Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday

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It’s Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday!  In case you are new here I share tips from my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting every Tuesday.   I am so passionate about teaching you how to paint furniture the easy way – I want to share with you my trade secret tips here on my blog.

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Since there are over 119 tips in the book it is gonna take me over 2 years to get through the entire book of time saving tips!  If you don’t want to miss a tip you can subscribe to have my posts sent to your Inbox daily and you can follow my Furniture Painting Tips Board on Pinterest!  I will pin each of these tips on the board as they are published so you can follow along!

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Pro Tip:  Paint colors like yellow and gold are typically more translucent and will require you to paint on more coats.  One way to avoid painting more than two coats of a translucent color is to apply a coat of grey primer underneath. This will allow your translucent color to go on more opaque and allow for easier application!  One of my favorite ways to apply gray primer is to use a gray spray paint primer like this one.


You can have access to all of the time saving tips from professional faux finishers, furniture painting contractors, and business owners in my eBook by downloading it here or purchasing it on Amazon Kindle here!  Have you read the book?  I will be your bestie forever and give you a foot rub if you would leave a review on Amazon!  Share your own tips and successes with the Lazy Girl method online using #lazygirltips !

See you next Tuesday!

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Unique Uses for Milk Glass

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  On Friday I shared a peek into my Milk Glass hoard.

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Since then I have been searching high and low for ways to use these pieces throughout my home.  What is the point of having a beautiful collection if I can’t display them?

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Here are some fun ways to use Milk Glass around the home and in your life!

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Succulent Planters or Wedding Favors.  I used this idea as hostess gifts for my baby shower.  They were a hit!

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Love this simple idea for a Christmas Table Setting.

The idea of using a scalloped edged milk glass bowl as a Scissor Holder is genius.

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Clustering a group together and using them to corral craft supplies keeps a desktop neat and tidy.

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Silverware Storage is functional and those feathers aren’t too shabby either.

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This Milk Glass Cuff from One Kings Lane might be on my Christmas list this year!

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Making a Whimsical Garden Statues (source unknown) out of several pieces might be on my gardening to-do list this fall!

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If you don’t own any milk glass you could fake a collection by spray painting those urgly florists vases that seemed to get crammed in the back of your kitchen cabinets.

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Using a Milk Glass dish as a sponge holder would be an easy way to feel fancy when you are washing dishes.

Milk GlassWhat are some ways you use your collections?  If you love milk glass as much as I do check out my Milk Glass Pinterest Board!

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Garage Sales and Milk Glass

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This morning we ventured out to a few neighborhood Garage Sales.  I desperately wanted to stay home in my jammies today since I was out late doing a paint demo last night but I decided against it.  I am trying to soak up the last two weeks of freedom me and my 4-year old have to go run and do whatever we want without having to keep in mind an infant’s nursing and nap schedule.

The Garage Sale fairy was looking down on me today because I scored a a ton of Milk Glass all for about $1.00 each.  I love it when that happens.  Like remember that time I that time I snatched up a pair of Lululemons for $3.95?

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I can always tell when I find something I have to have because my palms and armpits start sweating at a steady rate.  I try to play it cool when haggling a deal but I am sure the sweat on my upper lip is a dead giveaway  as to how desperate I am to take something home with me.

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I also found this Jeanette shell pink milk glass cake stand for $2.00.  It was covered in orange that looked like rust – but I decided it was not rusty since it’s made of glass and not metal.  I came straight home and washed it with a toothbrush.  Just imagine my heart rate when I discovered the exact same cake stand for sale online for $96.00.  For realz.

There is no question I am keeping it for my own collection but it’s a good feeling when you have a find like this!

 

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My milk glass stash is getting rather extensive and I am having to find creative ways to use it.  I have a few pieces on my dining room table.

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I also have some displayed in clusters above my kitchen cabinets.

If I was being really honest with myself I have no business owning NINE new milk glass flower vases.

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So I am finding creative ways to use them around my house.

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I think this jewelry storage is a good start – don’t you?

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How To Paint Furniture { Metallics }

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When I cleaned out my garage a few weeks ago I decided to tackle painting this desk that had been sitting in there for far too long.  And guess what?  Now I don’t have any room for it in the stores I rent space from.  So I’m giving ya’ll first dibs at it for a lower price then I would sell it in my retail space.

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One of my workshop students sold me this desk at an amazing price.  After doing a little research it was over $1,000.00 brand new.

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The desk is made by Hooker and the line is called Seven Seas.

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For you non-painted-wood lovers please don’t throw a fit.  It had some water stains on the top so I didn’t feel one bit guilty painting it.

 

How To Paint Furniture

I painted the desk in CeCe Caldwell’s Beckley Coal, sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax, and then polished a thin coat of CeCe’s Silver Wax in Sierra Silver.

How To Paint Furniture

The Sierra Silver gives it a dry brushed effect and makes the metallic shimmer so subtle.  Sometimes metallic pieces can veer on the side of Liberace inspired but this is metallic done right.

How To Paint Furniture

This desk is for sale at $499.00 – when it goes to one of my retail spaces it will be $625.00 because of the mall fees and I will be happy NOT to have to haul it! The dimensions are 31.5″h, 59.5″w, 29.5″d.   Email me at allison(at)refunkmyjunk.com if you want to purchase it or if you have any questions.

If you want to recreate this look here are the steps I used.

Step One:  Apply Plaid Craft Liquid Leaf  in silver only to the areas you know you will distress.

Step Two:  Paint two coats of Beckley Coal.

Step Three:  Wet Distress.  If you are not sure what this is all the deets are in my eBook.  This will allow the silver to show through.

Step Four:  Seal with Wax.  I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax.

Step 5:  Buff

Step 6:  In a circular motion apply CeCe Caldwell’s Sierra Silver all over.  Immediately wipe off any excess and buff.

PS:  I am headed to Serendipity Market tonight for a free Milk Paint demo – if you are local stop by and see me!

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PPS: If you try this paint technique please let me know – I would love to see it!

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