I found this lamp on one of my trips to my local thrift store. The shape and size was perfect but the colour was a little outdated. The lamp did not work with my decor, but I knew that I could easily transform this lamp with Dixie Belle paint.
Photo credit Pottery Barn
I love the organic, aged look of ceramic table lamps. They are a big design trend, I wanted to recreate the look using Dixie Belle paint. Here are the materials I used and the steps so you can try it out on your next project.
Start by giving your lamp a good clean using White Lightning to remove any oil or residue. Let it dry.
Since the surface was metal, I used Slick Stick to help the paint adhere. Start by applying a thin coat of Slick Stick over the whole lamp and let dry for 2 hours. Apply another thin coat of Slick Stick and let it dry overnight.
Add a scoop of Sea Spray into the container. Next add a small amount of Coffee Bean into the container and mix well. Continue to mix until it has a chunky peanut butter consistency.
Using your spatula, apply the mixture and layer the paint onto the lamp moving in different directions. Use a small paint brush to apply and stipple (dabbing) the paint mixture around the base and top of the lamp. Make sure to completely cover the whole lamp base without any of the Slick Stick showing through. Let the paint completely dry overnight.
Once the paint is dry, use a small amount of Drop Cloth and brush a light coat over the lamp. Continue to paint until the whole surface is covered and let dry.
Once the lamp is dry, use a sanding sponge to distress the lamp to give it an aged effect.
Dab a small amount of Terracotta and Pinecone onto the wax paper. Dip the fine artist brush into Pinecone and dab off most of the paint onto a Shop Rag.
Starting at the base, apply the paint in a circular motion, blending the paint around the base. Then dabb a small amount of Terracotta, wipe off excess and apply it in a circular motion where the blended Pinecone ends. Continue this process adding both colours around the crevices and the center of the lamp to give it an aged effect.
Use a damp Shop Rag and wipe in areas to help blend the paint if needed. Once you are happy with the effect, let the paint dry for an hour.
Make sure to give your Easy Peasy Wax a good shake. Then spray it on the lamp, let it sit for 30 seconds and then wipe over the whole surface. This will help in adding more depth, durability and give it a buttery soft feel.
Now find the perfect spot to showcase your beautiful lamp! Happy painting!
Are you tired of your outdated kitchen cabinets and can’t take on the big cost of a renovation? Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, but you can get big savings by DIYing your kitchen cabinets. If your tired, outdated cabinets are still in good condition, here are 5 steps to help you tackle your project and make it a success!
Style & Colour
One of the great things about painting your kitchen cabinets is that you can get the look of a custom kitchen, without the expense.
Photo credit Lotus Theory Designs
The first step is deciding on the style and colour for your cabinets. Do you love a sleek, contemporary look, a fun, bold colour or an aged, rustic kitchen? Using Dixie Belle paint or Silk All In One Mineral paint will give you over 80 colours to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect colour. If you are finding it difficult to decide on a style or choosing a colour head over to Pinterest to look at painted kitchens to get some inspiration.
Photo credit Style At Home
Prep is an important step when painting furniture, but it is essential when painting kitchen cabinets. Properly prepping your cabinets first will remove any oil or grease build up and ensure your paint will adhere. Start by cleaning your cabinets with White Lightning. Using shop rags and a scrub brush will help get them super clean.
Next, use 220 sandpaper and give the cabinets a quick scuff sand to give it some tooth. Then use a damp lint free cloth to remove any residue. If your cabinets are solid wood you can move onto the next step. If your cabinets are laminate you will need to add an extra step and use Slick Stick first. If you are unsure about the surface or if the surface is very slick, use Slick Stick as a precaution.
If you are concerned about bleed through- when red, yellow or brown spots appear on the painted surface, apply 2 coats of Boss before moving on to the next step.
Investing in good quality paint brushes is key and will make a big difference in application. Generally having a few synthetic brushes on hand will make the job easier. Having a 2 brush, a round or oval brush, a 1 brush and a microfiber roller will help you get a smooth, even finish and get into all of the crevices.
For a smooth finish, make sure to apply the paint in long strokes and avoid overworking the paint. While painting, spray your with a Continuous Spray Mister to give a smooth finish and help keep the paint moving. Apply 2 coats of paint to get the best results and let it dry.
