I chose these colors because I found an interesting cabinet and I felt it needed a special color…
This piece had such fun detail and fabulous wood that it all needed to be seen… So I started with equal parts of Palmetto and Fluff (which became a gorgeous pale green) and I applied that as the base coat.
All my pieces I paint usually get the minimum of 3 colors, so the next color I wanted was something bolder, a color to do some highlighting with, so I chose Peacock with equal parts of Cobalt, a perfect darker Teal.
I added this color to all the nooks and crannies and did some color blending and even some drips.
I also added some Holy Guacamole in certain areas with some Best Dang Wax in brown. The top of this piece was in rough shape so I did quite a bit of sanding and then used some Voodoo Gel stain in Tobacco Road with a splash of Sand bar to give it a lighter wood effect. Voodoo Gel stain is water based so I used it on all of the exposed wood trim. I sealed this piece with Best Dang Wax in clear.
The hard part was trying to stage and photograph to get the full true colors of this piece.
This was such a fun and easy project… My daughter Zoë was looking for something for above her bed and of course I never did get her a house warming gift, only because I wanted something special and handmade, so this became the perfect project…..
I ordered my “Winter’s Song Wreath” paintable transfer from Jami Ray Vintagehttp://jamirayvintage.com and it came in the mail super fast. I am sure you can search for a local retailer that sells Iron Orchid Designs, but Jami is super fast. I purchased some 12 x 16 canvases at Michaels. I painted the canvas in Fluff by Dixie Belle Paint so it would give the transfer something to stick to, I can imagine Gesso would do the same. Then I cut the transfer into four and laid the pattern down on the canvas and positioned it to where I wanted it. The transfer comes with a brayer (plastic stick) to rub the transfer onto the canvas. I rubbed the transfer onto the canvas and just a hint, it helps to have a bubble while rubbing so the transfer comes off easily.
Once the transfer was in place I used my Dixie Belle top coat in flat to seal the transfer. (This really helped in case you drip paint or mess up while water painting, it makes it so easy to wipe off with water).
Next is the fun part…. Picking out your favorite colors…. I used my Dixie Belle Paints, they are highly pigmented and easy to work with. (I will list my colors at the bottom or this post along with a link to shop) I used my small angled brush and water and worked a little magic.
Voila…. go crazy, pick your favorite colors…. its that simple.
This Spanish pine furniture was very popular in the 90’s, one of my first pieces my husband and I first bought together to put our stereo equipment in was a big armoire, which by the way I still have to this day , and also one of my first pieces I painted “its a creamy white now”. I have been seeing these pieces a lot now on the Offer-up and Facebook swap sites. They have great shape and style, but a little Blahzay to me so when I won this on a Facebook furniture action site for $24.00 “yep that’s right $24.00” I knew it was ready for a makeover…..
I was dying to do something special with this cutie, I was determined to try a color I never use “Red”, yes that is my least favorite color of any furniture, besides I am also on a mission to try all the Dixie Belle Paint colors. I chose a Rustic Red and I love the way it turned out.
I only needed a nice thin coat of Dixie Belle Rustic Red all over the whole piece. I added some Best Dang Wax in Black and also splashed on some Putty (also a color by Dixie Belle) in random areas to give it a really rustic look.
RUSTIC RED by Dixie Belle Paint
PUTTY by Dixie Belle Paint
Best Dang Wax in Black
This was such an easy make-over. I hope you add a little color and style to your out-dated furniture……. Be sure to shop here: https://dixiebellepaint.com?aff=183for your next paint project.
Many of you have heard of the style of furniture she has been named after, but not many know about her….. her name is “Jenny Lind”, she was born Johanna Marie in Sweden in 1820, she was a very famous Opera singer. After taking Europe by storm and earning the name “The Swedish Nightingale” Lind sailed to New York in 1850 where she was met with great fanfare, she toured under the management of P.T. Barnum and she toured across America. Apartment Therapy quoted her as being the “Lady Gaga” of her days. So, in fact, Jenny Lind was never a company brand but was a style of furniture named after her. Cribs and beds were typically a classic in children’s bedrooms, distinguished by the turned posts or what we call spindles. So why was this particular furniture named after her??? Well come to find out lots of things were named after her such as The Nightingale “a clipper ship, the Jenny Lind Polka, parks, streets and even a Gold Rush era California town. It is told that she reportedly slept in a Bed with turned spindles, therefore, the name Jenny Lind.
Now that you know all about her, and maybe have even owned or slept in a Jenny Lind bed then you know that her furniture namesake is still as popular as ever, somewhat even more in the twenty-first century, the rest of this story gets better because if you’re as sentimental like me then you will appreciate the rest of this story. Part II to be continued……
Thank you for following me on this journey. This is a “Safe Space”…… it is for teaching, learning and creating. I want to show you how to repurpose, upcycle, redesign and style the old and outdated to new and re-usable. Lets learn together how to use different products, paint colors and techniques to find your style……