Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Antique Parlor Table makeover using new Westminster Green General Finishes Milk Paint



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antique parlor table makeover before using general finishes
Welcome back my BEAUTIES!
I am so happy to be back with a fun new makeover!
I have to admit that this cold weather and gray days have left me uninspired. But luckily one of my favorite paint companies came out with some new colors and it got me motivated to get some projects done.
I had picked up this antique parlor table for a few bucks at the thrift shop. It was pretty beat up and had some damage I needed to take care of but it had just the pretties details and the solid wood top that I knew could be saved. 
So I got to work.
making over an antique parlor table using general finishes and ryobi cordless sander
First things first, was to expose that gorgeous top.
I used my Ryobi Cordless sander
to make quick work of it so I could get back inside and out of the snow.
general finishes brown mahogany gel stain antique parlor table makeover
Once it was all sanded and smoothed out I prepped it for the stain.
I decided to go with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel stain to make that quarter sawn oak POP!
general finishes new milk paint colors westminster green and blue moon

While the top was drying I had to decide what color to paint the base.
I put a sample of two colors on and loved both, but the Westminster Green really caught my eye and so it was decided.
antique westminster green and quarter sawn oak tiger grain parlor table makeover general finishes
I think you can see why I loved it.
Its so rich and worked so well with the warm mahogany color of the top. 
general finishes westminster green milk paint antique parlor table makeover
I still can't believe the difference now from before.
westminster green antique parlor table makeover

The details just came to life with the rich color.
Westminster Green Milk Paint Antique Parlor Table Makeover General Finishes
I am seriously in love and can't wait to find more pieces to put this gorgeous color on.
Plus I have a few other new colors I can't wait to try.
BEFORE AND AFTER ANTIQUE PARLOR TABLE MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES

Well, I better get back to work.
Luckily I have some fun new paint to play with. 
Hopefully the weather gets warmer and sunnier!
Until next time,
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Updating and Out of Date Cabinet with Milk Paint



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Updating and Out of Date Cabinet using General finishes Milk Paint
WELCOME BACK MY BEAUTIES!
I hope this week finds you well.
We are in for ANOTHER snow storm and honestly I think I am starting to go a bit nutty. 
We are already at snow day 10 or 11..(I have lost count) and they are thinking possibly 1 or 2 more this week.
I am hoping that for once they are wrong about the snow and ice (normally they are only wrong about NICE weather...am I right...or am I right? ) 
ANYWHOOO...I am sick of Gray and Dark and Gloomy so I decided I needed to paint something bright cheery and HAPPY.
You know, a little FAUX sunshine feeling. 
using general finishes Milk Paint to makeover an outdated cabinet

Since I was going for that FAUX sunshine feeling I decided to paint this outdated little cabinet using some General Finishes
Milk Paint in Somerset Gold..(You know..what I think the sun might look like if we ever see it again here in Michigan) 
Since the top was in perfect condition I just cleaned that up.
For the base I lightly sanded the whole thing and then wiped it down with a damp cloth. 
Then I gave it a couple coats of the bright and sunny yellow and.....

Somerset Gold Cabinet makeover using General finishes Milk paint artisbeauty.net karin chudy
VOILA!!! 
She looks happy and sunny and cheery!

Somerset Gold Outdated Cabinet makeover before and after
I don't often paint things yellow, but I felt like this piece was the perfect size to add just a little bit of happy to a room.
Not too much..Not too little.
BEFORE AND AFTER OUTDATED CABINET MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT IN SOMERSET GOLD

It went from drab and dreary to happy and cheery.
And who couldn't use a little happy and cheery right now!

How to Update an Outdated Cabinet using General Finishes Milk Paint Somerset Gold
I could use BOATLOADS of happy and cheery and SUN..
So if you got any extra be sure to send it to Michigan.

Somerset Gold Cabinet makeover using General finishes Milk paint artisbeauty.net
I would be eternally grateful....:)
I hope you liked this happy and fun little makeover.
I am going to go back under my 400 blankets and cover my head and hope when I crawl out the storm will have passed 
and we will be headed towards spring!
Until then have a BEAUTIFUL day! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Antique Depression Era Chest of Drawers given a Makeover!



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BEFORE antique depression era chest of drawers makeover using general finishes milk paint artisbeauty.net
Well, Welcome back my Beauties!
Sorry to be away for so long but as I am sure you all are experiencing, it has been dang hard to get back into the swing of things now that Christmas is over.
We were so busy with family time and my daughter preparing for her first musical production that time just seems to be slipping by.
I have been working on a few pieces down in my STUDIO during these freezing cold months, but I didn't have time to photograph all of them. 
But this baby I did!
I mean it was too gorgeous of a piece not to document!
I grabbed it for a steal at the thrift shop.
Mostly because one leg was really beat up and has some bad veneer damage on the fronts and sides. 
before BEFORE antique depression era chest of drawers makeover using general finishes milk paint artisbeauty.net
Lucky for me the really cool parts were in pretty decent shape and just needed some cleaning up and some love. 
I wanted to save as much of the original woodwork while updating at the same time. 
I removed all the really cool old hardware and gave it a good cleaning and a shot of some metallic spray paint

