Thursday, April 17, 2014

How To Use Sweet Pickins Extra Bond with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint

It's true I love Sweet Pickins Milk Paint.  For 6 years I painted most of my furniture with latex.  I tried other paints too but I always went back to latex paint.  The one problem I was having is I could distress with latex but I couldn't get the old chippy look.  I wanted do what takes nature many years to achieve.  Worn and loved pieces.    

Sweet Pickins paint is so fun to work with but there is un-predictability with this paint.  I've had a few pieces where it all chipped off.  Yes, it can be disheartening to have it all chip off but you can repaint it.  If your a type "A" person and like to have all you ducks in row so to speak.  I'm a reformed type"A" and I get it.  It still creeps back sometimes.  Living with a chronic illness has taught me a lot!  I understand your plight.  Especially when comes to painting.

What I recommend when you purchase your Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is to buy the Extra Bond.  This is how I was able to get used to the paint.

Add water and stir.  I usually use a craft stick and a plastic cup.

For a half cup of paint I use a tablespoon or so and mix it right in the paint.  What I have learned is to start with Extra Bond and then slowly taper off.  I started off with some nesting tables and put a 1/4 of cup of bond into about 1 cup of paint. That was a lot of bond.  They barely distressed or chipped.   

Tips for using bond:

1.  You only have to use the bond on the first coat.  The second coat doesn't have bond in it.
2.  If you leave your paint for more than 30-45 you may need to add a little more bond for your first coat.  The bond loses its bonding ability the longer it stays out.
3.  If you want a light distressed look light sand.  Use 220.  Heavily distressed use 180.
4.  If you want a chippy finish or more distressing use a less bond.  Use a paint scraper..  Use small pulling motions.  If you do big strokes you can end with big scratches that may not be your look.  You can buy it at local hardware store.

Porous surfaces- raw wood.  Raw wood won't chip or distress much.  The paint soaks into the wood.  It gives a more stained color look.

Non-porous surfaces- Painted wood, glass, metal, or Polyurethaned or varnished pieces are more likely to chip and distress.  If you choose not to use Sweet Pickins Extra Bond on these type of materials you can have were it's really chippy or all chips off.  Sometimes I choose to go that way.   

In this situation I usually add a splash of bond.  If it is a high gloss piece of furniture or really old varnish I use bond 1/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups of paint. I can always go back and us a paint scraper.  If you want no chippy at all use all use up to 1/2 cup of Extra Bond to 1.5 cups of paint. 

I have painted over many previously painted pieces and haven't had to use much bond. 

Pieces I've done with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint.

No Extra Bond 

This had thick shiny varnish on this bookshelf.  I used Extra Bond on this.

Extra Bond Used and then sanded.

Extra Bond Used.

No Extra Bond used.  This had been sanded before so there was raw wood exposed.  Gives a more stained look.

Used Extra Bond just a little bit.  

No bonded used.  Very old varnish and I was able to get a very chippy finish.

Used Extra Bond.

Hopefully this answers a lot of questions.  Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is amazing.  You can get many different looks with one type of paint.  I love that about this paint.  If you have any questions, feel free comment below.

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Vintage Bathroom Vanity with Decoupage

I get asked often how do you decoupage furniture. It's pretty easy but you have to have some patience.  It great way to a unique piece furniture.

When we were deciding what we wanted in the Master Bathroom after the flood we wanted something that we would love and would be useful.  We had two vanities with sinks and hardly any counter top and no useful storage.  It was never very organized.  I had to have a vintage vanity to put on my make up so I could store all the stuff in our master which was taking up more room. Ugh!

I had found this piece below through a friend. It's a two piece hutch but we decided to use just the buffet and use the hutch top for another project.

 So this had good bones and tons of storage! 

 I found an oops Zinsser B-I-N Primer which is my favorite primer of all time. There is no bleed through of water stains.  It covers well and it sands baby smooth.   This had been tinted a taupe color. 

 2 Coats of white and then some distressing. 

 This is the fun part.  I choose this Italian wrapping paper.  You can get at Paper Source at Fashion Place Mall.

 I then coated the edge  and middle of the door with Modge Podge.  Apply a thick coat and make sure you go to the edge. 

I let the paper dry completely.  It will be a little wrinkly that is okay.  If you want a smoother look use a Brayer.  This is where you can mess up the paper if it still wet.  
Be patient.  I have to walk away and work on another project.  The anticipation always kills me! 

 After drying completely start sanding with with 100-150 grit sand paper.  I like using a sanding block.  I go against the edge it seems to come of a little easier.
 I lightly sand over the wrinkles to give it a distressed look.

