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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!