Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fun and Fresh Painted Patio Makeover

Hitting REPLAY on one of my favorite Posts.
Its finally spring (its suppose to snow on Friday)
and I can't wait to be able to be out on my patio again!
You can see the full transformation here!..
Good Morning my Beauties!
I have a fun little makeover for you this Monday!
I have wanted to make over the patio for so long and
once the house had finished being painted
the patio stuck out like a sore thumb. 
I really didn't want to start another project but we were having
some very MILD weather and it had to be done
so I just had to buck up and do it!
 This was the you know WHY it stuck out like a sore thumb against the freshly painted house.
The patio has seen YEARS and years of wear and tear.
It had tons of pitted spots and lots of stains and mildew.

 the first thing I had to do was Power wash and scrub the whole thing .
 You can see the difference already with just the cleaning.
but it still was rough looking.
 I went to Lowes and grabbed this patio paint (I am not being sponsored by lowes or valspar, I just wanted to show you the type of paint I was using)
 I started rolling it on and was thrilled with how great it looked already.
BUT.....YOU KNOW ME.....
I can't just have a plain patio.
It just wasn't me.

So I grabbed one of my Mylar floor stencils and a lighter gray patio paint and started rolling on my stencil. I was in LOVE...I wanted it to look like an outdoor rug so I just ran a border around the outside edge of the patio.

 I was so happy with the results.
The difference was unbelievable.

It is now one of my favorite places to have coffee in the morning.
Its not fully decorated yet. As usual its a work in progress, but I just couldn't wait to show you.

I hope you enjoyed this quick makeover.
Don't forget to comeback tonight to link up the the TWIRL AND TAKE A BOW
link party to show us what you have been working on.
Until then,
Go make someones day beautiful!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Something to Talk About LINK party and Features!


  Good Morning My Beauties!~

Its time to LINK up!

Come see who is Featured this week.

Something to Talk About Link Party 6, Monday Link Party, Link Party


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!
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!

What I have been working on!

I shared my 80's Vanity turned Vintage French
and my Themed Furniture Makeover
which was this transformed Cedar Chest.

Most Clicked

Canary Street Crafts - How To Paint Graphics on Furniture

Patina Paradise - DIY Faux Enamel Tags
247 Mulberry Lane - Sneak Peak of Spring
My Salvaged Treasures - Jewelry in Progress
Brepurposed - DIY Stencil Letter Quote
Sadie Seasongoods - Card Catalog Drawer Condiment Set

As always, You guys make it so tough to decide on which two to pick.
I was overwhelmed with talent, but
I finally chose.

This DIY Stencil letter quote by the talented BrePurposed

My second was this Gorgeous Chippy Blue Dresser Makeover by D.D's Cottage and Design!

Now Lets see what you guys have in store for us this week!

We would love to connect with you on social media! 
CoCo from The Crowned Goat || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest
Angie from The Altered Past || Facebook || Instagram || Pinteres

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 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Themed Furniture Makeover! Distressed Cedar Chest Makeover

Good Morning my Beauties!
Its time again for this months Themed Furniture Makeover.
This Months Theme was Distressed. 
Of course they wanted the finished piece to be distressed...

But mine actually STARTED out more distressed than the finished product.

As you can see here this cedar chest was in pretty dang bad shape. 
It was beat up! I had to fill some deep gouges and chipped parts but structurally it was
pretty solid.
I wanted it to look like it was an old cedar chest (it was a reproduction piece, but had seen its day)
I was set on making it look Distressed...Not BEATEN up. :)
I mixed up some custom colors and did some wet blending of blues and creams on the base. 
I wasn't trying to be too careful since I was going to be distressing the piece. 
When the layers were dry. I distressed the top all the way through in a couple spots and the edges and then went over it with a brown glaze. I wanted the paint to look old and worn.
After that I waxed and buffed it.
As you can see from this picture I did this piece way back in the FALL.
The leaves were falling and just happened to land perfectly on the top.
I loved the colors and had to capture it with the piece.
(this was also a duel.."Not so perfect post")
I didn't show you this post originally because It was another Rush to photograph 
and I felt like I couldn't give it the time it deserved to be properly photographed.
Like Life after looking back I love how this picture turned out.
At the time I thought it wasn't good enough.
But after not seeing it for a while I could see the not so perfect perfection
in this piece.

