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Aging new wood with milk paint and vinegar

One of my favorite things ever is the look of old weathered gray wood that’s had years in the sun out to oxidize and produce an amazing patina.  But unfortunately its getting harder to find and especially in the size that i need it in.  So i had to come up with something else. I’ve been working on some ways to make new wood look aged and finally found a technique/look that i like and what i think most closely resembles old wood.  It involves Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in a couple of shades, vinegar and steel wool solution, some stain or glaze (or even dark paint), a couple old paint brushes and some new lumber.   Its super easy. Here are some 2×8′s that i am using to create some of my EAT signs that i sell here. I’ve cut my lumber to size and have sanded down to […]

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3 New Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Colors are here!!

Since starting our new line of Sweet Pickins Milk Paint, we have introduced 3 new colors of paint and are planning on adding a new color each month! Our 1st color that came out is called Sweetie Jane.  This has been an extremely popular color!  Its a very light and calming blue/green and works well with a lot of other colors. The 2nd color we introduced is called Galvanized.  Galvanized is a medium true gray color.  I love this color, especially with a dark wax over it. And our newest color is called Moody Blue.  Moody Blue is a medium blue with just a little hint of green.  I LOVE Moody Blue with a dark wax over it – it gives it more of a green tone and can pass for a turquoise – 2 colors in one!! To see more pics of each color, just click on the name […]

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Shellac Trick w/Milk Paint!

Ive been using shellac for a few years now, clear shellac works perfect for blocking bleed through on painted pieces and is also great for sealing in musty smells on furniture.  It goes on clear and dries super fast.  Its an awesome product with lots of uses. BUT, about 6 months ago i was playing around as i like to do, and figured out some cool stuff that it does with milk paint.  It was purely by accident as all the best discoveries are! I’ve been hesitant to post the info because im still experimenting with it – but i think i have enough info to share with ya now :) DISCLOSURE:  For the most part my shellac trick has worked great on the things im going to tell you about.  BUT, milk paint still has a tendency to do its own thing even with the shellac and i cant […]

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When, how & Why to add Extra-Bond to Milk Paint

I’m back with another tutorial on Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – this time we will chat about the Extra – Bond.  We will cover all the whens, whys and hows.  If you have any questions just leave them in the comments so i can address them as others may have the same ones :) What is it? Extra – Bond is a water based polymer emulsion.  When added to milk paint, it gives greater adhesion to non-porous surfaces or previously finished pieces.  Its environmentally safe, non toxic and VOC free.  Clean up is easy since its a water based product – just simple soap and water will do. Basically – it is recommended that if you are going to be using milk paint over a piece that has been previously painted, has an old finish on it (polyurethane, shellac) or will be painting a non porous surface such as glass, […]

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Peace Sign with Paper Flowers – Tutorial

Im back.  And if you notice, its only been a week since i posted last, not 6 months!!  Im so on a roll ;) So – if you remember, ive been re-doing my entry way.  Last time i posted about it, i had just put up the vintage cupboard over my blue dressser.  Well, now both of those are gone.  I just couldnt work with that cupboard as much as i loved it, so im going to use it somewhere else.  Where, im not sure yet – but i love it and it will find a new home somewhere. Anyways.  Ive recently refinished a buffet for me, its pink!!!  If you follow me on facebook you have already seen it.  Looks like a new blog post is in order about the buffet as well.  The new pink buffet is now in my entry way and i will be doing a […]

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Shaken or Stirred? Mixing Milk Paint

Seriously – 6 months is how long its been since posting here, 6 months people!  Its a good thing for facebook!  I just find FB so much easier these days to check in and keep everyone updated.  And my how 6 months has flown right on by!  Our Sweet Pickins Milk Paint line is doing amazing and keeping me so busy.  In fact its so busy that ive now had to schedule (and stick with it) days to work on the computer instead of out painting (i would much rather be painting though!) – and part of this new schedule i am making for myself includes getting back to this blog and posting regularly again :) …………………………………………………………………… Anyways – lets have a chat about mixing up milk paint.  I find that this is one of the things that intimidates people the most about using milk paint.  But the fact that […]

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Milk Paint 101 – Part 2

Oh my hell – there i went and disappeared again!  I’m getting really good at that! I hear crickets chirping – is anyone still reading this thing?! But seriously – i introduce back  i think in July that i was coming out with my own line of milk paint and then i go missing….not the best move on my part but i have been so so busy!!  Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is going really well – good thing i have Facebook!  I just find Facebook so much easier these days – its just so quick!  Blogging is so not quick! Anyways, as i was saying, Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is selling like crazy and we are having a hard time keeping the shelves stocked – that’s a good problem to have if you ask me!  I believe we are also in 8-9 stores right now too, even coming to Canada […]

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Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Giveaway – Winner & Now Accepting Dealers for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint!

I completely forgot to announce the winner on Saturday – we got busy with the weekend and i never got on the computer…. The winner of the bucket full of paint is entry #605 Yazmin Barrera!!  I have sent you an email and you have 48 hours to claim your prize :) ………………………………………… Also, im really excited that we are now accepting dealers for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint!  Ive announced it on FB and already have a few stores that we are working with – im really excited to take the Sweet Pickins Milk Paint to this next level! If you are interested in becoming a dealer please email me – sweetpickinsdealers@gmail.com

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Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Giveaway!!! – Giveaway Ended

Im giving away this awesome prize pack to one lucky reader!!  Everything that it includes is on the pic and will definitely get you started on your next painting project!! I just wanted to show my appreciation for all the support and encouragement for my blog/FB page/customers – i appreciate you all and couldnt be doing what i am doing without you guys!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here about what you would paint with your milk paint and for an extra entry “like” my FB page – thats it!!  Winner will be announced Saturday 10/19/13 (giveaway closes 10/17/13 @ 10:00 pm mountain time). (prize pack can only be mailed to US winners only – sorry!) **GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED** Remember, my ONLINE SHOP for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is now up and going!!  You can place your order anytime!!! Sweet Pickins Shop

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Milk Paint 101 Class – During Reclaimologists Boutique

I just wanted to drop in real quick and let you all know that i will be teaching a short class on the basics of milk paint in Oct.  I have posted all the info on Facebook – but if you havent seen it here it is! ………………………………. Class will be held during the  Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks boutique next month!  Here is all the info and what you need to do if you want to come! Come and learn the basics of painting with Milk Paint with Sausha from Sweet Pickins. In this class you will be provided with all supplies to paint a basic small picture frame and learn the basics of distressing and waxing with a painted mason jar. You will take home one 1.5″ in brush, one pint of Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in your color choice, your painted frame and your distressed/waxed mason jar as […]

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