Wednesday, September 25, 2013

" To Each His Own " DIY

This bittersweet summer season
I learned much more than
I ever thought possible...
I rescued pieces
so unloved my heart broke
as I looked at them waiting by the wayside
I reflected upon life while I was
waiting for a season of change...

When I stumbled upon this deconstructed chair under a heap
of trash I melted...

I felt like I was tearing apart my own soul
as I removed the left over old and tarnished fabric.
I kept pulling out the old stuffing to get to her bones, her true beauty.
As I painted over her dark old wood stain
I saw the treasured finish that I knew was under that mess.
Springs showing and remnants of what once was still holding on
 while I sanded her to a smooth finish.
My heart smiled
and I placed her in a corner
where I could admire all that she holds
just like my soul...
The heart wanders through this life and sometimes
we journey a season alone...


This vintage desk was transformed
inside my mind the minute I found her.
Her top was so worthy
of another chance...

After removing the top then sanding  
I used scrap reclaimed wood to give her
new legs and then painted a French Gray wash
to complete her new Farm style look...


She was renewed
and full of beauty to shine...
Two unwanted end tables
spurred my creative flow into
 industrial beauty...
Attaching reclaimed wood planks to the tops
and using wax to give a true rich finish...

Simple and sweet to pull up next to
a cozy chair...

My heart is filled
with joy as I look at the end result...
This week I will be linking up with
my favorite lovelies in Blog land...
For those of you who hold me up
in your prayers I am so thankful for each and every one
of you. I am so blessed to be here
back blogging and ready to share
my projects for this lovely Fall season.
With a heart filled with love
and thanksgiving I wish you
all a very blessed week...


Amy Kinser said...

Blessings to you beautiful lady!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your vision, look for the beauty in life...XO

Kadee Willow said...

That chair makes me swoon, too! I saw one in an antique store and passed on it as I didn't have room to take it home with me. Haunts me to this day!! Love all your transformations!

Debra@CommonGround said...

just amazing, Kate. I always love your wonderful heartfelt transformations!

Cam said...

Simple beauty. Your writing is so soothing. Your vision so clear.

Ann said...

Hi Kate, I was so happy to see your post. I loved all the things you shared and know they were transformed into things of raw beauty as only you could do. I think of you often, and wonder how your doing. Sending a big hug and prayers. Rea

Julie Marie said...

Dear Kate... your words bring tears to my eyes... there is so much beauty in this post... your words, your photos, your salvaged treasures... your outlook on life... you are an amazing lady and inspire me to look inside myself and be the person I truly am... much love, xoxo Julie Marie said...

The transformations are beautiful just like you:) You find beauty in everything you touch, such a gift. You are always in my prayers.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So glad you saved that elegant lady (the chair). She looks so happy. :) Your table transformations are amazing! I really think I would have over looked them. Love them now! Glad you are feeling up to blogging sweet one!

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh how fabulous! 'Beauty from Ashes', transformation of decor and heart.

Seeing the potential is key

so lovely

~ Violet

Seawashed said...

That chair is beautiful. So kind that you rescued her. And the grey table ...sigh.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love all your transformations!! So very pretty! And love that old chair, its gorgeous!!! Happy sweet day! xo Holly

Sheila said...

So funny...I was thinking of you yesterday and never had a moment to give you a call or a text at that. I MISS Seeing your post, but am fulfilled now...such lovely finds.

Blessings my friend,

It's me said...

Lovely !!! great autumn season Ria...x !

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Soothes the Soul to see what you have transpired from your findings.The Chair is Simply Gorgeous! Great job on all as always.Many Blessings your way! xoxo

CURIOUS said...

That Chair is Fit for Royalty . . .
how Apropos Our Sweet Kate brought It back to Life !!
Your Posts Inspire Our Junkin' Souls !
Thank You !


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Glad you're back, Kate. I always look forward to seeing the results of your visions.

