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General Finishes Milk Paint

General Finishes

GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT

Add some color to your life!

Good Monday morning HELLO readers – Today we are sharing a great paint I discovered called General Finishes Milk Paint.  I found this paint at Vintage Market Days.  I walked from booth to booth and bam there it was gleaming with the lovely labels from out of case and being sold by Rescued Furnishings.  I knew this name, and I knew the company was close to me…but I was not aware their beautiful things came from General Finishes Milk Paints.

General Finishes Milk Paint cans
Delicious colors of milk paint by General Finishes
General Finishes Milk Paint
General Finishes Milk Paint Color Chart

Having to know more about this paint, because let’s face it…I LOVE paint, and I will blog it when possible so all of you know where to get these wonderful paints for your own use.  I contacted General Finishes Milk Paint to see if I could be sent paint to blog, and they were nice enough to get me this beautiful coastal blue you see on the nightstand and Twin headboard below.  Once I used this amazing paint, I just had to blog it so you could all see just what milk paint is all about.

General Finishes
Coastal Blue

The Coastal Blue General Finishes Milk Paint took these old pieces from drab to fab after the first brush stroke.  Take a look for yourself – can you believe General Finishes Milk Paint can give you this furniture quality look?  I have to say, I use a lot of paint, as I paint furniture for a living – (want a quote contact me if you live in my west county Ballwin MO area) – so I know my paints and know them well.  I am a chalk paint nut, but this lovely can of Coastal Blue from General Finishes milk paint form blew me away!  So, are you a believer?

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Piece before General Finishes
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Before General Finishes Coastal Blue Paints
General Finishes
After Coastal Blue Milk Paint

Also you should know that General Finishes Milk Paint  is Environment friendly green water base finishes that are easy to apply, durable, and simple to repair – What more could you ask for, am I right? Well you know me… I asked more…like could GF be used in connection with other General finishes and without a doubt YES!  Water-based General Finishes Milk Paints can be used with General Finishes Glazes and Water Based Wood Stains to create decorative finishes such as distressing, antiquing, faux marble, rag rolling, or color washing. Want to see more?  Check out the lovely projects completed by others on the General Finishes Pinterest Board at   – General Finishes Milk Paint can custom mixed any color for your needs.  I suggest you give it a try.  These painters did and just look at their products!!! Exciting….

General Finishes
Drift wood buttermilk yellow

Well, not wanting to wait for orders on a regular basis, I went back to my Vintage Market Day files to see if there was a retailer in the area I could get this wonderful milk paint.  I discovered one of my favorite booths, Rescued Furnishings, sold this great paint.  I looked up Nicole, ran down to her shop where she hubs with our friend Barry of Reclaimed Renew where barn wood projects take place like mad and Barry is great to sell me barn wood for my special table projects.

General Finishes Paints
General Finishes Paints

After meeting Nicole and listening to her talk about this great milk paint called General Finishes, I started buying paint right then and there from Rescued Furnishings and have not stopped yet – Nicole is a wonderful, knowledgeable merchant who sells the heck out of this great paint and now I know why.  If you want to get to Nicole – check her out at Rescued Furnishings.  Nicole offers awesome paint classes where she teaches you not only to use General Finishes Milk Paint, but she also shows you how to uses their wonderful stain that is my all-time favorite called Java Gel Stain.  Want to attend a General Finishes class?  Here is Nicole’s class link.  Please come back to the site and tell me what you think.  The below project is Nicole’s.

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General Finishes project transformation by Rescued Finishing

Want a retailer near you?  General Finish’s website can help you find that special person you will connect with, as they only select the best retailers to represent their paints.

All I can say is WOW – this is some wonderful paint…it truly makes me ask the question…Could I end up being a milk paint girl over chalk?  I will keep you posted 😉

General Finishes
General finishes milk paint, linen, patina green, dark chocolate, Van dyke glaze

Thanks for stopping by our blog today – Make sure you visit Nicole as she is doing a great give away on her site today  the link is above! you don’t want to miss out if you want to try this paint or take a class – but you must click our name on her give away to be entered.  Here’s to a very colorful Monday in your world, and a big thanks to General Finishes for their awesome products, and the great retailers with the abundant knowledge that carry their fab products.   Until next post…

~Linda

Update Using Spray Paint

Update using spray paint

Update Using Spray Paint

Why Buy It When You Can Make It!

Well, hello all you HELLO readers – I know it’s been awhile since my last post, so today we are going to ease back in by showing you how to update your old goods to new pretties, because my thought…Why buy it when you can make it – update using spray paint!

