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!