Paint a Southwestern Style Bench

Do you want to create some colorful furniture for your home? I want to show you how you can take second hand furniture and make it fun with pops of color!

It’s no secret I am a HUGE lover of color so I want to show you how I gave this piece a little southwestern flair. You can use a lot of these techniques on your own pieces to add some texture, character and color.

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How To:

Step One:

Prep is super important with any furniture piece you will paint. Each piece requires different prep. This piece is solid wood, but has a shiny finish. I scuff sanded down this entire piece with a 120 grit sandpaper. I then cleaned it down really well with Dixie Belle’s White Lightening Cleaner.

Step Two:

Being a hug fan of Southwestern colors and patterns, this piece was a dream to create. The colors for this piece were chosen by pulling from the prima transfer. First, I painted a base coat of Dixie Belle’s Rusty Nail.

Step Three:

After the transfer was measured I removed the backing and used my transfer tool to rub it on the area. Once it was transferred I was able to pull the plastic cover off.

Step Four:

When I think of the Southwest I think of color and texture. Sea Spray is the perfect medium to create texture on your second hand furniture. I used my mixing cup, mixing stick, Sea Spray, Kudzu and Colonel Mustard. I created a cup for Kudzu and Colonel Mustard. The consistency should be that of a thicker grainy pancake batter like consistency.

I wanted some color, texture, and peekaboo character so I used a few different colors apart from the base color of Rusty Nail.

If you want a peek-a-boo multi-colored texture on your second hand furniture, you will need to go over the textured areas with another color. In this case I stuck with the original base coat color Rusty Nail. You may need to paint two coats over the texture depending on the colors you are using.

To get even more details about this painted project from Bella Renovare, click here and read on!

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  1. Debra Hubbs says:

    This is beautiful.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Debra, thanks so much for the love! To see even more incredible photos like this follow us on our Instagram here: Happy painting! 🙂

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