Update using spray paint
Spray old glass ware for new look

I have been cruising Pintrest and other awesome sites for great ways to update some old items in our home.  I hate buying things like door knobs when they all work, or lamps when they still turn on, or even old clear vases when then still hold items well and have nothing wrong with them.  So today, I am going to show you some projects from fellow bloggers who have done just that … updated their old items into new pretty ones. Hence the title, update using spray paint.

Update using Spray Paint
Old lamps from Goodwill go new again!

Spray paint these days is a remarkable tool.  I always keep about 20 cans in different colors on hand so I can change things up when I get tired of looking at them.  Rustoelum and Krylon are my two best cans!

Update using Spray paint  Update using Spray paint

 

Let’s look at our first project updated using spray paint.  Casa de Kemper shows on their blog how their old brass chandy goes black and beautiful with Spray paint.  Just look at the update they provided with minimal work!  Can you believe it’s the same chandy?

Update using spray paint
Case de Kemper used black spray paint to update their old brass chandy.

Next up, we see that Handle the Heat does an awesome job showing their update using spray paint by completing a DIY door knob makeover.  This truly is one of the quickest and easiest way to revamp your old ugly door knobs for cheap!  Do we like them better than the brass?

Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat door knob update using spray paint
Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat Update using spray paint for door knobs

Next up, I Village goes for the Goodwill lamp update with Krylon’s best paint and shows you how to turn boring into fab using mercury glass while updating using spray paint.  Look at the difference between the two – AMAZING….am I right?  Bet you would pay a bunch for these at a good retailer like Pottery Barn 😉

Update using Spray Paint
Updated Goodwill lamps using spray paint
Updating using spray paint
Pottery barn Lamps

Our life is blessed beyond measure shows us how to update and old window frame to an awesome new mirror.  Stop by their blog and see the show as she makes magic happen using spray paint.  Look at those results!

Update using spray paint
Old window
Update using Spray paint
New window

Now that you have seen these amazing updates using spray paints are you going to give it a try?  I have and made some awesome things for our home using it.  Why toss it away when a can of spray can give you a wonderful new update.  Go ahead give it a try!  Find us on Bob Vila Nation, PinterestFacebook and Hometalk.  You can also follow me on Instagram!

Have an awesome night everyone! I promise the blog will be back in full swing for some new building projects starting in June.  Blog ya soon!

~Linda

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-over

Old Town Paints Part IV Final

Good morning everyone!  I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.  For those of you who missed the last three parts of the hutch story, I will put the links here for Part I-III in the post so you can catch up.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Completing this DIY China Hutch Make-over was a challenge.  I started out picking up this cute little, worn out hutch that needed a good updating; it had broken pieces, was full of 1970’s faux plastic pieces they passed off as wood trim and just looked yucky!

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

When we started the DIY China Hutch Make-over, I was initially just going to paint it and say ta-da!  But, for some reason, that was not sitting well with me.  I just could not get settle with the broken trim, and ugly faux wood, so I ripped it apart and gave it a good recycle that today’s generation could love.

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In part I, we showed you how we cut off the old trim and re-styled the top of the China Hutch using our Ryobi Tools to provide a fresh look that fits today’s style. (See part I Here).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

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Part II showed you the bottom of the DIY China hutch Make-Over, which actually detaches from the top (Read Part II Here)

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

This was no small undertaking because, as you know from my posts, I reserve the right to change my design mind at any given time… and well that’s just what happened on the bottom.  (Click here to read part II).  Initially I was thinking to build three cabinet doors, including one to replace the center faux wood section that did not open.  I worked hard on trimming the bottom to match the new top trims and thought – wow I am almost done.  This was a snap! – WRONG – After building the two side doors, the middle door just didn’t work.  It was like a sore thumb, and I HATED it…pushing me to reach down into my design bag and draw up yet another design, leading to Part III and another trip to the Home Depot.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In Part III of the post, the final design was born as we showed you how we how I changed my mind from using three doors to two doors, and a custom built  wine rack for the center where the third door would have lived.  The DIY China Hutch Make-Over design turned out excellent and I love the way you can now hold 12 awesome bottles of wine.  (Click here to read Part III).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, after much ado, we bring you the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

We put out a call to our readers to choose the paint color.  After calculating the vote we came up with a pale green and old white combination (we wanted a little contrast for the piece – so we choose two of the most popular voted colors by our readers on Facebook and Hometalk – thank you all for your help). The colors are stunning – Drool!

