Painting in Plaid, Non-Traditional Holiday Decor

Painting in Plaid, Non-Traditional Holiday Decor

Fall doesn’t have to be shades of orange and gold anymore, don’t be afraid to decorate in colors that speak to you, and with 60+ paint colors, Dixie Belle Paint can cover them all!

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Materials List

  • Dixie Belle Paint in Palmetto, In the Navy, Cotton, Colonel Mustard, and Gravel Road
  • Two cedar 1”x6″ fencing posts from the hardware store, connected with paint sticks on the rear.
  • Dixie Belle synthetic bristle paint brush mini
  • 4 paper mache pumpkins from the craft store
  • Lettering stencils
  • 120 grit sandpaper for distressing
  • Dixie Belle Gator Hide top coat

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1. Choose your inspiration

Autumn to me is the time to dig out the down comforter, put away the flip flops, and dust off the fireplace. My inspiration was the warmth and comfort of fall plaids. A table runner in shades of teal, gold, and gray was my inspiration. Not your traditional orange pumpkins, but speaks to the feel of the season.

My project would be fall decor with a message that offers a warm invite to guests, a scape of paper mache pumpkins and leaning wood sign.

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2. Don’t be afraid to mix!

With 60+ colors in their line, not only are all the colors you see an option, but every color in between as well. My inspiration piece included a teal that I custom mixed by combining 3 parts Dixie Belle Palmetto to 1 part Dixie Belle In the Navy.

It is the perfect compliment to the Colonel Mustard and Warm Gray of Gravel Road.

Beautiful one coat coverage means this project only took a few hours and was completed in one day!

3. Add interest with pattern and texture

With a coat on my sign and my pumpkins, I set off adding interest with pattern.

I used a sponge brush to create lines on my sign and by thinning the paint with a bit of water, it gave me the overlapping look of plaid.

The sign lettering was done with craft store lettering stencils and Redesign with Prima stencil roll stencils on the pumpkins.

4. Choose the best top coat

With a house under construction, my decor will be indoors this year, but I hope I can adorn the porch next year, so I chose a top coat sealant that is appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, Dixie Belle Gator Hide.

Gator Hide wipes on with a sponge or brush, is water repellant, and dries rock hard, with a medium satin sheen.

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The finished result is a warm and inviting display that compliments my year round decor!

Brandy K.

Bio:I wanted to take a chance to introduce myself, I am Brandy Kollenborn, a furniture painter from Sacramento, CA and owner and artisan behind  “Brushed By Brandy”. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys, Noah 11, Ashton 8, and Logan 5, married for 16 years to my favorite furniture cameraman, repairman and delivery person, Sean. I have a degree in finance and left my career with The State of CA to stay home when my youngest son was born, with no clue what my next step would be, it was a leap of faith!The first pieces I did were a bedroom set in 2016 that tenants left behind in our rental, it was beat up, but solid wood, and I had nothing to lose, it was either going to the curb or I could make something of it. I've always been on the crafty/artistic side so this was a great way to express that on huge canvases. My hobby has turned into a booming little business, most of my pieces are sold before I create them and designed alongside my customer. My style is blended, smooth, colorful statement pieces for any room.I'm proud to partner with The Dixie Belle Paint company and Prima Marketing group creating sample pieces, lives, and blogging tutorials at We are in the process of building our forever home on 5 acres for our boys, it will be my biggest custom project to date :) and I love sharing that journey on my page and in a blog as well. We are project people through and through, don't know how to sit still.I'm so appreciative of the support, my confidence wavers all the time, I love answering questions and connecting with other creatives, this community has been so welcoming to me and I hope I can return that! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, I never imagined there would be interest in me painting furniture in my garage!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Betty Grotts

    If you would please tell me what colors you mixed to get the beautiful color of flat mustard . DId you use dark wax on the dresser. I have a small china cabinet in my kitchen and would love to have the color you come up with. I used dixie bell before on small items and getting ready to tackle with china cabinet.

    1. Brandy K.

      This piece is Dixie belle paint in colonel mustard tinted with chocolate and highlighted with buttercream and satin top coat

  2. Debra Hubbs

    All your projects come out perfect. You have such a great eye for everything.

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