Friday, December 1, 2017

Updating a Farmhouse Style Table and Bench with General Finishes

beat up old farmhouse table before update with general finishes gel stain and paint
Welcome back my Beauties.
I am finally back with a makeover.
A while back I picked up this orangey pine table and bench.
You can't see from the pic, but it was pretty scratched and dented on the top, and the legs had some nice chew marks from a dog.
It was in great shape structurally, just needed a little lovin!

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general finishes antique walnut gel stain farmhouse table makeover update diy

I knew I didn't want to go full sand and stripping so I lightly sanded the top and cleaned it and pulled out my 
general finishes antique walnut gel stain farmhouse table update before and after diy makeover
You can see from the photo here, what a difference just one coat of the gel stain did. I did a second coat after it dried just to add more warmth.
general finishes high performance water based top coat flat finish farmhouse table and bench makeover diy before and after
Once that was dry I decided to protect the top with
general finishes milk paint driftwood and persian blue custom creation color farmhouse table makeover
While the top was finishing drying I mixed up a custom color of
It was 3 parts Persian Blue and 1 part Driftwood.
I just wanted to gray up the blue a little.
general finishes custom color milk paint farmhouse table makeover before and after diy

I love how the gray blue worked with the warm walnut color of the top.
I am also happy to say it sold in like 2 days.

antique scale vintage general finishes antique walnut gel stain farmhouse table makeover rustic before and after

I love how the gel stain, accented the little grooves and markings that had been left on the top.
general finishes Farmhouse table and bench makeover diy before and after antique walnut gel finishs and milk paint
Hopefully I will get some more furniture makeovers done before the snow flies...
Its coming, I can feel it.
So I better get moving.
General Finishes Farmhouse style table and bench painted and java gel update diy
Until next time,
Have a Beautiful day!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Graphics Fairy Sheet music wreath using OLD CD

I love resharing this wreath!
Come see how easy it is to create your own!
(You can follow me on INSTAGRAM to keep up with what I have been working on) so I thought I would share an Oldie but a Goodie!
Here is one of my favorites. My sheet music Christmas wreath.!

diy craft vintage sheet music turned christmas holiday wreath
Good Monday Morning my Beauties! Well Its official...
I have caught my kids CRUD. :(  Luckily
I had gotten this project I have been wanting to do done
before the wonderful virus set in.

I have a stock pile of old sheet music that I had gotten at a bag at a thrift shop for $1.
Some of its really old and I decided not to touch that stuff, but the rest is 70's and 80's classical.
So I thought I would use those to make my wreath. BUT I didn't have a wreath form. It hit me while
I was in my CRAP/CRAFT room that I have a bunch of old scratched Cd's in there.
They are round and sturdy and I thought an added bonus that a MUSIC wreath was going to be put on an old CD :)
(Bonus if you don't have sheet music you can go over to the Graphics Fairy and
she has vintage sheet music you can print off)

I started rolling my half sheets of sheet music and hot gluing them when they were rolled.
I then hot glued them to the CD working in a opposite pattern. (kinda like how you take the lug nuts off a tire..:))

I kept adding layers and then as I wanted it fuller I cut the half sheets in half again and made a middle smaller rolled section. When that was set I went over to the Graphics Fairy and got this cute little Vintage Angel

I added her to the middle using my hot glue gun and then used a piece of some silver sprigs that I had left over from Christmas Decorating.
copied vintage sheet music craft old cd hot glue gun graphics fairy christmas holiday wreath decoration
My Christmas Sheet music wreath now hangs on my front door.

I love the adorable little greeting that she is to people coming into our home.
Well, thats all I have for today..Hopefully by the time you read this
I am on my way to feeling MUCH better.
I hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL day!
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Reviving a Mid Century Modern Dresser with Paint and TLC

Welcome back my BEAUTIES!
Did ya miss me?
I am still plugging away on furniture, and makeovers and crafts over here in my little world, but as usual the kids and life seems to keep me running in 4 different directions. 
I have been trying to figure out how to still show you makeovers but not have to spend the massive hours with posts.
So I finally bucked up and put down my REAL camera and started using my phone.
I realize that I am going backwards in blogger world going from great camera to phone but something had to GIVE and this was the easiest way I could kill two birds with one stone.
So using my phone I can quickly show you my makeover.
Hopefully this way I will be able to keep up a little bit more!
(in my head it sounds good, but we will see what happens :))
So here goes.
You can see in the above pictures my less than beautiful MCM dresser thrifted find.
I was trying to save as much of the wood as possible.
I even started sanding the top but that red ring you can see in the pic went all the way through. (It also had multiple spots with missing veneer around the bottom edge and deep gouges)  It would not be sanded out.
So I went to plan B.
Painting the base and restoring the drawers.

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First things first. 
I removed the awesome hardware.
Normally when I find pieces like this, ONE or more pieces of the original hardware is missing, but I lucked out this time.
All I needed to do was clean and spray paint them.
I used 
and gave them a quick little refresh.
While the hardware was drying, I simply wiped down the base and started painting it with
Since the drawers were actually in really decent condition I just used a little steel wool and 

mcm mid century mod driftwood gray general finishes milk paint makeover before and after diy bohochic
Once all the parts were dry I put it all back together again.
I love how the brass hardware made the wood drawers pop and how the gray paint framed it all.
I actually have yet to bring this into my booth as I am quietly considering switching out my husbands dresser.
I will let you know what I decide.

mid century mod mcm boho chic bohemain dresser makeover diy
I am happy to be able to bring you guys another makeover.
Slow and steady wins the race, right?

