Thursday, July 21, 2016

Small Outdoor Table Makeover ~DIY Furniture Girls



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Welcome back my Beauties!
I finally have a new post for you guys today!

Every Month we have a Themed Furniture Makeover Day with 
a bunch of my Bloggy Friends and TODAY is that day.


This months THEME is OUTDOOR.
Now with how busy we have been here I wasn't sure I was gonna be able to make it.
I was scrounging all the thrift shops and NO ONE had any outdoor tables and anything 
I could makeover.
But then I walked into my own backyard and found one :)
This table kind of just blended into NOTHING back there because it was so sun damaged and 
worn out that I really never noticed I had it sitting by some chairs around our fire pit.
So I decided then and there that I would bring this piece back!

I grabbed my Chalky finish Americana Paint and gave it two coats.
I also used a little dark stain to warm up the worn out wicker on the top.
Since the paint wasn't outdoor paint I knew I had to help protect it from the elements with something.
My goto for that is Minwax Helsman Spar Urethane
It comes in spray form so I just sprayed the whole piece down after distressing it and 
it was ready to go BACK outside!

Here it is, back where it belongs, making a little bit more of a statement now.

I think you will agree that, a LITTLE bit of paint made a BIG difference.

Now head on over and check out all the outdoor project
by all my other bloggy friends for some Major Outdoor Inspiration!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How to make Furniture look Antique with Painted layers ~Home Expert Series~

 Welcome back my Beauties. 
I know that posts have been sparse around here and I can tell you 
that while I miss you guys, I have been having a great summer with my family.
We have lots of things going on from graduations to weddings and family vacations and its been a whirlwind.
Luckily every once in a while I get a chance to squeeze in a project.
With this project for Furniture.com's Home Expert series you can see how I transformed this Old 80s nightstand.

So jump on over to Furniture.com's Blog and see how I used paint to make this piece look OLDER than the 80s.
Until next time,
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Friday, July 8, 2016

How to Layer Stencils for Custom DIY Pallet Art.


 Welcome back my Beauties! 
We are still in Montana and the WiFi is almost non existent
but I finally got it long enough to post this.
Come see how you can easily Layer stencils to create some custom DIY wall art
over at Furniture.com


So just hop on over HERE to see how you can make your own!
I will see you all again when we get back home!
Have a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"HAPPY CAMPER" vintage window Summer Decor Vinyl Sign



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We are leaving for vacation so I thought I would hit REPLAY on one of my favorite summer craft projects from last year! ENJOY!

Good Monday Morning my BEAUTIES!!
We are in CRUNCH time here at the ART IS BEAUTY house...
(it seems we are always in CRUNCH time)
Never enough time and too much to do..
Hubby is re roofing the shed..(which I was was suppose to help with)
but then we both realized we leave for a family vacation in less than 10 days
and I had NOTHING for my booths.
I have been furiously working on furniture while he works on house projects..
OH and did I mention we are also suppose to paint our 2 story house within the next 10 days...
and yeah....I still haven't picked out a paint color yet..
Yeah..its how we ROLL....so while I was waiting for paint to dry
and working on other booth projects I thought...
"I will just quick sneak in a project for me"
Hah...no one would notice RIGHT????
Yeah he noticed....OH WELL..:)
If you remember I picked up a bunch of free windows over fathers day weekend.
I knew I wanted to make some projects with them and
just had to find the time to do them..
FUNNY....paint drying time is the PERFECT time..(especially when you don't feel like doing laundry)    :)

I cleaned up the windows and then had to decide what I wanted on them.
If you remember I made my Father in law a Wheel Cover for his camper
for Fathers day..
You can see that HERE.


I had liked the design so much and was trying to figure out how to incorporate it in the house.
The window was the perfect way.


I used my Silhouette to cut out my design with my vinyl 
and placed it onto my window.

