March 25, 2014

Spring Inspired ~ General Finishes Milk Paint

Hello again!

These blogging breaks keep getting longer and longer. My sincerest apologies. 
 Let's move on to the pretty stuff! I'll put all the details at the bottom of this post.







 General Finishes Milk Paint sent me a few paint colors, glaze and sealers to try. To make sure I had enough paint to complete this entire piece I had to mix colors . General Finishes, by far, is the best paint I have used to date. There were hardly any brush strokes, I didn't have to prep and it dried hard! Even though it's called milk paint, it's not like the powder form. It is already mixed and it doesn't get "chippy" like other milk paint. It's not as watery as milk paint...it's somewhere between milk paint and latex paint.
Love this stuff!! 

About the color.
 I mixed 2 parts Basil to 1 part Halycon Blue. It was a gorgeous shade of blue-green. It just wasn't the look I wanted so I mixed a few other colors to achieve the final look. At this point I didn't measure but I mixed in a little Coastal Blue, Lamp Black & Van Dyke Brown Glaze. It turned out to be a deeper blue with grey undertones. Perfect! 
You don't have to a top coat with General Finishes but I used paste wax to seal this piece.

 Our school is having a silent auction and I wanted to donate something fun and different for the auction. 
 I wanted to add something pretty to the drawers to entice bidders. Especially the female bidders!
 I found the fabric at Handcock's for $6.99 a yd. 
I kept going back and forth on the fabric but I had to pick something and stick with it. Yes, it's bright and bold...and probably not for everyone. 
On the other hand, it screams spring and it's a nice surprise when you open the drawer.

Let's start the bidding!

If you would like to purchase General Finishes you can visit their webpage (click here) or get inspiration from their Facebook page (click here).


**I was not paid or reimbursed by General Finished Milk Paint. This is my honest opinion about the product. They supplied the paint, I used it and gave my honest opinion. 

January 15, 2014

First Project of 2014

Happy Belated New Year!

I haven't been posting a lot of furniture projects lately and I blame life. You understand though, right?
I've been busy with a lot of custom orders but not much time to document them.
 Blogging is hard but Facebook is easy. 
If you follow me on Facebook you'll see a lot more compared to the blog. I apologize in advance. 

Here is the first (documented) furniture piece of 2014. 
It's a pretty one.

 I thought I had a before picture but it's nowhere to be found.
To make up for not having a "before" picture I will share way too many "after" photos.




 

 
 I wish I had a paint color for you guys. 
I accidentally spray painted over the label. 
However, I do know it's from Sherwin Williams & I'm planning on having them color match it in hopes of getting a name for it.

The hardware and fabric are both from Hobby Lobby. 
I really wanted to keep the original pulls but they didn't all match. 
I think these are fun & modern though.

Maybe my resolution should be to post more furniture makeovers!



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January 09, 2014

modern baby LOVE

I haven't posted anything in a while!
 It's not for the lack of content or projects but because of being waayyyy too busy. 

 Miss me?
I've missed you!! 

 I have about eight furniture projects to share with you guys and I have something else to share that I am very excited about. 



Glad you asked!
Since having my second baby in July I have become a much different parent compared to having my first baby. 

This time around I
cloth dipaer
baby wear (mainly so I can get everything done)
waited longer to introduce solids
don't stress the little things
was introduced to amber teething necklaces
seldom take any baby pictures (shameful, I know)

Okay, so some things I should do more of...like the picture thing.

 I was also introduced to this great thing called a nursing necklace. It's a fabric necklace with untreated wooden balls inside that you wear while you nurse so the baby will have something else to grab instead of your hair or pinch your skin. 
They are also super fashionable and can be for an modern lady (not just nursing moms).


While making a few necklaces they somehow turned into teething rings.
They are the perfect size for those little hands! 
My baby loved them. 
My nephew loved them. 
So my sister-n-law and I decided to make them for other babies and mommies!

We would love if you checked out our facebook page (click link).

Once we get a few more followers we will have a giveaway....so go ahead and like us! 

If you aren't a nursing mom - or you don't have a teething baby - no worries, we're sure you know someone who would love one of these! 

Here is just a little of our inventory!



Please keep in mind your baby should be supervised while using the teething ring and should not be left alone with the necklace. It could be a choking hazard. 
 After all, it is a little baby and we all know how they must be watched at all times!!

We also hope to add a few plush softies to our shop. 

Thanks again for all of the support you guys give me with Picked & Painted and now with 



November 24, 2013

A Few of Our Favorite Things Giveaway: Prize Package Giveaway

Do you have a project you want to work on but you don't know where to start?
Maybe you need some extra cash to finish a project? You came to the right place.

My friends and I teamed up to share some of our favorite supplies that we've tested and approved over the countless projects we've worked on over the years! 
Not only are there supplies up for grabs but there are two gift cards included in this prize package.

This is an amazing giveaway and I'm a little jealous I can't win all of these goodies!!! 
 
A Few of Our Favorite Things : Furniture DIY & Paint Supplies Giveaway

Here's what you'll win!
3 Purdy brushes - 1 in, 1.5 in, and 2 in
4 3M sanding blocks - in 60, 150, 220, and 320 grits - perfect for prepping pieces and for all your distressing needs
1 bag of Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint (your choice of color)
1 jar of Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax
1 Miss Mustard Seed's medium paint/wax brush
1 extra large roll of Frog Tape
1 Quick Wood epoxy stick - great for filling larger holes and gashes in furniture
1 Kreg Jig, Jr. - for making pocket holes so you don't see screw heads on your diy furniture projects
2 bags of Blue Hawk cheesecloths - these are great for applying (and removing excess) wax to your painted furniture
2 plastic tubs - these make measuring the right amount of paint a breeze and double as the perfect place to soak your brushes
$20 Woodcraft gift card
$175 Lowe's gift card
A Few of Our Favorite Things : Furniture DIY & Paint Supplies GiveawayA Few of Our Favorite Things : Furniture DIY & Paint Supplies Giveaway

The gift cards will help you add to your supplies.
Some suggestions of things we love that you can add to your stash : (we couldn't include most of these because of shipping restrictions)
Floetrol - the secret to no brush strokes
Minwax Polycrylic sealer (water based)
Briwax Liming Wax
Minwax Wipe On Poly
Minwax Express Color Stain
General Finishes glaze in Van Dyke Brown
General Finishes gel stain in Java
Be sure to check all of these products out whether you win or not. They're our favorites for a reason! ;)
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Alright, ready to enter? We're giving you LOTS of opportunities!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have fun and good luck!
Giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST on 11/30/13.