Friday, December 3, 2021

Dixie Belle SILK Paint Review - 3 Projects With One Pint



I have a barn packed with curbside and hand-me down furniture waiting to get new life.
So when Doug from the Parma Antique Mall (who has a large variety of Dixie Belle Mineral Paints and products for sale) asked me if I would try the upgraded SILK line and share the results with you all, I said sure! 
I chose the color BLACK SANDS because years of experience has taught me that neutral colors sell!! I used to paint a piece orange and it would bring in the comments alright but nobody wants an orange end table in their living room. And annoyed me would think "well I know it's wild, but it's SO COOL! Can't ANYONE step away from their monotonous white or black? It's called a conversation piece! Everyone, please stop being so lame!" Well, yeah, I don't really take my own advice.  Neutral furniture abounds in my home.


So Silk boasts that it has a built in primer and top coat.
I learned after my projects that the primer is more for coverage than adhesion.  So a light sanding is recommended.  Or if you hate sanding, you can use a Dixie Belle product called Slick Stick.  Though I haven't tried it yet, you're supposed to be able to paint anything with a "slick" surface after applying it - even glass! So of course, I learn through experience, not research and/or other people's mistakes.  Haha. As far as the coverage goes, if something does happen to bleed through, wait for it to dry (overnight is ideal) and apply a second coat. So let's talk about what worked and what didn't!

First up is this Lane Cedar Chest.



I had already sanded the daylights out of it because I thought I was going to refinish the whole thing.  Then I lost my motivation and there it sat, sanded and sad. And there I sat... waiting for inspiration to hit.
About the same time I got the Black Sands SILK mineral paint... I saw some cool three-tone pieces someone had posted on Instagram. Now I'd been doing lots of TWO tone, but not THREE!


The paint seemed to adhere very well and went on smoothly with it's self-leveling element which helps eliminate any brushstrokes.  I recommend using a Dixie Belle paint brush or similar soft brush. It dries from the top down, so give it time to dry (even if it feels dry) before your second coat or it will mess up the nice finish. It is a thinner paint than chalk paint but covers well. You will need to do a second coat, but that should do it.  I just love how this piece turned out! The off white was something I already had on hand (a mistint) and I used walnut Restor-A-Finish on the wood. And to think I picked up this chest for $5 at a yard sale! :)


This next piece was an antique baker's shelf.  Now this one didn't have quite the outcome I was hoping for, but it's also my fault. It had a shiny wood surface and here's where I decided the built in primer should be good enough and I skipped the sanding. My bad.  Should have researched what other's experiences were! The paint went on well, and I waited to apply the second coat... but even after it dried, the surface still seemed to scratch easily. Remember when I said the primer was more for coverage than adhesion?  Well here we go. I figured if I let it sit a few weeks it would be fine (30 days cure time is ideal for any paint) but time didn't seem to ease my debacle and I had a barn sale coming up that I wanted to sell this at!  I went the polyurethane route, and sealed it all up. I'm just gonna say here and now I hate polyurethane. Just like labor unions, it's often a necessary evil. ;) So while the color suited this piece extraordinarily well, I... you know....  poly..... 


But shucks, look how charming this turned out?
I heart it. (Does anyone even say that anymore?)


If you're curious about the French graphic I put on the wood front, check out how to easily do that using freezer paper HERE.


And last but not least, I used the final bit of paint for this mid century vanity set.
The wood was pretty nice on most of it, so I just touched that up with some Restor-A-Finish, recovered the seat cushion (looks like I need to tighten that a little) and painted just the top surfaces of the vanity for a little contrast.  I love how it turned out! Very vogue... and for sale if anyone is interested!

While chalk paint is great for distressing, I would say Silk Mineral paint is more for a polished look. It doesn't seem to rough up as well.  Just my take on it.


If you are local to the Jackson, Michigan area, get yourself over to the 

December 11, 2021 there will be a holiday open house in which ALL Dixie Belle Paint
 will be 20% off!
This would be a great time to try it. I have many friends who will only use Dixie Belle paint - come see what all the fuss is about!

Also, for every $100 you spend at the Parma Antique Mall at the open house, you will receive a
  $10 gift card!

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Green!! Trash 2 Treasure


The best days are the days people decide enough is enough and the junk they've been storing has gotta go!  I love that when people around here get that bee in their bonnet, I usually get a message because most of them know that Kammy would love to give it new life!

Let's get an up close...


This Ryobi orbital sander is awesome. I've had it for a year, and not sure how I lived life without it before. All those wasted years with that other dumb one.... good grief.


I wanted to keep some of the natural wood, especially the drawer fronts becasue of the wood grain and pattern. Restore-A-Finish in walnut to the rescue.  I finally used up the last of the can that someone anonymously sent me in the mail. Whoever you were, THANK YOU THANK YOU!
That stuff is the bomb.  Put it on a rag and rub it on. It's great just for wood scratches or polishing up. Even takes the white sun fade out of wood I just discovered!


Check out the wood grain on those drawer fronts! 
And those fun black diamonds.... had to leave those!


Now check out these drawer pulls!  I cleaned them using a mild acid and then went over them with a rough sponge/scrubber and comet (bar keeper's friend).  They shined up so pretty! And don't forget to wear gloves when using acid - duh.


