Updated: Feb 28

This Vintage 1920's Leather Suitcase and cast iron legs from the same era had been sitting around the warehouse. I thought they'd make a unique side table, but these 100 year old pieces NEEDED to be painted first.

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For the luggage I used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Stormy Seas, then used Bronze Patina Paint. For the accents I used Dixie Belle Gilding Wax in Bronze & Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Black.

Keeping with the vintage theme, I decided to add this Roycycled Decoupage Paper named "Numbered Decollage".

These vintage style prints from Roycyled. They're 20” x 30”, and big enough to use for large furniture or wall art.

You'll need just a few supplies for decoupaging, and I’ve posted a Video Tutorial to follow along with here. Just click PLAY:



The supplies you'll need to get started are:

  • Decoupage paper

  • Chip brush

  • Artist brush

  • Bowl of water

  • Adhesive

I’m using a Dixie Belle Premium Chip Brush to apply Dixie Belle’s Satin Clear Coat as an adhesive.

Step #1:

Line up the decoupage paper where you want it, then place something heavy enough in the center to keep it from moving. I used a book since it’s not too big and bulky.

Step #2:

Lift up one side of the paper, with the book holding it down in the middle.

Step #3:

Apply a thin even layer of adhesive.

Step #4:

Working from the center out, smooth out the paper with your hands. Be gentle to avoid making wrinkles. You’ll have a little time before the adhesive dries to lift up the paper and work out any wrinkles.

When you’re working on a flatter surface, it's much easier to smooth out wrinkles. My suitcase has an uneven surface, so it did get a few. They add to the character of this piece, so I left them there.

Since I’m going for a vintage look on this project, I gave the paper a jagged edge along the sides so it has a torn paper look.

To do this, all you need is an artist brush, and a bowl of water.

Dab the water along the edges of where you want it to end, then use your thumb to gently start ripping the paper. Easy as that!

Now just add some clear coat under, then over the edges to keep them in place.

I sealed the entire piece using Dixie Belle's Flat Clear Coat, but you can use any clear coat.

I hope you found some inspiration, and I want to Thank You for joining me on my tutorial! From Wall Art to Painted Furniture, there’s so many ways to use decoupage in your projects.

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All the products & links are listed below:

Numbered Decollage

Dixie Belle’s Satin Clear Coat

Dixie Belle Premium Chip Brush

Dixie Belle's Flat Clear Coat

For the Paint :

Stormy Seas

Bronze Patina Paint

Dixie Belle Gilding Wax

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Updated: Aug 20, 2021

I like to save time, especially when I'm painting a large piece of furniture. If it makes life easy, I tell everyone! There's tons of painted furniture ideas out there, but a lot depends on your skill level, space, and budget. So let me point you towards a sure victory with professional results.

Quality products matter. I used less than a jar of paint and one brush to do this project, so it required little investment in products. Even if you're a beginner, this one thing makes painting furniture or cabinets a whole lot easier. Two coats of paint, and you're done!

Let me tell you a story of how I saved a ton of time, and got STUNNING results using Silk All In One by Dixie Belle Paint. Wait till you see the Before & After, I couldn't be happier.

At the end of the blog, I've posted links for 2 Videos on How to Use Silk Paint, along with the links to the few products I used for the project.

This Vintage Credenza was a mess when it arrived. If you missed the last blog post, it was covered in thick White Latex Paint, and I almost didn't bother with it.

I wanted this BIG thing out of my small space, and fast. But the last thing I wanted to do was hunch over it with chemicals and sand paper outside in the Florida heat for days.

On a whim, I used an All-Natural Paint Stripper called GreenEZ, which took only MINUTES to remove the paint. It was so darn good I wrote a blog about it LOL! I only use Non-Toxic Products, and you can find them all @ The Warehouse & Website.

You can read my Blog about it here:

So here's where the magic happens. Silk All In One has a Stain Blocking Primer and Top Coat built into the paint, so this was the perfect test to see how great the finish is on a large surface. I'm happy to report, it's FAB. No streaks, just a flawless finish that you can touch and use everyday.

Hampton Olive has been the most popular shade around, so I went for that as my main color, with Black Sands for the top and accents.

But there's so many gorgeous colors to choose from!

Here's How I Did It:

Whether you've stripped it, or you're painting over existing paint, you want a clean surface to start with.

