Saturday, January 5, 2013

Milk Paint Chippy Success & Blog Goals for 2013



Because those two topics go so well together right?  Can I just tell you that I am having so much fun playing with milk paint.  Here's some pictures of a recent vanity I painted with you guessed it, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  I have been using it a lot lately since I am now teaching paint classes about it.  How did I get that gig you ask?  Totally fell into it and could not be happier. 
  

For this piece I decided to make a custom mix using Luckett's Green and Kitchen Scale.  I mixed equal parts of each color dry then added the water.  

I LOVE this color.  



To prep I did nothing to the vanity except wash it.  It was stained a warm brown and I could tell it had a clear finish on top of that but it wasn't very shiny.  



Two coats later and this paint did it's thing.   All I had to do was lightly sand with medium grit sandpaper and it chipped and cracked just like it's supposed to in random places.  I protected the finish with two coats of wax.




I found the sparkly knobs at Lowes. 

This is my favorite piece ever.  Until the next one. 

So for the goal thing.  I haven't gotten around to writing my business update post yet because the thought of writing a whole post about it just is too much so here's blog goal update.  My goal for this blog in the next year is to focus mainly on builds and re-purpose projects.  That is what I am the most passionate about.  I also want to get back to working on our home and share some DIY home renovation projects.  I have so many ideas it would take another 10 years to finish them.  After starting my business I have ignored our home for at least the last 8 months.  I neglected the housework and my projects were everywhere.  It got to the point that I stopped inviting anyone over and if they showed up unannounced they were not invited in.  I'm serious.  That is just unacceptable.  I was becoming a Hermit Hoarder.  I haven't gotten my hair done in 8 months either.  My roots are practically down to my earlobes.  It has been weighing on me like a ton of bricks and I just have to stop the insanity!!!  So I took a few weeks to clean and organize.  You'd never know if you walked in right now but it is a lot better.  I even asked my Mother and Father in law to come in the other day.  Still need to make a hair appointment though.

My blog has grown in the last year so naturally I started to worry about what I felt my readers wanted to see.  (sound familiar) which caused me to feel like I wasn't being true to myself.  Then I didn't want to post, weeks would go by sometimes or my posts lacked any excitement.  I know people can tell when I'm not excited about something.  When I'm excited I spell things wrong and leave out important steps and use poor grammar. (so yes I am almost always excited)       

An example of this is I purposely tried to limit the amount of posts about painted furniture makeovers last year.  Why, because my stats, comments, and features on other blogs tell me that my readers prefer builds and re-purposes from me.  It's was really hard to do that sometimes because painting was what I was doing most of the time.  In the last year I have found such a love and appreciation for the art of painting furniture.  I've been painting my projects for years but that was never my favorite part and it showed.  Now sometimes it is my favorite part.  I think Chalk and Milk paint really are all that and a bag of chips and those products have changed the way I paint.  And wax, swoon, I love the way wax looks and feels on a painted piece.  Just ask my husband I show and tell him every time I finish something.

So for this Blog in 2013 look for mainly builds and re-purpose projects for our home and for sale. I will also continue to throw in painted pieces when I'm excited about them.  Look for more re-upholstery projects coming too because I just love doing it and I have two custom jobs coming up.  (if those ladies could just pick a fabric ;)).  I will post about my experience with my business and retail space soon, I promise.  It is a hard post for me to write.  It's so personal but there is so much I want to tell you about it.  Oh and in spring I may get back to my Garden again. I totally neglected that last year too.  I hope you stick around for the ride.  I appreciate all the support you give me.  It still amazes me.  I was telling a new friend about what blogging means to me the other day and I got kinda teary eyed.  I hadn't even finished my beer yet so that says a lot.

Goodbye 2012.  Really, truly it was a great year. I learned so much about myself.  First and foremost that I do not want to be a Hermit Hoarder with bad hair.  I'm making an appointment today  Also I need to be more purposeful. With my business, my blog and my relationships.  Make time for friends and family, celebrate small victories, and be open to and ready when opportunities come my way.        

Last thing, Is anyone going to Haven in August?  I'm going with my friend Katie and I cannot wait!  Comment or send me an email if you are, I would love to meet you!






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16 comments:

  1. What a great color! I like all of the mix of color...so chippy and beautiful,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  2. I love that paint color and I'm so happy to hear you're teaching classes on it. I bet that you're great at it. You and I have a lot in common...finally got my hair done this week and it had been way past due. Projects have been and still are all over my house, but this week I spent some time cleaning this up and have moved most of it back into the studio..it was and still is a VERY busy holiday season for my business. I can't wait to see what you do in 2013. You are an inspiration to me. Best wishes in the new year!

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  3. woot, woot - I expect great things in 2013!!! Hooray for a fresh new year :)

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  4. Girl you and I are on the same wavelength! Just finished using Tricycle Red milk paint on a hutch. And YUP, going to Haven and can't wait to meet you!!!

    Oh, but not on the wavelength with you on cleaning and organizing. Still gotta do that ;-).

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  5. I LOVE LOVE this color! What a beautiful job! 2013 is gonna be amazing! ~Tammy

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  6. Mimi, this is awesome! Love the colors!! I'm going to Haven! see ya there!!

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  7. Okay, first off that color is PERFECT! I love the little desk.

    Okay, one of my New Years resolutions is taking the time to leave more notes for my blogging friends! I always read posts in a reader and it makes it hard to leave a comment or two. But I do not miss a post! Love seeing the things you share and your lovely home. I wish I had more time to blog, but I work part time at our local library. I wanted to share with you my new blog, just opened this week.... http://www.brookekroeger.blogspot.com.... it will be for my vingage and digital work... including printables you might enjoy. I also have my home and garden site, http://www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com. This week I am doing a look back to my spring garden.

    Hope to be able to connect more in this new year. I am spending less time on Facebook and gave up twitter and everything else. A girl needs time to create, decorate and GARDEN ya know!

    God bless....Brooke
    creativecountrymom@gmail.com

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  8. Je viens de découvrir votre blog qui est magnifique. J'adore.
    Josée (Québec,Canada)

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  9. Love Love Love everything about it! I too have projects all over the house! I am working on a buffet in my dining room! :) And my hair is in need of a style...I ponytail it everyday!
    You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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  10. You are very funny and honest. I just found your blog. Good job on the furniture milk painting. I'm a faux painter living in Umbria Italy. I just started my blog http://settedesign7.blogspot.com a couple months ago and it is nice to think of a world community of creative types.

    Cheers

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  11. Love your custom color mix. The vanity turned out great!

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  12. That color IS lovely, great idea to mix them together!

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  13. I loved the honesty in this post. Truthfully, I'm in the same boat with my house. I am taking the bull by the horns and turning things around this year too. I would love it if you linked this up to my new linky party, "What I Accomplished Wednesday." This first one is all about New Years goals. Hope to see you there!

    Deborah

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  14. Now I have to find a desk like this to paint, because I love it that much!! Luckily, I can get my hands on the milk paint here in Calgary, as we have a stockist, yipee!! I have a million things to paint and haven't started any yet but I am running out of room in the garage!! I only just found your blog tonight but I know I will be back and back again :-))

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