This is a great time to get into our creative season! It's warming up outside and creating outdoors is our favorite thing to do. Whether it is picking up a great piece at a garage sale and painting it or finding an old rusty piece to plant in, we love this season!
What are you passionate about creating? Do you love the thrill of the hunt? What are your favorite places to find one of a kind pieces (besides MJC of course :) )?
If you love to paint furniture, like we do, what's your favorite Dixie Belle color? Have you heard about the new Metallics coming out?!! Yeah, we are freaking out about them too! They are going to be so beautiful!
With so many fun things to create this season, what is top on your list to accomplish this summer? Are you creating a backyard oasis? Maybe redoing the patio? Whatever it is, we hope you will find some time to pop in and show us your creations! We love seeing what our customers are creating.
Check out some samples of our favorite projects:
Who's ready for the warm weather?
We are ready to open the doors and get outside! We have already started leaving the shop doors open to get the fresh air in! This is a perfect time to start bringing the outside in and bring the inside out!!
Use ordinary old worn out items and breathe new life into them. Take an old rusty strainer, spray paint it a fun color, use a little chain to make a cute hanging planter! It has perfect drainage for the plant and it up-cycles a vintage piece.
Or take an old light fixture, take some plastic pots and glue them to the light fixture where the globe would go. Paint the entire thing in a fun color and plant some beautiful flowers in each! So pretty!
These are just a few examples of fun ways to use old items in a new beautiful unique way.
Looking to bring the outside it is fun too! Use old tin cans and some fun Dixie Belle paint colors to add some pizzaz to the can. You can plant so many different fun plants in these old cans! Aloe, cactus, lemongrass, moss, etc. Add these beautiful creations to your window sill, office desk, bathroom counter or side table.
Use old boots with holes that are ready for the trash and add some plants. These would be super cute by the front door. You could even paint the shoes with Dixie Belle paint and use Gator Hide to seal the outside.
Spring brings new life all around us. We love how nature begins to sprout and breathes new life into everything. This is the time to get outside and take in the fresh clean air and start the spring cleaning process. One of the fun parts of spring cleaning is finding new ways to use old worn out "junk" at your house.
We enjoy the hunt! We are pickers. We are passionate, creative and experienced in finding junk and turning it into Junktiques!
When you are looking to buy a piece, we recommend looking for the following:
1. Are there any visible major damages to the piece?
2. If there are drawers, do they work well?
3. Price, Price, Price. The important thing to remember is how much work you may have to put into the piece. If you plan to sell it, remember your time is important.
4. Lastly, the product you use on the piece is very important. You want to use quality product to make your project stand out.
MJC carry's the full line of Dixie Belle Paint. We believe in the product and are happy to help you choose the perfect product for your project.
If you want to spruce up a dated piece at home to give it new life we can help you get started.
The furniture painting trend has been around for a while. It started off by just painting one color on a piece. The big trend was white...paint all the things white! We've come a long way since then.
Whether its a curbside pick or garage sale castoff, any piece of furniture can be turned into a conversation piece; a real work of art, with just a little time and paint. The trend has moved to creating several layers of depth within a piece. You might say the bold colors just aren't your style and it's too much for your decor, but you would be surprised how stunning a pop of color can be in a neutral room.
If neutral colors are your thing, there are many ways to add interest and dimension with a soft pallet. Using dark wax or glaze on a white piece makes the details pop. Or maybe blending some grey in the corners of the drawers to add some definition. You can also add gilding wax to raised edges of a piece to make them stand out.
There are so many combinations and options with our Dixie Belle Paint line, we can help you make the best choices for your piece!
We are proud to be a Dixie Belle Premier Retailer! We carry the full line of Dixie Belle Products and are available to assist you in choosing the best products for your project. If you are unable to stop in to the shop, you can purchase your favorite Dixie Belle Products here - - - www.dixiebellepaint.com?aff=220
We use a five step process to ensure you receive the highest quality piece possible when we create our furniture art. The MJC Certification process our furniture artists use is as follows:
1. Small Spaces – Go BOLD
Really, it’s not too scary we promise. On a budget make a small room a bold color! It really is a myth that a bold or dark color will make a room small. It actually helps to give the room depth. So we say, go for it! Add a fun wallpaper (yes, we said wallpaper) to an accent wall. Or perhaps you find a bold piece of large art to add to a room. It can all be done on a budget and make a huge difference in your home. Check out these beautiful examples!
2. Mix Styles
Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. Contemporary can go with Modern and Vintage Shabby Chic can go with Traditional. It’s all about adding layers in the room. Home décor can be more about what you LOVE and makes your heart sing, than being worried about matchy matchy style. It’s also fabulous when we are watching the bank! We love a great bargain like the next gal and being able to mix styles helps not to box us in a corner. Check out these beautiful rooms for examples!
3. Look at the lights!
Lighting can be a really affordable way to update an entire space. Change up the lamps and lamp shades! Add a chandelier to the kitchen! Don’t be limited to your typical standard light fixtures. Also, let’s mix it up! Having different styles of lighting can create a beautiful look in any room. This can also give us some flexibility when we are searching for the perfect lamps. We don’t have to find two that match! Sometimes it’s fun to find two different lamps that are maybe the same color instead of identical twins Let’s see some examples in action!
4. Create contrast with COLOR!
If it’s not moving, odds are we are painting it!! Well, for the most part. We do love to keep some pieces au-natural but we LOVE a good pop of color! Being a Premier Dixie Belle Retailer we just can’t help ourselves sometimes! It is an extremely affordable way to add some pizzazz to any room. While keeping the room large pieces of furniture neutral you can add contrast with pops of color with smaller pieces and accessories!
5. Mix metals
But…..my mom says not to mix metals! Yeah, we know! Lots of women claim you shouldn’t mix metals…but you totally should! It’s chic, glamorous, on trend and affordable! We love being affordable. Having the flexibility to mix it up is what makes our homes unique. Rose gold is definitely a hot metal right now, as well as a light gold and mercury silver. Think about doing silver lamps with a gold frame. Or several frames with different metal finishes on one wall.