Painted Furniture – Before and After

I love seeing painted furniture – before and after photos to see the transformation of an old piece of furniture. It’s not hard to do.

Let me show you how easy it is to transform piece for furniture into something you will enjoy for many more years using chalk mineral paint, transfers and a beautiful shimmery glaze.

This old jewelry armoire does not match my bedroom furniture or the style of the room.

Painted Furniture - Before and After

In this next photo, I had started working with a chalk paint. It was a brand that I was not crazy about.

I had bleed through issues and with three coats of paint. Now I have been painting furniture for over 10 years and this is the first time encountering issues.

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I decided to redo this entire piece and start over. The color was not working for me either. I need to tackle the bleed through issue as well.

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post for Dixie Belle Paint Company. It means that I made have received free products. All of the opinions in this blog post are my own.

1. UsE high quality products

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For this project, I am using Dixie Belle Paint Company products. If you are new to Dixie Belle Paint products, they have an array of items available. The key to any good project is to use quality products. Dixie Belle has some of the best products to work with and I absolutely love their products and product line.


Here is my list of supplies used for this project:

2. Important to Clean your furniture

You must give you piece of furniture a good cleaning from dust, dirt and grime over time. Old furniture you just don’t know where it has been stored.

Follow the instructions on the White Lighting Cleaner to mix with the right amount of water to clean your furniture thoroughly with a sponge or cloth.

Use just plain water to give your piece one more wipe down.

3. does your furniture have a wax or top coat over it?

Any top coat or wax on the furniture needs to be removed. You can sand or remove with mineral spirits. After sanding be sure to use a tack cloth to remove any dust. After the Mineral Spirts, I will wipe down the piece again with water and let dry.

For my piece, I just gave it a sanding with a 120 grit sanding block. The Armoire did not have any wax or top coat. Honestly, it did have a lot of imperfections with the piece and wish I had taken my Ryobi Sander to it to remove all of the paint.

4. Bleed through or oder issues – aDD A COAT OF bOSS

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Remember in the beginning I had an issue with bleed through with this dark cherry finish. I gave the piece a coat of Boss. You give the jar a good shake. Next apply Boss with a paint brush or sponge. It is important to follow the manufacture instruction for drying times.

This product is amazing and even works on furniture that has that “old” smell to it.

5. Let’s Paint!

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I selected the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. What I love about this paint is it has a built in primer and top coat. The color of this paint color is called Serenity. It is a beautiful Robin Egg Blue. A nice blue green color.

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I started by painting it with the drawers in the armoire. The Continuous Mister bottle will come in handy to keep your paint from drying out too quickly. Slightly mist the section to help your brush to glide across the surface. With a very light hand, I will go across the section again to soften any brush strokes.

After finishing the drawers, top, sides and the feet, let the paint dry for 2 hours. You can lightly sand in between my coats of paint with the sanding sponge.

You should paint all the sides of the drawers except for the back. No one is going to see it.

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The paint should dry overnight.

6. Let’s have some fun and add some transfers

Here is the beautiful Magnolia Garden Transfer. It comes with 4 sheets of designs. For this project, I only used three of the four sheets. It comes with a burnishing tool in the tube.

Now the fun part of adding the transfer. It was my very first time of working with a transfer and have to say it was fun and easy to do.

First, you need to gently unroll your transfers. Second, you should decide where you want to place them. Third, I cut out some of the flowers. I did about two or three at a time.

Helpful hints:

  • The transfer are sensitive to pressure and could release if you rub it.
  • The transfers can be layered and even distressed.
  • Have a razor blade handy to cut any transfer that will over lap onto other section.

Applying the transfer

It is time to apply the transfer, gently peel back the clear sheet to separate the transfer from it’s protective paper. You can tape your transfer down to prevent it from moving. I highly recommend it for the larger transfer. Smaller transfers like the ones below, I did not use any tape.

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First, you need to figure out the placement of your transfer. Second, remove the protective paper from the back of the clear sheet. Third, with the transfer in place use the burnish tool to rub with pressure across the image.

For transfers that overlap sections or in the case above two drawers, a razor comes in handy to slice the transfer. You follow the same procedure in the previous paragraph.

The fun part is you can add just a few to the front and be done. You can add more transfers to the sides. It is all about your preference.

7. adding the pearlescent glaze For some shimmer

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Applying the Pearlescent Glaze – note it will appear white but will dry to pearlized shimmer.

I have been wanting to try the Pearlescent Glaze on a project for some time. Silk All-In-Mineral Paint has a built in top coat. With a top coat it makes the glaze easier to wipe off with a cloth.

It is best to seal your Chalk Mineral Paint with a top coat first. This will help you to remove the extra glaze easily.

I brushed the glaze on in small section. Next with a clean microfiber cloth remove the extra glaze. The glaze will be white. As it dries the glaze becomes clear.

Let the piece dry completely.

8. adding the top coat

It is recommended to apply a top coat over the transfer to protect it on your furniture. Use a brush to apply a thin layer of clear coat. I am using the Clear Coat Satin. Reapply your next coat after 1 hour for additional protection. You will be able to can to clean your furniture with a non-abrasive product after 7 days.

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Finished Jewelry Armoire

You can see the slight simmer from the paint. I love how the light hits it.

9. add on your hardware and admire your DIY

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Finished Jewelry Armoire Side View

The bottom hardware is on order. It will be here in two days. This painted jewelry armoire adds a pop of color to my Master Bedroom.

10. before and after

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It is such a beautiful transformation.

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  1. Tammy, your project turned out amazing! I love the color you used and the transfers are the perfect addition! Dixie Belle has so many great products. Nice job, friend!!

    1. Kim, I just love their product line. The paints are so of the best that I have worked with on furniture. I cannot wait to use the paints and products on other projects besides just furniture.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. The transfers and pearlescent glaze was fun to work with on this project. It adds a touch of whimsy and pops of color to the piece.

  2. This post came at the perfect time! I just got a table that I want to paint and now I know how. Love your finished product AND instructions!

  3. Tammy – wow. Beautiful transformation. I love that color, just ordered it too. Great job with the transfers- that’s something I don’t have much experience with yet!

    1. Regina, you will love working with transfers. I had so much fun working with the transfer and glaze. I wanted to do something different for this piece for the bedroom. My Master Bedroom furniture is all in a French Linen color. A very neutral room so this piece adds a pop of color and whimsy to the room.

  4. I love this! I am going to pick up some silk today to try it! I didn’t realize it had primer and topcoat in it! Beautiful work!

    1. Yes, it’s so great working with the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint because of the primer and topcoat built into the product. There are wonderful colors to select and blend for a custom color. Thanks so much for popping over to the blog today.

    1. You know it, Michelle. Isn’t amazing how refresh a piece of furniture can become. It’s no longer boring! Thank you for popping over to the blog.

  5. This is so creative, Tammy. You completely transformed the piece. I’m a huge fan of the paint color and the finish looks perfect. The flowers took it to another level. I’m so impressed. It’s amazing to me the ability of paint to transform. xo

  6. What a lovely transformation. I haven’t used this color yet but it goes well with the transfer you chose. Prep is key and using a good quality paint like Dixie Belle Silk makes a huge difference. This is really pretty, Tammy. Pinned to my “How To Paint Furniture” board. 🙂

    1. Do, thank you for your comments and for pinning this project. I just love Dixie Belle paints. The key is using good quality paint like you said. It makes a huge difference.

  7. Oh my word – what a very cool transition!!! It’s amaZing!!!!! I am going to have to try this paint out. Looks like it does a great job. Thanks for sharing. Xox

  8. This is so pretty! It turned out so nice ! I never heard of Dixie Bell paints, and it looks like they have a good line of products. I have a table I need to redo these paints may work well for my project. Thanks for sharing !

    1. Mary Anne, they have a wonderful paint and product line. Their Silk All-In-One has a built in primer and top coat. You will have to check them out!

  9. Tammy this transformation is incredible! The color and transfers are simply lovely. i’ve never tried Dixie Belle but I am quite impressed with their extensive products! I’ll have to give them a try!

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