I love trying out new products and was thrilled when Dixie Belle released their new Silkscreen Stencils from their Belles & Whistles line. Silkscreen stencils are a great addition to your DIY project. They are easy to use, adding visual interest to your project. Each package contains three 8" x 10" sheets with 7 design styles to choose from.
They are so easy to work with, they have an adhesive backing so no tape is needed when securing it in place. The silkscreen creates a crisp, clean, highly detailed stenciled image, without the worry of your paint bleeding through your stencil. Silkscreen stencils can be used with paint, gel mousse or gilding waxes on surfaces like furniture, decor and even fabric. They can be reused up to 8 to 10 times. Here is how I used the Silkscreen stencil and transfer to transform a thrifted pitcher and bowl into farmhouse decor. Here is what you need and how to use it.
I started by cleaning the pitcher and the bowl with white lightning, wiped with a damp rag and let it dry.
Since the surface of the pitcher and the bowl were very slick, I applied Slick Stick to help the paint adhere. I painted both pieces and left it dry for 2 hours. Once dried, I added another coat and left it to dry overnight.
Using my synthetic brush, I painted one coat of Fluff on both the pitcher and the bowl. After about 30- 45 minutes, I applied another coat of Fluff and let it dry.
My plan was to place the silkscreen in the middle of the bowl. I started by peeling off the white backing of the stencil and placed it aside. I put the stencil in the middle of the bowl and made sure to press it firmly to help it adhere to the surface. I placed a small amount of paint on a paper plate and used the Thing.a.mig.jig to evenly spread the paint over the entire stencil. For best results, make sure that you place your Thing.a.mig.jig at a 45 degree angle. Wipe off any excess paint with the Thing.a.mig.jig.
I carefully remove the stencil while the paint is still wet. Then let it dry. Once you're done, clean your stencil with soap and water to remove the paint and allow it to dry, adhesive side up. Once dry, place your stencil back on the white backing.
I decided to add a small furniture transfer to the pitcher. I cut out a small transfer to go in the middle of the pitcher. I placed the adhesive side down and rubbed it into place with my hand. Once it was secured in place, I burnished it with the applicator. I gently pulled back the transfer paper, leaving the image on the surface. I added some Best Dang Wax in clear to add some sheen and softness to the pitcher and bowl.
That’s it, Silkscreens and transfers are so easy to use. Make sure to try them out on your next project. Happy painting!
Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint and Silk All In One Mineral are beautiful paints to use on your DIY projects. You can achieve any style from rustic, to a coastal feel, to a sleek contemporary vibe. It is easy to use and creates a beautiful smooth finish. However, if you find it difficult to get a sleek finish without the brush strokes, I have 3 great tips for you to help.
The type of brush you use will have a big impact on your paint finish. Synthetic and natural bristle brushes are two commonly used brushes in furniture refinishing. A natural bristle brush will give lots of texture. It’s a great option for rustic finishes but not when trying to avoid brushstrokes.
Use a synthetic brush, the soft bristles will leave a smooth finish without any brushstrokes.
It’s also important to ensure that you are using good quality synthetic brushes. Inexpensive brushes can be coarse, causing lots of brushstrokes. Good quality synthetic brushes will last longer, are more absorbent, hold more paint, and are a dream to use to give an even finish. Here are some of my favourite Dixie Belle brushes to use.
Dixie Belle Paint Synthetic Brushes
2. Paint Application
How you apply your paint onto a surface can really affect your paint finish. If you are applying your paint in several directions on a surface you will create texture and brushstrokes. Additionally, painting in small sections on a large surface like the top of a long dresser will show very clearly where you (started and finished your paint strokes) stopped and where you started painting.
To minimize brush strokes, apply your paint in long even back and forth strokes over the length of your piece, and not the width. When using Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint use a Continuous Spray Mister to help smooth out your paint. The Mister will help the paint move more freely while giving you a seamless finish. When applying Silk All In One Mineral paint make sure that you have enough paint on your brush to get to the opposite end of your surface from where you started. Do a final finishing stroke to smooth it out before moving on to the next section.
3.Relax & Don’t Overwork it!
One of the biggest culprits of getting brushstrokes in your finish is overworking the paint. Going back over a spot that is almost dry will cause texture. This can be really frustrating, as the more you try to "fix it" the worse it gets. Here are a few ways to deal with this.
