Thursday, October 30, 2014

Handmade desk Turned MID CENTURY MOD


Well Hello again, my BEAUTIES!
I have been working up a storm here at the Art is Beauty home,
but not so much that I couldn't quick grab a couple pictures of my
latest furniture makeover.



I found this piece at my local Goodwill.
I know what you are thinking....BORING...or EW..
but you see the LEGS...those very simple legs are what caught my eye.
You see Mid Century Modern is SOOOO HUGE right now.
Everything I grew up around and honestly DESPISING 
is becoming once again sought after.
I will be honest I was not really pleased with this trend at first.
Like I said..having grown up in a home filled with this I dreamt of 
Frenchy, frilly, fun and delicate things.
But as I aged I came to appreciate lots of different styles.
Now I know why this stuff was so popular..
Its functional...stylish and fun in its own funky way.
This desk was handmade. There are measurements and scribbles all over the back and on the 
inside. Yet the painted brown and colonial hardware were not really doing anything for this piece.


 I honestly had NO IDEA where I wanted to go with this piece.
I had just done a different style Mod desk that you can see HERE
Thoughts of Navy and Gold did once again pop into my head.
I let that stew while I got to work on the top.
I used stripper on the top and I will tell you, what came of looked like the
inside of a babies diaper..It was actually quite disgusting looking.
It took 2 attempts at stripper just to get it down to this.
I honestly swear the universe has some sort of bet on how much work I will 
go through to strip off 40 odd years of paint.  :)
It was time for the belt sander.
I knew a palm sander wasn't gonna cut it if 2 layers of stripper barely touched it.
Plus I needed to sand out some pretty deep GRAFFITI that had worked its way into the top.


After burning through one belt and putting on a new one, I finally got it down to this.
A couple passes with some higher grit sand paper and a tack cloth and I could get to staining.
I chose a provincial stain and put that on the top.
Once it was finally dry I protected the top with a Satin Poly.
I spray painted the leg with a brushed nickel spray paint.


Here is where the color comes in. 

After researching lots of mod pieces one thing stood out.
YELLOW!
Now I don't very often paint things yellow.
But I knew this piece was calling for it.
I mixed up a custom yellow and put that down on the desk.
Then it was time to find hardware.
I wanted to find something that fit with the mod style.
That is hard to come by but I did find these fun diamond style knobs from 
Target.
  


I think you will agree that this desk now fits with the style.
I truly am starting to crush on the mod pieces more and more.



I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover!
I know I had fun doing it.
Until next time.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beautiful French Pallet Art


 Reposting because the said possible snow this weekend...
I AM NOT READY!!!!
This is a project I did through our last ARCTIC WINTER..
Hopefully I won't have to trek through that stuff as often as last year.

 Good Morning My BEAUTIES! 
I am sooooo Jonesing for spring I can hardly stand it anymore...
I have so many pieces of FURNITURE I want to paint..but as usual this Michigan winter has been 
Relentless; and even with my furnace in the garage I would not be able to get a good 
dry time for the furniture. So Instead, I have been working on some smaller pieces..
Well one day last week I decided I wanted to work on making some signs for my booth.

Well Working on signs, meant I had to trek on out to the shed, for my wood pile.
YEAH...THIS is what I looked like when I came back in...Some spots were waist high....
But I was determined to get some work done..(oh I forgot to mention..I needed one more extra piece and had to go back in it again about 5 minutes later...:)) LUCKY ME...:) 






Once I had come in and Changed my pants...:)  I started arranging my wood pallet boards. (I had to quick take them outside to the miter saw to get them equal lengths) I used 2 firing stips to attach the boards all together.



