Neutral tones and organic elements in design are always on trend. I was so inspired by the warm tones and texture of these Pottery Barn vases and wanted to replicate the look.
Photo credit Pottery Barn
Did you know that a simple glass vase can be transformed into a well worn aged patina with Dixie Belle Paint? Here is how you can do it.
Clean your vase to remove any dirt or residue with White Lightning. Wipe down with clean water and let it dry.
Apply a thin coat of Slick Stick on the whole vase. After 2 hours apply another coat and let it dry overnight.
Pour some Drop Cloth onto your wax paper or a paper plate. Add approximately ½ a scoop of Sea Spray and mix well. Mix thoroughly until the mixture has a brownie batter consistency.
Use your brush to apply the paint mixture over the whole vase. Apply the paint in a crosshatch pattern, up and down, side to side to get more texture. I layered on more paint around the bottom and top of the vase for more texture. Let your paint dry overnight.
Use your wax paper as a paint palette and pour all of your colours onto the paper. Using your Best Dang brush, gently dab it into Pine Cone and wipe off excess. Apply the paint in small circular motions around the top rim of the vase. I wanted to have more patina around the top and the bottom of the vase and layered more heavily on those areas. I then gradually faded the colour towards the middle of the vase. To keep my vase looking authentic, I occasionally use the Pottery Barn vases as my inspiration.
I applied some of the mid tone colours such as Putty, Sawmill Gravy and a little Spanish Moss in the center of the vase. To keep the paint moving, I used my Continuous Spray Mister to blend it out with my Best Dang Brush. I continued to layer on colour until I was happy with the result.
To add some depth I applied a small amount of Coffee Bean and dabbed it around the rim and the bottom of the vase. I dabbed a small amount of Drop Cloth in some areas to add some brightness.
Once dry I used my La Petite brush to apply Best Dang Wax in Clear to add some softness. After 15 minutes I gave my vase a gentle buff to add some sheen.
I am so happy with how my vase turned out. For more of an impact, I transformed 2 more vases to create a grouping for display. This is a really fun DIY to layer colour and build texture. Make sure to find the perfect spot to showcase your gorgeous aged Pottery Barn inspired vase. Happy painting!
Thrifting for home decor is an inexpensive way to have fun with design trends or to add a new colour palette into your home. I make sure to hit my local Salvation Army Thrift store often to see what I can find. I have found several amazing items, here are a few of my favourites.
I love adding metallics into my space, this brass stag was the perfect addition
I needed a plant stand for my growing plant collection and found this ceramic column. It was a little tired looking at first but I was able to easily update it with a quick coat of paint.
I found these gorgeous pillows on one of my trips, while I was looking for decor to change up my colour palette. The blue tones and patterns were the perfect addition to my space. I couldn’t resist these cute dog pillows.
I loved the colour and the scale of this beautiful vase. Perfect on its own or styled with Pampas grass.
Sid Dickens Memory Blocks
I found this stunning artwork hidden underneath some pictures. These memory blocks are handcrafted by Canadian artist Sid Dickens, based out of Vancouver. Each block is unique, handcrafted with reclaimed wood and plaster. These were such an amazing find!
Make sure to head to your local thrift store to find some great decor. Happy thrifting!
Have you ever lost your creative vision on a project? I have had this tired, half finished hutch filled with my tax receipts sitting in my home for some time now. I lost my creative vision and I stopped working on it.
When Dixie Belle recently introduced their new line of transfers from Belles and Whistles line, I was so inspired! The Magnolia transfer was the perfect addition to this hutch, I was so excited to try it out. Here is how you can create this look using this gorgeous transfer on your next project.
Even though I had previously painted this hutch, I wanted to start off on the right foot. I gave it a quick prep by cleaning it with White Lightning, scuff sanded with 220 sandpaper and wiped off residue with a damp rag.
My plan was to create a blended technique, using Antebellum Blue on the bottom and Haint Blue on the rest of the hutch. Using my La Petite brush, I painted the bottom section in Antebellum Blue to create a base coat before I began blending.
Using my Belle brush I painted the remainder of the hutch in Haint Blue leaving a slight space between both colours.
Once my paint was dry, I applied my second coat of each colour. Using my Best Dang brush, I began blending each colour slowly and misting with the Continuous Spray bottle. I blended my paint in a circular motion, side to side, up and down to blend out any lines in my finish. Once I was happy with the result I let my paint dry.
I used a fine artist brush to apply Steel Magnolia on the moldings.
My plan was to use the Magnolia Transfers on the doors of the hutch. I cut out the images and taped them up on the doors to help me decide on placement. It is a great way to try out different transfer placements.
Once I was happy with the layout, I removed the white backing from the transfer and applied the adhesive side of the transfer to the surface. Make sure you keep the white backing on until you are about to apply it. Once you place it on the surface it can not be repositioned.