Remember the great thing about painting furniture with quality products like Dixie Belle paint is that mishaps can be easily fixed. Have fun and happy painting!
Using a mirror in your home is a great solution to reflect more light in a dark space. It can give a small space the illusion of being bigger, and can create a beautiful focal point. That is why I was so excited when I found this wooden mirror at my local thrift shop. It was very tired looking and outdated but I knew that it could be easily transformed into more of a modern, industrial feel with some paint.
Do you find painting a mirror a little daunting? You may feel that painting a mirror may be too much work with having to carefully place painter's tape between the frame and the mirror, trying to avoid getting paint on your mirror. I will show you how you can easily paint a mirror without the hassle of using tape or worrying about getting paint on the mirror. Here is what you need and how you can paint your mirror for your next DIY project.
Always start your project off on the right foot and make sure to prep first. I used White Lightning to remove dirt and residue, gave the wood a quick scuff sand with a sanding pad and wiped off residue with a damp rag.
I used Silk All In One Mineral paint since it goes on smooth and does not require a topcoat. Using a smaller round 1" brush offers more control while cutting in tight areas. I gave the paint a good shake and began applying paint to the mirror.
To help avoid getting paint on the mirror, use a piece of paper and slide it between the mirror and frame.
If you get paint on the mirror, just use a damp cloth to wipe it off while it’s still wet. It will come off easily.
Apply the paint in long strokes to avoid any brushstrokes.
Pro tip- when painting pieces with lots of molding and corners, make sure to check for paint pooling every so often, and before moving on to your next section.
Continue painting until your mirror has one coat.
Once your paint is dry (approximately 2 hours) add another coat of paint. Be sure to follow steps outlined in step 2 to help avoid brushstrokes and paint pooling in the corners. It will take another 2 hours to dry, and 30 days to fully cure to a durable finish.
This orangey, outdated mirror has been easily transformed into a sleek, contemporary, industrial statement piece that has brightened up my stairwell landing. So put aside the painter’s tape and try out these great tips on your next DIY project. Happy painting!
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With summer winding down, it’s time to start getting ready to head back to school. Whether you are heading to a new apartment, dorm room or need to create a workspace in your home, thrifting is an inexpensive way to furnish and decorate your space. Here are some great finds from my local Salvation Army to inspire you!
This black faux leather office chair is on trend and will keep you extra comfortable while working on your assignments.
Make a statement by bringing in large scale artwork into your space.
Need a quick pick me up the next morning after a late night study session? Get the day started off right with the perfect coffee mug.
You don’t have to be an art major to add this wooden mannequin to your decor. Place it on your desk or bookshelf for a bit of whimsy.
Thrift stores always have a great selection of furniture. If it needs an update, you can easily paint it in a fun colour with one of the many furniture paint brands on the market.
Thrifting for dishware is a great way to find colourful and unique dishes.
Ride to class in style with a thrifted cruiser!
There are so many great finds to help you get ready for school. Head to your local Salvation Army thrift store to see what you can find. Happy thrifting!
📣Big announcement time! 📣 When I started my new life as a DIY coach and decor expert, I'd never have known how my life and my calling would evolve. I started this journey by opening my shop--Bluebird Upcycle--and I thought that was going to be the core of my work. At Bluebird, we have sold you the paint and tools to DIY your treasures for years now. Bluebird gave me the chance to showcase my skills and learn new ones. But what I didn't expect was that slowly, my work became less about the paint and more about sharing knowledge and expertise.
For months now, my team knew that the shop was becoming less important than the other work I do--that's why I launched Erin Rochon Design. Under my new brand, I have been guest-blogging on DIY sites, television, and in magazines. I have been busy with interior decor consultations. I've expanded my focus well beyond paint.
So we've made the exciting and bittersweet decision that it is time to say goodbye to the Bluebird Upcycle shop. As of September 30th, I'll be closing the doors on Bluebird, and focusing 110% on Erin Rochon Design. Erin Rochon Design will offer more content, workshops, consultations, and design planning; we'll be making more videos, articles, and tutorials for everyone. We'll still help you choose and find the best paint and tools for your DIY projects, by referring you to partnering shops and retailers. And as we phase out paint sales, we'll be offering DIY kits of all sorts through my website.
The next 60 days will be full of exciting announcements, workshop dates, new offerings and a big street sale; so click on the link in my bio to my website and join our mailing list to keep informed! Our new website is being built as we speak and we can't wait to share it with you.