The distressing brought out the little details.
Kinda like LIFE don't ya think? :)

I hope you enjoyed this Themed Furniture Makeover
and that you come and check out all my friends Distressed Makeovers!
I can't wait to see for myself what they did.
Until next time,
Go Make someones day BEAUTIFUL.

Furniture Feature Fridays

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Anniversary Trip to Ireland Part 3

Good Morning my Beauties!!
I just realized I never posted the last part of our trip to Ireland.
I had set it all up and forgot to publish it..DOH!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh well I can show you the rest now..
You can see part 1 HERE
and Part 2 HERE
By this time of the trip we were nearing the end. We had traveled to the Cliffs of Mohr
and on the of our 5 hour car trip we ended up at our destination of Westport.
These are the amazing street signs you can find in you are driving
you somehow have to make sure you see which way you NEED to be going...:)
after our long drive, it was awesome to have "the cobblers bar" located right inside the WYATT hotel.
Every Sunday night for years, local Irish musicians come and play for the patrons..its not put on for tourists...
it is just the way it has always been. Let me tell you, it was magical, after driving along the Irish roads and seeing the gorgeous countryside, getting to listen to this was just fabulous. A dream come true.

The next morning it was time for another tour. We wanted to take the Atlantic coastal drive.
It was GORGEOUS and we actually went so far as to the signs being only in GAELIC..
Hubby was so happy that I had noticed the little half flower on the signs back when they were in ENGLISH
so we knew where to go..:)

One of the magical things of Ireland..they don't tear things down..its left as a memory and a marker..
these gorgeous old stone houses add to the scenery of the Ocean and the countryside.

Here is part of the drive and I have to tell you...IRELAND has some of the best signs...
They make sure you REALLY understand..the Steep cliff...believe was steep.
in the picture it doesn't look it...but you can't see the drop.

This is my fave...Its suppose to be rocky edge of cliff..but I thought it looked like
"oops you might poop your pants if you get to close to the cliff and fall off"  LOL!!!

Another wonderful scene in Ireland just meandering around...SHEEP.....EVERYWHERE!!!

And then we found this..we were driving along and found this is FAR WEST you can go....KEEM BEACH..
THE MOST GORGEOUS BEACH I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I mean..It looks like some sort of paradise.

and here I am about to get crashed by the waves..:)

after our long journey around the ocean and country side, it was time to eat some of the FRESHEST SEAFOOD I have EVER HAD. We went into a small local artisan shop (not a tourist souvenir shop that literally are like Starbucks here) but one where all the items are hand made by the Irish.
I got a gorgeous hand made ring made by a local artisan. While talking to the shop owner we asked where the best local place was to eat and she sent us to Bella Vita...
and I am so glad she was so small and quaint..only about 6 tables on the main floor and about 5 I said QUAINT..and as our IRISH luck would have it...they had 1 table open for us..
(this happened every time we went to dinner) the people would walk in behind and they would be full.. 

The next morning it was time to leave our lovely Wyatt hotel....and head back to Dublin..

but first a stop at the Kilbeggan whiskey factory..still run by a giant water paddle. As we stepped out of our car into the street you could smell the whiskey being distilled..

and when you were done with the got a taste..:)

Once we got back to Dublin and to the River Lifey it was time to get back to seeing my friend

we had such a great time at Ryans where soon as we sat down in the 5 table restaurant we were the last walk ins available....the people after us couldn't get in...Irish luck for us all the way..:)

our final Irish meal for me had to be FISH AND other way I wanted to leave...

and then it was time to say Goodbye to my forever friend....We laughed right up till the minute he had to be back off to his home town...2 hours away by bus.. and I cried again when he left..

but it didn't last too long as we got lost on our 10 block walk back to our hotel...Luckily all we had to do was follow the River Liffey back to our hotel..and then in the morning..our drive back to Dubin airport and it really is a 3 hour airport..we just made it to our gate after getting to the airport 3 hours early.
Then home sweet home..
I have left a piece of my heart in Ireland and I hope someday to get back there and hopefully bring my children to see this BEAUTIFUL country.
I hope you enjoyed this last post..Its bitter sweet to be closing the book on this trip,
but it leaves a spot for my mind to dream of where we will go in our future.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day.
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