Friday, January 20, 2023

A Barrel Of Fun

 I love when I get to do a project that is out of the ordinary. So, when a friend called me about giving a makeover to a wine barrel her husband brought home from a North Georgia winery, I was excited. 

I used a chip brush to stain the wood with Dixie Belle Paint Company's No Pain Gel Stain in the color Walnut. I love this stain! It is the consistency of pudding, so it's not as messy as traditional stains... no drips.

It covered beautifully with just one coat.



Did you know that Kramer's Best Antique Improver will remove rust? It does. So I used it to remove the rust on the metal bands around the barrel.

I added Dixie Belle's Silver Gilding Wax to the metal bands to brighten them up & cover any discoloration.


After letting the stain cure for several days, I sealed it with tung oil.


This project really was a barrel of fun!





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Monday, January 9, 2023

Oh Deer, A Chair Makeover

 I was just driving down the road minding my own business when I came upon a yard sale. I vowed to keep going, but I saw this chair...


I thought it would be perfect for practicing upholstery. And, the price was right!
I had the best of intentions, but when the fabric is in good shape, I often opt to paint the upholstery rather than redo it. In this case the fabric on the back of the chair was just faded. And it didn't quite go with the rustic look of the wood with its faux knots & carving to resemble branches.

I painted the back of the chair with the color, Sawmill Gravy, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company

I had a plan to add a woodsy style transfer to the back to give the chair a rustic feel & enhance the "branches" rather than compete with them. Sawmill Gravy served as a base for the transfer & would keep the fabric pattern from showing through.


I thought I was going to have to upholster the seat because there was a small tear. But, when I removed the trim & fabric, there was another fabric that was in good shape. So, I painted it with the color Evergreen, also from Dixie Belle.

Keep in mind, that if you paint fabric with a patterned texture, the texture will show through your paint. In this case, the pattern shows, but I like it.

I added new trim using Loctite Flexible Adhesive for fabric.


For the back of the chair, I chose the Fauna transfer from Re*design With Prima.

Before applying the transfer, I covered the trim with painters tape to prevent the transfer from sticking to it.


Because the padded back of the chair was flexible & you have to rub hard to make the transfer stick, the design cracked. The cracking was perfect! It made the back of the chair look & feel like leather.



Once finished, I sealed the chair with Dixie Belle's Best Dang Wax in clear.



This was, yet again, another piece I intended to sell but couldn't part with (even though I have nowhere to put it)!


For more on painting upholstery, go HERE.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Easy Cardinal Christmas Sign

There is a saying, "When cardinals are near, angels are here." And, I believe it because every time I see one I think of my mother. Even if she's not here, the cardinals evoke sweet memories of her. She loved them so much. And, I don't know anyone who doesn't love a beautiful cardinal!

The beautiful red color of the male cardinal makes them perfect for Christmas decor. And, this sign is about as easy to make as they come.

I got this stained board from Michael's & the wooden letters from Hobby Lobby.

I wanted a rustic look for the sign, so I used a dry brush technique to paint the board. I used the color Sawmill Gravy from the Dixie Belle Paint Company & let some of the stain show through.

I'd love to be able to say that I hand painted the beautiful cardinal. But the cardinal, pinecones, greenery, & berries are one of the designs in the Evergreen & Holly transfer from Dixie Belle. The transfer contains 4 sheets with multiple designs on each sheet.

You simply remove the white backing, then rub over the design until it releases from the clear top sheet.


I used tacky glue to add the letters to the board. I chose to leave them natural, but they'd also be pretty painted red or green, or stained a darker color.


Wow! That was easy. And, quick!


Another easy project... I added a holly design from the evergreen & holly transfer sheets to a battery operated candle. A simple way to take a plain candle to festive decor.




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Monday, November 28, 2022

Freshening Up The Florentine

 When I first saw this little Florentine cabinet, I envisioned it painted with a beautiful coral color. Instead, I decided it needed to remain gold, & just needed to be freshened up.


The cabinet was stained & had parts where the gold was worn off.



I cleaned the cabinet well with Dixie Belle's White Lightening, then painted it with the color Gold Digger.


The gold alone was beautiful, but I wanted the detail to stand out. I first added clear Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle to the entire cabinet using a rag to apply. Then I used a wax brush to add black wax to the detail, then wiped it back leaving the black wax in the grooves. Adding clear wax first makes it easier to remove the black where from areas where you don't want it.


This photo shows the difference that the wax makes...



I let the wax cure for a few days, then added Apricot Chameleon Wax. This wax looks different depending on the color you put it over & you only see it when light hits it a certain way. In this case, the chameleon wax gave a subtle, pretty pink shimmer.



This Florentine got the freshening up that it needed!








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