

that you will cherish forever...

I'm one of those gals who loves to

rescue the unwanted!

I scooped up this OLD trunk headed for the trash.

The trunk was covered in a black covering that was

cracked, warped and just plain yuck!

Mr. Dior has such patience and he razored

off all of the outer shell to reveal

the beautiful weathered wood underneath

New to me coffee table...

There you have it rusted hinges

and OLD weathered wood

Love at its finest...

Later I found an OLD wood crate

that made my heart leap

along with another OLD vintage dresser that

was in need of some New love.

Then I added my NEW pillows that

my friend Loretta sewed for me out

  of an OLD cement bag

that I have been holding on to

with such love for a year now!

Since the cement bag was large enough Loretta

was able to make me two pillows

with zipper enclosure and down inserts...

 Gracie girl just started looking at Pinterest

 and fell in love with

the Union Jack!

I grabbed a few old produce wood flats

that I purchased for 3 dollars

at the flea market and we got busy!

Gracie was so excited to help and

make one for her room as well...

  I think she kinda got Union Jack fever!

 Now for the winner of my Summer Giveaway!

The lucky winner will receive

{2 vintage metal locker baskets}

{coral & driftwood}

Congratulations to...

The very lovely Melinda of the beautiful blog

Thank you to each of you who entered

and shared on your Facebook!

I will be hosting another giveaway

before the summer ends!

Last but not least by far

To my Super Hero

Mr Dior, I love you endless

without you I would be nothing!

Linking up to Kathleen's White Wednesday # 161

Have a beautiful week!



It's me said...

Have a nice week

Anne said...

Congratulations Melinda!
What lots of work but boy was it worth it.That trunk is gorgeous!!!!!! Everything looks so beautiful!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

AWESOME job you two did on that fab-o "new" coffeetable! Looks wonderful there, too!

Lucky lucky Melinda - whoo hoo, how nice - what an amazing giveaway.

I SO need one of those baskets!
(Well DH wouldn't agree, but you know how it is.) Need is relative lol.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I too am loving union jack those are awesome! Congrats to winner enjoy~Cheers Kim xox. The trunk looks amazing too.....

Polly said...

fab finds in the raw but once you all work that Dior magic, it's just amazing! love that Gracie has found the Union Jack love!!

Congrats to Melinda!!

Unknown said...

Ms. Kate please come and move into my spare bedroom!!! Between your sense of class and style and my need to make OLD thing NEW again we could be DANGEROUS!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you touch and Gracie is one lucky lil girl. Way to go Mr. Dior. You have a few very talented ladies ; )

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Congratulations Melinda!
Kate, I adore your new trunk! Such vision you have and such wonderful skills your hubby has! I also adore your union jack artwork. So cool! I'm pinning that one for sure!

Anonymous said...

YEA Kate!!~
I am in shock!!!!~ I am so over the moon to win your awesome giveaway, I want to cry!! :)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!~
I love all of your Union Jack things that you and Gracie made, they look amazing!!
I found the most amazing Union Jack quilts that I want for my boys room from Restoration Hardware online,but I think I'll be saving for them for a while:) If I had the patience, I'd make them myself.
Sorry I'm blabbering, but I am so excited!
Hope you have a great week Kate, and thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that I love how that trunk turned out!!~ Only you would be able to see the beauty of what something could be with a little patience, love and care!!~
And what an awesome hubby!!

Annie Louise said...

Wow that trunk is fabulous!! You and your family are a great decorating team. Blessings,

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Love love love it ALL, especially those clocks!!! I've been seeing a lot of trunks lately but if I brought one home, well, my husband would not be too pleased :)


Anonymous said...

LOVING the union jacks you and Gracie created, however the biggest kick with your post is seeing your SUPER HERO !!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Congrats to Melinda! LOVE your Union Jack projects! And your super hero photo is too fun lol!

Ann said...

Congrats to Melinda, and beautiful new projects. I wish I had a Mr. who was willing to razor a trunk! Ha!

Kristen Whitby said...

That is SO SMART! Why have I never thought of taking a trunk down to the wood? Great idea! I love that your daughter loves to do projects with you. She is such an adorable cutie! I hope Ella will love to do projects with me someday too!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Congrats to the lucky winner. I just love this whole post Kate. You and hubby truly transformed that trunk into something very special. And I LOVE that he's your superhero.
Blessings and many hugs,

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I can't believe what you do with these fabulous finds...
What a wonderful, wonderful suprise to hear from my wonderful friend...
I would love to do "catch up" soon. I miss our talks so much.
Sending you lots of love and huge hugs to my honorary Jersey girl.

trash talk said...

I knew your hubby had to be a super-hero...just didn't realize it was the Green Lantern!
Love the Union Jack signs and how much fun for y'all to do it together. She's gonna be a chip off the ol' dresser!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love your "new" trunk. Isn't it great when what is beneath is better than the covering. The union jacks are awesome too, and let's here it for your superhero.

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

Yippee! for Melinda!! Love what you did with the trunk. I had no idea that was even possible! I'm sure so many of us have passed them up because the outside of it just looked horrid. Now, a closer look will be in order! :) Looks fantastic, all of it! Gracie... I think she's a natural! xo, A

Anne Lorys said...

Love your trunk and Union Jack, Kate!
I would say that your Mr. Dior is a keeper!


