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Floral Wood Tutorial – Using Napkins!

Sweet Pickins - napkins on wood

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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{Milk Paint 101} – part 3, Waxing

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - how to wax milk paint

Oh wow – i think i just did a post like a week ago, i must really be on a roll now ;)  Except that maybe this post is LONG overdue, like months, maybe even a year! Well, im here now and im gonna tell you all about the final steps to milk paint.  This one, we will be talking about clear waxing – i think this is definitely one of the easiest steps, yet i think its the one that so many people get intimidated by.  We will also go over dark waxing, but im going to save that for another post. Now – i would LOVE to post a video that would accompany this written post and i will soon, but i haven’t done one yet (i know that many of you would love videos and it helps to see the process in action).  My plan is to […]

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Refinished antique buffet & updated family room pics

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Its me again!!  I just cant keep up with blogging lately – tons of things to post about but just not enough hours in the day!  I hope you follow me on facebook – its much easier to post over there and i normally check in and post a couple times throughout the day. ……………………………………… I picked up the most amazing matching set a couple months ago!  I got both the buffet and the hutch.  At 1st my plans were to paint and sell the buffet and keep the hutch for the basement, but once i got the buffet home i told my husband i just couldn’t get rid of it!  So i made room for it in my family room and its perfect :) As soon as i posted a before pic on facebook, i got tons of crap for saying i was going to paint it.  But, obviously […]

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Aging new wood with milk paint and vinegar

Sweet Pickins - Aging new wood with milk paint and vinegar solution

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!!

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - Moody Blue

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!

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - 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

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - Extra Bond

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

Sweet Pickins - Peace sign w/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

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - mixing tutorial 9

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 […]

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Milk Paint 101 – Part 2

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint 101

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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