I just love the VINTAGE feel that goes so well the window.
Normally Purple would not be a color I would choose,
but for some reason it just called to me.
I just loved it.
I hope you enjoyed this fun little project.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for the LINK party,
where you can show off all the goodies you have been working on.
Until next time..
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cheap and Easy FAUX ShipLap fireplace Makeover DIY for under $30


 Hello Again my Beauties!
I have such a fun DIY project for you today.
As I have been mentioning on Facebook
I decided to do some FAUX ShipLap...you know..
SHIP LAP...from FIXER UPPER.
Let me start this project by Reminding you what the fireplace 
I was going to be making over looked like in the beginning.





Way back in my blogging career I made over this Goodwill Fireplace.
I loved scoring this electric fireplace and mantel for only $79
and making it the center point of my living room.
But as much as I loved it, I always felt that it felt DISCONNECTED
from the room.
I had gone back and forth on what I wanted to do
but could just never make a final decision.
I had toyed with faux brick but thought it would look weird only doing a small section above the fireplace.
Then after multiple episodes of Fixer Upper
I decided to do a simple shiplap style backing.


 So over the years, this is how it looked (all the decor had already been taken down before I remembered to take the picture)
I started with my blank slate to prepare for my shiplap.


 When trying to decide what materials to use I came upon this simple and easy
I loved that it had multiple different sections, giving it more detail.
The paneling only cost $15



 I knew I was going to want to trim around the edges so I found these simple pine lattice pieces
for $5.
I only needed 2 of them in order to trim around the outside and the top of the panel piece.


Before I cut the paneling I wanted to know how wide I needed it so I decided to cut my lattice first.
This way I could visualize how wide I wanted it.
I decide to keep the ends even with the columns of the fireplace on the bottom.

I temporarily taped up the lattice so I could measure how wide I wanted the paneling cut
since I was cutting it sideways instead of putting it straight up like normal paneling.

Once the paneling was cut we nailed up all the lattice an the sides, nailed up the paneling 
and then nailed up the top lattice piece. 
This was a nice way to lead into the crown molding giving it even more detail.

Once it was all up I could use paintable caulk to fill in any gaps and give it a couple coats of paint to match the rest of the trim and fireplace in the living room.
I also lightly used a light gray paint in the ridges to highlight the different planks.
I loved how it looked and it changed the whole look of the room.
Next it was time to decorate it.
I finally had a place again in my living room for my vintage round art deco mirror that was my dads.
I placed it in the center and decorated from there.

I added all my fall harvest decor and different color metallic accents.
I love how the different metals look together.


 The faux ship lap was  one of the EASIEST and CHEAPEST projects I have ever done
and for the time and money it made a huge impact on the room.

My fireplace FINALLY feels like part of the room instead of 
a portable fireplace.
$15 for paneling and
$10 for the lattice 
and a couple bucks for panel nails and 
I had transformed my fireplace.
I hope you enjoyed this latest DIY project.
I had so much fun and was thrilled at how little time it actually took.
I have lots more makeovers coming up so stay tuned
for more DIY in the coming weeks.
Until next time,

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tips on Navigating Acadia National Park



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Welcome back my Beauties.
As promised a few weeks ago (before I lost my internet for a week)
I am here to share some tips from our trip to Acadia National Park, one of the most Beautiful National parks.
We leave for our Montana hiking trip in a few days and figured I had better get this one out before we leave for the next one.
If you are not a hiker but love BEAUTIFUL places then you can follow along as well.
Firs off...the deets about Acadia!
Acadia National Park has the honor of being the first national park east of the Mississippi River. On July 8, 1916, the park was made a national monument called Sieur de Monts National Monument. Several years later, on February 26, 1919, the park was made a national park and rename Lafayette National Park. It became known as Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929.

The park is 35,332 acres large however, an additional 12,416 acres of privately owned land are under conservation easements managed by the National Park Service. There is over 125 miles of hiking trails.
Because of the way the park is set up, the number one issue Acadia has is traffic.
The park itself goes in and out of national park and private property.

