Today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day, and we are sharing our favorite painted furniture makeovers of the year. Each team member is featuring a favorite project from the other members.
I decided to showcase makeovers using Dixie Belle Paint. Probably because my favorite project of the year was the desk I painted with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Cucumber Ice.
This is the desk I painted. I loved the lines, the curved front, and the legs.
The first thing I did after cleaning the desk with Simple Green was to apply two coats of Dixie Belle Boss, which will stop bleed thru of the original stain and block any odors.
The paint color is Cucumber Ice from the Dixie Belle Cottage Collection. The color is white with a slight hint of green. Before brushing on the paint, I applied painter’s tape to the edges where the drawer front meets the sides in order to have nice, clean paint lines.
I kept looking at the desk after I finished painting it and something seemed off. I thought maybe the center drawer needed a pair of knobs to make the desk look more balanced. I measured and marked spots for the pair of knobs.
Next, I drilled two screw holes using my Ryobi battery-powered drill. This process is not difficult at all and will make a big difference in the look of the desk.
I used a silkscreen stencil to add a bit of color to the desk. The Belles and Whistles Roses silkscreen has three sheets of designs.
The colors I chose for the design are Dixie Belle English Ivy and Dixie Belle Peacock. My major decision was where to add the design and how big or small I wanted to go. It’s easy to overdo embellishments so I went for a simple look.
I selected a small design from the sheets and cut it out to make the silkscreen easier to work with. The stencil is sticky, so you don’t need tape or anything. Just press it firmly onto the surface you are stenciling.
A silkscreen is totally different from a regular stencil. On a regular stencil, you want to dab on a little bit of paint or swirl it on, but for a silkscreen stencil, you need to brush a layer of paint over it with a paint brush.
Once you have the silkscreen covered with paint peel it off the surface. If the paint dries on the silkscreen, it will peel off with the silkscreen.
Now it’s time to look at my favorite makeovers from my fellow furniture fixer-uppers….
The painted rolling buffet cart by Christy is perfection. I love the color Antebellum Blue from Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint. Christy shined those wheels up with Gold Gilding Wax!
My next feature is from Denise, Salvaged Inspirations. The color is Coffee Bean by Dixie Belle. Don’t you love those incredible details on the vanity?
This Dixie Belle project is from Gail and she loves her dog, Lulu Mae! The side table was a mess, but not anymore. It can be used as a nightstand, side table, or dog hideaway.
It’s always nice when you find a pair of matching tables. The table style could tend to be outdated but not with that paint color and updated knobs. The color is Cottage Door, and the project is from our newest team member, Natalie, A Ray of Sunlight.
Furniture Fixer Upper Tour:
Blue Floral Desk Furniture Fixer Upper Favorite – Confessions of a Serial DIY’er
Nightstand Set Makeover – Salvaged Inspirations
Before and After Furniture Makeovers – My Repurposed Life
Furniture Makeover Ideas By Furniture Fixer Uppers – A Ray Of Sunlight
Dixie Belle Furniture Makeovers – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com