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Furniture Glaze: Yes Please

A glaze is a mixture of paint and oil- or water-based medium that can be painted over a base layer to create various effects. It will give your piece of furniture more depth by adding shimmer and shine by altering the hue and tone of the light. Don’t forget you will want to seal any heavily-used surfaces like tabletops if you decide to use glaze.

  • paint to extend the drying time — which gives you more time to work with your glaze to create the look you want. Water-based glazes and paints are the easiest to work with and to clean up.
  •  You can buy glazes that are already tinted, or you can make up your own glaze color:

  •  To tint, combine glazing medium with your paint (either latex or acrylic). Generally the ratio is four parts glaze to one part paint, but you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • The amount of glazing medium you add to the paint can affect the color of the glaze. When you’re using lighter paint colors, a 4-to-1 mixture will not affect the value of the color. But darker colors may be altered to a lighter color value when mixed with too much glaze. It’s always best to experiment with the color.
  •  You apply glaze just as you would apply paint, with a brush or roller. Again, work in small sections: roll on the glaze, finish the technique and then move on to the next section. And if you’re doing a two-person job, make sure one person is always rolling and the other is working with the glaze. That will give you the most consistent treatment.

  •  Drying time for glaze varies; usually you have about 10 to 20 minutes to work with the glaze before it dries completely.


Painted Cabinets: Color Palettes and How To

Turn Back Time: Milk Paint Recipe

A little information on how to make Milk Paint. The following information comes from my own experiences and some of it is borrowed from tried and true professionals. It is of my own opinion that the easiest way to make milk pain is as follows…. milk, lime, and pigment (touch of water).

— Hydrated lime (available at most home and garden supply stores)
— Water
— Pigment (powder or liquid)
— Whole milk (at room temperature)

1. Fill a container with one to two cups of hydrated lime. Gradually add water and stir until you have a thick paste.

2. In a separate container, do the same with the pigment powder.  2 to 4 tablespoons of pigment should be enough for a small batch.

3. Gradually add milk to the lime paste…it needs to be like heavy whipping cream. Then add the pigment paste and mix into all of the ingredients are blended well.

Courtesy of DIY (Joe Provey):

You can buy pigments at many hardware and artist supply stores. Avoid using pigments made from toxic compounds. Here’s a good online source for non-toxic pigments. You will have to experiment with pigments to achieve the color you want. Be sure to buy plenty of white pigment, as you’ll be using a lot of it. It comes in two forms: titanium dioxide and zinc. The former is a bit more opaque.

You can make many of your own colorants using natural ingredients but the process is a lot more time-consuming than making paint alone. Also, the colors produced through home-brewed dyes are more subtle than store-bought pigments. If you do want to make homemade pigment, try these methods:

— Add water to steel wool for a red rust coloring.
— Try simmering everything from berries and vegetables to bark and leaves to create the dyes. Blackberries, for example, make a strong dye.
— Brew coffee or many tea to create neutral tones.
— Boil peach or crab apple leaves for greens.
— Use store-bought juice concentrates, such as blueberry and cranberry, to create pleasing tints.

Chalk Paint vs. Milk Paint

Dumpster Diva explained the difference between Chalk Paint and Milk Paint today on her facebook page. I have yet to try Milk Paint, but maybe I will after reading her post. Read on to discover for yourself the differences in the two paints.

“I get a lot of people asking me the difference in Milk Paint VS Chalk Paint. This is what the president of the Old Fashion Milk Paint Company says, so I am sharing with you all! Also I just want to let you know I use BOTH, and I love them both!! Chalk paint has a somewhat similar look but is not quite the same- I think milk paint has a bit of a softer look and is naturally more uneven and mottled looking. Milk paint uses milk protein (casein) and crushed limestone as a very tough binder. Milk paint is all natural and contains chalk. Chalk paints are not all natural and do not contain milk. Milk paint is one of the most ancient paints known, and was a popular, home made paint using local ingredients- right up until the paint can was invented, and then modern, latex paints- it then fell out of favor for a long time, until my father revived it in the early 70’s with his powdered formula that just gets mixed with water before use.”

For additional reading on Milk Paint and how to work with it click here

Custom Accent Pillows

Last night I was able to complete 5 throw pillows for a project I was working on for a co-worker. I used a sewing machine and it took me less then 3 hours, keep in mind I do not sew on a regular basis. I love the idea of creating my own pillows as they are one of a kind pieces that you will not find in your local department store. The color options and combinations are endless and you can create any size pillow you would like, get creative!

I don’t like to be bound by standards, such as sizes, this can create problems if you want to use pillow inserts, so keep this in mind.

Supplies to create your own pillows:

  • Fabric– this is where you can step outside of your box and combine various colors and patterns. You will need at least one yard of fabric to create two large pillows (A yard and a quarter (1 1/4) of 45″ fabric, or a yard (1) of 55″ fabric). I like to use large pillows as my base pillow and then create smaller pillows to accent with. I often purchase my fabric from They ship free for purchases over $35.00, returns are free and the shipping is super fast!
  • Velcro– My savior! With kids and pets I have to be able to wash my pillows. I always use no-sew velcro on one end of my pillows so I can quickly take out the innards and toss the pillow cover in the washer. DO NOT PLACE IN DRYER, AIR DRY ONLY!
  • Misc Supplies– A sewing machine, iron, ironing surface, pins, scissors, thread and polyfill.

Steps to creating your pillow:

  1. Fold the fabric in half, with the right sides together (the patterned side or part that will show).
  2. Measure the size and shape of your pillow, or simply free form your design . Add ¼ inch all around and use a fabric pencil to mark a straight line around the edges, this is where you will sew.
  3. Cut the shapes out.
  4. Use straight pins to pin the fabric pieces together, with the right sides together.
  5. With a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew the edges of the fabric pieces together, creating a ¼-inch seam. Leave a small opening on one side so that you can stuff the pillow (leave it large enough so you can take the stuffing out if you would like to wash your pillow cover).
  6. Turn the pillow right side out, and stuff the inside with pillow stuffing or a pillow insert.
  7. Use your iron to iron on the no-sew velcro to the small opening you left, this will allow you to wash your pillow.

Color pallet of pillows I made last night, enjoy!

pillow color pallet

Homemade Chalk Paint- Plaster Paris Version

I’m sure most of you know this, but if you’re not yet familiar with chalk paint, you don’t need to spend hours prepping your piece before starting to paint. NO SANDING REQUIRED! Plus, when you make your own, the color combinations can be endless.

Here is the recipe, keep in mind like any good recipe, you might want to add in your own touch once you’ve become familiar with the concept.

  • 2 Cups Paint
  • 5 Tbsp. Plaster of Paris
  • 2 Tbsp. Water

Mix Plaster of Paris into water and stir until combined. Add to paint and stir evenly… (Can add more Plaster of Paris and water mixture if needed).

To finish off your piece you can glaze or just wax with a soft furniture wax.


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