Making sure your cabinets are protected is important. Dixie Belle’s Gatorhide is a great option, it’s very durable, easy to apply and is water repellent. Using Dixie Belle’s blue sponge to apply Gatorhide minimizes streaking and makes it so easy to get into all of the crevices.
Apply up to three thin coats for more durability, waiting approximately 2 hours between coats. After 21 -30 days your surface will be fully cured.
Set Small Goals
Painting a kitchen can feel daunting, even overwhelming for some. When starting your project, break your project down into achievable goals. For example, expecting to complete your kitchen in one day may not be realistic. Setting small goals will help keep your project moving forward and successful.
If you have never picked up a paint brush before but want to paint your cabinets, stop by your local thrift store and pick up a small project like a chair or small table to try out painting first. This will help give you confidence and an understanding of how the paint works.
Lastly, if you find that you need some support before beginning your project, registering for a furniture painting class is a great way to learn techniques and give you the confidence to tackle your project.
Here are a few painted kitchens for some inspiration. Happy painting!
Before- Elle Furniture
Before- Wise Little Owl Furniture
Before-Perception An Eye For Treasure
Before- L& L Furniture
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Over the past year I have been working on redecorating my bedroom. I had this vanity that was previously painted but it no longer worked in my space. I took a few hours to transform this piece with Dixie Belle paint and made a tinted wax to add to the details.
I found these gorgeous drawer pulls, I love the slight beige veining in the marble and wanted to replicate the colour. Since brown wax would be a little too dark, I decided to replicate the colour by making a tinted wax. It is so easy to do and can make a big impact.
I used my spatula to put some clear Best Dang wax and put it on my wax paper. I then added a few drops of Pinecone into the wax and mixed thoroughly until I was happy with the colour. Make sure not to apply too much wax, just add enough paint to slightly tint the wax.
Next, I used my La Petite Brush to apply the beige wax into the details and moldings.
I applied Best Dang wax in clear to the rest of the vanity and hemp oil to the wood top, adding more depth to the wood grain.
I added Gold Gilding wax to the feet to tie it all together and add some bling.
I love this transformation! The warm tones of the vanity works perfectly in my space and I love the tinted wax. Make sure to try this out on your next project! Happy painting!
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I love a good decor hack, it’s a great way to add trends into your home without the expense. These gorgeous, aged Restoration Hardware vases are on trend, packed with texture and are a great way to display seasonal greenery or flowers.
I had a glass vase that I was planning on dropping off at the thrift store that was the perfect size and shape for my decor hack. Here are the steps and materials you need to try out this decor hack on your next project!
First, I cleaned the vase with White Lightening to remove any grease or residue.
Since the surface was glass and very slick, I applied a coat of Slick Stick over the whole surface and let it dry. After 2 hours, I applied another coat of Slick Stick and let it sit overnight.
I wanted a very rustic look and added a scoop of Sea Spray- a texture medium, on a piece of wax paper. Then I added Caviar into the Sea Spray and mixed it until it had a crunchy peanut butter consistency. I painted the mixture on the vase, applying it in a cross hatch pattern (applying the paint in a X pattern) to give lots of texture. I continued painting the vase until it was completely covered and left it to dry overnight.
Once it was dry, I gave my Easy Peasy wax a good shake and sprayed a light mist over the whole vase. Using my Shop Rag, I spread the wax evenly over the entire vase.
Next, I dipped my brush into Dixie Dirt and applied it in a heavier application around the top, in the crevices and bottom, where it would age naturally. I blended the dirt in a circular motion moving into the center of the jar. By adding the wax first, it ensures the dirt will adhere to the vase.
I love how my vase turned out, this hack was so easy to do and only took 4 steps! Dixie Belle Dirt in Earth is the perfect colour to give the vase that warm, aged effect. Now make sure to find a great spot in your home to showcase your work of art. Happy painting!
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I love adding a little bling into my decor. With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to bring the festive feel into my home. I had these thrifted half-painted candle holders that I wanted to transform using Dixie Belle’s Garnet Gemstone Mousse.
Gemstone Mousse is a beautiful, highly pigmented, rich and creamy, water based product. It is a great way to add a metallic look and is so easy to use. Garnet is a rich, jewel tone colour that is perfect addition to your home decor for the holidays. Here is what you need and how you can use Garnet Gemstone Mousse in your next project.
