Thursday, April 20, 2023

Links to my projects on Instagram reels

Listen. I know it has been a while since I have posted here!
I have been going back and forth between "do I just let this part go"
or "do I try to incorporate the transition of REELS into my blog"
I have decided to ATTEMPT to Incorporate.
I don't know how well this will work.
Or if it will be a fruitless effort; but I figured I have been doing this for this long.
I might as well try.
So I will periodically add any of my DIY reels into the blog where you can click on the pic with the attached link and see all the transformations.
I will eventually try to add product information to each of the pictures here but we will see if anyone has any interest in the old style anymore first.
As always, Thank you to all my BEAUTIES for always hanging around and encouraging me.
As usual I am a late bloomer with all this stuff; and that is OK. 
Have a Beautiful day! 

small nightstand makeover using SIlk Mineral paint

Small nightstand makeover before and after using silk mineral paint

Budget Bathroom update using removable wallpaper and paint
Budget bathroom makeover using removable wallpaper and paint.

Free roadside dresser makeover


Beat up old desk given French blue makeover

Removable wallpaper for laundry room
Quick laundry room update using Removable wallpaper
Link to Wallpaper is HERE 

Monday, January 25, 2021


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Welcome back my Beauties.
I can't believe how long it has been since I have written a post.
The Holiday's have come and gone and I've been working on projects;
but documenting them and then editing and posting them seem to have gotten away from me.
I have about 20 furniture posts I need to write, but as usual I will maybe write up 2 if I am lucky :)
Also being the type of person I am I was totally distracted by another project that had been on my mind for a while and on a whim decided to tackle that instead.
You see the runner in the above picture.
We did that back in 2012.
You can see the old post below.

marushka diy wall mural use what you have painted artwork hand painted.
 When I painted my mural which you can see 
I knew that the runner didn't really go well with it,
but I was ok with it because I knew it was on my mental list to replace.
It had been almost 10 years and it was starting to break down and we were always "retacking" it back down where the fabric had moved and stretched.

Ripping out the old stair runner to replace with vintage inspired persian throw rug diy
So, last Saturday Morning we decided to rip it up
with no replacement rug in site.
I know how both of our brains work and we needed to the 
MOTIVATION of it being bare to kick us in the rear and keep us on task.

 After searching and searching I couldn't find anything I liked.
You used to be able to go to Home stores and find multiple different rolls of different style runners that you could buy by the foot.
Apparently in the last 10 years that seems to have stopped.
Now all the stores around us had ONE style and color and they were all the same at every single store.
The style was not to my taste at all and I started to worry we would be bare stepped for quite a while.
As we were driving  I finally had the epiphany to use runner throw rugs and cut them to fit.
I got mine at a local store for $19 each but you can find tons of other choices online. 
I have linked some HERE and we ended up purchasing 6 just to make sure we had enough after cutting.

As I said before I  wanted it to match the colors of the Mural I had painted in my hallway. You can see that post HERE ->DIY marushka inspired vintage mountain wall art mural 
and the runners I found matched perfectly.
They had that vintage Persian inspired rug feel without paying a ton of money.
Now if you read the old stair runner post you will see we rented a crown stapler from the local home store to put down the runner.
This time again knowing our personalities and the amount of other things we had going on at the time we decided to purchase 
a crown nailer.
We didn't want to have to worry about working on a timeline
and getting grumpy with each other as we would have to work within a few hours and rush it.
We purchase the Ryobi 18v narrow crown stapler from the local store
because I already have multiple batteries and chargers for all my other Ryobi tools and this would just be added to my arsenal for my other projects.
I have to say also, this is not an ad but that this baby didn't misfire one single time.
We have rented these types of tools before and usually you have a few misfires where the nail or staple doesn't go all the way in or some other issue but this baby worked perfectly. 


