Texture Painting

Yep, I did it again… I am pretty addicted to this texture painting… I have always fell in love with anything and everything chippy and old looking…. The more chippy the better….maybe I just like old stuff.

This Month on the Dixie Belle Paint facebook page I did a Live and I demonstrated how to get this chippy look with only using 3 paint colors, Sea Spray and a Putty Knife. You can check out the video here: https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/videos/2566301013390345/
later I hopped on my Restore-ology page and finished it up.

It was such a fun and easy project I couldn’t wait to try it again. I had the perfect project right in my garage and it was just begging for a make over… it was an old pine Armoire I had purchased about 25 years ago and its been used throughout the years for various uses and shifted from room to room. It was just perfect to try out on my Painted Texture technique. Of course I forgot the before picture, but basically it was a light pine color and the bottom doors cracked and broke off years ago so I put baskets in them.

Basically the hard part was coming up with 3 colors to do it in… Why 3 you ask? Thats just was I always like to paint with, but it would never hurt to go with more colors..

I am trying to achieve the concept that this piece was painted throughout the years with layers and layers of old paint and the under layers are chipping away, and to achieve this look I use a texture additive, its called Sea Spray. It is sold by Dixie Belle Paint.

With this piece I began with the color Antebellum and Sea Spray and made my mixture a consistency of watery oatmeal… “sorry I couldn’t think of a better example” but thats what its like “watery oatmeal”. I also add a little bit of water to the mixture to keep it not so chunky. I took my putty knife and concentrated on the edges and applied it pretty much all over the piece. Next I needed a lighter color so I mixed a 50/50 mixture of Antebellum and some Haint Blue and make another oatmeal mixture with the Sea Spray. I applied that over the dry surface of the previous color with my putty knife in long strokes and this time I concentrated on the whole surface.

You can also use a chip brush to help apply the mixture and dap in areas that maybe hard to get to or just to help spread the mixture on. I needed a 3rd color and finally decided on Terra Cotta, I only needed to mix up a little if this and put this on in random areas. I did go back and added a little more of the Antebellum back in certain areas “its up to you on how much you want to apply”. The inside of the bottom cabinet I just painted with a brush. After it was all dry and done I DID not sand or anything I added some Best Dang Wax in Clear to the whole piece and it really brought out the colors.

Tip: I like to add a little water to the mix. It helps the paint chip when it dries

Tip: I like to use the plastic putty knives, it spreads a lot easier.

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  • Sea Spray
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Antebellum
  • Haint Blue
  • Terra Cotta
  • Best Dang Wax Clear
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  • Holly Phillips
  • Restore-ology
  • “Easy Peasy Painting A Chippy Look”

    If I can do it anybody can….I just Love, Love , Love old chippy paint. I have been trying to create the chippy look for a while, of course without using my Milk Paint, I love Milk Paint, if you do it right it can chip like crazy, but now that I found Sea Spray by Dixie Belle its so fun. It is a texture additive “powder form” you add to paint to make it thicker and give texture to just about anything you can paint. So I have been doing a little experimenting with it and came up with a great way to create a layered texture look.

    I had to do a Live Video on the Dixie Belle Facebook page so I found this perfect piece “Offer up for $35.00” It was the perfect piece to do this technique on. I once did it on a door and they published it in the Flea Market Decor Magazine in the same way.

    So as you all must know by now I am absolutely petrified of getting on camera and doing Live Videos, I might never do it if it wasn’t for my wonderful camera lady Hannah, my sweet daughter, so If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Its pretty simple really, I used only 3 colors, a chip brush, putty knife and Sea Spray. Thats all you need to get this amazing finish. You can catch the first part of it here: https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/videos/2566301013390345/

    The first part is basic, I lightly added Vintage Duck Egg (no Sea Spray) to the whole piece, randomly and don’t make it perfect because you will be covering it up. Then I mixed up Putty and the Sea Spray (I just guesstimated) which really wasn’t that much, maybe a 1/4 cup. Then I applied the mixture with my putty knife to areas, mostly on the bottom and corners of the piece. I then mixed up the Vintage Duck Egg and the Sea Spray and used the putty knife and went over just about the whole piece again. This was my inspiration picture from Pinterest.

    You can see here it is starting to chip and crackle away nicely.

    Tip: When mixing the paint and Sea Spray use a little water. It helps a lot for when it dries it tends to chip more.

    Tip: When putting on the texture with the putty knife always go with the grain of the wood and try for long strokes.