Also: expect a big paint sale announcement tomorrow!
August 5, 2021 by Julia Weaver
It’s no secret that our day-to-day life can be overwhelming and hectic, and sometimes it seems that there aren’t enough minutes in the day to get through our to-do lists.
No matter where you live – be it Vancouver, CA, Tucson, AZ, or anywhere in between, life is busy. For some people, bringing inner peace and balance into their everyday life is just wishful thinking. However, small changes over time can make a big difference. Maybe it’s creating a calm and inviting home, spending 10 minutes each morning reading a novel, or dedicating a space in your home to find peace. Here are 9 tried-and-true ways to find inner peace and balance at home – straight from the experts themselves.
Transform your space into your very own meditation studio
Turn your home into a private meditation studio – no pillows, candles, or masks necessary. All you need to do is cast the Unplug Meditation app to your TV using Airplay. With highly curated video-based content on the big screen, you will instantly feel like an expert meditation teacher is inside your home, guiding you to feel peace, presence, and positivity. – Unplug Meditation
Create a warm and inviting environment to find inner peace
It can be hard to relax and let your mind settle if your decor clashes, or even something as simple as having the wrong temperature light bulb. Many people don’t realize that you can get different temperature light bulbs and end up with one space with a variety of tones or just the wrong tone for their intent. To create an environment of peace and comfort, you would want to go with light temperatures around 3200k giving you a warm honey-like tone. If you’re wanting a more sterile and cold feeling, then 5600k would be better. Don’t forget, all the lights in one area should be the same temperature. – Cory Simmon, owner of A Lamp and Fixture Corp.
Give yourself time to have space in your mind and home
When we think of meditation, we may have the idea that we have to carve out hours of time and block out all of our thoughts. And then, when we still think during our meditation, when our mind becomes distracted, or we are not able to sit for hours (or even 40 minutes), we relegate our belief in ourselves as a meditator, that we are a failure. We might view our meditation practice in the same category as trying to clean up our junk drawer. Instead, set up one-minute meditation breaks for yourself. Start training your mind to embrace empty space. Begin with a minute and then extend it to five minutes, and then maybe 10. Recognize that if your mind wanders, that’s okay. Sometimes part of our meditation practice is to allow our mind to wander. Creative thoughts can be part of our meditation practice. You could even sit in a room, allow your gaze to soften, and see everything around you differently. You might recognize where you really want your plants to be, how to arrange your books on your bookshelf or other ideas. – LA Yoga
All you need is a space to call your own
Finding inner peace can be hard when you’re at home with others surrounding you or possibly limited space. Here are a few of our best tips to help create inner peace and comfort at home. Find a location or spot in your house that is just for you (it can even be your closet) and clear space so that you have room to lay down, sit on a cushion or practice some movement. Find a meditation cushion (or couch pillow), a soothing scented candle or incense to burn when you begin- this will help trigger your body and mind that you are entering your safe and calming space. Commit to 10 minutes a day (if you can) to spend time laying down or seated and just focus on your breath- 3 counts in, 5 counts out or pick a word (peace, calm, acceptance) to repeat as you breathe. Keep the mind on the breath and when it starts to wander, come back to the count. – Buka Yoga
Create a morning ritual that works for you
In the same way that you may turn inward during a yoga or meditation practice, your home can be a place of refuge. We’ve incorporated colors, designs, and decor that make us feel at ease in our space. Our homes are a place to retreat from the outside world. To find inner peace each morning, start the day with an inspirational book and a soothing beverage of your choice. A morning ritual can facilitate calm and peaceful feelings. – Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga
Set up a reading nook
One of my favorite pastimes is curling up on my couch to a great book with a cup of tea or glass of wine. Globally diverse books have the power to transport us to the beaches of Cape Town, the mountains of the Himalayas, Parisian cafes, and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Set up a reading nook for you and your family with a comfy couch or bean bag complete with fluffy pillows and a cozy throw blanket. Add a snack basket with favorite treats or even a tea station just for you, then fill a small bookshelf or basket with books set in different parts of the world. -Bunmi Emenanjo, founder of Atlas Book Club, a book subscription box company focused on globally diverse children’s books.
