Friday, March 15, 2013

" Budget Savvy DIY "

The challenge this year for the Dior home

was to create a " new style " using an abundance of rescued items.

Our vision statement was to create a home filled

with budget savvy style.

We have a terrific chemistry that evolves when we

set our minds to work together.  Mr. Dior gave our home 

a fresh spring look with a new coat of paint.

{Last years color}
Totem pole

into this fresh bold look

Remaining true to our coastal rustic style I chose

Snowflake Confetti by Vista Paints.

This week we took a broken table that was left curbside

and realized that there was enough to salvage into

matching end tables for our guest house.

After painting and sanding

we added a piece of reclaimed wood to use as a 

support for the wall mount.

Then we mounted them into the studs

of the wall with sturdy anchor screws.

One side is perfect for holding reading material

and the other side provided a small work station

for writing and other tasks.

Both lamps were found at the Goodwill

along with the linen shades and painted to create a

 tone on tone neutral in the room.

I still have some accessories to add to the walls

but I am quite the minimalist in our home.

Less creates a peaceful and calming surrounding for me.

Mr. Dior found an old twin bed in a dumpster

that he brought home. We transformed the head and foot board

into chalkboards.

My man amazed me even more by using the actual bed frame

and turning them into rustic style towel racks.

It was a perfect way to use and recycle the entire bed.

We found an old picnic table top

with no legs out for trash and we decided to recycle

it into an industrial style table.

After selecting the planks from the old table top

we used polyurethane to seal the wood and then

cut them to the desired length.

Table frame was designed from scrap steel

gotta love a man who welds.

Then Mr. Dior fastened the planks into the frame

to finish this dining table.


"Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder"

Last week's Rescue

I will be linking up later this week

with my favorite lovelies in blog land.

Much love to all of you

29 comments: said...

Hi - you are really a lucky one! Because you have a wonderful home ! Love it so much ! Dear hug, Barbara from Switzerland

Vintage Market Place said...

Kate I love your bedside tables
What an amazing idea!
So simple and clean and good use of an old table.
Your mind never ceases to amazing me.
You can turn anything into gold.

Unknown said...

wow!! leave it to you and the mister to create that table out of scraps and trash!!! looooove it so much!! you hadn't posted about your booth space for awhile, I was hoping you were still doing it!!

great finds, great recycling! always the best from the Dior folks!!


much love,


CURIOUS said...

KATE . . . You know that great old HEART song 'Magic Man' !?!
Girl, We think You found Him !!
Big TEXAS Hugs,

Sheila said...

Hey Kate!
Your man is the MAN....My husband can do it but does he lol? he says I get it but I still think it's firewood. Between the 2 of you, your visions are just amazing, seriously! I hope you are feeling better this week and that y
ou are enjoying our beautiful weather too.


It's me said...

It look so lovely darling !!!!!....yeah !!! from

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such wonderful projects! I especially love the idea of table halves for bedside tables...genius!

Michele said...

Hi Kate, Your industrial table turned amazing, I like minimal simple style too Kate. I think it is so neat that you upcycle so many things Kate. Have a beautiful day.

Pearl 13.1

Unknown said...

It's all beautiful! Love the table!

Unknown said...

You may have heard it before, but you guys make an awesome design duo. So many cool, and budget friendly, ideas. Brilliant!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That dining table has such a fantastic industrial look. Your styling is always so inspiring. Love that towel rack.

trash talk said...

Don't get too attached to that ain't gonna last long!
Great job and I do mean great.

Anne said...

Beautiful transformations! I love how you are using everything to reuse and re-purpose!

Ann said...

It is all so wonderful Kate. The chalkboard headboard is so creative. I love the horse statue too. I hope your feeling and doing well, sending a big hug.

T. Roger Thomas said...

Being able to weld together the frame of a table is an awesome skill I wish I possessed.

White Lace and Promises said...

I behold the beauty in this!

Cam said...

Brilliant! I love the bedside tables. Just beautiful. The industrial table is a great creation. How awesome that the two of you share this passion and gifting. Keep 'em coming! Love the inspiration. I may steal that headboard chalkboard idea. That is just so cool.

the old white house said...

You two are the perfect team Kate! Love that new table and I have a twin headboard that is not a good fit anymore for the room it's in that I have been thinking of also turning into a sign for the booth. Easy to cart from show to show with a twist on the typical booth sign. I love that last table all rusty and chippy, perfection if you ask me! I agree with the less is more style, funny I used to love all things kitchy and more WAS more, but as I have discovered the nordic style I feel a peace set in as I have downsized the accessories in the house. My hubby is grateful for that also ;)
It's always a joy to stop by and see what you have been up to. Have a fabulous weekend,love, t.xoxo

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Kate. My eyes are beholding :)
Your beauty a grace I so get, I too am living simple and calm with only to be known to be useful and beautiful to my eyes.
Love, love love your new wall finish, it truly completes you sense of calm in your home. Your home could merge into my home gracefully with the same love of coastal and European brocante finds.
Patinas of grey's, whites, and driftwood tones.

Love how your space at country roads has evolved but staying true to who you are and what story you want to convey as a designer of salvage.
You and Mr. Wonderful Dior amaze me!
Does he have a twin and single lol! Wishful thinking :)

Keep gracing your home with you road side finds the rewards are your blessings and the savings are returned to you.
I don't even like to step foot in a furniture design floor room anymore unless I am designing a model home and in that case it is far from shabby and more chic.

Keep on junking girl your treasured finds inspire us.


Deserae said...

You two are so creative....I love the table you cut in half to use on each side of the bed!!!! Such a brilliant idea!!! Love the new wall color too :o) Everything looks so beautiful!!!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Team Dior is at it again!
Love how you stretched that table into two pieces, now that is budget savvy!

ilmiocottage said...

Hi Kate, my name is Serena and I'm a italian girl.....your blog is beautiful, I love me in my blog......kiss!
A nice day.

must love junk said...

I love your 'budget savvy style'! And it's so special how you and your hubby are so in sync with it! :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Such a great idea turning one table into two! The room looks so beautiful!
I also adore the table with the metal legs! Just my style!
A lot of my neighbors are trimming their trees right now and I find myself driving by slowly scouring their piles looking for the perfect "salvage dior" twigs for my house! :)

Unknown said...

Ohhhh!! I will be in Old Towne this coming Friday and will have to come take a look!!!!! (probably be there around 2:00)

Bohemian said...

Your Rescues and how you Upcycle them are AMAZING!!! And your Home definitely has the appearance of being so Calm, Serene and Restful... I wish I could be more minimalistic... I'm trying! *winks* I may never be a Minimalist, but I'm trying hard not to be so much of a Maximalist! *LOL*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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

Oh Kate, Mr. Dior is a keeper! Love all of your rescues and how you turn them into such beautiful pieces. The chalkboard and towel racks are amazing. Love the half side tables too! Thanks for sharing the wonderful talent you two have with Share Your Cup.

Noble Vintage said...

Love it all!!! Great creative stuff :)

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

LOVE every one of your projects, Kate! So inspiring! Now I'm dying to go rescue something :)
What a team, you two!


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