Once that was done, I started with a light wash of paint. I had some leftover custom paint from another project and used up just a tiny bit to give it this old worn finish that would be perfect.
Now you remember I just did a dresser that I fell so in love with that I ended up keeping for myself HERE...and I loved the graphic so much that I decided it would be perfect for some pallet art.
So I grabbed my MORE THAN WORDS stencil made from a GRAPHICS FAIRY graphic.
I started laying down my paint and couldn't be happier with the chic yet rustic way it turned out.
When all the paint was dry, I waxed and buffed the whole thing. I tell you what; If I hadn't kept the dresser...I WOULD have KEPT this sign!! I don't know what it is about the colors and the graphic that just pull me in EVERY TIME!
And since I love you guys so much, I am giving you a chance to win a $50 credit to "MORE THAN WORDS" etsy shop. It ends on Tuesday so be sure to hurry over and Enter.
Well my Beauties...I hope you enjoyed this latest little project.
And go on to have a BEAUTIFUL week. 
We are suppose to be in the single digits again as a high....(BANGING HEAD ON WALL)
So I might be making LOTS AND LOTS more signs...
:)
Until next time..
Have a BEAUTIFUL day....

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow LINK Party and FEATURES!

 Good Morning my BEAUTIES!!
Guess what time it is?

Its time to Twirl and Take a Bow!~
I am Karin from ART IS BEAUTY
and I am lucky enough to get to pick the features for this weeks party.
I think you will all agree that this weeks Features
are once again FABULOUS!

Last week I showed off what I had been working on.
This French Harvest Mud Room Bench

You can see the full makeover HERE

Also I wanted to introduce you to our Special GUEST Co-host!


The Unique Nest

 
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That's a lot of exposure for your amazing projects!...so join in the fun!

Let's talk Features....


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First up this AWESOME DIY Copper Candelabra!
Are they not the coolest?!!!



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I have been loving Yellow more and more and
this Hutch Makeover is just BEAUTIFUL!

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Still looking for some fun Decor 
For Halloween on Saturday??
Here is an easy fun one for you!


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Also, Since we won't have eaten enough sweets by the end of the week,
we have this great dessert!

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Now its YOUR turn!
Show us what YOU got!!


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid Ravaged to Vintage School house style Dresser Makeover



Good Morning my BEAUTIES!
I have been a busy little beaver, working on tons and tons
of stuff for the booth. I have finished some furniture pieces 
but the weather has been LESS THAN COOPERATIVE
for photographing. This was a set I was able to photograph 
before the leaves were falling and the rain too!!


I got this BEAUTY (I wish there was a sarcasm font..:))
at the local Goodwill. It was only $15 because as you can see...

It was in pretty rough shape. Now structurally I was ECSTATIC because this was all just cosmetic stuff
that I needed to deal with. I mean..I am imagining this had been in a childs room that had a
bit of fun with crayons...(a child after my own heart.)  :)

The finish was also wearing off. I decided at this point (well it was decided for me since I was out of sandpaper and I REEEALLLY didn't want to go to the store for sandpaper) that I was not going to sand and stain the top. Instead I would use CeCe Caldwells Virginia Chestnut for the top.

You can see from the picture that I gave it a couple of coats and let it dry.

While that was drying it was time to work on the drawers..Now here is a FUNNY story... SEE how I spent all that time filling the screw holes cause I planned on putting shiny new knobs on it....
Yeah, we will get to that later.

I painted the whole base with a custom blue I mixed up of a couple different paints I had.



Now remember me telling you about filling the old holes...yeah, I went to clean the hardware like I always do with ammonia and when I took it out of the ammonia it looked like this..A FABULOUS patina from the brass and a bit of oxidation from the ammonia. I was in LOVE so guess who has two thumbs and had to re-drill the OLD hardware holes...Thats right MOI!!


When all the paint was dry and the wax was cured..I buffed the heck out of it. This is where I love using Virginia Chestnut for the top. Look how it takes on the grain. Little bits of the original wood poke through here and there, giving it a wood grain look.


And here is the finished product. I love that Just that little bit of paint and wax was able to turn that disaster of a dresser into a one of a kind BEAUTY!
Until next time,
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!
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