    The next step I mixed up Savannah Mist and Sea Spray and that went just about all over the piece also, just short of going over the edges of the Vintage Duck Egg, and Don’t worry about going over the Putty because I also went back and added a little more of that after the piece was finished. If you have trouble with the putty knife I used my chip brush and added the paint in long strokes with it. Its not all exact science. Just take a step back and look at areas that may need a little more paint color. Just try to use long stokes when adding the textured paint.

    I ran out of time on the Dixie Belle Page and Finished it up on a Live Video on my own site. You can catch it here:

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    I wanted the predominant color to be Savannah Mist, so that went over last. You can touch up with the remaining mix of Vintage Duck Egg and Putty in areas. To finish I sanded all the corners, including opening the door and sanding around that. Well thank you for reading, I always appreciate support. Let me know if you have any questions. These pictures will also be on my Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook pages, so be sure to check them out.


    • Sea Spray
    • Savannah Mist
    • Vintage Duck Egg
    • Putty
    • Putty knife
    • Chip brush

    Tutorial: https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/videos/2566301013390345/

    Tutorial: https://www.facebook.com/Restoreology/videos/727119191121786?sfns=mo

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    Thank you so much again,

    Holly Phillips

    “Dramatically Sweet”

    I think its a bit Dramatic, but also Sweet…. It didn’t start out this way, of course things never do anymore with me, but I am happy with how it turned out. She has color and bit of GLAM. I have painted pieces before in purple and I liked them, but I always find purple difficult to paint. So in my head I wanted a soft pink with a little purple showing.

    This was the before picture. So I started out with a Tea Rose and an Apricot blend all over the whole piece. In the center I added Aubergine along with a wash of Spanish Moss all over the whole piece, even over the Tea Rose. I love to add a Spanish moss washes to purples and blacks. I felt that the Aubergine was way to overbearing, so I took a damp rag and wiped it off, the left over was the pretty pink, so I left it.

    I knew I wanted to add some GLAM to this so I added some Metallic paint “Gold Digger”, I may have got a bit carried away but when you stand back and look at it, It really shines. I also added some Warm Gold gilding wax to had a little more dimension to the gold around the handles. I also dug out my Best Dang Wax in Brown, which I haven’t used in a while, and added the brown wax to areas.

    So what about the Drips you ask??? Well that was just one more happy mistake so I went with it, its my quirky way of “doing my style”. My Tea Rose and Spanish Moss were really wet and dripped everywhere so I just went with it and later added more.

    Its just perfect to me “Dramatically Sweet”.

    Products used:

    • Tea Rose
    • Aubergine
    • Apricot
    • Spanish Moss
    • Best Dang Wax clear
    • Best Dang Wax Brown
    • Gold Digger metallic paint
    • Warm Gold Gilding Wax.

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    Restore-ology by Holly

    “It’s The Little Things That Make a Big Difference”

    I am still working on all the new Dixie Belle Paint colors, they are so amazing I just can’t get enough of them….. they have two amazing new Blue colors “Dusty Blue”and “Antebellum Blue” If you have been waiting for that perfect light blue and a darker blue these are your colors….

    I just decided to redo a dresser that was previously used over and over for other tutorials and demonstrations for the new metallic paints. No sanding or stripping necessary. Since the dresser wasn’t sealed I just painted right over it…. thats what I love about painting, its so easy to change your mind along with colors.

    I usually stick to 3 or 4 colors on a piece. I love color, depth, dimension, shadows ect…. Its so hard for me to paint a piece in just one color. With this piece I was pretty happy with the base color as Antebellum and the shading with light blending in the Dusty Blue….

    I applied my Big Mamma’s Butta all over the whole piece for a sealer… I am such a fan of wax. I have waxed furniture from over 6 years ago in my own house and they have held up great. I also love the look of wax, it has a nice matte finish.

    Big Momma’s Butta is Dixie Belle’s newest wax. The one I love is Orange Grove, it smells amazing. They also have two other scents. It works perfectly to deodorize smelly musty drawers. Its all natural and echo friendly. So anywho…. since it was already clear waxed I decided to use my White Wax “Best Dang Wax” in the crevices and cracks of the top and bottom of this pieces. I used a shop rag and rubbed it in all the cracks all over the top and bottom of the piece, and also the inner edge of the drawers, then I took a clean rag and wiped off the excess, leaving the white wax in the cracks.