If you ever wonder what I am up to in between posts you can 
You can see all the REAL life stuff and see what makeovers will be coming up.
Well I have to go make dinner now, 
so until next time,
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Monday, September 25, 2017


rolling kitchen cart farmhouse style makeover before and after using vintage effects paint deco art and mineral oil
Welcome back my Beauties!
Long time no see.
The kids are all back in school and we are finally starting to get back into our normal routine, slowly but surely.
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That means also getting back into my makeover routine.
Todays makeover is going to show you how I transformed this outdated 80's pine rolling kitchen cart into a farmhouse style cart using Deco Arts Vintage Effect wash paint and some mineral oil.
First things first. I had to take care of those nasty stains on the top of the cart.
For that I just used my Rockwell random orbital sander and some medium sandpaper.
I knew the stains were topical and weren't going to take much sanding so I didn't want to use low grit sandpaper and rip apart the wood on the top.
Once I had the top all cleaned up I could put the protective and food safe finish on the top.
After hours of research I found out the safest and cheapest way to 
seal a butcher block is with Mineral Oil.
Yup...simple mineral oil that you can get in the drug store for just a few bucks.
Now it was time to finish the base.
You can click on the pic for a little video example of how easy it was to use.
This is after the real quick wipe on with the cloth.
vintage rolling farmhouse style butcher block kitchen cart makever diy
I loved how easy it was to use and to transform the piece giving it a vintage feel.
refinished butcher block rolling farmhouse kitchen cart makeover before and after vintage effect paint wash
Even better it SOLD the first day at the booth!
farmhouse Rolling Kitchen Cart makeover vintage effects paint wash farmhouse style diy
What a difference a little mineral oil and some paint made.
farmhouse rolling kitchen cart makeover diy before and after vintage butcher block refinishing

Thanks for checking out the latest makeover, and hopefully with all of us getting back in routine, the same will go for my posts :)
Until next time,
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Updating the Legs of my DIY Build it Yourself FARMHOUSE Table

updating the legs of a DIY build it yourself Farmhouse TABLE painted makeover GENERAL FINISHES Karin Chudy
Welcome back my Beauties!
I have been meaning to show you this makeover for a while
but you know, LIFE HAPPENS!

DY build it yourself farmhouse table for under $100

but I wanted to give it a bit of an update. 

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diy build your own farmhouse table makeover osbourne wood square farm dining table legs
I decided to update the table with some Osbourne Wood Products Square Farm Dining Table legs. 
I loved the square details that kept with the feeling of the farmhouse feel with a little more classic style.

removing and replacing and udating the legs of your build it yourself diy farmhouse table makeover
First things first. 
I would have to remove the legs.
Since I built the table I knew how to take it apart. 
I flipped the table over and laid it on a cloth to keep from scratching the top.
taking the apron off the old farmhouse table to replace legs diy build it yourself
Next, I took the apron off from the skirt around the the table top.
This is where all the hidden screws were that were holding the old legs on.
removing replacing and updating the legs of the diy build it yourself farmhouse table

I unscrewed the old screws and had to use a little muscle to break off where the wood glue had done a good job assisting the strength of the screws.
attaching the new square farmhouse table dining legs drill screws woodwork build it yourself do it yourself
I put the new legs in place keeping them square and rescrewed them back into the table top and re attached the skirt. 
general finishes DRIFTWOOD waterbased milk paint
Now I waited a few months before I actually got around to painting the legs, because as I said...LIFE HAPPENED!
But when I finally painted them I chose

This has become one of my favorite neutral grays. 
I love how the slight change in the shape of the leg and the gray color really gave the table some UMPH!!

DIY FARMHOUSE TABLE UPDATE general finishes seagull gray osbourne square farmhouse dining table legs diy

It flows with all the rest of my decor as well.
Just remember; its just paint!
Don't be afraid to try something fun and different!
Now go make someone's day BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

$8 garage sale Harlequin dresser makeover

Welcome Back my Beauties!
Sorry I have been neglecting you lately
but as you know I am working on my art studio.
I have LITERALLY been working night and day on it.
So much that I have not had much time to post furniture 
I finally had a little while to sit and edit some pictures
so I would put up a makeover for you!.

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This is what it started like.
The pictures actually make it look better than it did.
It was terribly beat up on the sides and the top.
This was the piece that I picked up when we were camping this summer
and my Hubby was oh so THRILLED to help me pack
in the suburban.
We had hit a church garage sale and there was NO WAY I was passing up
an $8 dresser.
He knew it was a lost cause so he just kept his mouth shut while we
crammed it in the truck. (my brother in law did not and actually sat laughing
and ribbing my hubby about us jamming a dresser into our truck)
Thanks GARY! :)
Anyway, I let this baby sit for a while in the garage and finally got motivated to work on it.

I had no idea what I was going to do with it,
just that I needed to fill some booth space so I had to get to work. 
I started by painting the whole thing a simple creamy yellow. 
Very light and very simple.
Well, You know me.
It wasn't ME... So I got to thinking.
What could I do to Beautify this??
I saw my harlequin stencil sitting on the workbench and the rest is history.
I grabbed some gold craft paint and got to work on the stencil.
I didn't want to overdo it and I also made sure that the stencil lined up all the way down the 
drawers as to not get to much of a dizzying effect.
When it was all dry I actually put the original hardware back on.
I loved the look of the classic hardware with the
classic harlequin pattern.
I waxed and buffed the whole thing and she was ready for her closeup!

I couldn't be HAPPIER with how she turned out.
Its not my normal style but it was fun to do something
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover.
I am soooooo close to being finished with my 
art studio but I don't want to do the full reveal 
until we get the lights up
and I can take PROPER pictures.
You can see the BEFORE Here!
and since I love ya 
I will show you a little Sneak Peek of 
the progression. :)

Hopefully I will be able to get the REAL photographs of the full reveal next week!
Until next time,
go make someones day BEAUTIFUL!!!!