Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Teamwork Makes The Artwork



We built our house 11 years ago and over the last few months, I've been in the process of starting to change things. I'm in the middle of a makeover in my formal dining room and I painted the furniture (there will be a post soon about that). Once I started painting the furniture, I decided that the brown walls had to go. The brown walls also went out into the foyer, so both rooms had to be painted. One thing leads to another so some of the artwork had to go too! I couldn't find anything that I liked for over my piano, so my son and daughter helped me make the perfect piece.

 I took a trip to my home improvement store and bought 1" x 6" boards, as well as 1" x 2" boards. My son cut the 1" x 6"s to the right length and I painted them with the color Fluff from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

He cut the 1" x 2"s to frame out the 1" x 6"s and I stained them with VooDoo Gel Stain in the color Tobacco Road. I love the VooDoo stain because it's water based and the clean up is easy.
 Once I painted and stained the wood, my son used a nail gun to put them together.

 My daughter and I then added a Re*design With Prima image. 

 All you have to do is rub it on with the stick that is provided in the package.

 This has got to be the easiest artwork I've ever created. My son had the hard part, so he may not agree. And, it's perfect for my freshly painted walls!





 From what I have found (thank you Google) the translation from French to English is...
Drinking wine is an integral part of life as eating food.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dive In With Dixie Belle

Pools are a must have here in the South where the heat and humidity make is miserable to be outside in the Summer. And, I feel very fortunate to have one!
Plus, it's beautiful to look at even in the Winter,
well, except for the diving board. Over time, it has become discolored and not pleasing to the eye. Even with pressure washing, it never gets back to its original bright white.
 So, I did what I do with everything that needs a little sprucing up...
I painted it with Dixie Belle Paint!
I started with a base coat of the color Sea Glass...
 I randomly taped off sections and filled them in with the colors, The Gulf, Tree Frog Green, Bunker Hill Blue, & Fluff.
What a difference!!!

 A coat of Dixie Belle's water repellent sealer, Gator Hide, and my diving board makeover should be good for years to come.




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Record Cabinet Makeover

Gone are the days of turntables and record albums. If they are before your time, you will never know the sound of clicks and pops that went along with your favorite music.
There was even a time when homes had beautiful furniture to store their records.
 I love the lines of this old record cabinet. 
I know there are a lot of people that don't believe in painting wood. However, the wood on this piece had some issues.
 I filled the holes with Swamp Mud, let it dry, then sanded it smooth. 

 The Dixie Belle Paint Company has a beautiful new color called Farmhouse Green. Besides being pretty, I love it because it's the color of the cabinets in the house that I grew up in.
 I painted the cabinet with the Farmhouse Green, however, I left the drawer natural. Unlike the rest of the cabinet, it was in perfect condition.
 Once the cabinet was painted, I added Van Dyke Glaze.
 I then added a re*design with Prima transfer to the front.


 And, since it was a record cabinet, I added sheet music to the inside of the drawer.



 This cabinet will most likely never be used for albums again. I can see it in a bathroom to hold towels. Or, in a dining room to hold linens. What would you use it for?




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two For One DIY

Today I'm sharing 2 DIY techniques in 1 post...
Crackle & Image Transfer.

 I started with a frame from Michael's...

 I applied Crackle from the Dixie Belle Paint Company directly onto the frame. This will allow the black to show through the cracks once I apply the paint. Crackle can be tricky. The key is to not overwork it. Don't brush back and forth!


 I let the Crackle dry completely, then painted over it with the Dixie Belle color, Apricot. It's the same when applying paint over crackle, don't overwork it! The paint starts to crack quickly so if you go back and forth over it, you will cover up the cracks.



I was originally going to do an image transfer on wood and add it to the frame, but decided to do it on the glass that came with the frame. I first gave the glass 2 coats of Slick Stick. It helps the paint stick to any really slick surface.

 You need to wait at least an hour between coats of Slick Stick. I also waited an hour before adding the paint color, Fluff. 

 I found a beautiful image of birds on the Graphics Fairy website, sized it to fit on the glass, then printed it out. I took it to my local office supply store and made copies on their laser printer. Ink jet images will bleed and you won't get a clear image. 

 I cut around the image, then added Dixie Belle Clear Coat to the printed side of the image, as well as to the glass.

 I pressed the paper, image side down onto the glass and let it sit overnight to ensure that it was completely dry before the next step.

 The next day I sprayed the paper with water and let it sit for a minute to soak into the paper.

 I then started to gently rub the paper. It will pull up but leave the image.

As it dries, the image may appear cloudy. If this happens, just spray with more water and continue the process.

If some of the image pulls up, it just adds to the vintage charm.

 I sealed the image with another coat of the Clear Coat, then added Van Dyke Glaze to the image on the glass and to the frame.



 I put the glass back in the frame and was so happy with it that I made 5 more!






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