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It’s been a couple days since I posted. I’ve been scrambling to get all the to do’s checked off my list before my vacation to Hawaii. There has been a hole in the middle of my space at Summer Cottage for almost two weeks now. I still have Christmas decorations in my family room, and trying to get everything we need for our trip…oh yeah and my boys birthdays! Arrrggg…

But I have been happily painting the last two nights. It’s been so long since I’ve spent some real time painting. I just really love the process from deciding what color and style I want to create. To the “Well I guess that didn’t work I’ll do this” along the way and the end result that is satisfying. Every once in awhile I really am not happy with the end result but it happens. It’s just fun to me and I love it! This is what I have been working on.

NewDresser_12_28This piece I posted a week ago or so but I had to pull up a bunch of veneer on the drawers before I could paint it.

strippingdresser_1I used a putty knife and an iron I bought at the thrift store for $5 just for the purpose of stripping veneer. You set it on a high setting and if its stubborn you steam it and slowly pry it up with your putty knife. You can see on the bottom part of the drawer that the steam discolored. As long as you don’t get carried away it’s fine once you paint over it.

strippingdresser_2This is one of the drawers once I got all the veneer up that I wanted to remove. I went over it with a fine grit sandpaper with my orbital sander to get a smooth surface before I painted.

dresser_flowblueThis is a drawer after one coat of paint. I gravitate toward grays,white and cream for the most part so I am trying to venture out into bolder colors. I have all these great colors of Milk paint so I’ve started trying them out. This is Flow Blue it really is a beautiful color. And pardon my disastrous garage that’s how all my life is right now just a mess that I have been functioning amongst until I can get to it.

smallnighstandAnd this sweet little night stand I picked up yesterday at the thrift store. I will post pictures of these pieces finished. I also did a coffee table that really isn’t all that exciting but when it’s all done I may post that too we’ll see. I said in my last post I was doing some more give aways so here is the details….

First I have a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s Book Inspired You autographed by Marian up for grabs.

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mmsworkshop_1 I am giving away more milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed’s Paint line. You get one color of choice and one bonding agent. These are two separate giveaways so you can enter for both separately. To enter the book give away leave me a comment with one inspiring idea for the new year. Second entry “like” my Facebook page if you already have share it on your FB page and leave a comment letting me know that you have shared it. For the milk paint give away leave me a comment what you’d like to paint with milk paint….I love hearing about all the different pieces to paint:) For second entry “like” my Facebook page if you already have share on your FB page and let me know that you have shared it. You must live in the US or Canada and 18 years or older to be eligible. The give away will close Monday January 14, 2013 at 12:00am PST. I will post a winner on Monday January 14th GOOD LUCK!!