How to Get Started with Dixie Belle Paint

So, you’ve just got your new Dixie Belle Paint products and you’re wondering how to get started on your project. We’ve got you covered!

Let’s Get Started! Step One:

White Lightning

Use this first to clean your projects prior to painting.

White Lightning will de-grease and remove all debris from your furniture, kitchen cabinets or whatever you want to paint. It will prep your piece and help you achieve the best outcome for your painted masterpiece.

For in-depth instructions, read this!

Assess the need for BOSS or Slick Stick.

Slick Stick

This product allows you to paint shiny, slick, or slippery surfaces with ease! Surfaces like PVC, glass, Formica, laminate, metal, and more are easily painted and stay painted. This product will easily allow the paint to adhere to the surface!

For an in-depth tutorial, readย this!


Blocks Odors, Stains, Stops Bleed thru!

It contains odor eliminating and stain blocking technology for exceptional coverage.ย BOSS prevents bleed thru of wood tannins and varnishes, allowing you to transform any piece to a crisp, light color with ease. This product will completely mask odors on old furniture that may have been exposed to smoke, pets, or other circumstances that contribute to odors.

For an in-depth tutorial, read this!

Time to Paint! Step Two:

Painting with Dixie Belle Paint will be the easiest and most enjoyable painting you will ever do. Choose from 64 amazing colors!

Be sure to start with a damp brush.

Once you’ve dipped your brush in the jar, remove the excess and apply evenly to your project.

Dixie Belle Paint goes a long way!

Get your desired consistency by leaving the lid off to allow the paint to thicken up or add water to thin it out.

Most pieces will take one to two coats for full coverage.

Dixie Belle Paint is self-leveling, so brushstrokes will melt away!

Want more? Optional Products:

Add a little shimmer with glaze. Watch this video to learn how!

Do you want to wet or dry distress your project? Read this for tips and tricks.

Learn how to add a little depth with wax.

Seal and protect for lasting durability with Clear Coat.

Add a durable, water repellent finish with Gator Hide.

Happy Painting!


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  1. Sarah M. says:

    Can you use Dixie Belle Paint on plastic?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Sarah, yes you can use Dixie Belle Paint on plastic!

  2. Penny says:

    Can I blend the colors to create a bohemian look?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Penny, yes you can! Here’s a few posts with boho looks:
      Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sandra says:

    I want to like to paint a black wood cabinet. Will it cover in 2 coats? Would it work for painting black woodwork and a door?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Sandra, our lighter colors will cover in two coats but many colors only need one. Be sure to clean well with White Lightning first. If you are concerned about bleed thru on the wood, you can use BOSS before painting. Hope this helps. Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Judy says:

    Is this paint just for furniture? Could it be used with stencils?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Judy, you can use our paint on other pieces around your home as well as DIY crafts. Yes you can definitely use our paint with stencils! Check them out here: Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Gyinn Curtis says:

    I like your colors and Iโ€™m ready to try painting.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Gyinn, thanks so much! We’re so glad you’re loving our colors and are ready to start painting! Find your local retailer to shop in stores: Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Melissa Goray says:

    Can you paint indoors with Dixie Belle paints? I do not have a garage or area outside!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Melissa, yes Dixie Belle Paint is safe to use indoors. Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Laura says:

    I am painting an old table that had a rough surface. IMs not sure how to make the paint look smoother and whether I should use the clear coat or the wax on top to make it smoother.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Laura, if the surface is super rough you can sand it down a bit with our sanding sponge. After you paint, you can definitely add Clear Coat or Best Dang Wax. Hopefully this helps! Happy painting!

  8. Tracey says:

    I would like to know how to paint the ceiling fans. This is so awesome I donโ€™t need to buy new ones.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Tracey, we’re so excited for you to paint your ceiling fans. Just clean with White Lightning and you’re good to go. Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Annette says:

    I have a FL park home. Iโ€™d like to paint the cabinets, and I know I need to clean them with White Lightening. My question is weather the humidity in the bathroom because of the climate and taking showers will cause it to peel. Thank you!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Annette, yes always clean first with White Lightning! We recommend finishing up your cabinets with Gator Hide for a water repellent, durable finish. The cabinets should be fine in the bathroom with Gator Hide. Hope this helps! Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kim says:

    Can I paint formica countertops and it so what should I seal them with

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Kim, yes you can! Clean first with White Lightning and then paint! After that you can finish up with Gator Hide for a water repellent and very durable finish! Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kathy says:

