Monday, November 14, 2016

Dixie Belle Paint : : Dining Room Update!

I'm so excited to share something a little bit different with you all today!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

Several weeks ago I was contacted by the Dixie Belle Paint company, interested in sending me product to use and to share here on the blog. Almost all of the time these type of offers are not a good fit for a sewing blog, so I typically have to turn them down. While home décor projects are some of my most favorites, I usually don't share much of them or my home beyond the sewing room. Something I plan to change in 2017! Well, it just so happens that the day Dixie Belle had emailed me I had just picked up an old wooden chair at a neighborhood yard sale in need of both new paint AND FABRIC and so, this chance to work with Dixie Belle got my attention and made sense! After a quick look at their site I replied with paint color requests with my chair project in mind. A few days later a box of Dixie Belle Paint arrived and in it was a wonderful collection of paint, stain, and glaze options, much more than I had requested, but none of the colors included were the ones that would work for the chair. Hmm...

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

After a little Pinterest browsing I quickly had a list of other ideas for how I could sensibly incorporate this paint into my sewing blog. Since then, I've been waiting for the extra craft time and then this long weekend with nothing planned arrived, finally! First thing Friday morning, before beginning, I visited Dixie Belle once again to watch the tutorials for instructions. Right away I learned how little paint was needed to finish a chair and then came the BIG aha moment -- this is soooooo perfect for my dining room!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

We had purchased our set for a great deal from the previous owners of our home when we closed. While it was in much better shape than our old thrifted mismatch set, the orangey-oak finish and the very country style doesn't really fit us. As a result, I don't share views of it often. I even shy away from making placemats and runners thinking that my style of sewing will look awkward with the traditional, country style. Typically I opt for sewing room floor shots of all my tabletop sewing because I much prefer the wood.

Ombré Table Runner

Runner - Finished!

Thanksgiving Table Runner

But not anymore, folks! After a quick trip to the hardware store, Haila and I spent most of our Friday, followed by just a small part of Saturday morning, prepping and painting and staining and glazing. It was so much fun, incredibly easy and the results are so much better than I ever could have imagined!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

For the tabletop we used the Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel Stain. After watching a few YouTube tutorials we prepped the varnished tabletop by spraying with water and giving it a quick, light sand, making sure it was dry before adding the stain. In between coats we worked on chairs, but this product dries incredibly quick. After three coats of gel stain and one coat of clear coat look at the amazing difference!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

The dining chairs were prepped just the same, but rather than using a stain, for the four side chairs we used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Drop Cloth. After two coats of paint, I used a sanding sponge to smooth and distress each chair. For the final step I rubbed the Grudge glaze into the distressed areas following another tutorial on the site. I seriously went from tolerating the pattern and style of these chairs, to loving the detail and vintage look they have now!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

Once we finished up the four side chairs, adding two coats of paint to each, we still had about a quarter to a third of the 16oz remaining. Still, I was concerned that wouldn't be enough to finish both of the larger armchairs and the pedestal base of our table. After MUCH deliberation between the other two paint colors included in the box, Hurricane Gray and Barn Red, the vote for the red won out!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

I used the unused gel stain to warm up the distressed areas of both the base and the chairs this time, and I'm thrilled with how these turned out as well!

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

This is the first time I have ever tackled a project like this and while it's not perfect, this dining set is much more US and it certainly turned out way better than I thought possible!

What do you think?

Dixie Belle Paint -- Dining Room Redo

Well, I hope you're ready for the stream of placemat and tabletop sewing projects that are sure to come! If you have any questions, please do let me know. In my opinion Dixie Belle Paint is absolutely worth a look for your furniture painting needs. I hope you enjoyed this little break from my sewing and that this has been helpful!

♡ Maureen

23 comments:

  1. Hi Maureen! Looks really fantastic, You did great job! I think your fabrics and quilting style goes beautifully with modern country style! x Teje

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  2. What a beautiful transformation!

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  3. What an amazing transformation, I can't believe this took you no longer than one day, crazy good!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Were those the curtains you already had in there, or did you sew up new ones quick to match the "new" table & chairs?

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    1. Thanks!! Nope, I made these curtains years ago!

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  5. I love it!!! Now I need to go through my things to see what I can do. I had a table setting like that and didn't know what to do with it. Now I do. I might go find some chairs. Thanks for the inspiration. :) I need to find out if anyone in my town carries Dixie Belle.

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  6. This was definitely a winner of a project! Did you make new curtains too or did you have them already? Hard to believe you didn't plan this one before you ordered the paint. Love it for sure!!!

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    1. I know it! That's why I describe it as a big AHA moment, it was too perfect once I realized I could use the paint on the dining room set! The curtains are around five years old, but this room definitely had a bit of a red theme happening already. It truly couldn't have worked out any better!

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  7. Love the red! Great job. I inherited some furniture last summer and though it's 90 years old, it's not heirloom quality. The mini buffet and dresser with a mirror would look so much better with this paint. Thanks for sharing your transformation!

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    1. I have several other pieces of furniture in my house, including the original chair project I had in mind, that could all use some Dixie Belle Paint, too. I have a feeling I'll have more projects to share like this in the future, it was so much fun!

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  8. Whoa! I love this! I have the same set-up for our kitchen table/chairs - that same color, tho a more plain style. I'm doing this right after xmas. Wonder if this would work on my cupboards, too - hmmmmmm - they're the same orange-y color, which I loathe, but there are a LOT of them so I haven't wanted to paint. Checking out the site - thx so much for this post!

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    1. Yes, to the cabinets! I think I watched every Dixie Belle tutorial on YouTube before beginning our dining set and there were a couple several for kitchen cabinets. I think both the stain and paint would work great. Also, you should do a quick google search for images or search the #dixiebellepaint for inspiration -- there's a lot!

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  9. Maureen, I can't wait to see more home decor projects from you!!! Yay! Your house looks so cozy and pretty, thanks for sharing.
    Melissa

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  10. Looks super, makes the details on the chairs stand out; reminds me of really nice machine or hand quilting. I also have the orangey oak dining table that gives you the shivers. Appears that you had an excellent assistant.

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  11. Love how it turned out. I may try this myself.

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