Reconnect with everyday objects or sounds
At particular moments during the day, we can choose to give our undivided attention to what we are doing, this can be a great way to reconnect with our bodies and become more mindful. Choose an object or sound with which you come into contact every day. This might be a bunch of keys, a pen, a door handle, or the sound of your phone notifications. Whenever you hear the sound or encounter the object, stop for a moment and reconnect with your body. This involves noticing the breath as it enters the body and taking a moment just to be still. You’ll find inner peace in no time. – MindEasy
Immerse yourself in a book to find inner peace
The best way to find inner peace at home is to immerse yourself in a really good book. Reading is a peaceful activity for every season, whether you’re enjoying your favorite story lounging outdoors in the shade, or curled up by the fireplace. – Tattered Cover Book Store
Relax and unwind with a creative DIY project for your home
Adding creativity into your life is not only a great way to relax, unwind but is also very therapeutic. Find a comfortable spot in your home, try out knitting or embroidery, paint a tired piece of furniture to transform it into a statement piece, or check out Pinterest to find a creative DIY. Once you have created your DIY make sure to find a great place to showcase your creation for your friends and family to see. – Erin Rochon Design
I found this vintage ceramic bust on one of my trips to my local Salvation Army Thrift store. I had a great DIY I wanted to try out to transform this find into an aged, faux cement bust.
Here is what you need and how you can transform thrifted decor with this effect.
I cleaned the ceramic bust with dish soap to remove any dirt or residue.
One dry, you can use either a spray primer or any other adhesion product. I used Ultra Grip since I had some on hand and applied it to the whole bust. This step will ensure the paint adheres. Make sure to follow instructions for drying time.
Pour a small amount of grey paint onto your wax paper. I used approximately half a scoop of Sea Spray (texture additive) and mixed it until it had a peanut butter consistency. This will add texture to the paint, giving the bust a rustic, aged look.
Make sure to make lots of brushstrokes when painting the bust.
Once it’s completely painted, let the paint dry.
To add some depth, I applied clear wax over the bust and then wiped away the excess. I then applied a small amount of black wax to add definition, working it into the cracks and details. I wiped off the excess wax with a shop rag.
And that’s it! This was a quick and easy DIY transforming this vintage find into an aged, faux ceramic bust. Make sure to try this out on your next DIY project. Happy thrifting!
Paint can help make incredible transformations. It can take a tired, outdated piece of furniture and transform it into a gorgeous, swoon worthy statement piece. Did you know that you can also use it to transform fabric? I love painting fabric, it is so easy to do.
I found this cute little stool ready for an update on one of my trips to my local thrift store. The fabric was in good condition but it was very outdated. Here are the materials and steps you need to know to paint fabric on your next DIY project.
Since the fabric was clean, it only needed a quick wipe down with damp cloth. If your fabric requires more of a cleaning, just use a gentle dish soap and a scrub brush to clean it and let it dry.
I used the Continuous Spray mister to spray water on the fabric to help open up the fibres to take in the paint. Make sure your fabric is damp and not soaked. For heavier fabric piles, you may need to give it a little extra mist of water.
I used Sea glass from Dixie Belle Paint, a gorgeous soft green with a hint of blue. Using my Belle brush, I applied the paint directly onto the fabric. I applied the paint in a back and forth motion, moving from one side to the other. This helped the paint go on smoothly and avoided any brushstrokes. After I completed painting the whole seat I left it to dry.
After a couple of hours the paint was dry. Before applying another coat, I gently sanded the surface to give it a smooth finish. I applied another coat of Seaglass, occasionally misting with my Continuous spray mister to help get a smooth finish. Once I completely painted the seat I left it to dry.
The final coat dried within an hour and had amazing coverage, only requiring two coats. However you may need to do another coat of paint or two to get full coverage if you are using a light paint colour over a dark fabric.
I gave it a light sand and then sprayed Easy Peasy spray wax over the entire seat, spreading it with a shop rag. Make sure to shake your wax well first. It was dry in 30 minutes and completely cured in 6 hours. You can apply another coat if needed.
I prepped and painted the remainder of the stool in 2 coats of Putty. Once dry I applied Best Dang Wax in brown to give it some depth and softness.
It was so fun and was easy to do! The fabric was not rough but was soft and had almost a leather feel to it. Do you have some tired fabric that needs a little love? Make sure to try out painting fabric on your next project. Happy painting!
Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax has a beautiful consistency and is perfect product to give your painted piece a slight sheen with a soft and silky feel. It comes in clear and four tinted shades- white, black, brown, grunge gray and is water based.
