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 It can take a tired, outdated piece of furniture and transform it into a gorgeous, swoon worthy statement piece.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 The fabric was in good condition but it was very outdated.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