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!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Tips for Hiking Arches National Park Moab Utah during the summer months.



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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK DELICATE ARCH MOAB UTAH FAMILY HIKING TRIP SUMMER TIPS

 Welcome back my Beauties!
This post is gonna be a little different from my usual.
If you have been following me for years, you know how much I love to travel!
And when we say travel, we usually mean HIKE (or if you are from the U.K. Walking) 
Every year around this time we plan our summer hiking trip.
Usually I do a post after we take a big trip but the past few years, I have been so busy I just don't manage to get around to it. 
In fact I think the last one I did was our trip to Montana.
which you can see HERE
https://www.artisbeauty.net/2017/06/tips-on-navigating-glacier-national-park.html
But that was 3 years ago.
2 years ago we went to Moab to spend the week in Arches National Park. This past summer we spent almost 3 weeks hiking around England. (that post is gonna have to be like 3 posts long LOL)
This weekend we were deciding where we going to do our trip this coming summer and the kids decided they wanted to do Utah again this time going to Zion.
It was at that moment that I realized how far behind I was getting in my travel/hiking posts. 
The thing about the travel posts is that they still apply to why I blog. They are all about Art (natures artwork), Beauty (I mean seriously..that natural beauty) and DIY!
You aren't gonna see any of these things unless you do it yourself!
It takes a lot of work and planning but its always so worth the effort. 
:)
So here is my post....FINALLY for TIPS on Hiking Arches National Park in the Summer.

First tip. Get up EARLY! 
This is Moab!
We got up at this time (as my kids say "the butt crack of dawn")
Summer temperatures often exceed 100ºF, making strenuous exercise difficult. Late summer monsoon season brings violent storm cells which often cause flash floods.
We got up at this time EVERY SINGLE DAY!.
We stayed about 15 min from the park so that was a plus.
But know how the summer weather was we ALWAYS wanted to be in the park before 7am.
Not only do you beat the crowds, It is much cooler and the sun isn't sitting right on top of you baking you. 


tips for hiking arches national park during the summer time
Second tip! The right gear!
We have been doing this a long time and so we have had time to build up what we all need for a family of 6.
First thing, especially if your doing full sun hiking is a good Cooling Towel
This was a first year ever having to use them.
Generally we hike in areas that are upper elevation and cooler. 
Multiple times we needed winter gear, so this was a switch up for us not needing multiple layers.
One of the most important things you need is WATER! 
In all my years, I still can't believe how many people I see set out without water. It doesn't matter if it's hot or cold.
You need WATER.
You don't need expensive CamelBacks
You can use other brands. We have multiple brands and they all work fine. 
We each have our own. 
We also keep gallons of water in our truck if we need to refill before heading on another hike.
Next, A sun hat!
You will feel like the sun is pretty much sitting on top of you, and you will be thankful for the little bit of shade and protection it provides.
(also lots and lots of sunblock or sun protective clothing)

hiking arches national park salomon hiking shoes for women

Third tip! A Good pair of Hiking Shoes.
You can see here that mine have seen a lot of action and this was after one of our hikes up to Double O arch.
You climb through multiple types of terrain and 
they got coated pretty good in that gorgeous red sand.
(I still have socks that are permanently stained from that stuff :))
Also, again...do not attempt to make these hikes in bedazzled flip flops!
I have seen so many people not only head out without WATER, but think they are gonna climb in flip flops.
Which leads me to my NEXT TIP!
I will save you the image of me missing part of my toe
after a very long hot hike (picture a very large blister inside my big toe to the point that a VERY large piece of the inside of toe just decided to JUMP SHIP)
Having the first aid kit allowed me to keep on with the hike and also not have to live in misery while we hiked on.
I have also had to replace my ace bandage 3 times in my kit for other hikers who don't bring a kit and roll their ankles. It is a painful feeling to have a nasty sprain and have a long way back down to their car.




arches national park arch maps
Last tips! Get a map and give yourself time.
We try to spend around a week in the park.
You really can't see it all in one quick trip.
Heck we were there a week and didn't even see half of it.
Fiery Furnace was closed but that was ok. We saw so much that our hearts were full and it just gives us another excuse to go back.


Now I am just gonna hit you with some pretty pictures of the park.


pine tree arch trail arches national park moab utah hiking tips for familys during summer
This is Pine tree arch.
It's basically the last arch before you have to be able to do some real climbing and hiking. 
Which I call "the fun part"

primative trail hike arches national park utah moab family hiking trip tips

We were actually traveling with my Husbands Parents and this is where they dropped off and we continued.
They knew their limitations and knew if they got halfway up and couldn't manage it would be an even longer trip back down.

primative trail arches national park moab utah outdoors nature hiking family summer vacation
This is part of the primitive trail as you head up to the higher arches.
I didn't show the parts where the steep inclines were because it was pretty much all "asses and elbows" :)
I figured no one wants to see that.
But imagine this rock formation on an angle and that's why the in laws stayed back.
Even my kids who are little billy goats had to work to climb up.