Now, FINALLY onto the steps.
When we ripped off the old rug, we decided the bottom two steps needed to be restained and refinished.
This house is old and every other runner we have put up were the same size so the fact that the bottom two steps had issues never mattered.
It was always covered.
These runners were just a bit narrower so we knew we needed to fix those steps.
I hand sanded them since I didn't want a huge mess and used the same stain ratio as we used originally way back over 20 years ago when we had refinished the floors and steps the very first time.
I hand applied the stain and the finish and waited for it to dry.
While that was drying I retouched up all the Risers, Stringers and Balusters with the original paint. 
After a few days we could finally lay down the runners.
painters tape as a guide line for laying down a stair runner

Some things we had remembered from before was to use
painters tape as a guideline to keep your rug straight and not end up getting off center when you lay it down.
This time we even used Double sided carpet tape to help hold the rug in place before tacking it down.
Since its a vintage style rug it is made to look like it has slight imperfections. We didn't want that to throw us off as we were looking at it while trying to keep it straight. 
Also because they were separate rugs and not one solid piece this helped us make sure we didn't move slightly up one side or another.
trimming a throw rug to turn into a stair runner diy home decor

Another issue was the border on the rug.
We didn't want to just staple border to border.
We wanted the pattern to continue on;
so when we would get to the end of one runner ( we would always make sure it ended on the riser and trim it there so it was easier to transition without disrupting the pattern) 
 we would use a straight edge, a very sharp blade and my very sharp scissors to cut a straight edge.
We would then staple under the lip of the tread and continue on from there with a seamless transition.
transitioning throw rugs to create a solid stair runner vintage inspired persian rug
I have to say, I am in love with how it looks now.
When I wake up in the morning and walk downstairs,
this is the first thing I see,
(if I ignore the laundry hamper at the top of the stairs...which as a rule...I always do LOL! )
New Vintage Persian Inspired Stair runner with vintage Marushka inspired Mountain hand painted wall mural diy
The colors of the mural and the runner make my heart smile,
and in these days, its much appreciated. :)
Vintage Persian Rug inspired diy throw rug Stair runner Karin Chudy

So there you have it.
The DIY vintage style runner using throw rugs.

 I have to admit it feels like it took me longer to type up and edit this post than it did to do the actual project.

I hope you all enjoyed this latest post and hopefully are staying Healthy and doing well.
Until next time,
have a BEAUTIFUL day! 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Vintage Desk and Chair Makeover using Custom Blue General Finishes Milk Paint

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vintage outdated desk and chair makeover using general finishes milk paint in custom mixed color
Welcome back my Beauties.
Boy has it been a while!
I have still been working on furniture like crazy,
just haven't done a good job of writing up blog posts about them.
Yesterday I was going through some google photos when I saw this desk makeover in my stash of photos and realized I better write something up about it since I had completely forgotten I had even done it! :)
It shouldn't be a surprise though. I had the desk and chair in my garage for 3 YEARS!
It was out of sight, out of mind, kinda like this makeover. :)
anywhoo..........on with the makeover.
beat up old top of vintage desk makeover before
I think one of the reasons I waited so long was because even though most of the desk was in great shape, It was a very outdated orange stain and had some DEEP grooves in the top that I knew would take some work to get out.

ryobi cordless belt sander used to remove old finish and gouges from old desk top in makeover

It was at that point I decided to pull out my handy dandy
It made short work of those deep gouges.
After I was done sanding I hand sanded it with some higher grit sandpaper to make it shiny smooth and wiped it down to prep it for some stain.

varathane premium wood stain on makeover of old vintage beat up desk top dark walnut diy
Since I had an idea of the color for the base I knew I wanted to go with a darker top.
I picked up my Varathane wood stain in dark walnut and got to work.
After it was dry I just used some satin wipe on poly I had in my garage to seal it.

custom color mix of general finishes milk paint in westminster green and twilight for desk makeover
Now it was time for the fun part.
Mixing up a custom color.
I decided to go with a favorite and picked 
I have used this combo before as you can see HERE
before and after roadside rescue buffet makeover.
I just loved the richness of the custom color!

rustoleum modern farmhouse metallic gold paint for hardware makeover on vintage desk
While the paint was drying on the desk I gave the vintage hardware a makeover with a couple coats of my Rustoleum farmhouse gold paint.

custom blue and gold vintage desk and chair makeover using general finishes milk paint in custom mix karin chudy

Would you look at how great it turned out!
The chair got painted the same color and I just quickly recovered the seat with some fabric I had in my stash! 

