Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Hey Y'all" Wreath


Last summer, after the terrible flooding in Louisiana, Lolly Jane sold "Hey Y'all" wooden cutouts to raise money for the victims. It was a great cause, and there is an update on their Facebook page that says that they raised $3,000 from the sale of the wreaths. Of course, I wanted to do something to help, and getting something cute is a win win! And, who doesn't want to greet their guests with a friendly, "Hey y'all!"?
I was so excited when my wreath showed up! But with endless possibilities for dressing it up, it was awhile before I got around to it.
I finally settled on the color, Colonel Mustard, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I painted the wreath, then used my favorite thing to decoupage with... napkins!


I added twine to hang it...
I don't think there's any better way to welcome friends!


Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Furniture Makeover Roundup With Dixie Belle Paint


 By Far, my favorite paint for furniture comes from the Dixie Belle Paint Company! They have great colors and it's an all around great product. And, it's made in the USA! They have lots of products other than their chalk mineral paint, such as glazes, waxes, top coats, metallics, patina, and more. Visit their website to see everything they offer.
Here's a roundup of a few of the pieces I've painted over the last few months. Starting with this chair painted with Barn Red...
Barn red is one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors and I knew it would be perfect for this small hutch...



 A lot of the Dixie Belle colors have Southern type names. For instance, Kudzu. If you live in the South, then you know it is terrible to have in your yard. But, it's beautiful on furniture!
This cute little Bent Bros. chair had been spray painted a couple of times and was in pretty rough shape. But the Kudzu brought it back to life...


I left the leather top as is on this little table and painted the wood with Kudzu. I added Van Dyke glaze to the paint. The design in the leather took on a hint of green after the table was painted...


This chair needed some love! And, it got it with the paint color Drop Cloth, and Grunge glaze. The seat got a face lift with a grain sack fabric...




The detail in this pretty white chair didn't show up at all when I purchased it at a yard sale. Adding Dixie Belle's black glaze to the chair made all the detail stand out...


 A great combination...
Sea Glass & Grunge Glaze...


 This yard sale find was very dated. But the paint color, Buttercream, & Van Dyke glaze gave it new life...



This freebie from a friend was a mess. It started out yellow. Then someone started painting it with black spray paint but didn't get very far. It was screaming for Collard Greens!




 And, who doesn't love blueberries? This worn out hutch is so sweet painted with Fluff & Blueberry...


 Another one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors is Bunker Hill Blue. It went perfectly with the copper top on this piece...



 Dixie Belle has 55 colors to choose from. And, I hear that new ones are in the works.
If you'd like to try Dixie Belle paints and other products, you can find a retailer near you by visiting their website HERE.

Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Painting With The Patina Collection

A young man recently hired me to paint a piece of furniture for his bedroom. He gave me several pictures for inspiration, as well as pictures of the pieces he's already using in the room. The inspiration pieces were mostly made with raw, reclaimed wood. All the inspiration pieces had a lot of texture. All were rustic yet modern.
I had quite the challenge to get this dark wood & brass piece transformed to something with the same feel as the inspiration pieces.

I decided that The Patina Collection from The Dixie Belle Paint Company would help me achieve the look I wanted.
When using the patina paints, you first have to paint the piece with Dixie Belle paint. This will act as a primer for the patina paint. I chose to use the color Chocolate, but it doesn't really matter what color you use. I just had plenty of the Chocolate in an already opened jar. So, I painted all the wood with Chocolate...

Once the Chocolate was dry, I painted on a coat of Bronze patina paint. The paint has metal in it so you have to shake it well so the metal is distributed throughout the paint.


Once the first coat of bronze patina paint was dry, I painted on the second coat. While the second coat is still wet is when you add the Patina Spray. The spray comes in blue and green. I used the blue spray for this project. And instead of spraying it on, I sprayed it into a bowl and brushed it on with a chip brush. 
 Because the piece was large and you have to add the spray while the second coat of patina paint is wet, I worked in sections. I started with the top, then did the upper half of the front, then the bottom half, then each side.

Then the magic starts to happen as the spray reacts with the paint.
 The reaction will start to happen quickly but can take 2 to 6 hours to finish.


Because the client used silver as the accents in his room, I changed the brass to silver using rub n buff.

Once the reaction of the patina was complete, I went over the entire piece, including the silver, with Dixie Belle's Grunge Glaze. I let the Grunge dry, then went over the entire piece with Black Glaze, also from Dixie Belle.

 I sealed the piece with Gator Hide from Dixie Belle which is a super durable and water repellent sealer.

The piece fits in beautifully in its new home. And, the customer is happy...so, I'm happy!




Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


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