I’ve got one last post today from my recent trip out west. Be sure to read all the way to the end, because we’ve finally gotten to the giveaway!
When I was out at my mom’s place the first time this year, back in February, one of the things she wanted me to do was paint her front door. Well, that is a project that is right up my alley! And so much more fun than washing windows or doing her taxes, which are the typical sort of things she wants my help with.
So we popped out to her local Lowes to pick out paint for her door. She wanted either a navy blue or a dark green. We picked a lovely color from the sample chips and went up to the paint mixing counter to have it whipped up. And you know what? They couldn’t do it. They did not have the appropriate dark base paint to mix up a dark color! I have to admit, I was flabbergasted. I mean, I’d been hearing that people were having some trouble getting paint these days but I guess I just didn’t expect Lowes to tell me that all they had available were pale shades.
Since I knew I was going back to visit again in a few weeks, I told my mom that I would bring some Dixie Belle paint with me for her door. She ended up deciding that she wanted dark green rather than navy, so I chose Midnight Green from Dixie Belle’s new Desert Collection. After all, a color from the Desert Collection seems appropriate for a door in the Mojave desert, right?
The beauty of the Silk All-in-One paint is that it has a built in primer and top coat. So I only needed to pack the one 16 oz. jar in my suitcase. I wrapped it in bubble wrap, and then enclosed it in a zip lock bag as an extra precaution. I have to admit, I was a little nervous that the jar would explode in my suitcase and I’d be wearing paint splattered clothing for my entire visit (not as though wearing paint splattered clothing would be anything new). But it survived the journey just fine.
To prep the door, I cleaned it with some spray cleaner that my mom had on hand and then I sanded it with a 180 grit sanding block that I did find at her Lowes. Then I gave it two coats of Midnight Green.
Her door went from boring brown …
to a vibrant green.
One thing I hadn’t considered was how incredibly fast paint dries in a desert environment. It was a gorgeous day, somewhere around 70 degrees, so not hot. But the air out there is really dry. I struggled to maintain a wet edge in order to avoid brush strokes on the large surface of a door.
But my mom loved how it turned out, so that’s the important thing, right?
Have you seen all of the colors in the Desert Collection?
There is the Midnight Green on the lower right.
I used the Mojave on the inside of a washstand I painted earlier this year.
I wasn’t sure what I thought of this color at first, but it really grew on me after using it on this piece.
It pairs beautifully with Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.
Since I happened to be out in the desert, I decided to see if I could find some of the paint colors from the Desert Collection at the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden.
Cactus was easy.
It’s a cactus garden after all.
I was really hoping that Prickly Pear would be easy too, but this vibrant pink is the color of the flower. Apparently Prickly Pear cactus blooms in May through July, so there were no blooms to be found.
I think you can get a hint of Mojave in the spines on these cacti.
They don’t really have an oasis at the cactus garden, but I thought maybe Oak Creek from Sedona would count. The color is certainly right.
I also found a bit of the Morning Sunrise color during one of our sunrise hikes in Sedona.
There are 5 more colors in the Desert Collection, but I’ve chosen these five to include in today’s giveaway!
But before we get to that, I had to share this funny coincidence. When we popped inside the Ethel M Factory after checking out the cactus garden, there were signs announcing their revamped packaging that pays homage to the color palette of the Mojave Desert.
There is Fiery Sky, Midnight Green and Morning Sunrise.
And here is some Mojave.
And here is Umber.
OK, of course these colors are not based on the Dixie Belle colors, or exactly the same, but I just had to share the fact that two entirely different products (paint and chocolates) on two opposite sides of the country (Florida and Nevada) were thinking the same thing at the same time.
That brings me to my giveaway!
It will include five colors from the Desert Collection; Morning Sunrise, Cactus, Oasis, Mojave and Prickly Pear. Plus some Prickly Pear taffy that I picked up in Sedona, as well as this bracelet, also from Sedona …
I purchased one of these bracelets for myself, and then thought it would be fun to include one in the giveaway as well. Life is a journey, not a destination. Although, as destinations go, Sedona was a pretty good one 😉
The rules: Simply leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible to win.
Your comment must be left on this blog post, 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 a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, April 15, 2022 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 $160, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, April 22, 2022 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint I’m giving away today.