Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Repurposed Changing Table {Dixie Belle Paint}

Remember a few weeks ago when I was sharing my goals for the New Year?  One of those was to tackle some house projects that have been on my to-do list and I'm happy to report I completed one last week!   

When my parents were cleaning out my grandmother's house and asking who wanted what furniture, I claimed an antique changing table because I knew I wanted to use it as a shelf and I had just just the spot for it in our playroom.  My girls love to play school so we have a lot of "teacher stuff" in the playroom.  Before this DIY painting project it was housed on this old shelf that probably was mine from from college.  Such a mess and I didn't even pick up for this picture.  #RealLife y'all...messes and unorganization and all.  

This was one of the lessons they had written on the white board for their students.  

I knew that this changing table/shelf would provide so much more space so I was excited to spruce it up a bit to make it fit the space.  

The lovely folks at Dixie Belle paint asked if we would be interested in trying some of their paint and knowing I had this project on my to-do list, I jumped at the chance.  I had never tried Dixie Belle paint before, but had success with a few other painting projects and was excited to give it a whirl.

They have such a wide variety of colors, but I chose Barn Red since our playroom has red accents and I couldn't wait to get started.  I knew the spindles would take me a while, and they did, but it was worth it!

I was so impressed with the coverage of the Dixie Belle paint.  It dries incredibly fast and although I really only needed to do one coat, I went back over a lot of the piece with a second coat just to be sure when it dried it would all look even. The Dixie Belle paint can be used on almost any surface and it worked out great because the main part of this was wood, but the flat part was laminate and the coverage worked the same for both types of surfaces.

The next day I distressed it a bit using a sanding block and then used their Clear Coat Satin Finish to seal the piece.

I learned that a little goes a long way.  It was best to work in small sections and I used a damp brush for the application.  

After letting it dry I was so excited to move it in the playroom and get everything organized!  

I found these baskets at Target and they came in several different sizes so they were perfect for holding all of their teacher things.

The kids were chomping at the bit to get started playing school and really loved their classroom set up in the corner of the playroom.

I was able to hold them off for just a couple of minutes so that I could get a few pictures, and then they were ready to get their lessons going.

I was so impressed with the Dixie Belle paint that now I can't wait to do some other painting projects.  There are a few other things hanging out on my to-do list that I'm now excited to get started on!  
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