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Looking to continue the theme for the DIY China Hutch Make-Over I set out to find a new paint color I stumbled on to Old Town Paints.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I was impressed with their 54 color selection, and how close I could get to your color choices.  I contacted Old Town Paints to ship my colors because there were no retailers close by St Louis Missouri that carry this wonderful paint.  (Hear that shops – distributors needed for great paint and your shop could be the great home of Old Town Paint – You’re welcome!)

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Sasha, the owner of Old Town Paints was kind enough to ship us out Soft Moss, Cottage White, Antiquing Glaze, and a Clear Matted Finish.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a creature of habit, I was nervous to try something new, but did it anyway and was so glad I gave Old Town Paint a try.   This fab little company was started by Sasha Gareau (consignment store owner) and here fiancé Bobby Bouck (his family has been in the paint business for over 50 years!)  Starting her consignment store, Sasha used a competing paint for her painted furniture, but did not like the expense of the paint.  So what’s a girl to do?  Sasha created her own paint line – Old Town Paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Old Town Paint is a Chalk Paint Style Finish made here in the USA.  According to Sasha, she and Bobby sat down with a chemist, and after months of trial and error, the chemist helped them create a non-toxic paint, that had a chalk paint style finish, which launched Old Town paint in April of 2013, and the movement of their paint has been growing ever since – want to try it?  You can order by click here.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a research nut (from my old instructional design writing days), I took to the internet to find pieces painted with Old Town Paint.  I featured several of them on my Facebook to see your reaction – you loved them! Since all those I spoke to who used the paint also loved them, I took the plunge and used Old Town Paint on this project.  I have to say – it was easy to use.  The paint is very silky and adhered in one coat and accepted the matching finishes like it was butter on bread.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

All things that spoke to me for this project because like Sasha and Bobby creating their paint took time, so did the re-building of this china hutch – so what better product to debut the piece to our readers than Old Town Paint, right?  Two master pieces that have come together – I can hear the two singing in harmony from here, can you? ;-).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I enjoyed this paint that comes in 54 lovely colors because it can also be used as a color wash, regular smooth paint, or can be applied thick to create texture (which will be great when I show you another product I discovered this week in a later post).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

But one of the best bonuses… no need to prime or prepare prior to painting!  It was a dream come true – which makes me scream out – why don’t more paint shops in St Louis carry this jewel of a paint? Want to read more on this paint stop by their site at http://www.oldtownpaints.com  I was glad I tried this paint.  Very impressed and I will order it for a future project I blog.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Just look at the silky photos of the rebirth of this DIY China Hutch Make-over. Isn’t she stunning 🙂

Bead board back ground DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over Moldings added

I could not be more proud of the piece you all helped me build. So What do you think of the finished china hutch make-over that has been the longest, on-going project for Hello I Live Here in our history of an existing blog?

Bead board back ground

Sorry again it took so long, the nasty cold winter (Mother Nature – you know who you are) stopped us in our tracks this year.  I can tell you I have lived in St Louis for over 14 years and this is by far the WORST winter I have ever had (I threatened to move West every single day – hubby started to take me serous – a girl can dream about beach living again can’t she? 😉

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Well, I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow our blog and to Old Town Paints and owner Sasha and Bobby for partnering with Hello I Live Here to get this project complete 🙂 .  I love writing and sharing my zany projects that are often shown on Bob Vila Nation, Ryobi Nation, and Hometalk  and other social media we use for Hello I Live Here.  Also, thank you for hanging in there with us as we fought the ugly weather to bring you our final post on our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Happy Thursday and here’s to many warmer days for us all (just not to warm Missouri or I will have to look into that move west) 😉

–Linda

DIY Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY Chalkboard

Hello everyone – our post today – DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames.  That’s right we all know we have loads upon loads of old frames large and small laying in our basements just begging to be loved again.  How can you use it you ask?  DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames is a great way to reuse those old forgotten pieces.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

This frame was an old print that hung in our over-sized wine room in our other home.  Knowing we would never use it here in the new Villa, we decided to store it for a day I needed an upcycle project on a bad weather day.  Well, you all know we have had 6 long, long months of winter and some days to harsh to work even in the shop with heat.  Guess what – we had two 80 degree days in a row, and last night after completing the china hutch part III with the Old Town Paint (oops new post alert of a great new product 🙂 )  – the threat of snow…yep snow…yet again hit St Louis and we dropped to 29 degrees in hours but the snow never came – just the blazing cold!!!!  This cold weather is totally cutting into my shop time and make me a very surly person.  Not to mention I want to complete my projects for Ryobi Nation and Bob Vila Nation 🙂  – warning for Mother Nature 🙂 .

