timing is everything.

Sometimes timing is everything, and I just get it wrong.  As a brand ambassador for re.design with prima, they send me products before they are released to the general public. That way I can work with them and have some projects ready to go when they are released.  They give me a release date and I’m not supposed to share the products ahead of that date.

I totally screwed that up with the molds I used on these clay pots back in May.

Yep, I completely forgot that the release date for the new molds was later than the date I posted them.  Ooops!

Well, re.design with prima is releasing some new designs this coming Friday.  Once again, they sent me some of them in advance and I’ve been busy creating some stuff to share here on the blog.  Unfortunately, once again I also wasn’t paying enough attention to the release dates.  I’ve been busy finishing up those projects and I forgot to factor in having something to share with you guys today.

There is one loophole though.  Today is the ‘sneak peek’ day.  That means I can share some sneak peeks of my projects, just not the entire thing.

Here’s one …

And here’s another …

Honestly, I’m never really sure just exactly how much I’m allowed to show in a sneak peek, but I definitely can’t share any details.

So you’ll just have to stay tuned until Friday to see it all.

And in the meantime, as a sort of consolation for not having a ‘real’ blog post for you today, I’ve decided to have a giveaway instead.

In addition to being a brand ambassador for re.design with prima, I’m also a content creator for Dixie Belle Paint Co.  They provide me with lots of their great products, enough so that I can pay it forward and share some with others.  So today I’m going to give away a few of their ‘problem solvers’.

First up is their B.O.S.S. which stands for blocks odors, stains and stops bleed-thru.  It comes in clear and white, and I’m including the clear version in the giveaway.  I think the clear is more versatile because you can use it under any color and when you distress the edges of your piece you won’t see a layer of white as you would with the white version.  However, the white version works well under white paint and reduces the number of coats of white paint needed for full coverage.

I have used B.O.S.S. to eliminate the smell from a piece of furniture that came from a smoker.  I’ve also used it to block bleed-thru stain, as well as ink stains.

You can really see it in action on these two drawers.  The top one was painted without the B.O.S.S., the bottom one with.  Just check out the stain bleeding through the paint on that top drawer, yikes!

Next up is Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick.

This product is used to help their paint adhere to a slick surface like glass, formica or laminate.  I love using this product on laminate pieces like this Thomasville faux bamboo dresser that I painted in Dixie Belle’s Peony.

Finally, I’m also including some Dixie Belle Mud in the give away.

Mud is a filler that you can use to fill in deep scratches (or burn marks like the one above), but the most common way that I use it is to fill in holes when I’m changing out the hardware on a piece.  In the case of this next example, the previous owner had taken off the original single hole knobs and replaced them with a drawer pull that required two holes.

I wanted to go back to the single hole, so I filled the extra two holes with Mud.  I like to add a little spackle after the Mud dries (check out the full technique I use here) and then look, you can’t even see those holes.

So, to recap, today’s giveaway prize includes:

a 16 oz. clear BOSS, an 8 oz brown Mud and an 8 oz Slick Stick.  Plus a little plastic spatula thingie that works great for the Mud.

Thank you to Dixie Belle for sponsoring this giveaway by providing the products.

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment 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!

I will randomly draw the name of two winners for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, August 21 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 $45, if the prize is not claimed by Sunday, August 23, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

146 thoughts on “timing is everything.

  1. I recently bought the Dixie Belle whitewash and have tried to use it and found it dries so quickly that I don’t get enough time to wipe it off smoothly to leave a natural look to the white wash over the paint. Would you do a blog post on using the whitewash? I enjoy your blog.

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    1. If you’re referring to the Dixie Belle Whitewash glaze, I can’t really give too much advice. I’ve never been a big fan of using glazes for precisely that same reason. It dries pretty fast and is therefore hard to get even. When I’m going to ‘white wash’ something I like to use a white wax, which is a lot easier to work with.

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  2. It was your posts that convinced me to try Dixie Bell. Milk paint is still my favorite but on some items I prefer Dixie Bell . It’s so easy to use!

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    1. It really is so easy to use. I find myself using less and less milk paint for that exact reason. However, if I want to get a chippy look, I still go back to milk paint. In fact, the project I’m sharing on Friday is done using milk paint.

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    1. I would be so thrilled to win these products, I have an old China hutch from my mother in law that I want to paint and could use all these products for it. Also I get lots of inspiration from your makeovers, thanks!

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  3. This is a great give away. All products I need on occasion but don’t think ahead to have on hand so they are here when i need them. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Another great give away! Congratulations on your relationships with Prima and Dixie Belle Paint. Keep posting and inspiring us!

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  5. yes please! Love your work….I’m in the process of prepping 2 mahogany pieces for painting so any and all help is much appreciated : )

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  6. 50+ years working with wood and have never used Dixie Bell, but reading your blog has made me know I need to look into it for sure. Keep up the wonderful work. Top blog in our house!

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  7. Only your blog could get me excited about maybe winning mud!!! Can’t wait to see the new releases. Just know you have something super special!

