Friday, September 4, 2015

MidWest Bloggers DIY roundup RECAP

I was standing on an edge deciding if I take a chance and JUMP and see whats out there or just stand back watching everyone else fly.... You pushed me to FLY and I will always always be grateful for that. Karin Chudy.

I have made this statement many times over the years,
but most recently it was to Karen of Dragonfly and Lily pads.
She was the Brains behind the MidWest DIY blogger roundup.
 I have said it to many of the women in my life who had some time in my life pushed me to fly.
Last weekend was one of those moments.
I have mentioned before that I have NEVER been to a Blog conference...let alone lead a presentation. So it is with truth I say I was nervous.
But Karen was with me all the way, plus all the other
Bloggers there were so awesome.
My Bloggy BFF Melody from My Passion for Decor, Plus Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage,
Jen from Jennifer Rizzo Designs  
Leanne Lee of DIVA OF DIY 
and Jessica of Designer Sweet Spot.
We had a blast and got to meet so many other amazing MidWest Bloggers.
I loved that Karen gave us the opportunity to network
with creators of BLITSY  Katy and Meghan,
Simone of Prime Publishing.
I was going to do a PHOTO heavy post..but instead decided to make up a little movie instead for you to RECAP... 
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Handmade desk Turned MID CENTURY MOD

Well Hello again, my BEAUTIES!
I have been working up a storm here at the Art is Beauty home,
but not so much that I couldn't quick grab a couple pictures of my
latest furniture makeover.

I found this piece at my local Goodwill.
I know what you are thinking....BORING...or EW..
but you see the LEGS...those very simple legs are what caught my eye.
You see Mid Century Modern is SOOOO HUGE right now.
Everything I grew up around and honestly DESPISING 
is becoming once again sought after.
I will be honest I was not really pleased with this trend at first.
Like I said..having grown up in a home filled with this I dreamt of 
Frenchy, frilly, fun and delicate things.
But as I aged I came to appreciate lots of different styles.
Now I know why this stuff was so popular..
Its functional...stylish and fun in its own funky way.
This desk was handmade. There are measurements and scribbles all over the back and on the 
inside. Yet the painted brown and colonial hardware were not really doing anything for this piece.

 I honestly had NO IDEA where I wanted to go with this piece.
I had just done a different style Mod desk that you can see HERE
Thoughts of Navy and Gold did once again pop into my head.
I let that stew while I got to work on the top.
I used stripper on the top and I will tell you, what came of looked like the
inside of a babies diaper..It was actually quite disgusting looking.
It took 2 attempts at stripper just to get it down to this.
I honestly swear the universe has some sort of bet on how much work I will 
go through to strip off 40 odd years of paint.  :)
It was time for the belt sander.
I knew a palm sander wasn't gonna cut it if 2 layers of stripper barely touched it.
Plus I needed to sand out some pretty deep GRAFFITI that had worked its way into the top.

After burning through one belt and putting on a new one, I finally got it down to this.
A couple passes with some higher grit sand paper and a tack cloth and I could get to staining.
I chose a provincial stain and put that on the top.
Once it was finally dry I protected the top with a Satin Poly.
I spray painted the leg with a brushed nickel spray paint.

Here is where the color comes in. 

After researching lots of mod pieces one thing stood out.
Now I don't very often paint things yellow.
But I knew this piece was calling for it.
I mixed up a custom yellow and put that down on the desk.
Then it was time to find hardware.
I wanted to find something that fit with the mod style.
That is hard to come by but I did find these fun diamond style knobs from 

I think you will agree that this desk now fits with the style.
I truly am starting to crush on the mod pieces more and more.

I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover!
I know I had fun doing it.
Until next time.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Estherbelle" Blue dresser makeover and winner of the COUNTRY LIVING FAIR tickets!

***disclaimer....I received product but all content and thoughts expressed in this post are mine and genuine. If I didn't believe in a product I wouldn't use it..:)

Hello my Beauties!
I hope you are all doing wonderful today.
I had an amazing weekend at the Randolph City Markets
first ever MidWest DIY bloggers conference
doing my first ever conference 
I was excited and nervous at the same time,
but I met so many fabulous bloggers and editors and Social Media
Peeps that my head is STILL spinnin.
So while I compose my recap of that fabulous event
I thought I would show you a makeover I was teasing you about before I left
for Chicago.
Her Estherbelle.
You can see from this photo that she was very well loved.
Parts of her legs were cracking and the top was very damaged and worn but 
she had STYLE!

you may remember from this pic from my INSTAGRAM account of me scoring her while out garage saleing with my sisters.. You can see me holding her mirror. :)

But you just know she wanted to be the Belle of the Ball again!
  Plus there was some new paint I was eager to try called Chroma Color
by none other than Cari Cucksey know...Cash and Carry. HGTV....You get the drift..
She debuted it at the Country Living fair and I thought this was also the perfect opportunity to also announce the winner of the tickets..but I will get to that at the End...:) 

 I was so excited to try it.
Chroma•Color™ is a water based Paint & Primer in one.
It is Green Safe with low VOC's and creates a soft, smooth finish. 

It was time to get to work.