    I can really see the dimensions now, so glad I did it. But I still felt it needed more….. Just a little something to draw your eye to the pieces…. I decided on my Redesign with Prima Transfers. I order them last year and they come with so many I had tons to pick from. These transfers are so easy to use, they are rub-on transfers, and you do just exactly that “rub then on” and Voila… thats just what it needed…. it draws the eye to the piece now….. SEE….. “Its the little things that make a big difference”.


    • Antebellum blue
    • Dusty Blue
    • Best Dang Wax (white)
    • Big momma’s Butta (Orange Grove)
      Scrolls and Accents by ReDesign with Prima.

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    A footnote: Dixie Belle no longer carries the Scrolls and Accents transfer but they carry the gold ones, look here to check it out: https://dixiebellepaint.com/gilded-ornate-flourishes-transfer/?aff=183

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    “Rusty Nail”

    “Rusty Nail” is just one of the most recent colors released by Dixie Belle Paints. Its a cross between a red and an orange color. Its a Fab Boho color… a dark coral if you ask me. It is one of those colors I have been on the hunt for lately.

    I couldn’t wait for my box of paints to get here in the mail to start working on pieces using all the new colors. This piece I did was an old dresser I picked up and it really needed a makeover… It was the typical cherrywood style…. so yes, a coat of “Boss” on it to block the tannins…

    The knobs were really old an they needed a little more pizazz… so what better then to add some Patina….

    Dixie Belle has a great line of patina products, the Iron, Bronze and Copper and you can order the Blue and Green activator. On these knobs I used Bronze and the Green Patina spray. You apply a light coat of Bronze paint and let that dry and add another light coat and while it is wet you spray it with the green activator. Its super easy to use. I let them dry and added a light coat of wax to seal them.

    After my coat of The Boss in clear dried I used some Caviar on the top, and I applied 2 coats. The base of this dresser I painted in the new Rusty Nail and in the center area I applied some Terra Cotta (also a color by Dixie Belle). After some water on my brush and a little blending I achieved the look I was looking for. I used just a little of the Terra Cotta because a little bit of Dixie Belle goes a long way. I was super happy with the results. I can’t wait to start working on the next new color. ❤️

  • Products:
    • The Boss, clear
      Rusty Nail
      Terra Cotta
      Bronze patina paint
      Green patina spray activator
      Clear wax
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    Holly Phillips

    “Happy Mistakes”

    Bob Ross was right, bad mistakes can be “Happy Mistakes”…. I picked up this cabinet from a girlfriend for $15.00. My plan was to use it in my garage to store all my Dixie Belle Paints for easy access. It has four nice shelves inside. I plan on putting some wheels on it so that I can easily wheel it away to get to my staging wall. Well, “curiosity killed the cat” and I was just dying to see what was underneath those old layers of paint.

    I headed to Lowes and bought the strongest stripper I could find. The first coat seemed like it was working, second coat not so much, third coat and so forth was just a fail and after two days of scrapping and picking I finally gave up. I was so glad after to find out it was not special wood underneath at all, Just some sorta particle board. Boo hoo. Well, back to the ole drawing board. My fave color is Blue so just got out all my Dixie Belle Paints in Blue.

    The first coat I applied was Peacock. My main goal was to get to The Gulf “another favorite color of Dixie Belle”. So next I added Cobalt Blue, I just held my water bottle in hand and wiped and sprayed. Then I used The Gulf in the same manner.

    Next was splashes of Barn Red, Terra Cotta, and Colonel Mustard.

    So now I am in Love…. It is now my “Happy Mistakes” cabinet.


    • Peacock
    • Cobalt Blue
    • The Gulf
    • Barn Red
    • Terra Cotta
  • Colonel Mustard
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    Table Top Make-Overs

    What started out as table top make-overs for my Live Video tutorial on the Dixie Belle Facebook page helped me turn my Grandma’s amazing Duncan Phyfe game table in to a usable piece of art. I am just loving it.

    I see so many of these tables around but this time I actually “inherited” one… it was just the look I wanted for this piece… I started with some Stormy Seas and then a dry brush of Cotton. I just randomly “slapped” the Cotton all over. Then I added some Easy Peasy Wax and sprayed it all over the piece and wiped off the excess… I let that dry a little and took out some Dixie Dirt in Earth. I added all the dust in the cracks and crevices. This gave it the “dirty” look.

    For the top I decided to paint the first part in Cotton and then used some Mud Puddle and Once that was dry I added a little Sand Bar in areas. Once completely dry I went over the top again with a wet brush and some Voo Doo Gel stain in White Magic…that was it. I sealed the top with my Big Mama’s Butta…

    If you missed the tutorial you can catch the full version here 👉🏻 https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/videos/464658547445560?s=1759230247&v=e&sfns=mo

    I was really happy with the way it turned out. I think Grandma would have liked it a lot. 😊.

