Dixie Belle around MY house

Dixie Belle around MY house

As you know, we recently built our own home. We bought 5 acres of land, designed a floorplan with an architect, and moved in the shell to do the finish work ourselves. It is still VERY MUCH a work in progress, but Dixie Belle Paint Company has been used all along the way. Here is a complication of our Dixie Belle projects around our home.

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1. Our Mud Room

Its the first thing you see when you walk in our house from the garage, a place for coats, backpacks, leashes, shoes, etc. My images are from before our flooring was installed, feels like forever ago.

I created this space with an unfinished piece of butcher block from Floor and Decor, stained it in Minwax Jacobean, and used several coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide. We cut the top drawer off a three drawer base cabinet and used the butcher block for a bench over our shoe drawers. Two years later and it still looks flawless!

Dixie Belle Paint projects Mud Room Bench
Dixie Belle Paint projects DIY Mud Room Bench

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2. Patina Planters

Flanking our front doors are these topiaries in resin planters. The planters had faded over time and were uninteresting.

These planters got a makeover using Dixie Belle Bronze Patina paint with Blue Spray. Catch the process on video HERE!

Dixie Belle Paint projects DIY Patina Planters
Dixie Belle Paint Projects DIY Patina Planters

3. My Dining Room Table

The table I really want is not in stock due to covid 😔 so I picked up this Restoration Hardware dining table off of Facebook Marketplace as a temporary solution, but it was too dark for me.

The solution, Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in white! I took advantage of the deep wood grain texture on this table and gave it a coat of white wax. The wax can be used over an existing finish, it found all of those deep grooves and gave a beautiful whitewashed look. Bonus, it beads up water on my table too!

Dixie Belle Paint Projects white wax makeover on dining table
Dixie Belle Paint Projects Whitewash  furniture with wax

4. My Iron Front Doors

It can’t always be new projects, sometimes we have to do a little bit of maintenance too. Did you know Dixie Belle Big Mommas Butta can be used on metal? That’s right, it freshens up stainless steel (think appliances), leather (think sofas), and furniture as well!

My iron front doors were installed early in construction and took a beating during the process. I used Big Mommas Butta and a wax brush to bring them back to life and add luster.

Dixie Belle Paint Projects Iron Front Door Facelift with Dixie Belle Big Mammas Butta

5. A Rock Climbing Wall

You read that right, we put in a rock climbing wall and its a popular hang out/zoom spot/reading nook for our kids

During construction, we decided to capture these random nooks and drywall them. This nook was a fairly good size, so we created a kid’s corner complete with a climbing wall. This was done using a 4’x8′ sheet of maple plywood, lightly sanded with my Surf Prep Sander, and coated in several coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide, then added climbing rocks and a rope from Amazon.

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DIY indoor rock climbing wall Dixie Belle Paint Projects

6. Our Range Hood

This may be one of the most impactful Dixie Belle projects in my home, its a showstopper, and I adore it to this day.

I looked at metal hoods, but they were quite costly, so I purchased this unfinished wood range hood from Etsy. We sprayed a base of Dixie Belle Coffee Bean for coverage, then 2 coats of Bronze Patina Paint, also sprayed. Blue activator Patina Spray created a faux metal look, and Buttercream paint along the bottom to match our cabinets, then coated in Gator Hide.

You can see more details on this range hood makeover in my Kitchen Blog HERE.

Dixie Belle Paint Projects Kitchen Range Hood DIY Makeover
DIY Range Hood Makeover Dixie Belle Paint Projects

7. My Staging Wall

It’s not glamorous, but staging walls need maintenance too, and after two years, mine was full of holes.

Before a new coat of paint, I filled them with Dixie Mud in white and a putty knife. A fresh coat of Behr titanium, and we are back in business!

Filled holes and fresh paint on my staging wall Dixie Belle Paint Projects

8. My Son’s Wall Mural

The theme in his room is buffalo check, cabin-esque, woodland inspired, dating from the crib bedding I had chosen from his nursery.

In our new home, I completed this with a birch tree mural. The trees are done in Dixie Belle Caviar, bark in Driftwood, and Evergreen for the leaves. Another project that looks great after 2 years of kid exposure!

Birch Tree Mural Boys room accent wall Dixie Belle Paint Projects

9. Lego Display Shelves

As a boy mom, we are a Lego family through and through. My feet were begging for a place to display all of those special builds.

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These shelves started as photo ledges found on Facebook Marketplace, a variety of profiles and sizes. I painted them all on 2 coats of Dixie Belle Caviar and 2 coats of Gator Hide.

Lego Wall Shelves painted black Dixie Belle Paint Projects

10. And of course…Furniture!

Last, but not least, I couldn’t be a painter and not have a house full of Dixie Belle painted furniture. Here are those I’ve kept for myself…

There isn’t a room in my house without a Dixie Belle project!

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 brushedbybrandy.com. 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!Facebook.com/brushedbybrandyInstagram.com/brushedbybrandyYoutube.com/brushedbybrandyBrushedbybrandy.com

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Rosemary Leo

    Hi Brandy, My name is Rosemary and I am new to all this painting and I found your tutorials online. I am such a huge fan of your work. It’s amazing! You have me hook line and sinker !

    1. Brandy K.

      That is so sweet, so happy to welcome you

    2. Brandy K.

      You are so sweet, so happy to have you on board!

  2. Sue

    Been watching your online videos. You have filled me with inspiration to tackle new painting ideas. Thank you!

  3. Jane Rogers

    Merry Christmas Brandy! I’m new to Dixie Belle and am having a ball redoing furniture. Your videos are great and I’m constantly going back and forth for information. I lost my job after 25 years and am trying to cope with COVID situation. The painting projects are keeping me focused and happy. Thank you. Have a healthy new year. Janie Rogers…NJ.

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you! Check out my youtube channel, lots of fully edited videos coming in 2021

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