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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Using A Brown Paper Bag 4 Your Final Sanding

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 0 comments

Hello my friends!

Today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday is from the ever talented Shausha at Sweet Pickins.

“After spraying my final coat and its dried, i go all over the piece (weather its just the top or the whole thing) with a brown paper bag – just the small lunch sack ones. It works to perfectly smooth out the piece and clean up any little high spots from spraying or maybe just something that landed on the piece when it was still wet or whatever. It just takes a second with a quick rub and its perfectly smooth with no white residue or sanding marks.”




And I know Q-T-T are suppose to be “quick”, but I’m in love with Sausha’s Milk Painted Furniture so I can’t help myself… I have to share one of her gorgeous pieces with you.


Sweet Pickins Milk Painted Hutch


To see more of Sausha’s signature furniture and helpful tips,  you can visit her at Sweet Pickins Furniture. And be sure to check out ther Sweet Pickins Furniture Milk Paint Line. I’m looking forward to giving these Milk Paints a try… she has some amazing colors!

Have a fabulous day… and oh… if you missed last weeks Q-T-T you can find it here. :)

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Mistints

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 3 comments

Happy Tuesday my friends!

A really Quick Tip ~ When you’re out and about shopping at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or any Paint Store, keep your eyes peeled for MisTints or Ooops Paints.

They are usually available right by the paint counter and you can pick up gorgeous colors for a fraction of the cost!


Save Money On Mistints and Oops Paints!

Save Money On Mistints and Oops Paints!


You can catch last weeks Q-T-T here…  and I hope your day is filled with endless possibilities!

Denise x

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A Re-Purposed 70′s Stereo Cabinet & Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz

A Re-Purposed 70′s Stereo Cabinet & Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog, Painting Furniture, Thrift Re-Styled | 6 comments

This post is going to date me but I have to say, re-purposing this 70′s Stereo Cabinet brought back f-u-u-n childhood memories.


70's StereoCabinet


While I was removing the stereo components, I remembered how excited I was when my family purchased our very first stereo console.




It had an open concept dashboard with two large speakers on either side and a place in the middle to house albums, 45′s and 8 tracks.  The cabinet was made of wood composite; the dash and speakers in silver and black to give it that mod’rn disco look.




It was HUGE… and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Looking back, I had so many good times with that stereo. All my little girlfriends would come over to sing on the microphones, and my Mum would always crank up the volume so we could dance to Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz…ooooooh yaaaaaa!

Well, I think this Stereo Cabinet that I re-purposed into a trunk/bench is pretty cool too….




I started by cutting mirrors for the two open side panels where the speakers were. I removed and replaced the original edge-banding because it was in poor shape and then I asked M-M-M to configure a strong MDF bottom so it’s sturdy enough to use as a trunk or bench.




Next came a few coats of primer and paint and then the entire piece was protected with a few coats of Varathane in a semi-gloss finish.

This stereo was sprayed from start to finish and the paint color is Sherwin-Williams White Duck #7010.

Initially I was really stumped on what color to paint it but I’m really happy I chose the clean look of white. Although I love color, white is my all time favorite. Clean, classic, feminine and versatile. It can be dressed up or down and looks fabulous decked out with splashes of color.



This one… I think I’m going to keep. It will look amazing at the end of a bed or under a window and it will be perfect to store my gift wrap/linens or knick-knacks. I love turning something old and dated into something new and functional.

Let me know what you think… or if you’ve re-purposed one of these stereos, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you.

Enjoy your day,

Denise x

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Stop Guessing… Here’s How To Choose The Perfect Paint Color Every Time!

Stop Guessing… Here’s How To Choose The Perfect Paint Color Every Time!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Blog, color, How To Tips, Painting Furniture | 7 comments

Hi everyone! I hope you’re well and having an amazing day.

Lately I’ve been spending time in my gardens, going to the beach, enjoying the sunny outdoors and painting furniture. Or should I say… prepping furniture.

I have umpteen pieces on the go and not one of them is anywhere near finished. I’ve been picking a project, prepping it, and then engaging in an intense-stare-down trying to choose the perfect color(s) to paint it. 

Color choice usually comes fairly easy to me, but I think with all this fun-in-the-sun, my right-brain has over-heated.



The other day when I was sitting and staring at yet another piece, it came to me… this would make a GREAT blog post.

I can’t possibly be the only one who looks at a piece of furniture (for what seems like forever) trying to figure out what color it should be.




