Friday, October 28, 2016

DIIY Custom Door Mat


 Welcome friends and family to your home by creating a personalized door mat that is uniquely your style. This do it yourself project will add a warm and inviting touch to your entryway with just a few easy steps.


Supplies:
Blank Door Mat
Painters Tape
Dixie Belle Paint In Various Colors
Paintbrush
Chalk
Alphabet Stencil
Round Plate or Platter

Place painters tape across the mat to create stripes...

 For this project I chose to use Dixie Belle Paint in the colors, Barn Red, Holy Guacamole, Chocolate, Terra Cotta, & Colonel Mustard.
Use a stiff paintbrush or stencil brush to paint in between the taped lines using a pouncing motion. When you have completed painting between the taped lines, remove the painters tape. Allow to dry.




Place a circular object, such as a plate or platter that is larger than the stencil, onto the center of the mat. Draw around it with chalk. 



Fill in the chalk circle with paint and allow to dry.




Using a pouncing motion, stencil an initial onto the painted circle.




Place the mat at your front door and greet your guests with an artistic welcome.



This project is so easy that you'll want to make one for every season!
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The French Chest

The Dixie Belle Paint Company continues to grow their product line. And, when I purchased this sad French style chest of drawers, I knew that I wanted to use a couple of the new products to help transform it.

I loved the shape of the piece, but it was in horrible shape. Someone had attempted a bad job of trying to decoupage over it and then apparently changed their mind...

One of the new Dixie Belle products, Sea Spray, adds texture. I mixed the Sea Spray with the gorgeous color Peacock...




I didn't cover the entire piece with the mixture. I only wanted texture in certain areas, so I applied it randomly to the chest.

When I used Sea Spray on the shutter I shared recently, it took a long time to dry. I found that the Sea Spray dried really fast by using it outside in the hot Georgia sun!

Once it was dry, I painted over it with the color Kudzu...
I also blended in a little more of the Peacock and another color called Sea Glass.


Once the paint was dry, I sanded the textured areas to reveal the Peacock...



Then I went over the chest with another new Dixie Belle product, VooDoo Gel Stain.
VooDoo Gel Stain is a water based stain so it's easy to clean up and has no odor.
I just squirted a little stain directly onto the chest and smoothed it out with a rag.


I love how she turned out!
She's a French beauty mixed with a little bit of a Southern Belle... she is covered in kudzu after all!



For those of you who may not know, kudzu is an invasive vine that is trying to cover the entire South! It has a pretty purple bloom for a very short period in the summer that smells like grape soda.
 Kudzu is the spawn of the devil!

However, when you marry kudzu with peacock, she's quite lovely!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Harvest Faux Chalkboard


If you've followed my blog for awhile, then you may know that I write a monthly DIY article for a local magazine called FAYETTE WOMAN. This was my project for the September issue...


A common trend in home d├ęcor is chalkboard signs. This faux chalkboard is created using paint, while giving you the look of chalk. The permanency of the paint allows the sign to be used year after year. And, if using a framed thrift store painting, you won’t spend a lot of money.

Supplies:
Framed Painting
Acrylic Paint in Black & White
Paintbrushes
White Paint Pen (optional)
Printer & Printer Paper
Chalk
Pencil
Rag


Cover the painting with 2 coats of black acrylic paint.



Paint the frame with white acrylic paint.



Print out the words and pumpkins for the sign. 


Using the side of a piece of chalk, rub the back of the paper.



Place the paper on the “faux” chalkboard and trace over the letters and design with a pencil. This will transfer them onto the chalkboard.



Once the transfer is complete, go over it with white acrylic paint or a white paint pen.



Allow the white paint to dry, and rub over the chalkboard with the side of a piece of chalk. 


Wipe over the surface with a rag to maintain the look of a chalkboard.




This project is easy and inexpensive enough that you just may want to make one for every season!




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