I gently rubbed it on with my hand until it adhered. Starting from the outside edge, working inward, I used the tool to gently rub the transfer onto the surface. I gently lifted the paper to ensure it had adhered. I continued this process until I had all of my transfers on my hutch.
For an added impact I used Golden Gem Gemstone Mousse on the hardware and painted the inside of the bottom of the hutch in Plum Crazy for a bold contrast.
I applied 2 coats of Clear Coat in Satin over the whole hutch for durability and to seal the transfers.
I am so happy with how this hutch turned out. Haint Blue and Antebellum Blue are so beautiful blended together, they make the perfect colour palette for the Magnolia transfers. The transfers can be added to any project regardless of the size and make such a big impact. Make sure to try them out on your next project! Happy painting!
Looking for a new technique to try out on your next DIY project, then try out Decoupage. Decoupage is a technique where you apply paper to a surface using an adhesive medium. It is a great way to make a big impact on your next DIY project.
I was thrilled when Dixie Belle recently released their gorgeous Premium Rice Decoupage Papers from their Belles and Whistles line. I had the perfect project to try them out on. Here are the steps and materials I used so you can try out this technique on your next project too.
I gave this cute table a quick prep. I lightly scuff sanded, cleaned with White Lightning and then wiped off any residue with a damp cloth.
I used the Colourful Tiles Rice Decoupage paper for my table top and paired it with Bunker Hill Blue. They paired beautifully together. I painted the table in 2 coats of paint.
I wanted to keep the crispness of the beautifuls colours of the Decoupage paper. I painted the table top in white so the brightness would come through the paper.
I used 2 decoupage papers and trimmed them to fit the table top. To help with my paper placement, I added a faint line with my pencil on my table top to help guide me.
I gently stirred my Satin Clear Coat and began applying a thin layer in the area where I was going to place my first decoupage paper.
Moving quickly, I placed my first paper on my table. I was able to gently adjust the paper to get it to the right spot.
I smoothed out the surface with my hand, removing any wrinkles and bubbles. Make sure to be gentle so your paper doesn’t tear.
Occasionally I reapplied the Clear Coat in some areas if it dried or was not adhering. For the remaining section of my table, I added Clear Coat and applied my paper following the same steps as my first section.
I removed any wrinkles, making sure the whole paper was adhering to the table top. I applied Clear Coat over the whole table top.
What I loved about these Rice papers is once the Clear Coat is applied, it saturates the paper giving it better adhesion to your surface. Once dry I applied another coat. You can also use Gator Hide if you want a more durable, water repellent finish.
I ended up carefully cutting off the excess paper I had on the sides of the table with an exacto knife for a more defined table top. I applied a thin coat of Gold Digger on some of the details to make them pop.
I love how this table turned out! Make sure to try out Decoupage on your next project. Happy painting!
Thrifting for furniture is one of my favourite things to do. It’s a great way to find good quality furniture that is inexpensive. It is so easy to transform your furniture, here are my top 5 favourite furniture flips that I found thrifting at my local Salvation Army Thrift store.
This 70’s end table was a fun transformation. I used Dixie Belle paint company matte black. I used gold gilding on the hardware and details to give it an elegant feel.
I used Fusion Mineral Paint color Limestone and decoupaged the palm leaf gift wrap to my Golden Girl inspired dresser.
I used 3 different Country Chic paint colours to create this whimsical blended bench. I even painted the vinyl seat!
I blended this beauty with 4 different pinks and purples from the FAT paint company. I added a floral transfer to create a big impact.
This tired mid century modern dresser was transformed into a statement piece. Painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in a fresh, bold geometric pattern.
Refinishing furniture is a fun, creative way to make a big impact in your space. Make sure to hit your local thrift store to thrift and transform your own furniture. Happy painting!
I love trying out new products and was thrilled when Dixie Belle launched their new Gemstone Mousse. These gorgeous metallic colours come in 4 highly pigmented metallic shades, Golden Gem, Diamond, Amber and Garnet. They are water based and have a rich, creamy texture. They are a great product for those with environmental sensitivities, since they are non toxic and don’t smell.
This gorgeous ornate console was the perfect piece to use Gemstone Mousse on. Here is how I did it!
Prepping is the most important step when painting furniture. I started by giving it a quick scuff sand and then removed the dust with a damp rag. I used White Lightning to clean the console and used a damp clean rag to wipe off residue.
Once dry, I applied Putty as a base coat.
Once my base coat was dry, I applied a coat of Steel Magnolia with the Scarlet brush for a smooth finish. I applied a second coat once my first was dry.
I painted the basket weave pattern on the console in Silver Bullet.
I gave the Diamond and Golden Gem Gemstone Mousse a good shake and stirred it until it had a creamy, smooth texture. Using a fine artist brush, I used a small amount and brushed it evenly on the legs and details of the console. A little goes a long way. After 30 minutes it was dry.
For extra durability I applied Dixie Belle flat Clear Coat.
