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 It can take a tired, outdated piece of furniture and transform it into a gorgeous, swoon worthy statement piece.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 The fabric was in good condition but it was very outdated.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!