Friday, June 10, 2022

Dollar Spot Caddy Makeover

 I can't resist shopping the Dollar Spot at Target! There are so many cute things in that section for creating fun projects. And, this little caddy was no different.

Farmhouse style is so popular & I wanted to embrace that for this project.

I first mixed Dixie Belle Paint Company's Sea Spray texture additive with the chalk mineral paint color, Gravel Road. 

The mixture should be the consistency of brownie batter.

I used an inexpensive chip brush to apply the Sea Spray mixture to the outside of the caddy. I applied it in different directions so I wouldn't get a uniform pattern. I also used the side of the bristles to tap the mixture to form peaks. Once finished, I threw the chip brush away... this isn't something you should wash down the drain.

I let the Sea Spray dry overnight. The next day I painted the caddy with the color Sawmill Gravy.


Once the paint was dry, I sanded to expose the Gravel Road color.

To add a little more interest, I added the Pallet Wood Pattern decoupage rice paper, from Dixie Belle, to the inside back of the caddy using ModPodge.

The rustic look of the paper goes perfectly with the chippy, textured look of the Sea Spray.





I added some jars filled with paint brushes & pallet knives to my caddy. Such a pretty way to display my art supplies.


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Friday, May 6, 2022

Vintage Sewing Box Makeover

 This little vintage sewing box was cute, but dated. And, other than being functional for the sewer, it wouldn't get much attention sitting in a corner. 

It was dull on the outside, but dazzling in red on the inside! It even had a pin cushion on the lid & a few notions left behind.

It needed a little color on the outside to match the bright personality it had on the inside. So, I painted the sewing box with the color, Kudzu, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

A little paint makes all the difference!

Adding a little Best Dang Wax from Dixie Belle helps all the detail stand out.

I first covered the piece with clear wax, then added brown wax. I put the brown wax on heavy with a wax brush, then wiped away the excess with a rag. The clear wax makes it easy to wipe away the excess brown wax.

Adding the wax makes a big difference!




This little sewing box went from boring to beautiful in a few easy steps.




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Friday, April 29, 2022

Experimenting On Upholstery

 I've painted quite a few upholstered pieces over the years with great results. And, when a friend gave me this piece, I took is as an opportunity to experiment beyond just painting.

The first experiment had to do with picking the color. I have had so much fun playing with Dixie Belle Paint Company's new Color Lab. The Color Lab is located on their website. You can pick 2 or 3 of their 69 colors and see how they mix together. You can mix equal parts of colors, or adjust them to have more or less of a certain color.

I've played around with it, but never actually put it to the test. I wanted to use a fun, bright color on this piece & finally settled on mixing equal parts of Flamingo & Plum Crazy.

The combination of these two colors is gorgeous!


It can take more coats of paint for good coverage on upholstery, & this piece took 3 coats.
Once the final coat was dry, I sealed the paint with Dixie Belle's Easy Peasy Spray Wax.


It really is easy peasy! Just shake, spray & smooth it out. You can use a rag, but I prefer their applicator pad to smooth out the wax. With the pad, I know it won't leave any lint behind to stick in my wax. The spray wax is water based so I can wash out the applicator pad & use it again.


I brightened up the cushion, & the metal base needed to be brightened up too. 


So, I used my finger to apply a little silver gilding wax.



So much better!
But, remember this was a piece to experiment on, so I didn't stop there.


I had never stenciled or used gilding wax on upholstery & this was the perfect time to try it.


I used Dixie Belle's harlequin stencil with silver gilding wax, then added a little black gilding wax to the edge of the diamonds.
 

The gilding wax worked perfectly on the painted fabric.


For one last experiment, I added some flowers using Dixie Belle's Floral Silkscreen Stencil.
I have used the silkscreen stencils on aprons before & found that it doesn't work as well scraping the paint on the stencil over fabric with the tool that comes in the pack. The tool works perfect over hard painted surfaces like painted wood. For me, I get more crisp detail by pouncing the paint onto the stencil with a makeup wedge when applying it on fabric.


Experiment! If you don't like how something turns out, you can paint over it & experiment again.




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Friday, April 15, 2022

Preppy Peony Paint Pour


If you lived through the preppy era, then you'll remember that pink & green were very popular colors. And, when I was deciding on what to do with this wooden egg cutout from Signopoly, I decided to NOT go with the traditional Easter pastels & go preppy.


I wanted to combine a paint pour along with a decoupage paper. I used painters tape to divide the egg is half so that the paint from the pour wouldn't flow where I was going to put the paper.


I wanted to use the Peony Pattern Rice Paper from the Dixie Belle Paint Company's Belles & Whistles line & picked the colors I felt went best with it...
Peony, Soft Pink, Limeade, & Caviar.
I mixed the paint with Floetrol Paint Additive to thin them out & help them flow.

I began layering the colors in different areas of the egg.

I tilted the egg in different directions until the paint covered the top section of the egg.

I gave the paint overnight to dry, then pulled off the tape. 

The tape did its job perfectly & no paint seeped underneath.

I applied the rice paper using ModPodge, then went over it with a brayer to smooth it out.

I sanded the edges of the egg to remove the excess paper.

I added Tacky Glue between the paint & the paper...

Then I added a ribbon. 


The preppy peony Easter egg...



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