Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gray and Copper Desk Makeover ~The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest

All opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own, however, this post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware. 


Welcome back my Beauties!
Its time again for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest Makeover.
For this months makeover I chose this beat up beauty of a desk that a neighbor of mine was happy to leave with me. :) 
 







Each month, the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest challenges  a group of bloggers to flip a piece of furniture using a product from one of their fabulous sponsors.  This month’s theme is Class It Up! For this months Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ we teamed up with  D. Lawless Hardware.
This hardware company is a family run business in the United States that has a superior customer service.While looking for my specific sized hardware I had multiple options and styles for bringing my vision to life.
I picked out my hardware before I even started on my makeover because I wanted their beautiful hardware to be the jumping off point for my desk and go from there. 
Once I had my choice I went from there.
 First things first I had to sand this baby down. This desk had provided YEARS of service and it was time to give some life back to it. I used my random orbital sander and got the top of the desk down to the bare wood. 
Once the top was sanded I chose to use General Finishes Java Gel on the top with their topcoat. 
It gave me the rich color I wanted for the top of this desk.
Once that was stained and sealed I could get started on the base.

I chose a custom created gray color for the base. I was in love already but couldn't wait for the next part.

My BEAUTIFUL new HARDWARE!! Isn't it gorgeous.

For my piece I chose these gorgeous Copper Kettle Cup pulls and knobs to really class the piece up.
I was in love with the gorgeous finish and classy feel.


I think you will agree that they gave this piece the CLASS it deserved.
Such gorgeous rich copper against the gray and stain.



It turned out even better than I imagined all thanks to the gorgeous hardware.

Can you even believe its the same piece??
I hope you enjoyed this latest Fab Furniture Flippin Makeover.
Until next time Have a BEAUTIFUL day!


If you want to see more of the projects in this months contest check out Stacy's page or Colleen's page;  all are at the bottom of either page and if YOU want to participate in a future challenge contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com


The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, we'd love to have you! Please contact us at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to find out how!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Old Kids Loft Bed TURNED Rustic Vintage Style Coffee Table



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Welcome back my BEAUTIES!! 
I am sorry that it has been so long since I have had a new post for you.
To say the last few months have been busy and stressful would be an understatement.
Now I normally live a very busy life anyway but the last few months we were on overload.
You see, in addition to our normal CHAOS my Sassy Pants Momma got very sick.
(if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know how much my Momma means to me and how Sassy she really is) :) 
We have basically been living at the Hospital or her home for around a Month give or take a few GOOD days when she was O.K. 
Even though I still was trying to cram in projects to fill my booth I had ZERO energy to Write, Edit or POST about them. 
I have always loved my Job because it allows me to always put my family first and this was a prime example of that time. 
I am happy to say that although she is not 100 percent back to her normal sassy spunky
self yet, she is starting to come around. 
So I am sorry that I have left you all for such a long period of time,
but I have my fingers and toes crossed and I am praying that my Momma gets better and I can get back to showing you my latest projects. (I have like 4000 in my photos) :)
So lets get started shall we. 
In the middle of all the Chaos with projects and my Mom, we were also right in the middle of finally making over my sons room. He is going to be 12 and his room had never been made over since it was his nursery.
This was the summer we transformed it.
(another project that is in my pile to show you)
One of the things we were changing was his bed.
Its an old Loft bed that I got thrifting a few years ago.


Well we started disassembling it and I had a brilliant idea!
We were going to be repurposing  part of the bed into a new bed for him so we couldn't really SELL the parts. 
You know how I HATE to throw anything of use out as well.
SO we started thinking...What could we do with all these left over PARTS??



 Then my husband said...TABLES!!!
The long shelf part was left from under the loft and the legs were cut off from part of the frame so my husband sketched up some plans close to what we did for our outdoor coffee table.
 You can see he built it close to the same style as our Outdoor DIY Custom Built Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

He build this and another end table and used the other parts to make an apron for a farmhouse dining table which I will also be showing you sometime down the line.
That table top was part of the shelf under the bed and the legs were part of the base of the bed with the apron being made with parts of the old guard rail.
Once it was together I took my Rockwell sander and sanded the top making sure I really sanded some spots so the stain would darken there and give it an aged feel.
Once it was sanded I used my General Finishes Java Gel to stain the top and then applied my General finishes High Performance sealer.
 For the legs I mixed up a custom mix mineral paint in a vintage mint color and slightly distressed them.
And this is what it turned out like.
I was such a rush to fill my booth that I never even got a chance to photograph the end table but I am sure you can picture a smaller more square version of this piece :)


Here is a shot where you can see the spots I sanded "EXTRA" and how it added to the rustic feel. 
Luckily I didn't have to beat up the top to much to make it feel vintage since my BOY did plenty of that with his legos and other toys. :)
So there  you have it...
Where I have been...and
What I have been doing..
Hoping and Praying that things calm down a bit
(who am I kidding..that never happens here :))
I hope to be back with you again soon with many many more projects and with reports of good health on my momma.
Until next time,
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL! 




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,