And hey ya'll, don't bother asking me what color of paint this olive green is.  As usual, it's a mistint!
Also known as "oops paint".  Let's see how we worked that mirror-less frame into the scene.


Wish I could take credit for that pumpkin wreath, but I bought it.
It was on clearance after the season once, so I bought it, stuck it under the guest bed and forgot about it for about three years.  That's okay, I still like it. Pumpkins will forever be trendy in the fall, right? I mean, what's there to take their place? I'm seriously wracking my brain to think of something absurd here, but nothing is coming. My funny blogging days are over. Not that anyone actually reads these posts... I mean I'm usually just "here for the pictures!" while on someone's blog so ain't no judgement here!


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These will be for sale with lots of other goodies at my barn sale November 5 and 6th, 2021.
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Friday, June 25, 2021

Trash 2 Treasure With Just Paint And A Stencil


A pal of mine was in the local resale shop when he found this for $6, thinking it was destined to end up on the trash pile, he couldn't leave it be.  He called me, asking if I could work my magic on it so he could give it to his girlfriend to put plants on. I suggested he leave the sweet sentiments on the table.... she might find them romantic. His name isn't Jaeden, and hers isn't Blake James, so maybe that's why he wasn't cool with that?


The only direction I had to go off was "She loves blue. Not aqua blue or turquoise, BLUE".
And I instantly had a vision in my head....

Now don't even ASK what this paint color is because I'm just going to show you this now:


I rarely know my paint colors because I mix my own or get mistints. And I'll bet you money even after saying that I'll still get a message asking what color of blue I used! People just look at pictures these days. Including me.

This stencil couldn't have worked out more perfectly. Perfect size-wise. I measured to find the exact middle and worked my way out towards the ends.




It's easy to use because it has the extra corner cut-outs to make it easy to line up your next spot.

And here's the finished product:



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Friday, May 28, 2021

Easy Tween Vanity Desk Built From Nightstands


My tween daughter had suddenly decided her adorable antique white vanity that used to be Grandma's just wasn't for her anymore. No amount of convincing arguments that it was the perfect piece for her bedroom was persuading her otherwise and she was constantly googling white desks and vanities. Are you kidding?  A kid of MINE is wanting to buy a NEW piece of furniture?  That crap that's made out of pressboard? Surely not. That's when the idea of building one customized just for her using these two castoffs hit me.
About a year ago, I drove by these on the side of the road.  They were sturdy and solid so I tossed them in the trunk. Inspiration wasn't hitting, so they sat in my workshop taking up room with the thirty two other pieces of uninspiring furniture.  I thought originally they were nightstands, end tables, or maybe even the sides of an old vanity that used to have a mirror in the middle.  But now that I look at the before and after side by side... they may have actually been part of a desk to begin with!  Unless the original owner steps up and makes their voice heard, I guess I'll never know!

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I used the "wet rag and hot iron" method to try to get the rest of the peeling veneer off, but it was crazy stubborn.  Like my daughter.  So I resorted to my stash of lath boards, the stash that I thought would last forever and is finally proving that it won't. 


Have I bragged on my Ryobi nail gun lately?  Oh, I did in the last post? And the one before that?
Yeah well, it deserves to be bragged about in every post.  Makes slapping this stuff on so easy.
Bam, bam, bam, done.


I only did the lath treatment on the sides that face out.  The insides were smooth and didn't need anything hidden. Once that was done, the whole shebang got the white paint treatment.


Next came the top.  I had picked up these nice wood planks from a surplus sale at Albion College.  They look kind of like table leaves, but I think they were part of a cubicle or something.  No clue really, so I'll quit guessing.  But they were nice and blond and had a rounded edge, perfect for the front of the desk.  I used the table saw to splice the second board for the perfect sized desk top.


Now I ain't claimin' to be no carpenter, so I'm sure if you look close this won't be real purdy finish work, but I just wanted something that was sturdy and cute. So using more of the same wood pieces, I cut two equal pieces and screwed them on from underneath.  Then I screwed the shelf across the top.  I am the worst when it comes to splitting wood with a screw, and this project was no exception. It only happened with one screw thank goodness, and since I wasn't striving for perfection and was just for my own kid, I left it.


Since I have "stashes" of just about everything, I rummaged through my stash of mirrors and found an oval one.  It also got the "white paint treatment" and looks muy bueno over the desk! 

Behold - the FINISHED PRODUCT!!


Oh, what's that stencil you see?  I had the urge to add some pizzazz and tossed my Mandala stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils cock-eyed over the desk top. I used my roller with white paint on it to go over the stencil and in less than a minute had this beautiful design on top! My girl wrinkled her nose a little at the extra detail, but she always takes a minute and is cool with it now.


She is obsessive about white lights and very soon after we moved the desk into her room, she had rigged up a wall of lights as a backdrop.  Pretty cool, girl, pretty cool.


Oh hey, let's talk drawer pulls before we go!  
The holes for pulls were an odd size. I had nothing in my "drawer pull stash" that would fit, and Lowes failed me too.  So it was DIY pulls for the win. You can click HERE for my tutorial on how to make these wood drawer pulls!





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