    • Voodoo gel stain- White Magic
    • Stormy Seas
    • Cotton
    • Mud puddle
    • Sand Bar
    • Dixie Dirt – Earth
      Big Mama’s Butta

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    Just one last look with the painting I did of my Golden Haired Girl.

    Thank you

    Holly Phillips

    I was published

    It is always an exciting feeling to be recognizes, but to be published in a magazine is just WOW… just to see a project you created and painted in a vibrant colored photo is just super exciting… It was exciting to stroll down your supermarket isle and see the magazine peeking out at me…. I nabbed mine right away at Barnes & Noble….

    Fleamarket Challenge

    The Dixie Belle Brand Ambassadors were asked to do a challenge for the Flea Market Decor Magazine, the challenge was to paint a piece of furniture in all 6 of the new Flea Market colors. It took me a while to find that perfect piece, absolutely nothing came to me that would look good with all the colors on it… I decided “how cool to paint a door”, I see them all the time on Pinterest, those beautiful timeless, vibrant doors and got on my local Offerup site. I found the perfect vintage door… it was only $40.00 but I had to drive 40 miles, but sooooo well worth it.

    Flea Market Decor Magazine

    I was going for the layered chippy look. I used all 6 colors. The Flea Market Decor colors are: Reclaimed Barn, Patina, Market Green, Aged Ivory, Birchwood and Golden Years… all available on the Dixie Belle Paint site or check them out here 👉🏻 https://dixiebellepaint.com?aff=183

    I was so happy with how it turned out, and even more excited it was chosen to be in the magazine along with three other talented artists. I need to give a shout out to Dixie Belle Paint Company for submitting the photo.

    Be sure to check out Flea Market Decor Magazine at your local Barnes and Noble or grocery store. This was April/May 2019.

    Thank you all again….

    Black Wash

    I have recently became fascinated with all things Black lately…. I know grey was in for a while and still going strong, but I absolutely love a simple Black color for furniture.

    When I picked up this amazing old “Italian” cabinet I knew it didn’t need a whole lot done to it so I decided to just give it more life with some Black Paint “Caviar” by Dixie Belle Paint..

    When I say “wash”, I mean exactly that…. just a watered down color. You literally just wash it on and using a rag wipe off the areas that seem heavy or just where you want more of the wood underneath to show through.

    For the gold pieces, which by the way are amazing, and what really attracted this piece to me, got just a finger dusting of Warm Gold Guilding wax. Voila… thats all there was to it…


    • Caviar
    • Warm Gold gilding wax
    • Brush
    • Rag

    The Original marble top was just a bonus to this already awesome piece.

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    Creative Knobs

    Create this look…

    I have been to Hobby Lobby countless times to pick up their knobs for all my various pieces, I tend to get there the week they are not on 50% off sale… lol, but they are reasonably priced and have a great selection. Last week I was at Hobby Lobby, and of course it was the week the knobs were not on sale, so I navigated towards the art aisle and happened upon those fancy natural looking beads that is all the trend now in home decor and thought, “I love those big beads, wonder what I could do with them”. I had a thought to make some dangly knobs for a fun and funky BoHo look with them so I picked up a couple of the bags of the natural Big and Medium beads and some wired twine from the floral department.

    “This is what I used”.

    I then used my Dixie Belle Voo Doo Gel stain in Tobacco Road, Up In Smoke and Temptress, and did some staining on the beads. If you didn’t already know Voo Doo Gel Stain is a water based stain so its easy to work with and easy to clean up afterwards.

    “Voo Doo Gel Stain”

    This is the dresser I picked up at a local thrift store, I am painting it for my Mom’s Birthday and her favorite color is Yellow… I used a base of Rebel Yellow and shades with some Hurricane Gray and added a little Lemonade. I used some Voo Doo Gel stain in Tobacco Road on the legs to give them a fresh look.

    I liked the idea of the wired twine to be able to twist it and attach the beads to the back part of the drawers. It worked like a charm. I played around with a few designs until I came with the dangly style. I really think they turned out adorable and costs approximately $14.00 in total for 8 knob, and then some….

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    1. Rebel Yellow
    2. Lemonade
    3. Hurricane gray
    4. Voodoo Gel Stain Tobacco Road
    5. Voodoo Gel Stain Up In Smoke
    6. Voodoo Gel Stain Tempress

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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    I hope mom likes it…