First give your candle holders a good clean with White Lightning to remove any oil or dirt. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue. If your surface is slick make sure to use Slick Stick before the next step.
Start by painting the candle holders in Caviar to create a base coat. After painting each candle holder, put it aside and let it dry.
Next I gave the Gemstone Mousse a good shake to mix the pigments. I used a synthetic brush to apply a thin coat of the Mousse over the candle holder, making sure to push it into the details. Initially wanted to have some of the black (Caviar) peeking through but I loved the look of having these candle holders completely painted in Garnet. I let the candle holder dry overnight and let it cure.
Finally, once my candle holders were dry, I used a shop rag to gently buff them to add some sheen and remove any residue.
Garnet is the perfect colour for the fall or the holiday season. It can be used to elevate the look of items like picture frames, mirrors, furniture or even Christmas decorations!
This was so easy to do and only took four steps. Now, find a spot in your home to glam up your fall or holiday decor. Happy painting!
Decorating for Halloween is a great way to have some fun, get creative and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A thrifty way to decorate is to head first to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store to see what you can find.
On one of my trips I found some pool noodles and was inspired to create a spooky Halloween wreath. Here are the materials and steps I took, so you can create your own thrifted Halloween wreath too!
Place the pool noodle on your tablecloth. Cut out enough of the tablecloth to wrap around the noodle.
First, attach each end of the tablecloth to the ends of the noodle. Use the glue gun to add a drop of glue to hold the tablecloth in place.
Glue the rest of the tablecloth around the width of the noodle until the whole tablecloth is wrapped tightly around the noodle.
Take the two ends of the noodle and put them together to make a circle. Use the electrical tape and tape it into place to create a wreath form.
Decorate your wreath with flowers, decor, flameless candles and glue it into place.
Now turn on your flameless candles and place your spooky noodle wreath on your front door! Happy thrifting!
Painting furniture is fun and so easy to do. However, occasionally we can run into a project that can be a little tricky and require an extra step or two.
This dining table was one of those pieces. My plan was to paint it but with the finish on it peeling and easily scratching off, the paint was not going to adhere. Painting over an unstable surface is problematic.
If you happen to have a project with the paint or finish peeling off, don’t worry, I have some great tips to help you make your project a success. Here are the steps to take and materials to use if you are working with a tricky piece.
The first step is to remove the finish (paint or topcoat). Use your favourite furniture stripper, wear gloves, grab your spatula and follow the product instructions. Once you have removed the unstable surface use a damp shop rag to remove any of the residue from the stripper.
Once dry, use your hand sander to remove any residue that may have been missed and to give your surface a smooth feel. The goal is to remove the unstable finish. Use a damp shop rag to remove any dust and let it dry.
With the original surface now removed, it’s time to start over. Since the table was laminate I used Slick Stick first over the whole table top to help the paint adhere. After 2 hours, I applied another coat and left it to dry overnight.
I was cautious about the possibility of bleed through (the tannins in the wood causing brown or yellow spots in your painted surface) coming through the Slick Stick. Since I didn’t have any bleed through, I was able to move onto my next step. If you do notice any bleed through on your furniture stop and apply Boss over your surface before moving on to the next step.
With my surface now properly prepped, I began painting the whole top in Cotton. Once dry I applied another coat and let it dry for approximately 2 hours.
Since this was my dining table I wanted extra durability and used Gator hide over my painted surface. For a seamless finish I used the blue sponge applicator to apply it. After a couple of hours, I applied another coat for more durability. After approximately 21 to 30 days my surface had cured.
I am so happy with how my table turned out. It has been transformed from a peeling and worn tabletop to a crisp, clean surface with a durable finish that won’t peel or scratch off.
Every so often we can run into tricky pieces like this table. Following these steps and using these materials will help you salvage your piece and create something beautiful and long lasting. Happy painting!
The leaves have started to change colour, the nights are getting cooler, fall is finally here! It’s time to start thinking about bringing some fall inspired thrifted finds into our homes. I love hitting my local Salvation Army thrift store whenever I am looking for unique and fun items. Check out what I found on my latest trip and thrift haul to get you inspired.
