With summer just around the corner, it's time to refresh our space and bring those summer vibes into our home. I love to revive my decor each season. A fun and inexpensive way to do it is to shop at your local thrift store. I hit my local Salvation Army Thrift store to see what I could find. Take a look at some of my thrifty finds!
Find # 1 Lighting
80’s decor is back on trend. These crisp, white lamps would be a great way to brighten up your space.
Find # 2 Woven Trays
I love adding natural materials into my design. This woven tray would be perfect for serving food and drinks al fresco.
Find # 3 Basket
Elevate the look of your potted plants by placing one in this basket. It would be a great addition to a porch or on a patio.
Find # 4 Wooden Bowl
I couldn’t resist the gorgeous texture and warm tones of this wooden bowl.
Find # 5 Gurgle Pot
I was thrilled to find this green gurgle pot. This whimsical ceramic pot produces a gurgling sound when pouring a beverage. It is a fantastic ice breaker to have on hand when entertaining.
I was so happy with my latest thrift haul. Make sure to hit your local Salvation Army Thrift store to find some amazing thrifted decor. Happy Thrifting!
I love trying out new products and was thrilled to try out Dixie Belle's new paint line, Silk All In One Mineral paint.
This pint size paint is packed with everything you need for your DIY project. It has a built in stain blocker, primer, topcoat and leaves your piece with a gorgeous matte finish. Silk has a beautiful colour palette, with 20 colours to choose from, inspired by coastal hues.
I had the perfect piece to try out Silk All In One Mineral paint. Here is what you need and 2 easy steps to try it out on your next project.
Prep is the most important step when refinishing furniture. I cleaned my end table with White Lightning to remove any oil or residue. Once dry, I gave it a quick scuff sand with a sanding pad and then wiped the whole table with a damp rag to remove any residue. If painting over a slick or glossy surface, use Slick Stick first before painting.
I used a dry synthetic brush to apply the paint to give a smooth finish. To get the best results, make sure to apply the paint in long strokes, moving back and forth over your piece. This will help to avoid any brushstrokes. There is no need to use a continuous mister bottle or add any water to your paint. Once I painted the whole table, I let it dry for a couple of hours and then added another coat.
I loved the result! It went on so easily, with virtually no brushstrokes. After 21 days it cured into a durable, matte finish. I loved how I was able to quickly transform my tired table. I added some Gold Gilding wax on the hardware and molding to make more of a dramatic impact.
Make sure to try out Silk All In One Mineral paint on your next project. Happy painting!
Dixie Belle transfers are a great addition to your refinished furniture projects, but did you know that you can also use them for small decor items? You can make a dramatic impact and have some fun by adding them to your decor.
I found this tired jewelry box while thrifting. I knew it would be a great piece for a transfer to elevate the whole look. Here is how I transformed it and what you need to do it yourself.
The most important step is to properly prep your piece first. I gave my jewelry box a quick scuff sand with a sanding pad and then cleaned it with White Lightning. I wiped it down with a damp shop rag and waited until it was dry.
I applied Slick Stick to help the paint adhere since the box was very glossy. I applied one coat and waited 2 hours until it was dry. I applied another coat and let it dry overnight.
Since I wanted a bold, dramatic look, I went for a classic black and white palette so the transfer would be the focal point. I painted the jewelry box in Fluff, a crisp, bright white. Once it was dry, I added another coat.
I applied the Pearlescent glaze in long, even strokes to add some shimmer. I gave it a good shake and applied it in long, even strokes over the whole box and let it dry overnight.
I began cutting out the transfers and planning my placement. A great tip when figuring out placement is to use tape to hold your transfers in place giving you an overall visual of how it will look. Just make sure to leave the white backing on when you are planning so the adhesive backing doesn’t stick.
Once I was happy with my placement, I removed the white backing and gently rubbed the transfer into place. Using the applicator, I rubbed and burnished the transfer for a few minutes. I gently removed the adhesive film and continued to rub the transfer as I pulled it back. Once the transfer was on, I gently smoothed it out with my hand.
I continued adding transfers until I was happy with the result.
I sealed my transfers with a flat Clear Coat over the whole jewelry box. Once dry I applied another coat.
Nothing goes better with black and white than metallic gold. I used gold gilding wax on the handles and the wire screen on the doors. I painted the sides of the drawers in Peony to give it a fun pop of colour. I waited overnight for it to dry and put the drawers back in.
That is it! What a great transformation from tired and brown to a fresh, bold design! Make sure to try out Dixie Belle transfers and make a big impact on your decor. Happy painting!
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!