    I have painted my bedroom dresser with your Aubergine chalk mineral paint, itโ€™s Will-have myTV on it and used for clothes should I use a clear coat to protect it? Also am thinking of staining the top and the design on the bottom drawer with the espresso is it best to use clear over the stain also? I can send photos to give you a idea.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Kathy, we’re so excited you’re painting your dresser. We recommend using Gator Hide for a high traffic area like a dresser top. You can also use Gator Hide over the stain. Hope this helps. Happy painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Carol Davis says:

    I have a bedroom set that is laminate stained and I would like to darken it to an expresso stain look. What is the easiest no fail method ? Thought maybe expresso or coffee bean wash on it Suggestions

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Carol, we’re so excited you want to stain your furniture and can definitely help you out! We recommend watching this tutorial video from Aj’s Vintage Designs on gel staining over factory finishes here: If you don’t want to use Espresso No Pain Gel Stain, you can definitely create a wash with Coffee Bean paint by watering it down. Hope this helps, happy painting!

  13. Kerri says:

    Can I paint outdoor metal railing with dixie belle paint?

  14. Chasity says:

    Can you use the Dixie Belle blue sponge to apply/buff wax?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Chasity we do not recommend using the blue sponge for wax. We generally recommend to use a lint-free cloth to apply and buff!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi! I am thinking of painting my piece and then adding a transfer- do you recommend sealing the transfer with Gator Hide?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Jennifer, you can seal transfers with Gator Hide or any Clear Coat!

  16. Ashley says:

    Can you use Dixie dirt with other Dixie Belle products besides clear wax?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Ashley, we generally do not recommend using Dixie Dirt with other products as liquid products may make the dirt melt and remove its texture property. Clear wax is the best adhesive because it sticks to it while retaining its powdery form.

  17. Beth says:

    Can you paint MDF with this paint without the wood bubbling? I have a desk that had the laminate removed and I sanded off all of the pinkish/red glue that they used. Now Iโ€™m down to the bare MDF, but I know liquids can damage it. Thanks!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Beth, you should be able to paint it without a problem! Try testing in a small area to see how the wood reacts first if it makes you feel more comfortable.

  18. Amanda says:

    Can you use this paint on marble/stone? I have a marble like top on a table.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Yes you can Amanda! We would recommend using Slick Stick after cleaning the surface to allow the paint to better adhere.

  19. Nina says:

    I am wanting to transform a dresser into a tv console. After I clean and paint what do I use after? Clear sealer, wax, butta or gator hide? I am also going to stain the top in espresso and had read I should use gator hide. What should I seal the rest of the dresser with???

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi there Nina,
      You can seal the rest of the dresser in just our regular clear coats in whichever kind you’d like!

  20. Mary Waters says:

    I have a very old poplar hutch that needs a new life. I’m thinking paint the inside white, the outside doors and drawers vintage duck, and stain the “frame” walnut. I figure that I should paint the inside shelving first but I’m stuck on the next steps – paint then stain OR stain then paint…How do you recommend I go about this?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Mary,

      Which ever way you choose, either way will work! The stain does take a while longer to dry, so I would recommend you stain first and then allow that to dry a full 72hrs to fully cure and then to paint!

      Happy painting!

  21. Cindy says:

    Planning to redo a French provincial desk for my grandson. Should we strip it first? He wants it to look more like wood so I am thinking of using either mud puddle or chocolate paint with a darker wax finish. Would this give it a โ€œwoodโ€ look?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Sounds like a great project! You can do a full sand or even a light sand, it’s pretty much what you guys would like best. If you don’t want to stain and want to paint but still give it that wood look, we have a wood grain tool that all you have to do is run that through the paint and it gives that faux wood look!
      Hope this helps!

      Happy painting!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Can you use a foam roller with Dixie Belle paint on larger pieces?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Stephanie! You can, but we recommend brushes. ?

  23. Suzanne Remich says:

    how much paint do i need for a 3 shelf bookcase with lower cabinets? i have 2.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Suzanne! An 8 ounce Chalk Mineral Paint will cover 38 square feet and a 16 ounce will cover 75 square feet. Happy painting! ?

  24. Pamela says:

    What is the best applicator for clear coat. A brush, sponge, roller or some else?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Pamela! It is personal preference ? You can use a brush or our blue sponge. If you use a roller, we’d recommend a high density foam roller.

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