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{Antique Washstand} – Before & After

Hey!!  My online shop is now up and going!  I still have a few tweaks to make and i need to go in and edit some descriptions to make things more clear – but you can now order from there.  I would love feedback – so please give!! ……………………………………….. So – i picked up this cute little washstand a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to paint it.  When i posted on Facebook that i was going to paint this piece i got quite the reaction about painting over “good wood”!!  Its so funny the comments i am seeing everywhere these days about that subject – but that’s another post for another day :) This is one of those pieces that is perfect for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint!  I loved the carved detailing of the flowers and the piece was in great shape so it didn’t require any prep work. […]

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Milk Painted Mason Jars

And im back…is anyone out there still?! My Sweet Pickins Shop is now open – we are still working out some kinks and still working on updating some things, but you can now go here to purchase Sweet Pickins Milk Paint and brushes.  Im really excited about this next step and cant wait until its fully up and running. If you follow me on Facebook (where i havent disappeared and still keep in touch with the outside world!!) – you will have seen these painted mason jars that i did about a month ago.  This is one of my favorite all time pics that i have ever taken.  I LOVE fresh colorful flowers, i LOVE mason jars, i LOVE any old metal, i LOVE old gray weathered wood and i LOVE my milk painted jars – so this picture was pure perfection.  It just makes me happy :) After posting […]

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Unplanned Blog Break…Be Back Next Week…For Reals!

So i wasnt planning this little blog break – but life has been so busy lately.  I have SO many emails, blog comments, FB messages and posts to reply too and there are just not enough hours in the day, but just know that i am working on getting caught up :)  I just wanted to check in and let anyone know thats still out there reading that i am still alive. 1.  I got a new computer a few weeks ago and for some reason i am having the hardest time getting my pics transferred – i can only get half of them on my new computer and they arent the half i need for posts i need to do.  Figures. 2.  Kids are both finally back in school as of yesterday so i can finally get back into a routine again.  Phewww 3.  I have been so busy […]

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{Celery Flowers} – before & after

I saw this technique of painting with celery years ago and forgot all about it until the other day when i ran across it somewhere online.  Its super easy and makes the cutest little flowers :) My husband Santi found this antique table a couple weeks ago and i kept thinking that i needed to do something different with the top since its kinda a fun accent table.  Its not large enough to be a dining room table (except for a smaller space of course) but it would be really cute in a playroom, patio or even a little girls room. I figured this would be the perfect piece to try out the flowers. I gave the table a couple coats of Snow White Milk Paint and then distressed the table with an orbital sander for the top and a sanding block for the legs. After getting the table ready […]

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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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