I cleaned the piece up and started to paint.
I chose Mohair blue because the piece just seemed to be calling for a bold fun pretty color.
Plus it matched the sweet little silk scarf that had been left in Estherbelle's drawer. Which is where her name came from. :)
 The great thing I found out about this paint is that UNLESS its going to be a kitchen cabinet or table top you really don't need to WAX it....You heard me....NO WAX.
I applied two light coats since I still wanted a little bit of her past showing,
and when it was dry I just buffed it a little giving it a nice sheen.
That was it....and I was IN LOVE 

I think you will agree that Estherbelle looks Beautiful in BLUE.
I simply spray painted the old original hardware to give her a more glamour look and she really didn't need much more than that.

 I think you will agree she is the EstherBELLE of the ball in this Beautiful Mohair Blue Chroma color paint makeover!
This was one of my easiest makeover ever but yet the hardest to let go of.
I am bringing her into the store tomorrow after holding on to her for a couple weeks to see if there MIGHT be somewhere she could go in the house.
But alas...she shines to bright now and she is meant to see the WORLD.

Now..before I go..I didn't want to forget about announcing the WINNER
of the pair of tickets to this years COUNTRY LIVING FAIR in OHIO.
So without Further ado...
the winner is....
C.David Pierce.
I will be sending you a pair of tickets to the Country Living Fair.
 I hope you all enjoyed the latest makeover.
I can't wait to share more.
Until next time..
Have a BEAUTIFUL day.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Something to Talk About LINK Party and Features

  After a whirlwind weekend in Chicago

for the Randolph Street Market


I am ready to see what all 

you guys have been up to.

Good Morning My Beauties!~

Its time to LINK up!

Come see who is Featured this week.


If you’re not familiar with the link party – this is how it works. Our party kicks-off at 6:00 AM Est. every Monday morning and runs until Thursday at 5:00 PM. Throughout the next few days, many bloggers will link up their favorite crafts, diy projects, recipes and more – you’ll get to see it all below, loads of inspiration at it’s BEST.  Just press the links and it will direct to that bloggers post. Be sure you come back again in a few days to see what everyone is sharing, as more posts get linked each day!

What I have been working on!

As you know this last week has been crazy getting ready for the Randolph Street Market so look forward to a post on that soon.
 Last week  I shared that one of my pieces was ENTERED into a Contest and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you guys Voted for me. You can Head over HERE and click on the link and follow the directions. 
I also shared my Fall Michigan Scrabble Tile Craft HERE
and My vintage Bicycle Dresser Makeover HERE!
Now Lets see what YOU have bee busy with!

Most Clicked Features

A Junkchick Life -  Rustic Weathered Frame
Rustic and Woven - Living Room Update
Gates of Crystal - From Farmhouse to French Country
Reinvented - Decoupaged Side Table
Gates of Crystal -  Spray Painting Brass Sink

 This GORGEOUS MINTY Thrift store dresser Makeover by 

and this Beautiful Goodwill Desk Makeover

If you’re a blogger we are so excited for you to join us! It’s a great way to make some new friends and share your creative ideas throughout the week, and on Social Media too.
Lets get this party started!
We would love to connect with you on social media! 

Vicki and Jennifer from 2 Bees in a Pod || Facebook || Instagram |Pinterest || Twitter 
CoCo from The Crowned Goat || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest
Karin from Art is Beauty || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter

Party Rules…please don't link and run :) 
1  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2  Please leave a comment for your host.
3  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.

6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. Art is Beauty is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through
7 Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure! 

If you’re featured grab a button:
To make it easy, feel free to copy and paste this right into your post and or grab the button:
I’m linking up to the Something to Talk About Link Party today.  Go on over and see all the fabulous diy, crafts, furniture makeovers and more.

p.s.  Don’t forget to leave a comment, visit a few others and link back please.
  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day, Lisa
 Now please link up 3 of your best of favorite projects, crafts, recipes diy and more 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vintage "COLUMBIAS" Bicycle Dresser Makeover.

I am headed to the Randolph Street Market this morning for
our Midwest DIY Bloggers Meet up!
So I am Replay one of my favorite makeovers
for you to enjoy while I
am gone working!

Its Makeover Monday My Beauties!
I have been waiting to show you the latest makeover.
It was another one of those,
Kinda makeovers!

Sorta like this MCM desk makeover I did last week.
I knew I couldn't keep it, but it didn't stop me from TRYING to 
find a spot for it. :)

Anywhoooo, This is what we started with.
You can kind of see from the picture that the drawer edges had a little bit of damage but not too bad.
The only thing that really was a problem on this was the dang Plastic formica style top.

I had to give it a really good sanding so that the paint would be sure to adhere to it.

 Once I had done that it was time for painting.
I mixed up a custom chocolate black for the top. 
I gave it a couple of coats and let it dry.

 While the top dried I mixed up a custom green for the base.
I painted the drawers and the base with this green.

Now it was time for a decision.
Did I want to leave it as is.....or
add a little UMPH!
I think you know the answer to that.!
( This is a free graphic brought to you by THE GRAPHICS FAIRY)
Well that was done so I could use my stencil while I waited to find the right dresser to use it on.
THIS was the RIGHT dresser.
After putting on the stencil and letting it dry, 
I waxed and buffed the whole thing.
 I changed out the hardware to fit with the new look of the dresser.
 Now I think you understand why I wanted to keep it so bad.
BUT no room in the house for this piece,
so it is headed to the booth for sale.

Hopefully it will find its way to its forever home SOON!
I hope you enjoyed this makeover.
Be sure to come back tonight for the TWIRL and TAKE a BOW Link Party 
that starts at 8pm every Monday night!

Inspiration Monday