getting a little rusty.

First things first, the winner of last week’s blogiversary giveaway no. 2 was Melanie from Virginia.  She and I have already exchanged emails and I’ll be getting her prize in the mail this week.  Congrats Melanie!

I was looking back this weekend and realized that I haven’t shared a furniture makeover since this pretty little washstand that I shared way back on October 29 (and the outdoor photos have the fall leaves to prove it).

Between taking a two week vacation, taking two more weeks to get over the jet lag (I’m finally starting to feel normal again), holiday and birthday dinners, holiday decorating, holiday shopping, holiday baking and working on a huge project at the day job that required some overtime, I just haven’t had the time (or energy) to get the paint out.  I totally feel like my painting skills are getting a little rusty.  I’m really suffering from withdrawal too.

You might think this little intro means that I’m finally sharing another piece of painted furniture with you today, but no.  I still haven’t found the time for that.  However, my painting skills aren’t the only thing that’s getting a little rusty around here.  So are my blogiversary giveaways!

Yep, in case you’ve forgotten, it’s time for blogiversary giveaway no. 3!

Today’s giveaway features one of my very favorite unique products, the Dixie Belle patina paint.

I don’t know about you, but I love rusty stuff.

If given the choice between brand new or rusty, I’ll choose rusty every time.  But sometimes you just can’t find the right rusty piece.  Or maybe you’ve got some piece that would be just perfect with a rusty finish, but it’s not actually metal.  In the past I’ve tried some of the painting kits that are designed to mimic the look of rust, but to me those always end up looking fake.

Dixie Belle’s Patina Paint kit creates actual rust.  The paint contains metal flakes and the spray reacts with the metal to create rust (or a copper verdigris, depending which paint and spray you are using).

Last summer I used the Iron paint and the Green patina spray to turn a rather hideous painted plaster pedestal into a rusty garden masterpiece.

Which reminds me, at the time I promised to report back to you at the end of the summer to let you know how well this finish held up outdoors.  I posted something on Instagram, but I don’t think I ever mentioned it here.  Here is a photo I took of it in October …

Even without a sealer, the pedestal held up incredibly well.  If anything, it got even a little more rusty looking … which is a good thing in my book.

There was just one little spot near the base where I thought the finish had worn away, but when I got closer to inspect it … well … I think something had been trying to eat it!

Seriously, don’t those grooves look like tiny little teeth marks?

How bizarre.  I’m trying not to think about what kind of critter was eating my garden pedestal!

Dixie Belle just came out with a new product called Patina Guard that is meant for sealing your patina’d pieces, so even though my pedestal held up well without a sealer, next spring I may just go ahead and seal it for good measure.

In the meantime, if you want to read more step by step instructions on how to use the Patina Paint, check out my how-to post here:

And if you’d like to win today’s giveaway prize, be sure to leave a comment today!

Today’s prize includes:  an Italian decorating magazine, Croatian soap and chocolate bar, Dixie Belle Patina Paint in Iron and Bronze, Prime Start, and Patina Spray in Green and Blue.

Thank you so much to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the Patina Paint collection that I am giving away today!

The basic rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment of any kind on this blog post.  Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

Normally I make a point of answering every comment left on my blog.  If someone takes the time to leave a comment, I like to acknowledge that.  I usually only get 10 to 20 comments so it’s easy to fulfill that promise.  But I suspect I’ll get a few more comments on this post so I’m going to warn you up front that I may not be able to answer each one, so I hope you guys will cut me some slack on that.

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, December 14, 2018 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $100, if the prize is not claimed by Sunday, December 16, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

76 thoughts on “getting a little rusty.

  1. Quandie I love the look of the Dixie Bell patina paint products! Really am impressed with the variety of products you have introduced on your blog and how generous you have been with your product “how tos”. And your travelogues are interesting too! Thanks!