I clean everything before I paint with Dixie Belle's White Lightning. It will de-grease and remove all debris from furniture, kitchen cabinets or whatever you want to paint.

(Scuff Sand with a fine grade sand paper, then apply Dixie Belle Slick Stick if you’re painting over Factory Finish, Laminate, Glass or Plastic. Basically any shiny surface. Slick Stick will give it a proper surface to adhere.

To get started, give your paint a good stir, and be sure to mix it up every time you use it. That way you’re getting the formulation evenly distributed.

Pour a small amount into a bowl, otherwise you risk drying out your paint by leaving the jar opened.

Starting with a dry brush, lightly dip the tip of your brush into the paint. I included a picture above to show just how little I start with. As they say, a little goes a long way.

Using the right brush makes it easier to avoid brush strokes, and get a nice smooth application. I used the Dixie Belle Mini Synthetic Brush, because it’s perfect for getting even smooth strokes.

You don't need much paint on your brush, dip just the tip of the brush into the paint. Start away from the edges to prevent drips, and smooth it out in long strokes. This paint is self-leveling, and will dry to an even flawless finish.

(TIP: If you’re painting furniture that has a top lip that hangs over, be sure to get the underside of it. It’s easier to do now than have to fix it when you’re finished!)

I apply 2 coats of paint, and wait 24 hours between coats. Once the second coat is on, it will be touch-dry in 45-60 minutes. After 30 days, the paint will be fully cured to a durable, water, stain and scratch resistant finish.

This went from a heap of rubble, to a show room piece....IMAGINE the possibilities!

Watch How To Paint with Dixie Belle's Silk All In One Here:

Watch how we painted this Credenza, hear some more tips, & see how it all started out here:


Here's the links for the Silk Paint that I used:



These are the other products I used:

GreenEZ Strip & Clean Soy Based Stripper (for stripping the paint off)

White Lightning Cleaner

Dixie Belle MINI 2" Synthetic Flat Edge Paint Brush

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Updated: Aug 20, 2021

I just finished painting this Mid Century Credenza, and want to show you how the makeover went step by step, starting with a painted piece of furniture.

It was covered in thick latex paint, and I wasn't even planning on refurbishing it. In the past, stripping paint off furniture meant using harsh chemicals, hours of sanding, trying not to damage veneer, wearing a mask and gloves...and too much time.

As you can see, the outside was rough, but it's a well-made piece.

Stripping paint or varnish off furniture is something I swore I’d never do again. Until a month ago, when Wise Owl sent me this Soy Based Stripper & Cleaner called GreenEZ.

Click the picture below for all the details and how to order it from our website.

Since suffering a chemical burn a few years back, harsh chemicals in products will have me at the doctor's office.

That's why I use plant & mineral based products 100% of the time, and why I'm so excited about this stripper. It's opened the door to more projects, starting with this classic Vintage Credenza.

You can use it indoors, so I did a Tutorial Video on how to use the GreenEZ Strip & Clean for my Mid Century Makeover.

Check out the video below, and let me know if you have questions. I've also written the simple steps to follow for easy reference.

Here's my SIMPLE instructions on How to Strip Paint or Varnish off of wood furniture, or any surface. (Follow along with the video your first time, and you'll see how simple)

The set comes with a bottle of cleaner pictured on the right. Attach a sprayer nozzle directly to the top. I got one from the dollar store, and it worked just fine.

Spray the whole area that you want to clean, wipe really well with a rag and let dry.

Next, I use a chip brush to apply the stripper to one portion of the piece at a time. Here's the Dixie Belle Premium Chip Brush that I use.

Click the pictures for a link to my store.

After letting the stripper sit for 45 minutes, the paint comes right off using a paint scraper, or mini rubber spatula.

A rubber spatula will prevent scratching and digging, especially if you’re stripping paint or varnish off old veneer.

Once you’ve stripped the paint off, use the cleaner again to make sure you’ve removed everything. Wipe the piece down really well with a damp cloth.

After that, you’re ready to prep your piece of furniture for paint!

I’ll be posting part 2 of my Mid-Century Modern Makeover using Dixie Belle Silk Mineral Paint. But first, you can see how easy it is to strip paint and varnish off furniture before painting.

Feel free to reach out with any questions! I love to talk paint!

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