Everyone needs a favourite mug. Whether you are a coffee or tea drinker, this fun coffee mug will help get you ready for early morning wake ups.
Cozy Craft Corner
Looking to pick up a new hobby or need materials for a crafty idea? Thrifting is a great option to try out something new or to find inexpensive materials. This paint by number kit would be a fun craft to complete, or pick up some yarn and learn how to knit.
Bring a calming feel into your space with a trio of thrifted candles.
Setting The Dinner Scene
These gorgeous warm yellow West Elm bowls are the perfect way to serve warm pumpkin soups or stews.
This gorgeous moody, bold, floral tablecloth is right on trend and would be a beautiful contrast against the yellow bowls or other autumn inspired colours.
Fall Flower Power
Creating a fall flower arrangement is so easy to do. A thrifted vase, a bunch of grocery store flowers and this thrifted gold artificial arrangement is all you need to make a beautiful arrangement.
Make a colourful impact on your front door with a thrifted autumn wreath.
Make sure to head to your local thrift store to get fall ready with some great finds. Happy thrifting!
Creative inspiration can come from anywhere. I was stuck on where to go with this outdated side table, but after watching “Motel Makeover” a series on Netflix documenting a motel renovation, I was so inspired. I knew exactly how to transform this table. The vintage 70’s feel, the warm tones of the corals, terracotta and rusty reds, reminiscent of late summer sunset that they used in the Motel Makeover's colour palette, was the perfect vibe for this table.
Here is what you need and how to create this warm, fun, vintage feel for your next project.
Give your furniture a quick prep. Use White Lightning to remove any grease or residue, give it a scuff sand with 220 sandpaper and wipe off with a damp shop rag.
Use Dixie Belle Mud and a spatula to fill in any holes or damage. Let dry it completely and sand to a smooth finish.
Since my surface is laminate and very shiny, I applied a coat of Slick Stick to the whole surface to help the paint adhere. After 2 hours, I applied another coat and then let it dry overnight.
I wanted to replicate an abstract, curvy, vintage 70’s design on the table top. I used an image I found online for inspiration and as my guide to free hand my design on my table top. I used a pencil to create my design over the whole table top, making sure to give it a flowy look.
Pro tip- Don’t be afraid to try out a free hand design. Abstract art does not have to be perfect. Keep an eraser on hand in case you feel the need to change your design and have fun.
To replicate the colours of a late summer sunset, I used a fine artist brush to apply paint colours in Lemonade, Terracotta, Apricot, Flamingo and Rusty Nail on each of the curves. I continued this sequence of colours until the tabletop was completely painted. Once dry, I applied another coat of each colour and painted the base of the table in Saltwater.
I sanded the top of my table to give it a smooth finish, wiped off the residue and used the blue sponge to apply a coat of Glossy Clear Coat. Once dry, I applied another coat of Clear Coat and let it dry.
I love how this end table turned out! The curvy, 70’s vintage feel, and the combination of warm corals, rusty red and soft yellow is reminiscent of late summer sunset. This is a fun way to try out freehanding a design. Happy painting!
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to add a little fall flair to your decor! I was so inspired by Dixie Belle's gorgeous new fall colours and had the perfect DIY to use them in. Here is how you can use these rich colours and transfers to create a fall centerpiece.
Clean the pumpkins with White Lightning to remove any oil and grease. Wipe off with a damp rag and let dry.
Since the surface is slick, apply a coat of Slick Stick to your pumpkins. Let it dry for 2 hours and then apply another coat. Let the Slick Stick dry overnight.
Paint each pumpkin in one of Suzanne’s fall colours- Cashmere, Juniper, Merlot, Latte and Pumpkin Spice. To get the best result, after approximately 30 to 45 minutes apply another coat of paint to each pumpkin to get a highly saturated colour. Let the paint dry overnight.
I love the Alice transfer and cut out a few small transfers to add more detail. Working with one pumpkin at a time, I pulled back the white backing and placed the adhesive side down. Rub it in place with your hand and then burnish it with the applicator. Gently pull back the adhesive, leaving the image on the surface of the pumpkin. Use your finger to gently rub the transfer into place.
Now find a spot on your dining room table or on a mantel and create a grouping or fall centerpiece. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired. Happy crafting!
An organic fall feel
A modern take