Painting Furniture

When I first started painting furniture, my husband was not thrilled. He loves wood. He loves looking at pieces and telling me which wood they are. He loves when a beautiful grain shows through a really good stain. For me to slap paint on these lovely pieces, made his stomach hurt. When we started this journey, although, I too, loved finding beautiful unique pieces, I did so thinking, “that would look beautiful painted.” You could see where their might be conflict.

Fast forward several years later, what he thought was a fad has become the norm. People love breathing new life into an old piece of furniture. When a dark buffet that belonged to your grandmother can be changed to make it your own and to match your light airy decor, it’s a win/win. You have the memories, that piece of family history AND it looks beautiful in your space!

Most of you know I sell Dixie Belle Paint, a wonderful mineral chalk paint distributed out of Florida. I enjoy working with it, and teaching about how simple it is to transform any piece. If you follow my FB page, “Reuse, Recycle, Restyle.” the upcoming classes are listed as events. I also love working one on one to help you pick a color and get comfortable with the many products available. Although Seaglass is once a month, Dixie Belle is available all month long by appointment.

I try to have several different looks created using DBP products at each market and I love your feedback and your questions! I thought our followers, most of who who are creatives, might be interested in my responses to our five most commonly asked questions.

1. Why (Mineral) Chalk Paint?

It is made specifically with the intention of transforming furniture! It’s purpose is to adhere to whatever you’re painting. I personally love how far it goes, how quickly it dries and how forgiving it is. There are many brands out there, I choose to use Dixie Belle. I like the feel of it going on, I love their colors, as well as their sealing options and I really love their price point.

2. What is my favorite color?

Impossible to answer! Lol However, I will say, Fluff, Sea Glass, Driftwood and Stormy Seas are my four biggest sellers and I use them often!

3. Do you have to wax after you paint?

No, you can, if you choose to, but, Dixie Belle has fabulous Top Coats too! I have found there are two types of people…those who wax and those who HATE wax! DB Wax is very easy to use and it is much creamier than waxes you’ve used in the past, so I do tell people not to rule it out!

4. What products does DBP have to “kick it up a notch?”

The paints are fabulous on their own, but Dixie Mud, Dixie Dirt, Crackle, Sea Spray and the Patina Line will help you bring your items to the next level.

5. Is it true there is NO prepping or priming?

Yes, and no. There are always exceptions to the rules and no matter what brand you choose, I always recommend you clean the item, REALLY WELL, and that could be considered prepping. Also, there are times when BOSS or Slick Stick should be used. A few minutes in the beginning of your project could save you hours of troubleshooting at the end! We would gladly show you when some prepping is suggested!

If you have any questions, just let me know!

We look forward to seeing at the March market. 3/15-17!

Kelli 🙂