General finishes Brown Mahogany Gel stain vintage depression era dresser chest of drawers makeover
For the pieces I was going to save I just cleaned up the wood and wiped it with some General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain
It added the richness and protection back to the wood.
GENERAL FINISHES LAMP BLACK WATER BASED MILK PAINT DEPRESSION ERA DRESSER PAINTED MAKEOVER BEFORE AND AFTER
When that was done I decided I wanted to make the grain really POP so I used General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint
I gave it two coats and it totally changed the look of the piece.
antique depression era dresser makeover before and after Lamp black general finishes

I mean, would you look how that awesome grain just popped against the brass hardware and the black paint! 
Antique Vintage Depression Era Two toned Chest of drawers dresser makeover General finishes milk paint lamp black before and after karin chudy
I am a girl who loves color but every once in a while I really love to give a piece a feeling of drama.
Antique Vintage Depression Era Two toned Chest of drawers dresser makeover General finishes milk paint lamp black before and after karin chudy
I think this lamp black paint did the trick, don't you?
before and after antique depression era dresser makeover before and after Lamp black general finishes
Now if I could only find about 20 more gorgeous pieces like this :)
I put it in my booth at Changing Thymes in Grandville Michigan
so here is hoping this once beaten up piece will get a new and fun life with another family. 
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover.
I am going to wrap myself up in about 20 blankets and make a giant cup of tea.
We are in the middle of another ice storm here in Michigan.
Heres hoping we thaw out quickly so I can get back to thrifting for more vintage pieces.
Until next time have a WARM and BEAUTIFUL day! 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Favorite Furniture Makeover Posts of 2018



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Welcome back my Beauties!
Can you even believe that we have reached the end of the year already.
It's been a whirlwind to say the least.
I have lost a best friend and traveled overseas.
My daughter graduated from high school and we had lots of adventures. 
I always almost forget to do these end of the year posts but I am so thankful when I do.
It's always such a good reminder to live life to the fullest.

The Seven Sisters is a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are within the South Downs National Park which is bounded by the coast, the Cuckmere and the A259 road.
Even though I still haven't had time to write up the post about our trip to England yet, it was one of my all time favorite parts of this past year.
I have dreamt about it for years and being able to take the kids to experience it was a dream come true. 
This was one of my absolute favorite pics of Russ and I.
It was a few weeks before our 25th wedding anniversary and one of our daughters snapped this on their phone of us walking along the shore of Seven Sisters Cliffs.
I have dreamed of seeing these Chalk Cliffs for years.
It was one of those moments where you actually get to feel your dream come true. 
I am a gypsy soul at heart and the more I get to see of this Beautiful world the fuller my heart.
But enough about that..Now its time to talk about my favorite makeovers this year.



Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
If you click on all the highlighted links you can see befores.
This one was outdated but transformed to timeless with a bit of paint.

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
This by far was a close second to the most difficult makeover.
It was a beast and if you click over you will see WHY it was such a labor of love.

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself

Roadside Rescue Emerald Green Dresser makeover 
Now this..this probably took the most manual labor to overhaul. If you click the link you will see what I had to go through to transform her.

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
This was one of the most fun for me because having found it for free and it being in such bad shape I really couldn't make it worse.
So I had fun with a vintage advertisement to bring it back to life.

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself

Persian Blue Hall Table Makeover 
This piece had such intricate details but was in such poor shape I had so much fun painting to bring it back.

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This one..Oh my... I had so much fun.
Head on over to see how easy it was to transform.

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
Another piece that was in such poor shape but had so much detail it needed to be saved. A little paint and some sanding brought her back.


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This was another fun one. It was beat up but some paint and a fern transfer and its took on a whole new life.





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This little beauty may not look like much but if you check out her before you will see how beat up she was and how a couple coats of paint made her new again. 
Small Dresser given a Regal Makeover 

Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
This was the one that I went WAAAAY outside my comfort zone on.
She was so beat up but had the most amazing details and hardware I had to find a way to bring her back!
Updating a Waterfall Chest of Drawers 


Favorite furniture makeover posts of 2018 karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy before and after painted furniture upcycled refinished refurbished do it yourself
And last but not least. A fun vintage transfer that took a very plain boxy dresser to a new level.

Persian Blue Vintage Farm and Floral Dresser Makeover

So there you have it.
My favorite makeovers of 2018.
I hope you enjoyed looking back as much as I did,
and I hope you had some good moments in 2018 to look back on as well. 
I know in years past it was much harder for me to find the Good Things with everything that was happening in my life.
My wish for 2019 is that you find the Beauty where you can; 
and if you can't find it...You make it.
Until next year.
Have a Beautiful day!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Persian Blue Hall Table Makeover



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before cherry hall table makeover before and after general finishes persian blue milk paint
Welcome back my Beauties!
I hope the Holidays are treating you right.
I have been working my tail off, getting the house ready for Christmas and all that entails, and working on makeovers.
I have had to move into my studio in the house since we have had unseasonable Cold (even for Michigan) weather.
You can see my Studio HERE 
Recently I picked up this table at the local thrift shop.
It wasn't vintage or anything, but I loved all the details on it.
It was pretty beat up, but I knew I could bring it back with a little love.

