Classic Cottage
Art & Antiques
Bowling Green, VA

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Yard Saling? How to Choose Furniture to Paint

    Yard Sale Season is in full swing.  In my small town last weekend, there was a town-wide yard sale event that they call Clean Sweep. Over 50 yard sales were registered for this event, and lots of folks were searching for treasure among other's "trash". I started thinking about how I go about choosing a piece of furniture to paint with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint and realized I have a mental list of what to look for and what to avoid.  So I thought I'd share a few tips for choosing a piece of furniture for your first Dixie Belle Paint Project:
1- Make sure it's sturdy, doesn't wobble. Sometimes a wobble can be fixed easily, other times, it's a lot harder to fix a wobble.
2- Make sure the piece has a pretty smooth finish. (Your finished project will only be as good as what you begin with).
> Make sure it doesn't have paint drips from a previous paint job (those will need sanding or stripping - Not fun)
> Make sure there is no peeling paint or a crackled/textured finish (these too, will need sanding or stripping - unless you want a crackled & lumpy finished product).
3- If the piece has been repaired, be sure it's a repair that was done well.
4- Check for evidence of termites or other insect infestation (termites will present as several small holes on the underside usually). I bought a table once that had evidence of termites, so there were extra precautions necessary to make sure they weren't alive.
5- If you are planning to attend our June 22nd Bring Your Own Junk Workshop, make sure the piece is small enough to bring in by your self.

The table pictured began as an ugly brown, but now it's a beautiful blueberry color. You can create beautiful pieces for your home with a little Dixie Belle Paint and a good eye when shopping yard sales!!!

Happy Yard Saling!!!

~ Carrie


Hello and Welcome to my first Official Junk and Jewelry Blog post! 

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Carrie Wright and I own Classic Cottage Art & Antiques, a small antique mall, bead shop, and local art gallery in the very small town of Bowling Green, VA.  I am also a Premier Retailer for Dixie Belle Paint company - that's a fancy way to say we carry the entire line of Dixie Belle Paint products. I also teach Jewelry-making and Painting classes here at the Shop.

So, why call my blog Junk and Jewelry? Simple. I like to revitalize junk and I like to make beautiful jewelry -  so I thought why not name the blog after two things I really like to do.

My goal for this blog is to inspire you to revitalize/update outdated furniture and/or make beautiful jewelry - sometimes, maybe, both in one blog post.  I'll be sharing tips, tricks, techniques and finished projects with you. 

So here's my first tip:
- Always, Always clean your piece of furniture before painting!  I use Dixie Belle White Lightning Cleaner because it's a cleaner, degreaser and deglosser. You can use other products, but I find that Dixie Belle White Lighting Cleaner works best. (check out my Facebook page @classiccottageartantiques for a short video on cleaning furniture with this product vs cleaning with regular dish soap -- sorry, I couldn't get the video to load on this blog post).

And My second tip:
-Always, Always Rinse Off the residue left by any cleaning product.  If you don't rinse, the residue left behind by the cleaner may cause your paint not to adhere well.

Those are my tips for now. Next time, I'll show you how I transformed a dining room table into a desk.

Until next time!

Have a Great Day!!!