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Acid Mirror Tutorial

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - Acid Mirror Tutorial

Hey!  Im back today with a quick tutorial on acid mirrors.  This is a fun way to do a little something more with your furniture pieces and make it unlike anyone elses.  And to make the mirrors in Sweet Pickins style – i had to add the floral napkins! This idea is not new – its been around for a long time and was pretty popular 4-5 years ago.  I always wanted to try it, but just never got around to it until now.  If you google ‘acid mirror’, there will be a ton of tutorials that pop up, they are everywhere.  I remember reading through a few a few years ago when this was the thing to do and everyone seemed to do it a bit different. So i gathered up my supplies and got to experimenting…this is what worked for me.  I did not end up using the […]

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Finished Entry Way – Gallery Wall

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My entry has gone through many transformations since we have lived in this house – but its finally just how i want it! Lets look back at the evolution of my entry, shall we? This was the very 1st pic of it that i took… I dont know what i was thinking with the goldish and chocolate brown walls – but hey, its all about figuring out what you do and dont like and letting your style evolve :)  Man it has come a long way!! Im not even going to bother trying to edit this pic and making it look even a little better – its hopeless!  By the way – this was 9 years ago, right after we built our house and moved in. Then, i repainted the walls in Mountain Haze by Behr, found this cool old dresser and then hung up a curtain rod that i […]

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My new farm style table w/mismatched chairs!

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So this was my table long ago…When we bought this house almost 9 years ago, we bought mostly all new furniture and everything was black.  Slowly i started figuring out my style and doing things to my space to change it up so it would better reflect how i wanted my space to look.  One of those things was giving this big black table a makeover. I liked spaces that were light and bright.  The black counter height table was heavy and dark and wasn’t the look i liked anymore.  So i changed it. I wanted more of a farmhouse look, so i painted the table white and replaced the top with a new top made from new lumber.  While it made the table so much better and my space so much brighter and more my current style – it was still a counter height table.  I learned that i […]

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Sweetie Jane Pics – Our most popular milk paint color!

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - Sweetie Jane

I’m back today with a quick post of some things that ive painted with our most popular Sweet Pickins Milk Paint color – Sweetie Jane.  This was our 1st custom color that we introduced and its still the most popular.  I think its so popular because its so versatile, it can go with so many different styles.  Its a color, but its still neutral and works with anything around it.  Its a very calming color that everyone seems to really like :) And since there is no way i can go back and do separate posts on each of these projects, im gonna just put them all here in one post.  Even though i still snap tons of pics when i paint because i always have that thought that im gonna blog, i just haven’t gotten to it!  So i have thousands of before/progress pics on my computer that are […]

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Im still here! Whats up with me and new milk paint colors!!!

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Oh WOW, I just keep getting the award for worst blogger ever over and over, im just so good at disappearing!!  If your with me on Facebook, then you know im still around.  I sometimes even post on Instagram, but Facebook is my jam – its just so easy to stay connected on there :) So whats up with me you ask?!   1.  Well, my husband is deployed again for the 3rd time.  Hes somewhere in the middle east right now for a year deployment with the Army.  He left in May and will be home sometime in April of next year.  We’ve been through these before, so while they are tough and i of course miss my husband, im pretty independent and i definitely keep myself busy.  Time goes pretty quick when im busy with the house, the kids and my business so i got this :) 2. […]

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Raised Stencil Tutorial

Sweet Pickins Raised Stencil tutorial

Hey!!  Today im back with a quick post about a quick way to add a pretty little detail to your painted pieces.  This is super easy and quick and adds just the right amount of character to a piece that might be on the plain side. I saw a raised stencil a few years ago, then forgot all about them.  But i was reminded of them again when i saw some pieces from Kristin from Tattered Perfection.  So i chatted with her about how she went about it, she gave me a few tips and i got on my way to trying it out :) When i 1st tried this, i picked up my stencils from Michaels.  They are the Martha Stewart brand.  They are ok – but they are really thin.  I didnt realize how thin they were until i ordered some from Etsy – the place i ordered […]

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Christmas Sale!!

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I just posted a flash sale over on Facebook!  Enter coupon code: christmas, for 20% off your entire order before shipping!! Code is good for today and tomorrow only – buy yourself something for Christmas! Shop here!

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Dark Wax Tutorial

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - dark wax tutorial

I know waxing for some may seem intimidating, especially dark waxing – but honestly its one of the easiest things to do and can make a huge impact.  Im a HUGE fan of dark wax, i would say that about 90% of the pieces that i finish are dark waxed.  The wax brings out all those incredible details, highlights the highs and lows in a piece of furniture, adds an amazing aged patina and picks up on all those little imperfections for a huge effect in the finished product.  Almost every piece i paint, i dont just imagine it in the color that ive picked out for it, i imagine what the dark wax is going to do to that color that i chose.  I get most excited when im about to apply that dark wax :) In the pic below – both pieces are painted in a white.  The […]

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Cyber Monday Sale!!

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This post is a little late but i just posted it over on facebook and thought i would post here too!! Enter code milkpaint for 20% off your entire order before shipping – today only!!  Go here to shop for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint and lots of other products!!

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Floral Wood Tutorial – Using Napkins!

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Hey – im back with a quick blog post about how im getting all those cute floral prints on my furniture and on wood!  Ive been posting ton of pics on FB lately about these fun florals and lots were asking for a tutorial – so here goes! I saw and bought a piece of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby months ago when i was working on another project and the print was some faded florals on barnwood and i loved it.  Then i bought some photography backdrops a few months back and it was also the same type of image – and i knew i wanted to recreate it.  While looking at something online maybe about a year ago or so, i had come across someone using napkins to cover a shelf or something and that had always been stored in the back of my brain somewhere – so […]

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