 I use a micro fiber to wipe down any particles.  You want to have a clean surface.

Modge Podge over the surface of the paper.  You want to have a thick even coat.  Let dry.  I sealed it with a Polyacylic.  My favorite is Varathane for floors.  It is water based and is so easy to apply.


Lots  of storage for everything.  My hubby and I get up at different times so we opted for one sink and more counter top.

 The hubs did all the plumbing and cut out of the sink.  I love that it has a become a statement piece of our bathroom redo.   Off to another project!

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful,


Monday, February 10, 2014

Sweet Valentine Craft Made Out Of Cake Pans

 I found these cake pans at a local thrift store.  I was looking for vintage ones but no luck.  So these will do.  I used Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Salem Red and Light Cream with extra bond.  The paint went on with out a hitch.  I'm in love with this paint.  There are so many applications with this beautiful paint.

 I then used Acrylic Paint to add a little more contrast. 

The only small paint brush I could find was a kid's one!  Still unpacking from our flood.  Ugh!

I picked up Martha Stewart Silkscreen.  I know it looks like a stencil.  I cut out the letters I wanted.

 The silkscreen letters were easy to use.  They are flexible, thin, and reusable.  You pull of the letters before the paint dries.  I can using them on many surfaces.  Glass, fabric, metal, to name a few!  They were $20.  I used my 40% coupon and then 20% off total sales coupon.  I'm always looking for a deal.  

 I added these darling soft green glitter letters.  You can get them at Jo Ann's Fabric.  I lucked out. They had not been entered in the computer so they gave them to me for a $1.  Score!  They were $4.99.  You can never have to much glitter!


What's a craft project with out a glue gun!  Layered vintage buttons using a glue gun. 

 My Grandmother's apron string.  It was leftover from another project I did.  The vintage rose fabric was perfect.  It added a sentimental value.  My grandmother Anne passed away my senior year of high school.  I wished she had been alive to see us get married.  I know she was there in spirit. 

I added the vintage Scrabble magnets that are usually on the fridge.  Yesterday was our 23rd engagement anniversary.  Hard to believe.  After 23 years together I'm still smitten.  Wishing you a sweet Valentine's day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trying Out Sweet Pickins Milk Paint

Recently, I picked up some Sweet Pickins Milk Paint.  I couldn't wait to try it.  She's a local gal in Salt  Lake City.  I like to support local businesses.  So here it goes!

I found this Oak 90's TV cabinet at a local thrift store for $8.00 a few years ago.  Why I bought was it was sturdy, on wheels, and was painted brown.  I believe all furniture should be on wheels.  It's easier to paint, that for sure!

I painted the inside with Sea Green and dab of Cream.  You have to mix milk paint powder with hot water.  It's says warm but I prefer hot.  It seems to dissolve better for me.  I add a little water at time and make a paste.  This helps break up the small clumps.  I like my paint a little thicker so I added a little bit less water than equal parts.  I added Extra Bond to make sure it would adhere on the inside.  I recommend this if you want a solid color with no distressing or chipping. I didn't want to see any oak peeking through.  I needed to transform this piece not let it live it in the '90's.

I painted outside Driftwood with 3 tablespoons of Cream with no extra bond.  I wanted a chippy look.  This is what it looks like after after the milk paint dries.  It flakes.  I then sanded lightly.  I used wax to seal the TV Cabinet. 

Add chicken wire and it's ready to go.  I'm so excited how it turned out.  We have a TV that we bought years ago.  Of course that's right after flat screens came out about a year later.  Having an older house we have smaller rooms. The TV is now tucked in the corner and makes the room feel larger.   I'm calling this my Rustic French Maiden.  Perfect for my home.

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful, 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

My IKEA Kitchen

When we had a our epic Water Damage of 2013 situation it was so overwhelming.   Living in temporary housing was not fun.  Not being in our home and our routines was tough on all of us.  I did what I could during the day.  My hubby had to start working 7 days a week because we had just left the shop where we were selling our painted and reclaimed furniture.  We didn't have a place to paint and work on projects because of the flood so we lost most of our income.   I did what I could during the day.  Removing staples and nails from every inch of floor during the day and so much more. My hubby worked late in to the evening and we ate more fast food dinners than you could have  imagined!  Nothing can replace a home cooked meal.  

We did a lot of the work ourselves so we could afford to upgrade our home.  Insurance only gives you the amount of money of what was previously in the home. They also take 20% off for depreciation.  Don't get me wrong I'm so grateful for good insurance.   It was a tight budget but it was worth doing most of the work ourselves.  We did have a great contractor that we used for specific updates.  The kitchen though was our baby for several months. 