I am happy to say the reason I had forgotten to write about the desk was that as soon as I brought it into my booth it went back out the door to get a new lease on life in someone elses home.

custom blue and gold vintage desk and chair makeover using general finishes milk paint in custom mix karin chudy

I doubt this desk and chair will be forgotten about now that it was made beautiful again! 

and if you are in the States, I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe,
and have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Pretty in Pink Vintage Dresser Makeover

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Vintage Dresser makeover using General Finishes Ballet Pink Milk Paint BEFORE

Welcome back my Beauties! 
How the heck have you been?
We have been navigating these crazy times and just trying to 
adjust our sails on a daily basis.
Thankfully a few days ago the weather cooled a bit and I was able to knock out some projects.
I haven't spent a lot of time this summer writing up posts because honestly, just surviving seems to be enough of an accomplishment on its own.
But I still love a good makeover and hopefully you do too!
So let's get going.
I picked up this vintage little cutie at the thrift shop for a steal.
I loved that it was in really great shape and only needed a little bit of loving.
It was plain but I knew a little paint would perk it right up.

sanding the vintage dresser so paint will adhere properly
I got to work on lightly sanding the whole thing down.
Then I wiped it down with warm water.
I wanted to make sure the paint properly adhered.

General finishes Milk Paint in Ballet Pink Vintage Dresser Makeover

Once I had that done I picked my paint.
Now if you know me I am NOT a big PINK person, but this color is so subtle I just love it for giving a piece some quiet color.
You may remember the cute little GOSSIP BENCH I did in that color.  You can see that HERE.
So I got to work painting the dresser.
While it was drying I grabbed some old hardware and gave it a clean.

Rustoleum metallic spray paint to refurbish old hardware for furniture

Once it was clean I gave it a couple coats of Rustoleaum Copper metallic spray paint.
Ballet Pink Painted dresser with Wreath Stencil diy
Once that was finished and the paint had dried on the dresser I had decided that it needed just a little subtle POP of something to liven up the flat and plain front.
I grabbed my Deco art Winter Wreath stencil and some White General Finishes Milk paint and painted on this simple wreath.
Ballet Pink Dresser Makeover using General Finishes Milk paint DIY karin chudy
I love that it added something simple but made the front a bit less plain.

Pretty in Pink Vintage dresser makeover using General finishes Ballet Pink Milk Paint DIY
I am also happy to say that it sold pretty quickly.
This plain ole piece is now livin its best life in a new home.

Before and After Pretty in Pink Painted Vintage Dresser Makeover Karin Chudy
Well, hopefully I will get more in the habit of writing up more posts,
but the way this year is going,
who knows. :)

Before and After Pretty in Pink Vintage dresser makeover using General FInishes milk paint in Ballet Pink

I am happy to have at least gotten to this one.
Until next time,
Be KIND to one another
and have a BEAUTIFUL day! 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Antique Victorian Dresser Makeover using Milk Paint

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Antique vintage victorian dresser makeover before
Welcome back my Beauties!
Sorry its been so long.
I have been working on plenty of stuff, just out of practice for taking enough pics to make a blog post!
In fact on this one I didn't take a full BEFORE picture because I was so excited to get started.
I had already cleaned the drawer fronts and added new hardware before I even started to take pics.
You can see from the one I have that the base of this vintage dresser was in sad sad shape.
The drawers were o.k.; they just needed some cleaning and loving.
But it was missing all the hardware minus the keyhole covers.
I had purchased these cup pulls a while back and was saving them.
I wanted something shiny to go with the dresser makeover so I removed the keyhole covers and the new hardware and cleaned them all and got ready to paint them.

I knew I was going to go with some rich paint color so I wanted a rose gold to accent the piece.
I picked Rustoleums Rose gold spray paint and gave them two coats.

Top of vintage dresser BEFORE sanding and wiping to prep for paint
While the hardware was drying I gave the base a good scuffing and sanding and wiped it all down.

Vintage dresser makeover using general finishes westminster green milk paint
Once that was done I could start coating the base.
I picked General Finishes Milk paint in Westminster green to play off the vintage style of the piece.

Antique Victorian Dresser Makeover using General Finishes Milk Paint in Westminster Green
Look at how great the rose gold plays off the dark wood and deep green paint!

 Vintage Dresser Makeover using Milk paint DIY
I love it and for a second thought about where I could put it in my house, but then I remembered I already have too many dressers :)

Vintage Dresser Painted makeover using general finishes westminster green milk paint makeover

So there you have it. 
One of the many makeovers I have been working on the last few months!
I was looking through some other makeovers and was shocked to see that there was still snow on the ground in some of them.
I am not ready to look at snow again for a while, so I will do those posts LATER!

If you missed any of the last few makeovers you can see them Below.

It makes me feel a little better to know I did accomplish a few posts during this crazy time!
Until next time,
Stay Healthy 
and have a BEAUTIFUL day!