I recently returned from a Dixie Belle Workshop Conference.  It was in sunny Florida, so that was very refreshing.

One of my most favorite workshops was conducted by Lisa Harrison with Paintiques, a Dixie Belle Retailer from Alabama.   She is an expert in painting Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops.

She painted this countertop piece in our 1-hour workshop!


Here are the simple steps!

  • Lightly sand the countertop.  Nothing heavy!  Just scruff it up a bit.  
  • Dust 
  • Clean the countertop with Dixie Belle's White Lightning cleaner.  
  • Tape off the areas you don't want painted.
  • Apply one coat of Dixie Belle's Slick Stick.  

Now you are ready to paint! 

For this formula, I am giving you the paints that Lisa used in the class to create the look you see in the picture.  

You can choose whatever paint combination you prefer.  However, it is a good idea to always include the paint color of your cabinets in your list.  That will bring your new kitchen look together (if you are painting cabinet too).

  • 1st base coat,  Driftwood - Paint the entire counter with this color.

Then, using a sea sponge...dab on the following colors in the order listed.   Before you work with each paint color, pour some out on a paper plate.  

  • Sandbar
  • Hurricane
  • Pine Cone
  • Drop Cloth
  • Midnight Sky

Don't  worry about each coat drying before the next.  If your paint is still a little damp, it will meld together smoothly.   If you let it dry between coats, each color will pop a little more!  Your preference.

  • Let dry completely, to touch.

  • Apply (3) coats of Gator Hide.  

We like applying Gator Hide with a sponge.  The big blue Dixie Belle sponge works well or use a simple "car waxing" sponge.

Apply the first coat, horizontally.  Second, vertically.  Final, horizontally.  Let the Gator Hide dry completely between coats.

Lisa's Gator Hide Tip - Take knee-hi stocking.  Insert a regular kitchen cleaning sponge.  You know...the yellow ones with the green scrubby back!  Hold the scrubbing backside and apply with the sponge side.  

Voila!  A beautiful countertop for a smidgen of the cost to buy all new!