Painted Pieces

What’s a girl to do today?  An inside project of course – Awhile back I had painted the inside of this frame with Chalkboard paint and stuck it on the wall.  The DIY Chalkboard is it’s used daily and we love the board.  The frame matched great with the old decor, but now that we have gone cottage and grey, the frame would never do.  Being locked up yet another day with cold weather I was trotting past the wall talking to my sister on the phone when I ripped this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames down from the wall and up-cycled that old frame to match my new decor.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I whipped out some left over Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint left in the bottom of the old can and whipped it on to this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames hanging on the wall.  I then took what I had mixed for a cute pair of side tables (Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Louis Blue) and added that to the inside of the frame giving that little bit of pop I wanted for this piece.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

Once done drying, I added clear wax, let set for a bit, then followed that by dark wax, let dry and added clear over.

sloan wax kit
Sloan wax kit

After both dried, I added another coat of clear wax, buffed and returned to the wall.  How cute is it now?  And it now drives me less nuts locked in here from the cold when I walk past and see how it matches my new decor – you can’t beat that for a quick DIY Chalkboard project.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live HereStarting tomorrow we are to have nice weather here in St Louis.  Our next few weeks of our blog are going to be dedicated to new products we are trying.  I think you will love them all – I hope you love the new products we are about to show you – they are all wonderful and give a girl options when she’s tired of using the same old same old.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I will introduce each product to you, give you background on it, how to order it, and my experience with the product.  I will be keeping them all a secret until I start using their product as I want each product to have its own platform as I introduce them.

First up will start tomorrow as we complete Part III final of our China Hutch Redo – That’s right – it’s finally done, and no one is more happy then the Hello I Live Here crew!  Until tomorrow’s post, have a wonderful evening and stay WARM. 🙂

Linda

Lumens Lighting

Lumens Lighting or Lumens.com

Have you been to Lumens.com yet? I am in the process of looking for a new chandy for my crafts room. I need something that provides great light, but still gets my style. I love lighting and as most of you know, I would hang a chandy anywhere if I had more ceilings 😉 This would be for my new crafts room space – you know me – I want this:

spriral chandy

But, because it’s a crafts room, I want to keep it simple yet elegant. I am looking to go with a strong Restoration design, the Quorum Hinge Pendant No. 804 which is a wide metal shade that has a broad spread of light via a White Tiffany glass shade. The swivel canopy means it’s adaptable for use on sloped ceilings, and various rod lengths make it easy to adjust for different ceiling heights giving me the perfect light I will need over my crafts table.  Isn’t she beautiful!  Shinny and bright – just like I like.

Lumens Lighting

Now that I narrowed it down, I started looking at other choices for you know, the time I may need something else 😉 Here are some great ones I just love, all can be ordered from Lumens and delivered right to the door. You have to love that kind of service!

The Schonbek Lighting Trilliane Chandelier is a Schonbek signature, with a classic form well-suited to contemporary or eclectic settings. This is due to its unique configuration of inverted clear Swarovski ELEMENTS or SPECTRA crystal pendalogues, an innovative design element that suggests the growth of natural mineral crystal. Available in two sizes.

Lumens Lighting

Faceted crystals surround an inner chandelier frame like necklaces accenting a woman dressed to the nines. Available with 3 or 6 lights, the Feiss Leila Chandelier elegantly illuminates a room and sparkles with confidence whether on or off. A Burnished Silver finish completes the look.

Lumens Lighting

The James R. Moder Broadway Linear Crystal Chandelier is old-world, crystal magnificence in a contemporary setting. Crystals hang from both ends of multiple strands that can be wound around the central fixture. Truly, no two Broadway chandeliers are the same, as the strands can be positioned randomly, creating a unique layer of crystal on both sides of the Candelabra lamps.

Lumens Lighting

Sleek and sophisticated with twisted tubing. The shade of the ET2 Spiral Drum Pendant is comprised of numerous aluminum tubes, which have been twisted into refractive spirals that create a diamond-like sparkle. The impact of this jewel-like shimmer is further enhanced by strands of K9 crystals within. Available in two sizes from Lumens Lighting

spriral chandy

Even though I dream about the extra ones posted, I am in love with the simple pendent that should arrive soon for my crafts space we are in the middle of designing. Well, I just thought I would share my findings with you guys incase you are looking for that special something. Having options like Lumens Lighting is a gift in my book. Until we finish up our storage for the kitchen we are working on – Have an awesome time looking for some great lighting for your nest.

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Liver Here – may the chandy be with you! 😉

Linda

(all photos in this post are complements of Lumens.com – Please stop by and show them some love)

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