Dixie Belle Paint is a chalk mineral paint which has superb adhesive qualities allowing you to paint over practically anything without sanding, priming or prep work. Simply clean and paint! Dixie Belle Paint creates a gorgeous matte finish and distresses beautifully. This line has over 55 stunning colors and offers different glazes, waxes, stains, brushes, stencils and more.
MudPaint is a durable water-based paint that has a smooth, matte finish that is perfect for furniture painting, distressing and antiquing! MudPaint provides 19 colors, clear coat and waxes.
We added the MudPaint line first and so I have a few pieces of furniture completed with it that I’ll showcase here.
The dresser on the left was completed with MudPaint Suede Blue, distressed and the matte clear coat. The dresser on the right was completed with MudPaint Sand for the bottom portion and a different dark brown chalk paint on the top. It was distressed and clear coated as well.
This vanity, chair and mirror were all done custom for a client with MudPaint China White, distressed and clear coated.
I found MudPaint to have great coverage, self-leveling and showed no brush strokes, and was very easy to paint with. I also really liked how it distressed with little mess. Above all else, I love that I can shake it before use, instead of having to use a stir stick!
We recently added Dixie Belle to our shop and decided to do a “Wine & Watch” to showcase both paints. While I haven’t completed a large piece of furniture with it yet, we did do a few sample pieces for this event. I’m going to review the process I personally use when painting furniture.
This wooden chair started out with 3 out of 4 legs broken and it wasn’t usable. I cut off the legs, took off the old cushion, and decided to use it as a shelf to hang on the wall. I cut a shelf-style board out of plywood to add to the chair.
I clean all my pieces first with just a regular glass cleaner and paper towels. This helps to “degrease” the piece and take off any grime/dirt, etc. Dixie Belle carries a cleaner called White Lightning that I haven’t had a chance to use yet. Once I do, I will add an update to how it worked for me.
Since this chair was a really old piece I decided to put a primer on it first. I’ve had experience with wood bleed through in really old furniture, so I always prime those pieces. I use Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. (Make sure it is WATER-BASED!) The good thing about primer is you don’t have to be very careful putting it on, you just want to cover it.
I then added 2 coats of Burlap Dixie Belle Paint.
This paint has such great coverage, was extremely smooth and did not show any brush strokes. I distressed this piece, again this paint was really easy to distress. I also liked how easy the clear coat went on. I used the matte version (they also have a gloss). It goes on white-ish in color, so you can see what you are using, then it levels out clear. Just like MudPaint, I love how you can shake the cans before use, instead of having to stir!
At our Wine & Watch we also did a few random drawer fronts with Barn Red and Collard Greens Dixie Belle Paint. Everyone attending really liked how easy the paints were to use.