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  8. Oooh, I am going to like that rooster release, I can tell. I have a kind of “not collection” of roosters that started when I needed items to fill out the display on top of my kitchen cabinets two houses ago. I no longer have those cabinets to decorate, yet somehow the “not collection” has continued to grow. lol. I haven’t tried Slick Stick or Dixie Mud yet, but would love to. Thanks for the sneak peek and a chance to win.

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  9. Too many awesome things to say about your talents with refinishing and your art using Dixie Belle’s supplies. I love reading your blog Linda! I learn something every time 🙂
    Wendy

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  10. I’ve only been dribbling into this but have heard such great things about these products. I’m looking forward to having them on hand and giving them a try. Your work is beyond fantastic.

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  11. I have a jar of Dixie Belle’s Savanah Mist chalk mineral paint that I’m going to use on a skinny cabinet that I have in the bathroom. Just waiting for some slightly cooler weather because I’ll have to do it outside under the car port, and for some reason, in really warm weather the flies gather and circle there. It would be my luck to have a bunch get stuck in the paint. EEEEWWW. Would love some of their other products, especially that Brown Mud.

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  12. I have no idea what just happened with my previous comment. When I was inputting personal info it just jumped ahead and gave me a new name. Should be Marilee Reyes. The number preceding it is part of an old phone number. Is the heat affecting the Internet?

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    1. LOL, I wondered about that number! One time I was inputting some data at my day job and somehow the address on my new boss’s retirement plan got changed to my sister’s address. Yikes! That was a tough one to explain 😉

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  13. Looks like a very nice giveaway! Have not used any of their products. I have used a lot of different brands..I have been a big F_____…user? Would be great to try Dixie Bell!!
    As always…GREAT blog!!

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  14. Have been wanting to try these products for some time. I have been using Dixie Belle paints for a few months and they are great! Will you ever sell prima redisign transfers?

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    1. Well, the wisdom that comes with age has taught me to never say never, but still, I doubt it. I’m not interested in selling stuff. I just enjoy creating and blogging. I do sell the stuff I create because otherwise I would quickly become classified as a hoarder. But I don’t want to sell other people’s products.

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  15. Dang! Look at all the comments! Hope you net some new subscribers out of the crowd who didn’t know what they’d been missing! 😀 Not getting a clue from the sneak peeks……..maybe the chickens and floral mix is throwing me off! I like it when you say you’ve been busy…..new stuff to look at 😀 😀 😀

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  16. I’m always very inspired by your creativity. I love that you save old, well made furniture that might otherwise might
    not get a second, loved life.

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  17. I love Prima’s ReDesign products and have several of their molds! My home is done in French Farmhouse so whatever you are creating with the roosters I am going to LOVE! I see a lot of Dixie Bell paints and products but have never tried them. From all the blogs I follow, everyone seems to love them. I would be excited to give them a try!

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  18. I’m a sucker for anything that looks like old print so that transfer has my name written all over it. Thanks for the giveaway. Your blog is my favorite!

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    1. Actually, I think what you’re looking at is the lining in the box, which is actually one of prima’s tissue papers. I’ll be sharing how to use those next week.

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  19. I’ve never used Dixie Belle products but I’d love to give these products a try, especially the clear BOSS. I have a cabinet that I painted a LONG time ago that has stains showing through the paint and I’d love to repaint it after putting BOSS on it.

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  20. Dixie Bell is such a great product but I’ve only used their paint line. I’ve read about these products and how they work so this is a great opportunity for me to test them out. Thank you for offering them up to your readers!

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  21. Well I’m sitting on the front porch swinging with my husband. I leaned over to show him all the really cute things you do. I told him I had a pile of things I need to get off my rear end and paint. But…really…I think I would rather look at what you do. You make it look like magic but I happen to know what kind of work goes into it! I have a little vintage camp chair I love. You have inspired me!! But you always do!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie! And I don’t know about where you are, but it’s the perfect summer evening for swinging on the porch here in the Twin Cities tonight. Sometimes doing that is far more important than getting stuff painted 🙂

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I have several pieces that I need to rehab and would love to use these products on them! I’m looking forward to Friday’s blog!

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  23. Your sneak peeks are just gorgeous. Are those actual chickens on the ReDesign transfer (or chooks as we call them here Down Under)? Can’t wait to see Friday’s post. Always love seeing your creations!

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  24. Thank you for this post. Now I know what B.O.S.S. stands for! I just thought it was bossy on stains, which of course it is! And your furniture renewal and transformation are BOSS, or to put it more accurately and delicately: your work is simply lovely!

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  25. I love your blog and can’t wait to see the big reveals! I love seeing you use new products. I’ve used all but the mud, and would love to try it. The boss is the… boss!

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  26. All of your projects are inspirations and I look first for your blog before I read any of the others…(actually thinking of deleting most of the others…) You have such a wealth of ideas for items I have already sitting in my garage…just don’t have the time to dig them out, so I save your postings to go back to one day soon. Would love to try the Dixie Bell items, keep up the fabulous works!

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  27. Love your blog and how you introduce us to new products, and how you experiment with them. These are all really cool products that would be so great to try – so fingers (and toes) crossed for the giveaway.

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