Up-cycle Old Picture Frames with Milk Paint

Milk Paint Old Picture Frames

Milk paint is a non-toxic, water based paint with pigment added for color. You can make it yourself (online tutorials abound for this) or purchase one of the many brands available on the market today. It comes in powder form and has an almost forever shelf life as long as it is not mixed. To use you just mix it with water according to the manufacturers instructions. I love to breath new life into old picture frames with milk paint. You can get a multitude of interesting effects layering different colors or lightly sand each layer to create a distressed look. You can even create that ultra in vogue crackled paint look by using a specially formulated additive such as Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Antique Crackle. For the ones pictured, I simply sanded some old frames, added a couple layers of milk paint, then finished with pure tung oil mixed with mineral spirits. For solid coverage and for paint to adhere to non porous surfaces, most companies sell a bond to mixed with the milk paint. I personally like to experiment and there are a multitude of online resources to research before you even lift the brush. Have fun with it!

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Make a Pool Noodle Paint Brush Holder

Make a Pool Noodle Paint Brush Holder

Make a pool noodle paint brush holder in order to secure rollers and brushes when painting. Painting can be a messy business, if you are not careful. In order to cut down on unruly paint splatter, cut a pool noodle to the size of your paint tray. Then use scissors to cut several slits halfway through the upside of pool noodle.

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Vaseline Paint Hack

Paint clean up is much easier when you apply Vaseline to glass before painting around it. Interior designer, Erica Lugbill shows us how to use this vaseline paint hack in her eHow Youtube video. You can also substitute chapstick for the Vaseline, it works just as well.

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Cupboard Door Organizer

We’ve made it a goal around our house to create usable space from what might seem like unusable space. For instance, check out the inside of our newly painted office desk cabinet. We created a cupboard door organizer by covering a bulletin board with a neutral fabric. This opens up space to tack up reminders and inspirations. On the lower section of the door, we adhered a dry erase board for quick notes or for homework problems. We love this convenient space!

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Paint Can Tips – No More Messy Cans

paint can tips

From our Paint Can Tips series – After using paint from a gallon paint can, the lid often gets glued into place from the excess paint that falls into the groove around the top of the can. When you first open a can of paint, poke a hole in the groove using a standard flat head screwdriver to allow the excess paint to drain back into the can.

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Make Your Paint Smell Like Vanilla

Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your paint before mixing to improve the odor.

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