Navajo Arch arches national park  located on the Navajo Arch Spur Trail, which branches from the Devils Garden Primitive Loop about 1.2 miles west of the Devils Garden Trailhead
But as usual, TOTALLY WORTH IT!
This is Navajo Arch. 
We got to this after passing Landscape arch and heading on to Double O Arch.
The great thing about doing the more strenuous hikes is that we had this place to ourselves to enjoy the amazing view.
Navajo Arch is very secluded. Most people don't even turn off the path on the way to Double O Arch. 
It is so Beautiful and it's amazing to me that people walk right past it.
It's great because to see it you have to walk into and look back to see the Beauty.
Kind of like Life; am I right? 

the climb up to delicate arch arches national park Moab Utah travel tips for hiking in the summer
Now for the hike that the park is known for.
Delicate Arch.
This is one of the most popular hikes so being Early Birds pays off.
First off PARKING at the trail head fills up quickly as it is.
Add to that the heat and sun. You really want to see this thing first thing in the morning.
I won't bore you with a lot of the long changing elevation and types of trail that lead up here, but it basically feels like you are in the desert and the you suddenly are walking on the moon.
One of the things with this hike is that you can't see the arch until you get to the very top and turn a corner.
I really think that's part of what makes it so magical.
You are sweating and tired and wondering if it will be worth it and you turn the corner and your eyes are rewarded.
my family hiking up to delicate arch moab utah arches national park nps
My kids beat me to the top and this is how I found them.
Just looking at awe at this thing they worked so hard to get to see.
What was even more fun once we had taken our pictures and headed back down, was to sit right at the top of the bend and see people's expressions as they experienced the same as the rest of us.
You hike for a few hours and you reach the top and your eyes rest on this beauty.
I really was a cool thing to watch others experience that joy!
I can't count how many times we heard "oh my gosh!" and "It's so Beautiful"  as people put their hands to their hearts! 

tips for hiking arches national park in the summer with the family hiking outdoors nature utah moab
This was taken at Double Arch. 
You would never know from the smiles on their faces that we had already been hiking hours in 100 degrees and they wanted to do one more after this! 
hiking alpine trail with the kids rocky mountain national park
Just for kicks I decided to throw in this old pic. 
My kids have been doing this a long time.
(This is where the kids "cut their teeth" on hiking)
In fact somewhere in my REAL photos I have this pic with just the girls as I was pregnant with the twins and the next year they were in backpacks.
This was the first time I think they did this hike themselves at Rocky Mountain National park.
(The Alpine Ridge Trail begins from the far end of the parking area for the Alpine Visitor Center atop Trail Ridge Road. Although a very short hike, the trail is fairly steep, gaining more than 200 feet in just three-tenths of a mile. Combine this with being situated at an elevation of 12,000 feet and it's no wonder that it's earned the nickname of "Huffers Hill".)
These are the Memories I live for. 
canyonlands national park utah mesa arch hiking with families in the summertime
And since I will probably never get around to writing a post about Canyonlands National Park I figured I would share this one with you here. 
Its just a short drive from Arches N.P. and so worth the amazing views.
I took this one early morning as the sun was rising over Mesa Arch.
If you ever go make sure you check it out.
It won't disappoint! 
There you have it! 
I hope you enjoyed the little switch up from the usual! 
Maybe someday I will live my dream of being a travel blogger.
You never know!
Until next time,
Get out there and see something Beautiful! 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Romantic Vintage Floral Dresser Makeover



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Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral using Redesign by prima color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint

WELCOME BACK MY BEAUTIES!
I am so excited to show you this latest makeover.
You know I have been loving the new transfers 
for furniture!
Like this one that you can see HERE 
the good and reese co springfield ohio vintage advertisement color transfer graphic dresser makeover http://sumo.ly/10AhL via @www.artisbeauty.


Or my Husbands old dresser that I gave a re-makeover HERE 
ART IS BEAUTY: Updating Husbands Plain Dresser to a Fabulous French Beauty http://sumo.ly/109ie via @www.artisbeauty.

Or the first one I did HERE
ART IS BEAUTY: Persian Blue Vintage Farm and Floral Dresser Makeover http://sumo.ly/ZUDc via @www.artisbeauty.
I told YOU, I have been having way too much fun! :)
ANYWAY, I wanted to do something a little different and so I decided to go with a bit more of a romantic graphic
and not so much the advertisement style. 
But first I had to prep my piece.

Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral using Redesign by prima color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint
I LOVE old maple dressers but this one was quite beat up, so I knew it would be the perfect piece for this project. 
I grabbed my sandpaper and gave the piece a good sanding and then wiped it down.
Then once it was prepped I grabbed my General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and got to work. 
Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral using Redesign by prima color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint

Since I would be putting the graphic over these two drawers I didn't need to fully paint them, just around the edges.
Once everything was dry I could get to the fun part. 
Rubbing on the gorgeous Transfer
DARK ROMANCE PRIMA REDISGN TRANSFER Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral using Redesign by prima color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint
I chose the DARK ROMANCE transfer. I just fell in love with the vintage romantic feel. 
DARK ROMANCE PRIMA REDISGN COLOR TRANSFER Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral  color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint
I mean...look at how awesome it plays against the black.
As for hardware I just decided to use the original and give it a shot of SILVER Spray Paint
PRIMA REDISGN COLOR TRANSFER DARK ROMANCE Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral  color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint

I am seriously IN LOVE! 
It really changed the whole look of the beat up old dresser.
redesign by prima vintage floral color transfer romantic dresser makeover general finishes lamp black
Plus it plays perfectly with the silver hardware.

Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral  color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint
Well, I am off to work on more pieces!
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover. 
BEFORE AND AFTER PRIMA REDISGN COLOR TRANSFER DARK ROMANCE Vintage maple dresser turned romantic vintage Floral  color transfers and general finishes lamp black milk paint
Until next time,
Have a Beautiful Day!