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    1. I’m sharing them every Wednesday here on the blog. Last week was Monaco, and the week before was Genoa. An easy way to see them would be to select the ‘travel’ category over on the right sidebar under ‘stuff.’ (that’s if you are reading on a computer, if you’re reading on a phone then I’m as lost as anyone).


  2. Love the little teeth Mark’s on your pedestal. Probably squirrels. Those little buggers chew on everything. I’ve been wanting to try this patina collection. Hopefully I’ll win and can try it after the Holidays😁


    1. Well, we definitely have plenty of squirrels on our yard. My neighbor Ken operates a ‘squirrel relocation program’ over in his yard, so I think they all move over to our place.


  3. I have a white fake concrete pedestal that is crying out for rusty patina. And some other junk in my garage. No worries about no furniture updates, we have the travel photos to look forward to and hopefully your home decorated and maybe your cookie marathon? And I have no excuse, but I still haven’t decorated, baked or done much shopping. So with all you do, you should never apologize!


  4. Just found buried in the basement, yes very dusty, yet a still too shiny replica of an old railroad lantern I just had to have… but never used. This rusty product might just be what it needs to be loved again! Thanks for your postings and happy holidays!


  5. Busy busy time of the year. I have been wanting to tryout these patina products. I have some candle sticks that need a makeover. So with that being said, please pick me!! Thanks Linda for all that you do for us 😊


  6. I go to all the trouble of finding the rusty and/or chippy piece and my 93 year old father is constantly on me to scrape the rust off or repaint the chippy piece. Hahaha! I’m with you, I’ll take rust every time!

    Love your blog and the info today!


  7. I have a outdoor pedestal just like this and now I know what I want to do with it!. Thank you for the great idea! I may even try the blue patina too!

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  8. This has to be one of my favorite prizes ever! I have several cement cornices that world look amazing with this treatment!
    Thanks for all the information you provide in your blog. Your instructions are always so clear.

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  9. I love all things rusty! I’ve been wanting to try this product as my local store that carries Dixe Belle has some great examples they have used it on. Everything from plastic to resin to concrete. Sooo- if I win that would be great- if not, I’ll be buying some for sure.

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  10. I usually spend my time while watching a movie set in Europe just observing the patina on statues and buildings and noting the colors of doors and shutters! I love rust and verdigris- not sure why everyone wants new, sleek looks!

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  11. Oh the fun one could have with those prizes, Linda. And the chocolate wouldn’t be bad either! I’m truly impressed that the Dixie Belle patina products stood up to the outside elements. I’ve got some pretty tacky plastic pots (with great shapes) that could benefit from such a makeover. Good luck, everyone!

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  12. Love the rusty look. And apparently the squirrels do too! That’s what I would guess anyway. Those dang squirrels have to be constantly sharpening their teeth somewhere! The pedestal looks amazing and I may try some of this stuff myself.

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  13. Cool product, really neat how it looks unbelievably natural. I have a host of “rust” in my garden too, would love to add pieces that I make rusty.
    Busy time of year! Enjoy it and don’t worry about the blogs – we’re all here whenever you are!!
    Blessings on you and your sweet family – Merry Christmas!


  14. Take your time getting your groove back. You’ve been beyond busy lately and need to rest and replenish your stores. We definitely don’t want you to burn out or lose your joy in painting. That would be a travesty! I’ve enjoying seeing some of your older posts and the updates on how they’re holding up, so keep them coming for as long as you need! Thank you for all the giveaways. It’s a generous and wonderful way to celebrate your blogiversary.

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  15. Very cool Linda. My husband has done several items with a product similar to this. But nothing we’ve ever left outside. Never even considered it. However he has done some plaster or resin urns and they truly do look like metal. What in the world would eat rust? That’s kinda weird.


  16. We are having real issues with the squirrels here. They are chewing holes in my screens and the legs of my wicker on the porch. Would love to try to add rust to my old metal bed. Funny, some try to get rid of rust and we try to get rust! Lol 😉


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