BEAT UP OLD CHERRY HALL TABLE REFRESHED WITH GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT IN QUEENSTOWN GRAY AND PERSIAN BLUE
I decided I wanted to do a two toned look on it so I chose
I gave the table a good sanding to scuff it up and give good adhesion and then wiped it all down to clean it up.

PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY HALL TABLE MAKEOVER FIRST COAT

You can see here how it looked after its first coat.
I was loving the color combo but wanted to darken up the top.
GENERAL FINISHES BROWN MAHOGANY GEL STAIN AND GEL TOPCOAT WIPE ON URETHANE IN SATIN
To do that I just grabbed my General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel stain and gave it a pass over to darken up the Gray.
After it was dry I used my wipe on Gel Topcoat to seal and protect the piece.
CHERRY HALL Table GIVEN MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT IN PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY BEFORE AND AFTER DIY
And here it is all prettied up.
I love the contrast of the darker top with the lighter bottom.
HALL TABLE MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY MILK PAINT BEFORE AND AFTER DIY DISTRESSED VINTAGE
I also had slightly distressed all those fun details to help them POP a little bit more. 

HALL TABLE MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY MILK PAINT BEFORE AND AFTER DIY DISTRESSED VINTAGE ARTISBEAUTY.NET KARIN CHUDY
I just love how different it looks now. 

BEFORE AND AFTER HALL TABLE MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY MILK PAINT BEFORE AND AFTER
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover.
I feel bad that I haven't shared as much this last few weeks; but if you follow my Instagram Stories, you can always see what I am working on over there!
I would love to see you over there!
HALL TABLE MAKEOVER USING GENERAL FINISHES PERSIAN BLUE AND QUEENSTOWN GRAY MILK PAINT BEFORE AND AFTER DIY

Well, I am back to my studio.
I am working on a depression Era dresser that I got for a steal, but needed some major TLC.
I hope to share it with you soon!
Until next time,
Have a Beautiful Day! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Vintage Small Chest of Drawers Makeover using Paint and Transfers



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BEFORE Painted furniture makeover using General finishes Basil milk paint and Redesign by Prima Fern Color transfer artisbeauty.net Karin Chudy Easy DIY before and after
Welcome back my BEAUTIES!
 I am so excited to show you the latest makeover!
I picked up this little beauty at the thrift shop for $8
because one of the drawers was stuck shut and the other one was falling apart.
I knew I could fix it with a little help from my favorite tool and got to work on it right away.
First I took out the drawers that were NOT stuck and since it had openings the the drawer that was I just worked my way around in there and popped it loose.
You see the box to the drawer had partially fallen apart and gave way, keeping it from being able to slide out.

Once I got it out I just gave it a few shots with my
Ryobi Air Nailer (my favorite tool by the way)
and that drawer was good as new! 


General FInishes Milk Paint in Basil Antique chest dresser makeover diy

Once I had it all back together I could get moving.
I sanded the whole piece down since it had some deep groves and who knows what caked to it in spots.
Then I used a damp cloth to clean off all the sanding residue.
Once that was done I could start painting.
I have never used the color BASIL General Finishes Milk Paint before and thought it would be the perfect color for this piece.
Redesign with Prima Transfer Decal in Fern Woods dresser makeover before and after application

Once the paint had dried I decided to have some fun.
I loved the natural and subtle colors of the Redesign by Prima Transfer in FERN WOODS.
It was such a pretty natural graphic.
I added it to the top drawers and then used my General finishes top coat to seal it.
The hardware had all still been with the piece and just needed some prettying up with some GOLD SPRAY PAINT.


small antique chest dresser given update using general finishes basil milk paint and redesign by prima fern color transfer diy artisbeauty.net karin chudy
You can see here how pretty the gold hardware played off the fern transfer.

small antique chest dresser given update using general finishes basil milk paint and redesign by prima fern color transfer diy artisbeauty.net karin chudy color makeover
I thought about doing all the drawer fronts but wanted to keep that subtle look of the transfer with the basil paint and gold hardware.

small fern dresser with transfer general finishes basil milk paint and redesign by prima fern transfer
I just love how it all came together.
Something that was broken and beat up, 
now has a new lease on life!
Painted furniture makeover using General finishes Basil milk paint and Redesign by Prima Fern Color transfer artisbeauty.net Karin Chudy Easy DIY before and after

I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover!
Painted furniture makeover using General finishes Basil milk paint and Redesign by Prima Fern Color transfer artisbeauty.net Karin Chudy Easy DIY before and after
I am having so much fun doing them lately!
I think part of it is trying to get things done before the snow flies 
and the Christmas Season is upon us!
Before and After antique dresser makeover using general finishes milk paint in basil and Redesign by prima fern woods transfer
Hopefully I will keep on moving with these and have a new one for you next week!
Until then, have a Beautiful day!