Faded Charm said...

What a wonderful deconstructed chair, Kate! I love all your rescued items and hope you are enjoying the Fall season. So far we are Wet, wet, wet:-( Hopefully the sun will come out again!


Burlap Luxe said...

Kate, such beauty through your eyes and heart. Your post is just so moving and opens our own hearts to your excitement in all you imagine a piece to be.

You will have to come over to my place and notice the new kitchen piece from an old salvaged outdated TV. Unit from the late 70's when crown moldings were as solid as can be and when I got a hold of it I cut I half slimming it down from 26" in depth to now being 13" 1/2 inches in depth, adding shelving in the top and dividing off the bottom cubby made this piece the perfect open French Farmhouse open cabinet to love.
I find the best inspiration in found objects and Castoffs that others see nothing left in them to give.
A little white paint and some rough sanding ages anything with the right kind of rightness that's forgiving in any home.

Your pieces are forever forgiving in your home where they have found your heart in giving them life.



Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Hi Kate -

I love your saved those sad, neglected and unloved pieces and made them "your own."

Hope each day finds you feeling wonderful.

Happy Autumn, sweet lady.

Hugs and prayers.


Anne said...

Kate you were meant to rescue these pieces!Everything you touch turns to are amazing!Love that beautiful chair.The shape,structure,everything about it!

must love junk said...

Kate, you have such a gift! A gift for transforming unloved pieces into beautiful works of art, and a gift for telling a lovely story surrounding each piece! I really enjoyed this post! xo

White Lace and Promises said...

What a beautiful post. The analogy of life sure has me thinking about mine. I will post soon about my cracked pitcher. Our analogies are similar. I love every redo. They are fabulous!

Unknown said...

I always leave here smiling when I visit - what a beautiful post - your transformations are just gorgeous - especially that deconstructed chair - LOVE !!!

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Beautiful pieces, beautiful words, beautiful you. Loved this post, Kate!

Unknown said...

Ms. Kate, I don't know why you were on my mind this morning when I woke up so I wanted to drop ya a note and tell ya I was thinking about you and your sweet family. I hope that you are doing well. Of course, your creations are BEAUTIFUL. That desk was amazing ... I would have never thought to remove/reuse the top. Have a wonderful day my dear friend ~

Bohemian said...

Kate we are indeed Kindred Spirits when it comes to the Heartfelt Joy of a Rescue and second Life given to Found Treasures so unloved that they Call out to us to reclaim them! Such Lovely Transformations... and that Chair *swooning*... Magnificent Decrepid Style, which is of coarse my Favorite!

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

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Good evening! I hope that you are enjoying Fall!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Kate..I LOVE that chair..your heart must have been pounding a mile a minute when you saw it..sooo beautiful!!! I have to ask too how is that book A life less ordinary..I have heard a lot about it and am curious to know what you think..hope all is well with you,Lots of love,Chrissy

Bohemian said...

Dear Kate... Thank You for your Sweet Heartfelt Words Tonight. I know that you too have often 'gone through' and have certainly been an Inspiration for me and many others. Keeping on keeping on is my Goal. With Love and Hugs coming to you from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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

Sweet Kate, I worry about you when I don't see you! You are often in my thoughts and prayers. You truly work magic on time worn treasures! That chair took my breath away. Hope your are doing o.k. Your words always touch my heart and soul!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Kate,

I have to tell you that I absolutely adore all of your projects and your love of all things worn! You always seem to breathe new life into these lovely objects...absolutely inspiring! It's been awhile since I've posted and visited, but thought I'd drop in to see what you have been up to! Really enjoy all of your posts...well, I've always loved your posts! ;)

Have a splendid day!


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hello Dear Kate,

I know I will always see "Beauty" when I stop by....
I sure have missed blogging for so long & hope to
be back soon,

Unknown said...

Beautiful post, super unique imagery, thank you for sharing the inspiration

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