Using the tinted shades of waxes, can be a gorgeous addition to any piece. They can be used to add depth, highlight details or to create a different look and style of a piece. Waxes can be fun to play with however some may find using the darker shades of wax intimidating to work with. In this blog I will give you 3 tips on how you can master using tinted waxes on your next project.
One of my favourite brushes to use when applying waxes is La Petite brush. The smaller size makes it easier to get into tight spaces. The pointed tip helps to target areas and get into the intricate details of your piece. Best Dang brush is a must for applying wax on larger pieces.
2.Controlling The Wax
White, Brown, Black and Grunge Grey can be applied right over most colours. It can make a dramatic impact on dark or mid tone colours like reds, blues, greys and black. However, applying dark wax onto light colours can really change the whole look.
A pro tip to give you great control when applying dark tinted wax is to apply Best Dang Clear wax first and work in small sections. Using your Clear wax first will help create a barrier, avoiding your darker wax to penetrate completely into your porous painted surface. This will give you more control and working in smaller sections will help the wax stay maneuverable. Clear wax can also be used to remove black or brown wax if you find that you have applied too much.
Paint colour Fluff- Right side just has brown wax applied over the white paint, the left side had clear applied first and then brown wax.
Clear wax applied over the left side to remove dark wax for a more subtle look.
3. Wipe Away The Excess
Before moving on to your next section make sure to wipe back any excess wax. This will avoid your piece from feeling tacky after. I always do a touch test to ensure that the finish is smooth and not tacky before moving on to my next section.
These 3 tips will help you master using any colour of Best Dang Wax to create beautiful effects. Have fun and try out black wax on blues, greens or grey for a smoky, elegant effect. To create a beautiful rustic patina try out brown wax or for a weathered grey look try out grunge grey.
Which colour do you see yourself using on your next project? Get creative and happy painting!
I love big transformations! I was thrilled when I found this bowl on one of my trips to my local thrift store. I have wanted to try out Dixie Belle Patina products and this bowl was the perfect piece to create a dramatic transformation. Dixie Belle Patina products will transform decor and even furniture into a rusty, aged look.
Here is how I transformed this bright, kitschy bowl into a Primitive inspired patina effect using Dixie Belle Patina products.
Clean your bowl with White Lightning to remove any grease or residue.
Since this bowl was ceramic, I applied a thin layer of Slick Stick over the whole bowl to help the paint adhere. After 2 hours, I applied another coat and let it sit overnight.
I poured a small amount of Collard Greens paint onto the wax paper. I mixed approximately half a scoop of Sea Spray into the paint until it had a peanut butter consistency. Using a natural bristle brush, I applied the paint in a cross hatch pattern. Click here to watch a video on how to apply your paint in a cross hatch pattern. I wanted lots of texture to give the bowl a very rustic feel. Once dry, I gently dry brushed Pine Cone around the bottom of the bowl to add some definition.
I shook the Iron Patina paint very well and dabbed it along the edging of the whole bowl.
I used Bronze Patina paint dabbing it around the bottom of the bowl, leaving a slight space from the Iron. Make sure not to mix the two Patina paints together.
After the paint was dry, I dabbed another coat of Iron Patina paint over my first coat. Working in small sections (approximately ¼ section of the bowl), while the paint was still wet, I sprayed the Patina spray into a cup. Using a brush I dabbed the green patina into the Iron paint. By applying it with a brush, I was able to control the application and give it a different look. I continued to complete the rest of the bowl, alternating between spraying the green patina in some sections and dabbing it in others.
I followed the same steps, apply the Bronze paint and alternated between spraying and dabbing the green patina. Then I waited for the transformation to begin!
What I love about the patina is how it can transform beautifully over time.
Shortly after applying the green patina
4 hours later- I decided to add some Iron Patina paint in the center of the bowl and after the second coat I sprayed the Patina spray, letting the puddle slightly. I left it to dry overnight.
After 24 hours
After 24 hours there was quite a transformation. To add some depth and showcase the gorgeous orange tones of the rust, I used a small brush to lightly blend a small amount of black Gilding Wax around the edges of the patina areas.
I was so amazed with the transformation! From a kitschy thrift store bowl, into a gorgeous, heavy patinated bowl that looks like it has aged over 100 years. I love using the Patina products and watching how it would continue to transform over several hours. Make sure to try out Dixie Belle Patina paints and spray on your next DIY project and have some fun. Happy painting!