Debra@CommonGround said...

wow Kate, so many great things to love here!!! your wonderful old trunk, yummy pillows and Union Jack art are so cool! Now to go pin these babies!! Hope you're having a great week! xoxo

Heaven's Walk said...

Debra's right, Kate! So much gorgeousness! I just love the mix of white with rustic tones! Congrats to sweet Melinda! She's going to be thrilled! :)

xoxo laurie

savvycityfarmer said...

I want to just SIT AND SOAK UP THIS ROOM ... may I??

well done

Deserae said...

Love,love,love that trunk!!!! Everything is amazing as always!!!!!

Rose Carey said...

All the pictures are wonderful, but the best is of Robert- ha!


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow, Kate! Ya'll did a fabulous job on that trunk. It's amazing how what others toss becomes useful and beautiful again when you get your hands on it. Lovely! and I like how you and Gracie took the Union Jack theme but stayed true to your color scheme. Perfect! Have a wonderful day. Tammy

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I LOVE that trunk!! LOVE it - so when you want to sell remember me. Your room is indeed darling!

Congrats Melinda - you lucky woman.

Sherry Hicks said...

Wow Love love love all of it, look at the awesome coffee table, pillows and the dresser love the union jack dresser and the color that you d id it in are awesome!! So glad I stopped by I am always inspired!! Love the mask on hubby too!

Unknown said...

Oh my I can't believe it! I have a trunk like that in the garage already for years! I did not know that they looked that gorgeous underneath that black yucky stuff!
I was considering to repaint it, but now I am glad I did not start on it yet.
I got my trunk for only 5 bucks, but now I am glad I did!

Love your Union Jacks as well, would be a great item for my boys' room.


P.s. Thanks for the great idea with the trunk... also to Mr. Dior!

Recycled Rita said...

I think we oughta hang that picture up in CR of Bob! I love your trunk, you guys did a wonderful job! You have found some great finds...don't ya just love driving by someone's trash and seeing a treasure?! See ya at the store! karen....

Jenni said...

Hi Kate! I hope you are having a great week so far! :)

Congratulations to Melinda on winning your giveaway! And what lovely things you are giving, those locker baskets are swoon-worthy for sure! :)

And so is every single picture shown on this post of yours! The dressers, the pillows, the crate, and I love the Union Jacks you and Gracie created! And the trunk looks amazing as a coffee table, too! :) Your home is so beautiful, and calming just to look at it! :) Thank you for sharing it with us...

I hope you have a lovely evening!


Ticking and Toile said...

What beautiful everything!!! don't know where to start because it's all amazing! Just wanna start pinning so I don't forget your amazing vignettes! :)


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love that Gracie is sharing your passion!
Your new old treasures are wonderful and congrats to Melinda!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Hi Kate, I love your old trunk it looks gorgeous! I also love your Union Jacks very lovely and different. Won't you share them at my party? Totally Transformed Tuesday @ I'm a new follower. Hugs Peggy

Vintage Market Place said...

Congrats to Melinda!!!

Your makeovers always turn out so amazing Kate.
I don't know how you find the time.

Thanks for stopping by with such kind words Kate.
Hope all is great!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi beautiful Kate :)

Thank you dearly for making a visit to my place to then leave such a heartfelt comment, one that moved me like none-other. You my visiting friend know just when ones heart needs a lift, and you did just that.

I am so in love with the trend of the union jack and did a little something with it for my daughter who also loves it, but nothing on your scale and I am so inspired by yours, that chest of drawers is a wow piece, it truly wow's !

Kate I love the older look of your coffee table and you too have inspired with just a little change in a room like changing out a coffee table will simply change and refresh ones style and repeating the same vignette for each or up styling that as well. It makes a big change to your room and makes you look at it and say what have you done different here, making the whole rooms look transformed. It looks great Kate you have inspired me today looking at things with new eyes around here :)


Burlap Luxe said...

Oh! O, Ooooon! I almost forgot to congratulate Melinda on being the GiveAway winner! she is so deserving.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kate,

I gasped when I saw that trunk!!! What beauty underneath that black covering! Who knew? huh? I love the union jack dresser and wood flats. What's your secret to beautiful wood?

cheapest electricity sydney said...

That trunk is so unique. Its a great idea that you use it as a table. And that center piece of yours, so indigenous. I never thought figs can be use as a center piece.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Kate, Mr. Dior is a real super hero for sure! Who knew that underneath that black yuck was a real beauty? Love the dresser, the clocks, and the pillows are so cool. I also love the Union Jack. Gracie is a girl with style. Guess she takes after her mom. You have such great style! Congrats to Melinda. What a fab give away. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. Always love having you!

toves sammensurium said...

Oh dear KateI just can't stop smiling.Your super-hero really looks great in his super-hero outfit and mask...I think I love him too.And he is definetely my kind of hero too...doing all that work on the trunk with the razors....just love how it turned out when you got rid of the yuckiness!!!!Tell me can Mr.Dior also fly ? Send him over and I have loads of projects for a hero of his kind!!!!;)
And how about the union jack!!!!Now I am in love too.A lot of loving going on here tonight:)
Loving your pictures as usual too.
And your writing...makes me smile.
Tovehugs :)

Kristal said...

I absolutely love what you did with that trunk. Seriously amazing. Can't wait to check out more of your blog.

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Love everything Kate!, am absolutely swooning over your union jack crates!

melifaif said...

Wow, that trunk is such a keeper! As are YOU....and Mr. Dior. :)

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