 On our first day in Bar Harbor, Maine; while walking around town exploring all the new sites 
we started talking to some of the other visitors. Luckily both the hubby and I are chatty people 
and we find it easy to find people to talk to.
We happened to be in a store and a fellow traveler heard us talking.
Apparently she recognized the accent...(we are from Michigan) :)
She too had been born in Michigan and we quickly struck up a conversation.
Her husband was from South Africa and they had come back with their kids to camp at Acadia.
He quickly told us all the things we needed to see and do in Acadia.
But most of all he told us about the traffic. 
He was adamant that we check out the bus system they had for Acadia.
  So my number 1 tip is to use this baby!


Through a partnership with Friends of Acadia, L.L. Bean has helped preserve the beauty of Acadia National Park. Since 2002, L.L.Bean has contributed more than $3.25 million to help protect Acadia by supporting the Island Explorer bus system, a fleet of over 30 clean, propane-powered buses.
 The Island Explorer features eight bus routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers.
     Clean propane-powered vehicles offer Mount Desert Island visitors and residents free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants.
I am not telling you this to sell you anything or for any sort of sponsorship or affiliate.
I just want people to know that their are still companies out there doing GOOD THINGS for the national parks. 
 Here are my kiddos ready for another hike in Acadia!


You see, had we not been told about the bus, we would have been in THIS!
 When it comes to traffic and parking, Acadia is suffering from its own popularity, and many visitors   including us had no idea there was a free bus system for the park.
Thankfully we had run into that first couple on our first night in town and we quickly studied our bus routes and worked out a plan for what parts of the park we would hike each day.



 One of our first real hikes of this trip was the BeeHive trail.
Our bus dropped us off near Sand beach and we started on our trail.
Now we have hiked in the Rocky Mountains many times and the San Juan National Forest including Engineer Mountain. They have elevations in the thousands.
The BeeHive trail is just over 500 feet...
I will admit that I didn't think many of Acadia's hikes were going to be Strenuous!
Boy was I wrong!
Our first hike was intense.
The Beehive Trail (as it is called) is rated as “Strenuous” and is approximately 0.8 miles/1.3 km long. Hiking is through woods to exposed cliffs and there are iron rungs on the ledges.
You can see from the above picture that 500 feet may not seem that high, but when you are standing on a cliff edge..it IS!
My 2nd tip is to bring PLENTY of WATER.
Luckily, even though I had been a bit cocky about how hard hiking would be here, I still came prepared. All of us had our Camel Back Hydro packs and were properly hydrated the whole time.

This is the view from the top of the BeeHive trail.
not only is the traffic congested on the roads but the BeeHive trail is one of the most POPULAR trails at the Park. It has one way traffic on the trail up..You have to take the back trail back down since you line up to climb this trail.
There is also the PRECIPICE but that was closed due to the endangered peregrine falcons nesting.
I have to tell you, after hanging cliff side on the 500 foot ledge, I was good with missing the 1000 foot vertical climb.  :)
But you can see from this view that the 500 foot climb was worth walking over those metal rungs stuck out of the side of the cliff for :)

My  3rd  is to be PATIENT
Acadia is BEAUTIFUL and POPULAR..there is a reason everyone wants to come here.
So just have a little patience. I know I am thankful for the awesome patient fellow who was in front of our family and heard my son freaking out a bit about the height and offered to walk behind me and my son while my husband led our pack up the mountain. He took time to reassure my son we were "COOL" and it would be worth it.
He was right and we remembered that for the rest of the weeks on our hikes..
Whats the rush?? 

 


 For our second day in Acadia we chose the Jordon Pond hike first.
This is a HUGELY popular spot, for good reason.
Its an easy hike around the "POND" and they have a very popular restaurant on site.
Its very touristy if you stay up by the Gift shop and restaurant.
But once you start hiking around the pond you find that there isn't a bad view and that many of those tourists just come to sit on the lawn and look out at the bubble mountains.


My 4th  tip.... BRING a REAL CAMERA! 
I snapped plenty of pics with my phone but nothing does justice to this gorgeous scenery like a good quality camera. I wore that baby around my neck and I think I took over 700 pictures during the week. When you are surrounded by this kind of beauty its hard not to take pictures.