Luckily, there’s no lack of online-tools to help a girl out. Here’s what I’ve learned to do when a little inspiration is needed to get the right-brain flowing again…




My all time favorite go-to image-editor is Photoshop (PS). Although PS is pricey and does have a learning curve, there’s nothing this software can’t do. When I’m stumped, I use Photoshop to help me visualize my furniture in different colors.




For the examples on this page, I uploaded a photo of this French Provincial Dresser and then played with the Hue/Saturation Adjustment tool to completely change the colors and tones.




To show more variety, I used the Exposure to create the ombre effect so I can see different shades in the same color family.




You don’t have Photoshop? You don’t need it!

There are online photo-editors that will work as color visualizers. They are FREE and easy to use.

They provide the same Hue/Saturation and Exposure tools that PS does so you can upload your furniture and see what it looks like in different colors/shades. A few popular online-photo-editors are Pixlr (my fav),  FotoFlexer, and PicMonkey.

I used Pixlr when trying to decide on a color for the back of this China-Cabinet.



Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer is another free tool I love.  SW Paints provides a FREE online software to help you choose the perfect color(s) for your projects. This tool can be used to choose paint color for your walls, floors, ceilings, trim, cabinets and yes, your painted furniture!

Super convenient because once you find a color you like, SW gives the exact name/color code of the paint. Armed with this info, you can go buy paint with zero hassles. No more trying to choose a color from a small paint chip under weird lighting in the paint store.

I’ve also used the SW Visualizer to help clients decide on their perfect color choice. If they are having a difficult time deciding between 2 shades of blue, it’s helpful to upload a pic of their piece so they can see both shades ON the furniture!

Below is a screen capture of me using it to find a color for a MCM Dresser. I ended up choosing SW Ravishing Coral #6612.




Benjamin Moore Color Viewer is another free tool.  With BM, all they ask is that you to register with an email address before using the service.




So, if you’ve ever been frustrated and confused (as I’ve been lately!) trying to choose the perfect paint color for ANY project, I hope you find these tools helpful. Also if you have any other suggestions to get the “color inspiration” flowing.. chime in… I always love hearing from you!



Happy Painting,

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Medical Gloves vs Paint Gloves 4 Keeping Hands Paint Free

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 1 comment

My BFF Terry is a PSW worker. Due to his work hygiene policies, he’s required to wear protective gloves when working with patients. Like me, latex irritates him.  Well, it more than irritates him… latex gives him an allergic reaction which turn his hands flaming red, swollen and itchy. The poor guy can’t help but scratch until his hands bleed and scab.

What does this have to do with Quick-Tip-Tuesday on a furniture painters blog?

When Terry introduced me to Non-Latex Medical Gloves I fell in love with them!

The painting gloves I previously purchased from Home Depot were irritating, and way too big.


The medical gloves… NO irritation and they FIT like a second skin which is perfect for painting and staining! They can be purchased online or at any drug store for a fraction of the cost of painters gloves.

Feel free to check out last weeks Q-T-T here or chime in and let us know what you use to protect your hands while working.

And ohhh… these medical gloves are great for keeping your hands clean of paint, stain, wax, glaze etc, but they are not appropriate if you require protection from chemicals!

Happy Painting and enjoy your day!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ 3 Good Ways to Clean Dry Paint from Your Brushes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 4 comments

I do my best to clean my paint brushes as soon as I finish a project. When I don’t, I end up with hard crusty brushes to clean.

Here’s 3 Good Ways To Clean Dry Paint from Your Brushes


1. Soak in TSP  ~ Trisodium Phosphate (aka TSP) is great for cleaning your furniture AND your brushes! In a glass jar mix 1 cup of TSP with 4 cups of hot water. Soak your brush overnight and the dried paint will be easy-peasy to remove in the morning.

2.  Soak in Murphy’s Oil ~ Carolyn from Eastern Ontario taught me this tip… thanks Carolyn!  Soak your dry, hard paint brushes in Murphy’s Oil overnight. In the morning they will be soft and ‘like’ new again.

3.  Soak in Vinegar ~ White distilled vinegar is also great for softening and cleaning dried paint of brushes.  If room temperature vinegar doesn’t do the trick, you can take an old pot and heat the vinegar on the stove. Soak your brush in the heated vinegar for 30+ minutes and the dried paint will be easy to clean off.


To help remove the paint for all of the above methods, you can use an actual paint brush comb or substitute with something around your house. A regular comb, a fork, dish brush or toothbrush will work as well.

If you have any additional tips on how you remove dry paint from your brushes… please share! You can also check out last weeks Q-T-T here.

Enjoy your day and happy painting!

Denise x

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