That’s it! That is how you can easily use Gemstone Mousse on your next project to add some flair. It is so easy to apply and makes a big impact on your project. You can use Gemstone Mousse on furniture, hardware, stencils and Dixie Belle Silkscreen Stencils. Make sure to try some out on your next project. Happy painting!
Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather and flowers in bloom, it’s a time to refresh and recharge. Changing up your decor in the Spring is a great way to refresh your space. An easy way to find unique and inexpensive Spring decor is to hit your local Thrift Store. I headed to my local Salvation Army Thrift store to see what I could find. Here are a few items I found on one of my trips.
These whimsical plates would be beautiful as art on your wall.
Rattan furniture is back and is a big trend in design. This side table would be a great addition on a patio or to display your plants.
Fill this mason jar beverage dispenser with cucumbers and mint to keep hydrated in the warmer months.
Enjoy the warm weather and eat outside without having to worry about bugs getting into your food with this food tent.
Change up your dinnerware with these gorgeous plates.
Take some time to enjoy a cup of tea with this cute teapot and tea cups.
Head to your local thrift store to refresh your decor for spring. Happy Thrifting!
Painting fabric is easy to do with Dixie Belle Paint. It is a great way to add interest to your textiles and decor. I wanted to add some colour in my dining room and stenciled a plain tablecloth. Here are the materials and steps to create your own.
Put your drop cloth on your table and place your tablecloth on top. This will help ensure that your paint doesn’t seep through onto your table.
I had a general idea of my design plan. I wanted to have small groupings of the fern and palm leaves on my tablecloth. I started with my first stencil placement close to the bottom of the tablecloth. Making sure to firmly press my stencil on the fabric.
Starting with Mermaid Tail, dab a small amount of paint and wipe off the excess onto a shop rag. Gently dab the paint in a thin layer on your stencil. Continue to add thin layers until your stencil is completely covered. Remove your stencil while the paint is still wet. Continue stenciling your leaves in different directions and in a random pattern over your tablecloth. Clean your stencil once your are finished.
Once my tablecloth was dry, I placed my leaf stencil close to my first Mermaid Tail leaf. Using my next colour Mint Julep, I added a small amount of paint and gently dabbed it in thin layers to fill in the stencil. Continue stenciling Mint Julep leaves until you have added a pair to all of the Mermaid Tail leaves. Once you have completed your Mint Julep leaves, clean your stencil.
When your tablecloth is dry, fill in any areas by stenciling in your next colour Lemonade. Continue this step until your tablecloth is filled in, with minimal gaps.
That’s it! You have created a beautiful, colourful tablecloth for your dining room to enjoy. Happy painting!
Adding art into your decor is a great way to bring personality to your space. Did you know that you can easily create art using Dixie Belle Paint? Creating your own art doesn’t have to be intimidating. I will show you how you can make your own contemporary abstract art that your family and friends will swoon over. Here is what you need and the steps to create your own art.
Paint five canvases in Dixie Belle’s Cotton and 1 canvas in Caviar.
Once the paint has dried, it’s time to plan the design. Place two of the canvases side by side.
Using your pencil, draw half a circle on one of the canvases. You can also use a can to draw an outline if needed. Keep in mind, the great thing about art is that it doesn't need to be perfect.
Draw the other half of the circle on the other canvas. This will create a full circle when you place both canvases together. Paint each half circle in Caviar.
Using a dry brush, gently brush the wet paint around the outline of your half circles. This will hide any imperfections.
On the next canvas, tape a slightly diagonal line from the bottom to the top of the canvas.
Tape another two lines in a X pattern over the center line.
Add a horizontal line where the other lines meet.
Paint the canvas in Cotton and remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
On the fourth canvas, tape a vertical line slightly more than half of your canvas.
Paint the smaller side in Caviar.
On the fifth canvas, tape a horizontal line slightly more than half of your canvas.
Paint the smaller section of each canvas in Caviar and remove the tape while it’s wet. Using a dry brush, gently brush the wet paint. This will give it a faded effect.
On the final canvas, dab a good amount of Caviar on a small artist brush. Starting at the top left, make small brush strokes in a line moving toward the right side of the canvas. Keep about an inch to an inch and a half between each stroke.
Create another line of brushstrokes moving from left to right approximately 2 inches below your first line. Continue this step until you have filled your canvas. Remember this doesn’t need to be perfect.
Once your artwork has dried, paint the sides of each canvas to give it a polished look.
That’s it! You have created gorgeous, contemporary, abstract art. Find the perfect spot to hang them in your home to showcase your artwork. Happy painting!
One of my favourite thrifted finds from my local Salvation Army Thrift store is this demijohn glass vase.
I didn’t pick it up initially but after I left I could not stop thinking about this vase. After doing a little research, I found a very similar vase from Pottery Barn that was worth up to $249! I immediately went back to pick it up. Luckily it was still there and was only $8.99!
Photo credit Pottery Barn
This was such a great find and I had the perfect spot for it. Check out the 3 different ways I styled it. Happy thrifting!