Since our first hike of the day was flat and very easy we decided to hike the
Pemetic Mountain Loop trail Summit.

 “Pemetic” was the word that early Native Americans used to describe the whole island - “the sloping land.”
 The 2.4 mile (3.8 km) Pemetic Mountain Loop Trail will take you to the open granite summit. Designated as Strenuous or Advanced because of the steep grades and many steady climbs, it is not for everyone.  But if you are a seasoned and hardy hiker, the trek is well worth it for the views alone which include Bubble Pond, Jordan Pond, several area mountains, and the many southern out islands such as Little and Great Cranberry Islands. The main access points for the trail are from Bubble Pond, Bubble Mountains parking area, and from Jordan Pond north side parking lot.
My kids did this hike and while their were silent times where we were all concentrating on climbing..the kind of climbing I call ass and elbow climhbing because thats all you see ahead of you..
 now do you see what I am talking about???

The reviews from the kids at the top were 5 star!
It kicked our butts but when we got up there we had the place to ourselves.
You can see by the view in the above WHY! 

 This is my oldest as we climbed up Pemetic. This was about 3/4s of the way up. 
Once we reached this point this was the easiest part of the hike since it became more smooth rock as opposed to the jagged climbing we had been doing.
My fifth tip..VERY VERY GOOD HIKING SHOES.

You will be kicking your toes CONSTANTLY on jagged granite as you climb and hike,
regular old tennis shoes do NOT have the protection for the amount of times you will catch a rock with your toe. 
Also if you have weak ankles like my daughter I would suggest ankle boots and maybe even a brace.
While the hiking UP is hard, traveling back DOWN you will come upon many roots and its really easy to twist your ankle. 
Again use patience and watch where you are going and you should be fine.




The last few days of our trip we did multiple other hikes and had again the most beautiful and gorgeous views.
But in order to show you something different I will show you one our kids Favorite things to do in Acadia. The Bar Island Hike.
 Bar Harbor is connected to Bar Island via a sand bar that, during low tide, emerges to reveal an easily navigable passageway.  For about an hour and a half on each side of the low tide point, people can walk .8 mile to Bar Island’s high point of 120 feet above sea level. 
Once on the island, the trail gradually ascends through the forest on an old road. At the next  junction, bearing right leads to an old home site with a view of Bar Harbor. Bearing left, the trail gradually ascends to the highest point and provides another view of Bar Harbor. Time your hike carefully for exploring the uninhabited island. Be aware that the timing of low tide changes by approximately 50 minutes each day, so you should find a tide chart and follow it carefully.
We all loved to do this hike after the strenuous hikes because first of all you are CUTTING through the Mt Dessert Narrows that just happens to be at low tide and you have that RUSH knowing you have to beat the tide to make it back across.  (sounds like some sort of Pirate story doesn't it? :))

This is the view you get for making the quick trek up to the top of bar island.
You get to look back at Bar Harbor and see all the cruise ships waiting in port. 
Before I forget my 5th tip...Bring LOTS of Sun Block and Bug Spray.
I wouldn't be doing my proper job as a Mom if I didn't tell you to bring this.
You will be hiking through lots of brush, but also be at a slightly higher altitude so you tend to burn quicker. No point in ruining your vacation with some sun burn and lots of bug bites. 
How fun would that be? 
SO those are my Condensed tips for Navigating Acadia!
My best tip though is to just have FUN! 
You are surrounded by so much Beauty and Natural it would be hard not to. 
I know for myself, I can't wait to go back. 
I can't even imagine what this place looks like in the fall or winter or spring. 
Hopefully someday I will have the chance to find out.  
I hope you enjoyed this post!
I wish I could have included all 700 pictures but I think the internet might explode! :)
 





 The park does have an entrance fee of $25. This can be paid at the Hull's Cove Visitor Center or at the drive in check point on the park loop road. The $25 pass is good for 7 consecutive days.