How to Make Your Pieces Pop

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3 Hours

Brushed by Brandy said this piece was intimidating as all heck. It was huge and boldly styled, those claw feet make a statement on their own. When I picked this up, my husband wasn't sure what I was thinking! I just look for things that are different, styles I haven’t done before, and well made. This thrift store find met those criteria, so I brought the set home.

how to make your pieces pop

I started by cleaning this piece well with Dixie Belle White Lightning. The original finish was fairly smooth, so I also gave it a coat of Dixie Belle Slick Stick, a gripping primer.

how to make your pieces pop

With a clean surface to start with, next was two coats of Dixie Belle Caviar, a nice, true, black. I got great coverage over the white primer in two coats of Caviar. I knew other than the gold leaf, this would be a simple finish underneath, so I sealed my paint with Dixie Belle Gator Hide. I did tint the Gator Hide with just a bit of Caviar paint to help prevent streaking over the dark black paint. Tinting clear coat is especially helpful over the darkest and lightest colors, whites, blacks, navy, etc.

how to make your pieces pop

We wanted a random look with the gold leaf. I started in an upper corner and carried it down in a diagonal using Mod Podge as my adhesive. Let it get a bit tacky, then lay the leaf, tearing the edges so it doesn't lay in a perfect square. The leaf needed more so I also used the Imperial Damask stencil by Redesign By Prima.

how to make your pieces pop

I replaced the two pulls I was missing with gold pulls from Hobby Lobby, added a gold drapery tassel, and this was ready to stage! One of my favorite pieces for how well it photographed.

how to make your pieces pop

My favorite custom orders are when a customer gives me a color and then sets me free. I can usually envision a piece from there. At first we were looking at black and copper, but that changed to gold.

how to make your pieces pop

Suggested materials:

  • Caviar Chalk Mineral Paint  (
  • Slick Stick  (
  • Gator Hide  (
Dixie Belle Paint Company

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2 questions
  • Tessa
    on Nov 18, 2018

    I want to paint my dresser like the original picture - could you tell me which colors you would use & the order in which to use them? I really appreciate it! Thanks much!

    • Old grouchy granny
      on Nov 26, 2018

      This is an amazing Phantom of the Opera style piece of furniture! Not sure whether i prefer a solid color or the new dramatic paint job. Either way, I would love to have this in my dining room. I can imagine it as the star of any room. Just love it.

  • Naomi Avalos
    on Dec 21, 2018

    Has anyone ever cut the bottom half of a hutch in half, put them back to back raise the now 1 piece to make n island? I hope i explained this good enough. I can't try right now because im post op from surgery, my husband thinks I'm wierd I know it can be done.

    • Lesley Forsyth Gates
      on Jan 2, 2019

      I think you are absolutely right. It is a great idea! You could even put granite on the top and it would be amazing.

      My neighbor just did it with a dresser and it looks great!

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