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{Milk Paint 101} – Part 1

Ok, finally back to go do a little 411 on Milk Paint for ya.  I gotten a lot of questions via email, comments and on Facebook when i announced that i was introducing my own Milk Paint line.  I decided to break the post down into 3 parts to make it easier and make this feel less like a big college essay that i need to write – ugghhh.  So today i will go over what is milk paint, prep and the painting.    Part 2 will be about distressing, top coats, waxing, glazing and the extra bond agent.  Part 3 will be where i answer the questions ive been asked. I feel like each part about Milk Paint could be talked about for days!  But we will break it down into these 3 basic posts and can always come back and do more in depth posts on each topic […]

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My Big Fat Announcement to the World!!

K guys, im super excited for my big announcement!  If you follow me on Facebook, you will already know that Sweet Pickins will soon have its own line of Milk Paint!  Oh ya baby! ……………… I’m bananas about milk paint and the look that it gives, its like no other paint out there.   Sweet Pickins and milk paint are the perfect matches and i couldn’t be more excited!   Milk paint produces that authentically worn/chippy/aged look that i love so much that you just cant get with any other paint.  My line will be manufactured by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. – they, and their products are seriously awesome and i couldn’t be more happy to have my own little part of it. A lot of things are still in the works as far as getting all the branding done, lots of graphic designing, new parts of my […]

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{Gun Cabinet turned Shelving} – before & after

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that i found this cute little gun cabinet @ goodwill a couple weeks ago.  I actually saw it then decided against it because im trying not to buy any more projects, but then i couldnt stop thinking about it all night.  It had good potential and it was cheap :) Luckily, when i went back the next morning it was still there… lovely fake etched glass and all :) I knew i wanted to add a couple shelves and add something to the back.  I ended up just going through my scrap bin and using what i had.  I also wanted to add crown molding, get rid of the lower cabinet, update the base molding, and get rid of the glass (i had plans to replace the glass with chicken wire, but i sold it before it was done and she […]

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{Graco Paint Sprayer} – Winner Announced!!

{Graco Paint Sprayer} – Winner Announced!!

Thanks so much for everyone that participated in the Graco Paint Sprayer Giveaway – i really appreciate everyone that “liked” commented, shared, etc…!!! I loved working with Graco on this giveaway and hope that we can do more like this in the near future – this was for sure a fun giveaway! **All entries were submitted via Rafflecopter and the random winner was chosen via Random.org** The winner is Kelly F. Thompson – i have sent an email to get your info!!

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{GRACO Paint Sprayer GIVEAWAY!!!} – GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

When i was contacted by Graco to give away a paint sprayer i was beyond excited!  I am sure you have noticed if you have been with me for a bit, that i dont do many giveaways – so when i do i am going to make it count! The awesome folks over @ Graco are letting me giveaway one of their Graco True Coat Plus II paint sprayers to one lucky winner!! As some of you may know, i have been using a Graco paint sprayer for a couple years (*not the same model as the giveaway) and i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!  It makes painting so fast and easy and cuts your painting time down a ton!  I posted about it here. Applying paint with a paint sprayer is up to 10x faster than brushing and up to 4X faster than rolling!  - Thats a huge time saver! It’s easier […]

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{Milk Paint Dresser} – Before & After

I just got this cute little vintage dresser a few days ago that my dad found.  Its rare that i get a piece that doesnt need a lot of work and i can just get to painting it.  But this was one of the rarities and i got right on it :) The only change i made, was to the hardware.  I just swapped it out with something that still matched the age of the dresser, but with some that i liked better.  I used bondo to fill the old holes. After sanding down the bondo, i gave the dresser a coat of primer.  Normally when using milk paint, you dont have to prime 1st, but i wanted to do a little test and see how it went.  I also needed to cover up all the bondo’d hardware holes – i didnt want those to show up after painting with […]

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{Vintage Shutter Cabinet} – Before & After

I picked up this cute little vintage shutter cabinet a few weeks ago and knew as soon as i saw it just how it should look when finished.  When i see old shutters, i always think chippy vintage green – one of my favorite colors and looks :) To get the chippy, weathered finish that i wanted for this piece – i knew right away that i would use milk paint.  As much as i love my paint sprayer, its nice to paint with a brush now and then and i love the look that milk paint gives.  Its very unpredictable though – on this piece i had crackling, flaking off and some spots where it adhered really well, you just never know! The beauty of milk paint is that there is no prep work at all.  You dont need to pre sand because you will be doing all the […]

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{Backyard Fireplace} – Part 2

K, back today to finally show you guys the finished product of our backyard fireplace :)  In case you missed Part 1, the prepping and building, click here. We left off with this pic…everything is built up and out, and the firebrick is installed. The next step was to build the mantle, cover the cement pad with cedar and wrap the wood storage area with cedar. I didnt take pics of the mantle building – it required to much thinking and was really frustrating at times.  With the angles, the overhangs, working with the wood sizes that i had bought – it took lots of brain power! I decided not to do a solid piece of timber as i wanted the mantle to wrap the 3 sides of the fireplace and with the width of timber that i would need for the sides, i decided to just build a box. […]

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{Backyard fireplace} – Part 1

Im so sorry – i completely suck it as a blogger!  I hate when i check on blogs that i like and they havent posted for days let alone weeks!  Im no busier than anyone else – we all have tons of stuff to do.  Sometimes though i give myself too much to do with all of our projects going on and then when i do have time to sit down at the computer and do a blog post, im just not motivated to do it. I cant post during the day because we all know the computer sucks you in – one thing leads to another and 4 hours have gone by! So, i leave most of my computer stuff for the night after i have worked all day in the shop and by then im exhausted :) ……………………………… Anyways – i do have the most awesome project to […]

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New Shop Listings!

New Shop Listings!

I’ve just put some new listings in the Sweet Pickins Shop!  Click here for more info. …………………………. Vintage Shutter Cabinet Vintage Sewing Cabinet/Side Table Fun Accent Chair Traditional Coffee Table Set of 2 Teak Barstools

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