Our kitchen needed to be overhauled.  About 5 years earlier we had done an update.  Painted the cabinets, new hardware, glass back splash, IKEA open shelving, updated laminate counter tops, new microwave, and dishwasher. 

The before picture I was happy how our kitchen was.  We did lack storage but over all.  It looked better than when we moved in 14 years ago.  We live in a 1983 split level.  Our home had a kitchen that had harvest wheat wall paper on all the walls.  The counter tops were butcher block laminate with 16" tall black splash.  Oh, it was so ugly!  To top it all of it had smokey glass chandelier.  That found it's way to DI quickly.  Yep, it was still stuck in the 80's.

We decided on an IKEA kitchen.  I was a little hesitant.  I didn't want a cookie cutter kitchen.  No, they were not going to be solid wood and were they really going to be durable?

I was happily surprised when we ordered our cabinets and 24 hours later we were assembling them.  They were so easy to install.  The only English word in the directions was "Click".  If we couldn't figure out something we joked that all we needed to is "click" and that would fix everything!  The pictures were sufficient for the most part.  I was able to build the boxes with out any help from my hubby.  Installing them my hubby did and he put on all the doors  You wouldn't have to have experience in DIYing.  IKEA has an efficient step by step system.

 I choose the large modern farm house style sink.  I prefer one large sink to two smaller double sinks.  It's less to clean and I love the ability to soak large pans in the sink.   We did purchase a rubber mate because it is a porcelain sink and we had broken a few glasses. 

The tile back splash was $2.98 a square foot.  This was very easy to install.  It comes in sheets.  We have a south facing kitchen.  In the afternoons my kitchen is so bright and calming.  The tile is a key part because it reflects the light so well.    The paint color I choose was Rain by Sherwin Williams.  I wanted my kitchen to be as big as it could even though it's a small kitchen.  Going with lighter colors makes a space look bigger.  

Atlantic Salt, Quartz Counter tops are from IKEA  The only thing that was a little bit difficult it took 3 weeks for the counter tops.  They look great.  I was a little worried that glass tile and quartz counter tops might clash.  They ended up complimenting each other.  They also have little sparkles in them.  They are super easy to clean up. 

We purchased the dish washer through IKEA because I wanted the door to match the cabinetry. The dish washer is whisper quiet.   The corner cabinet is the perfect place to store cereal. It has a ginormous double lazy susan. 

This is a 1950's solid wood cabinet that I found on-line for $60.00.  Originally I wanted the kitchen to be vintage cabinets but I couldn't find enough of them..  It inspired me to go with the IKEA Shaker style cabinets.   I have to say I'm so happy that I was able to get all the modern conveniences with updated vintage look.  

The dishwasher was where the drawers are now.  We moved it to be next to the sink for easy loading.  It opened up the prep space and it is easy for us to cook together.  We're not squished anymore while we making dinner or baking.  The peninsula is a longer than before by about a foot longer.

The drawers are amazing.  They slide out with ease.  They are super deep.  I can put my extra large crock pot and all of my pots and pans in one drawer.  This is much more efficient than trying to store them in a regular cabinet.

The tall pantries are a must.  We use to have to store can food in our basement on bookshelf.  Grady, (son) told me that he likes having all of our food upstairs.  I would have to agree.

The drawers pull all the way out so you can see everything.  I've have a baking drawer, can food drawer,  pasta, etc.  My old pantry we use to waste food because we couldn't find it.   It was a like a deep abyss of dry foods and canned items.

The pulls are a modern take on vintage style.  I choose to go with chrome on pulls and sink faucet.  I think the clean look is classic.

All the drawers and cabinets have soft closures.  I don't have to worry about my son slamming them.  

 The Sunbeam Mixer is reproduction of an 1960's mixer.  I bought this at the DI a few years ago for $40.00.  My mom has an original one that still works today after 50 years. 

We purchased 39" Tall upper cabinets which also gives more storage.  By having cabinets going all the way up to the ceiling it makes the kitchen look larger. 

Before was a red pendant light.  I recently noticed that they are in the Zupas by me.  

I choose a  chandelier over the sink.  I traded a few hours of computer work for it.  A little bling never hurt a kitchen.  It looks pretty in the daylight too.

If you look at the upper cabinets above where the TV is you'll see open shelving where I display my vintage finds.

We also saved 20% off everything we needed for the kitchen at IKEA because it was their yearly kitchen sale.  It was like getting our quartz counter tops for free.  The computer program that IKEA uses was tricky so I finally went and they helped with the computer program to make sure I had the right measurements and placements. 

I would highly recommend an IKEA kitchen it was affordable and I love the way it looks and functions.  

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful,