All Things New Again is Celebrating 20 Years!

All Things New Again, a family-owned furniture and paint boutique, is celebrating 20 years in Leesburg, Virginia!

Owners Cathy and David Prebich purchased the “little white house” and opened their shop in August 1998. (That’s the same summer Bruce Willis saved the world from a giant asteroid in the movie Armaggedon!) They are celebrating 20 years in Leesburg this month with special sales, giveaways and a 5-day online Furniture Painting Challenge.

“We are grateful for our amazing customers,” said Cathy Prebich. “We have customers who have been with us for 20 years and we meet new ones every day. Our customers have kept us in business for 20 years, and they make our job so much fun.”

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The History of All Things New Again

Cathy and David Prebich’s business has evolved over the years. They began woodworking as a hobby in the 1980’s and soon turned it into a side business. They sold their handmade items at weekend craft shows for several years.

Then in 1998, they purchased the property at 8 Fort Evans Road NE in Leesburg and opened a permanent craft and gift store. Their store was originally called Sawdust Specialties and featured the work of more than 50 local and national artisans.

All Things New Again Leesburg VA In 2013, they rebranded as All Things New Again, shifting their focus to painted furniture and teaching others how to paint furniture too.

 

Now they exclusively sell their own hand-painted furniture, home decor and several lines of paint for DIY’ers.

Their current paint lines include:

All of All Things New Again’s paint lines offer zero VOC’s—making them safe to use indoors and around your family and pets—and are made in the USA.

Additionally, All Things New Again offers painting classes and workshops.

Follow Our Adventures Online!

The All Things New Again Blog (www.allthingsnewagain.net) chronicles their family’s adventures in up cycling with lots of painted furniture inspiration and step-by-step tutorials. The Furniture Painting Friday Show is a live event every Friday at 12 noon (eastern time) over on the All Things New Again Facebook page.

Come On Over!

All Things New Again is the little white house next to the CVS pharmacy in Leesburg, Virginia. If you are in the Northern Virginia/ metro Washington DC area, come on over. The store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Or if you see the car out front any other time, come on in!

All Things New Again | PAINTCATION | 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge | Starts August 6 | Daily Prizes | Encouragement | Fun

Join All Things New Again’s PAINTCATION 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge

Who is up for some summertime furniture painting fun?

You and your furniture painting friends are cordially invited to PAINTCATION 2018, our 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge starting August 6 over on our All Things New Again Facebook page.

All Things New Again's PAINTCATION 2018, a 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge starts on August 6. Free to join and all furniture painting skill levels are welcome! Daily prizes! Encouragement! Fun!
PAINTCATION
isn’t a contest.

Nobody is judging you.

(But we will randomly select daily prize winners!)

PAINTCATION is free to join and all furniture painting skill levels are welcome. If you paint furniture professionally or have never painted furniture before (but have been thinking about giving it a try), now is your chance! PAINTCATION is a personal challenge to start and finish a furniture painting project in 5 days—and have a little fun with us along the way.

Here’s how it works:

PAINTCATION 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge

Make sure you are following All Things New Again’s Facebook page.

Starting on Monday, August 6, we will do a live video at 10 a.m. (eastern time) every morning focusing on a different aspect of painting furniture.

We will start with cleaning and prepping your furniture all the way to choosing the perfect finish for your piece.

You can ask questions in real time, share progress photos of your project and complete daily challenges for a chance to win prizes.

You can use any brand of paint you like. We will be using Dixie Bell Paint Company, the no VOC chalk/mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

Here’s our Dixie Belle affiliate link if you want to try out their awesome products.

At the end of the week, everyone will have a beautiful piece of furniture that you painted!

All Things New Again | PAINTCATION 2018 | 5 Day Furniture Painting ChallengeParticipants will paint at their own pace and check in daily during our 10 a.m. (eastern time) Facebook live videos. The videos will remain up to watch on replay if you can’t make it live. No need to stress out about this! It’s just a fun idea to help everyone (including me!) start—and finish—a furniture painting project before summer ends.

You may choose any piece of furniture to paint that you like. It can be a piece from your home that you have been wanting to update, something from your stash of used furniture to paint and sell … or something you buy this week. It’s up to you! The only rule is you have to start your furniture painting project on Monday, August 6 and work on it throughout the week in order to be eligible for the prizes. No submitting pics of projects you already completed!

You have a week from today to find your furniture and gather your paint and supplies. Then join us Monday, August 6 at 10 a.m. eastern time over on the All Things New Again Facebook page for the PAINTCATION 2018 5-Day Furniture Painting Challenge!

You can do it!

<3 Courtney

All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We sell hand-painted furniture, home decor and several lines of paint for your next DIY project including Dixie Belle chalk/mineral paint.

We also offer a monthly Learn How to Paint Furniture Class at our Leesburg studio. Click here for our latest furniture painting class schedule.

And join us every Friday at 12 noon (eastern time) for The Furniture Painting Friday Show over on our Facebook page. We test out new paint products, teach you new techniques and have a lot of fun.

All Things New Again's PAINTCATION 5 Day Furniture Painting Challenge starts August 6. Daily Prizes! Encouragement! Fun!

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A China Cabinet Paint Makeover (and A Little Decoupage Too!)

If you found this outdated china cabinet, would you buy it?

I did!

The 1970’s Fake Wood and avocado green backsplash might have scared away some people, but not me.

I knew at first glance this baby was the perfect candidate for a china cabinet paint makeover. (And a little decoupage too!)

Don’t believe me?

Look at this updated china cabinet now!

I decided right away that I would paint this china cabinet and decoupage the backsplash.

We are now selling decoupage papers at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia (and here in our online store).

What I couldn’t decide was which beautiful pattern of decoupage paper to choose?

I narrowed it down to three … and asked my Furniture Painting Friday Friends which one they liked best. Furniture Painting Friday is our free weekly “mini” paint lesson. We do a live video over on our All Things New Again Facebook Page every Friday at 12 noon (eastern). This china cabinet paint makeover happened over several weeks and with a lot of help from our viewers who voted on different design decisions along the way.

I think they made great choices—starting with the decoupage paper!

Here are my

Tips for Decoupaging Paper Napkins Onto Furniture.

(If you use decoupage paper instead of napkins, you can skip Step #2.)

Before applying the decoupage paper, I painted over all of that avocado green with Dixie Belle Paint Company’s Blueberry just to freshen it up a bit. Blueberry is the same color I used on the shelves and interior walls before glazing with Unicorn SPiT.I usually create bold patterns with Unicorn SPiT (like this) but on the china cabinet paint makeover, I wanted a softer look. I practiced on a sample board first before painting, glazing and waxing the shelves.

Here’s the video tutorial showing how I created this look:

Finally, my china cabinet paint makeover needed a little paint! I used Dixie Belle Paint Company products, the chalk/mineral paint we sell at All Things New Again and use in our monthly Learn How to Paint Furniture class.

The nice thing about Dixie Belle is it S-T-I-C-K-S to all of that 1970’s Fake Wood with minimal prep work. You do have to give it extra cure time on slicker surfaces, but the wait is worth it. Bye-bye 1970’s Fake Wood!

I painted the details with Blueberry, the same color from the interior. After it dried, I painted over the entire outside with Cotton, one of Dixie Belle’s new colors. Then I distressed to reveal a little bit of blue here and there, sanding down to the bare wood in some places.

Here’s our referral link to Dixie Belle’s products if you want to check it out.


And here’s the china cabinet again!

I’m so glad I didn’t let a little avocado green and 1970’s Fake Wood scare me. I love how the china cabinet paint makeover turned out!

~ Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project, and offer fun painting classes and workshops. Stop by the next time you are in town!

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We’re linking up with:

Friday’s Furniture Fix #109

Go check out some of the best furniture makeovers on the Internet!

How To Paint a Perfect Beach Dresser

You may not be lucky enough to live at the beach, but you can bring a little bit of the beach into your bedroom with this fun and easy painted furniture DIY project. No need to clean any sand out of your car! This tutorial will show you how to paint the perfect beach dresser—no sunscreen required!

How to Paint a Beach Dresser | Painted Furniture Makeover | DIY | Dixie Belle PaintHere’s the “before” shot of the beach dresser. It had already been painted brown when I found it and it spent waaaaaay too much time in my garage waiting for its painted furniture makeover. You can create this look on any piece of furniture with enough space to separate into a “water” and a “sand” section. (You might even find the perfect project piece up at The Top of the Shop at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.)

Before Shot | Painted Furniture Makeover

How To Paint the Perfect Beach Dresser

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I started with a quick base coat of one of Dixie Belle Paint Company’s turquoise colors called The Gulf. This is the same color I used on my sister’s Ikea kitchen table makeover. I didn’t sand or prime my sister’s laminate table. I didn’t sand or prime this high-gloss brown dresser either. Dixie Belle Paint sticks nicely to pretty much anything. Just make sure you clean the piece really well first.

For the second coat, I blended the The Gulf with two other Dixie Belle blues—Sea Glass and Pure Ocean—to create the “water” section of the beach dresser.

Dixie Belle Paint Company | chalk mineral paint | turquoise | aqua | blue | Sea Glass | The Gulf | Pure Ocean

It’s a soft, subtle look because the three blues I used are so close in color to each other, but there is just enough difference to give the piece a shimmery, water effect—like gentle waves on a lazy summer day.

Beach Dresser | Work in Progress

It isn’t a flawless finish—and I like it that way! The dresser had a lot of little imperfections due to its age and the previous paint job. I figured the beach isn’t perfect so the beach dresser shouldn’t be either.

Notice I didn’t  paint the bottom blue. I left space for the “sand” section.

Dixie Belle Paint Company | Dixie Belle Mud | raised stencil mediumI used a product called Dixie Belle Mud to create the sandy texture. Dixie Belle Mud comes in three colors—black, brown and white—and was created to use for those beautiful raised stencils everybody is putting on their furniture.

I always like to get double-duty out of my paint products. I used brown Dixie Belle Mud on the bottom section of the beach dresser. Instead of smoothing the Mud on with a putty knife like you would for a raised stencil, I pounced it on with a paintbrush to create lots of texture. When it dried, I painted over it with Dixie Belle’s sandy Burlap color. When the paint dried, I sanded gently to reveal the brown Mud underneath and soften the texture just a bit.

I pounced white paint with a stencil brush to create the foamy waves around the shoreline.

How to Paint the Perfect Beach Dresser | Painted Furniture Makeover | Create Sandy Texture with Paint | Dixie Belle MudI painted this beach dresser as part of our Furniture Painting Friday series over on our All Things New Again Facebook page. If you would like to see detailed video tutorials on these techniques (and more!) just head over to our Facebook page and search #beachdresser.

One of the nice things about painting a piece in front of a live audience every week is we can bounce ideas off of each other. I was originally planning on replacing those big brown knobs with crystal knobs, but somebody suggested shells instead. Then somebody else suggested starfish.

I found BOTH! (and some really cute little fishies too) over on Amazon. I bought a variety pack of 12 sea-themed knobs—and they are all super-cute. Here’s a link if you want to check them out.

Beach Dresser | Fish Drawer Pulls | Fish Drawer Knobs

I think the little sea creature knobs are the perfect finishing touch on this fun project! BONUS: I have four knobs leftover for another project down the road.

Here’s the Beach Dresser!


Day at the Beach Dresser | Dixie Belle Paint | Beach Themed Furniture | DIY Coastal Furniture Makeover

How to Paint a Beach Dresser | Beach Themed Furniture | Beach Bedroom | Dixie Belle Paint Company

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project, and offer fun painting classes and workshops. Stop by the next time you are in town!

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Go check out some of the best furniture makeovers on the Internet!

3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make–And How To Fix Them

Painted furniture is a popular home decor trend right now. It is an easy and inexpensive way to update your home with the hottest looks—and it doesn’t take an interior design degree or years of artistic experience to do a good job.

With a little practice, anybody can paint furniture—and paint it beautifully.

You can too.

We teach a Learn How to Paint Furniture Class every month here at All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia. We jam-pack one afternoon with dozens of techniques, tips, tricks and new products to try. It’s a lot of fun.

We’ve been teaching our class for several years now and we see the same mistakes pop up again and again. We’re going to point them out here today—and tell you how to fix them—so your next paint project will look stunning.

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3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make And How to Fix Them | Learn How to Paint Furniture | DIY | Painted Furniture Tutorial | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

  1. You are using WAY TOO MUCH paint!

Seriously. Way. Too. Much.

Hold your paintbrush up like this.

3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make--And How to Fix Them | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

Now draw an imaginary line around the bristles about halfway between the top and the metal part.

3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make--And How to Fix Them | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

Try not to load any paint onto your brush below this line.

We see people dunk their paintbrush into the paint and swish it around until all of the bristles—and even that little metal part—are glopped over with paint.

3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make--And How to Fix Them | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

Stop!

When you have too much paint on your brush to start with, you apply it too thick. That’s when you get drips, uneven coverage and an overall sloppy look.

To paint like a pro, it is much better to start with “just enough” paint on your brush to apply a thin coat.

3 Big Mistakes Beginner Furniture Painters Make--And How to Fix Them | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

Love this color? We do too! It’s called The Gulf from Dixie Belle Paint Company.

You will probably need two (or maybe three) thin coats of paint to get full coverage, but your paint will stick better, dry faster and look more fabulous in the end.

And you won’t waste paint.

2. You are not allowing enough dry time.

(Or cure time.)

[FULL DISCLOSURE: I am so guilty of this. I am impatient.]

If you are painting and you have a bare spot that seems to move around from place to place, please stop. You are just aimlessly pushing paint around at this point. It isn’t sticking.

Let your paint dry—all the way.

Dining Table | Dixie Belle Paint | Vintage Duck Egg | Painted Furniture | All Things New Again

Dining Table and Chairs painted in Vintage Duck Egg from Dixie Belle Paint Company

Paint usually takes about 30 minutes up to an hour to dry to the touch. Wait it out. Then come back with a second coat of paint, which will fill in any areas needing coverage. Your second coat will go on much better if you wait for your first coat to dry thoroughly.

(Remember: thin coats!)

Let everything dry really well before sealing. We always recommend letting your paint dry overnight before applying wax or other top coat. We have no Official Scientific Explanation for doing this. My mom and I just think our projects look better in the end when we wait overnight before sealing.

Dining Table | Dixie Belle Paint | Vintage Duck Egg | Painted Furniture | All Things New Again

We stained the tabletop then added a soft color wash of Vintage Duck Egg from Dixie Belle Paint Company for a unique finish.

Now lets talk about dry time vs. cure time.

Your paint will feel dry to the touch within about an hour or sooner depending upon things like how thick you applied it, humidity, etc. However, it could take up to 30 days for the paint to fully cure.

There is an Official Scientific Explanation for this. Basically, during the cure time, your paint is continuing to dry — and more importantly — it is bonding to the surface that you painted.

The reason cure time is so important is because this is the time when your amazing paint job is most vulnerable to scratching or other damage. Your project looks great, it feels dry and you are ready to decorate. Please wait.

Waiting is hard, but it is really important to let your work cure for up to 30 days before placing heavy lamps or décor that could scratch the surfaces.

3. You are afraid to make a mistake.

Painted Nightstand | Dixie Belle Paint | Blended Paint Technique | Painted Furniture | Blue | All Things New Again

Nightstand painted with a custom blend of Dixie Belle Paint Company products.

Being afraid to make a mistake is the Worst Painting Mistake you can make.

(It may even be one of the Worst Life Mistakes you can make.)

I’m not even joking about this one.

We see this all the time.

Nobody wants to mess up. I get it.

But let me tell you a few secrets …

  1. You’re going to mess up. It’s OK. Don’t let that stop you from trying. That’s how you learn.
  2. It’s just paint. If you totally hate it, you can always paint over it.

Here’s another secret… a Super-Duper-Secret that nobody else will tell you.

Ready?

The only difference between a Professional Furniture Painter and you … is that the pro has MESSED UP more times than you have even tried.

Think about that.

I have messed up more projects than you have started yet.

But I keep going. Every time.

I love how this little nightstand turned out, but I’ll tell you … I repainted the top three times.

Painted Nightstand | Dixie Belle Paint | Blended Paint Technique | Painted Furniture | Blue | All Things New Again

We used the following colors from Dixie Belle Paint Company to create this blended blue finish: Bunker Hill Blue, Dixie Belle Blue and Limeade.

The colors just weren’t swirling together pretty the first time. The second time, I swirled them too much and it looked like a blob.

But I kept trying and I learned a lot—and I love how it looks now.

Painted Nightstand | Dixie Belle Paint | Blended Paint Technique | Painted Furniture | Blue | All Things New Again

A little pop of light green Limeade from Dixie Belle Paint Company breaks up all of those pretty blues and adds visual interest to this nightstand.

Don’t be afraid to try a new product or a new technique—or even to just get started.

You know that ugly or outdated piece will look pretty again with a little TLC and a fresh paint color. It might take you a few tries to get it to look amazing, but that’s the nice thing about painting.

If you mess it up, you always get another do-over.

(Just let the paint dry all the way first!)

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We offer our own eclectic brand of painted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, and painting classes and workshops.

Please stop by the next time you are in town!

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A Natural Alternative to Spray Paint for Outdoor DIY Projects

A Natural Alternative to Spray Paint for Outdoor Projects | Outdoor Furniture DIY | Porch and Patio Decorating Ideas | Real Milk Paint Co. Outdoor AdditiveNo more turquoise and hot pink grass in my yard!

I usually spray-paint my exterior furniture and decorations to freshen them up every spring. It’s easy and holds up pretty well, but I often forget to put down a drop cloth so I make a colorful mess of my lawn … and breathe all those icky aerosol fumes.

Not anymore!

Real Milk Paint Company—the eco-friendly line of milk paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia—has an all-natural alternative to spray paint for outdoor projects.

Outdoor Additive is a non-toxic powder you can add to any color of Real Milk Paint to protect against damaging ultraviolet light, mold and bacteria. Instead of peeling off after a few months outside like spray-paint does, the milk paint will gently wear away over time. (And then you will have an awesome vintage look!)

Outdoor Additive is an all-natural borate compound similar to borax laundry soap, but milled so finely it can dissolve into paint and keep a smooth finish. It works nicely on exterior porous surfaces like wood, concrete, brick and stucco, but should not be used over existing paint.

Lucky for me, these chairs I found at The Dump near my in-laws’ home last summer were already stripped to bare wood. (And they were FREE!)

Transform broken chairs into Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs | DIY Tutorial | Outdoor Furniture | Porch and Patio Furniture DIY Ideas

You can read all about this Treasure Hunter’s Paradise here.

I mixed up a batch of Real Milk Paint’s bright happy color called Flag Red, added some Outdoor Additive and transformed the chairs into Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs.

Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs | DIY Tutorial | Outdoor Furniture Decorating | Porch and Patio Furniture Ideas

We created a Pin-able Measuring Guide to help you remember the correct ratios of Real Milk Paint to Outdoor Additive for your next project.

I used 1 Cup of paint with 1 tablespoon of Outdoor Additive on the chairs.

Real Milk Paint Outdoor Additive Measuring Guide | DIY Outdoor Paint Projects | Outdoor Furniture | Porch and Patio Furniture Ideas

The seats on my chairs were long gone, which made them perfect for planters. However, the holes in the seats were too large to hold a flower pot. Once the paint dried, I needed to build out the seats to make the planters. There are a few different ways you can do this.

I went the quick and easy route.

I bought a package of wooden stakes at the hardware store. They are basically 1×2 boards cut down.

Supplies Needed to Build Outdoor Garden Planter Chair | www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

They were still a bit long for the width of my chairs. I just cut off the pointy ends, flipped the chairs upside-down and screwed the 1×2’s across the top and bottom of the seats like this …

Easy Way to Build Outdoor Garden Planter Chair | DIY Tutorial | Porch and Patio Decorating Ideas

Now I had a perfect space for a flower pot. I just jammed the flower pot in there and the stakes I added hold it securely. We’ve had a few good rainstorms since I made the Planter Chairs and the flower pots didn’t budge.

How to Build An Outdoor Garden Planter Chair | DIY Tutorial | Real Milk Paint | Porch and Patio Decorating Ideas

Now all I have to do is remember to water them!

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia–about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We offer an eclectic selection of handpainted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Real Milk Paint Company’s awesome and all-natural products. We also offer painting classes and workshops. Here’s the link with information about our Introduction to Real Milk Paint class.

And here is the latest project from Cathy and Dave. They used Real Milk Paint’s off-white color called Parchment on this hutch. They also added new hardware and replaced the backing with rustic boards for a Modern Farmhouse look. Available for sale at All Things New Again, Leesburg, VA.
Modern Farmhouse Style | Rustic Hutch Buffet Sideboard | Painted Furniture | Real Milk Paint | Country Farmhouse Decor Ideas

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How To Paint a Patriotic American Flag Dresser

Painting an American flag onto a dresser or other piece of furniture involves a little more than just red, white and blue paint. This tutorial will teach you How to Paint A Patriotic American Flag Dresser that fits perfectly onto any size dresser with the same proportions as Old Glory.

How to Paint A Patriotic American Flag Dresser

Everybody knows the American flag has 50 stars for each state and 13 stripes for the original colonies. But do you know the overall dimensions of the flag? How wide is each stripe? How many stripes touch the blue field (union or canton)? And what is the diameter of each star? If you want your Patriotic American Flag Dresser to look like the real deal, you need to do a little math. (It’s OK. We figured it out. You can do it too!)

A local interior designer came to us here at All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia with a custom order to paint the American flag onto the front of a child’s dresser. She wanted to surprise her client with a great gift for his son’s bedroom.

Also, her client is no ordinary client, but an active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer.  I had to make sure this Patriotic American Flag Dresser was accurate—a U.S. Marine will surely notice if the finished flag has only 44 stars or 11 stripes because I couldn’t get everything to fit onto the dresser!

Before US Flag Dresser

The dresser was painted by its prior owner with several coats of high gloss latex paint. It also had thick, stenciled fleur-de-lis on each drawer. I like to sand stencils completely because their thickness can show through the final paint job. I used medium grit sandpaper to remove the gloss and stencils, then fine grit for final smoothness.

flag dresser_sanding

I like to mark the bottom of each drawer with its “position” as I remove it. (“UR” for upper right, “ML” for middle left, etc.) That way I won’t risk scratching or gouging the finished drawers by inserting them multiple times in my search for the correct opening.

flag dresser_labeling drawers

Next, I painted the cabinet and drawers of the Patriotic American Flag Dresser.

flag dresser_blue cabinet

flag dresser_white drawers

The challenge for this project was painting an exact image of the American flag onto the dresser. The flag had to fit the space perfectly so I had to compute the width of the stripes and the size of the stars in correct proportion to the overall width (hoist) and length (fly) of the actual flag.

Here’s the website I found with the standard proportions of an American flag to help me calculate this math problem.

Dividing the height of the dresser by 13 to figure out the width of the stripes was the easy part. I also needed to figure out the size of the blue union and the diameter my stars needed to be in order for everything to fit in perfect proportion to the real deal.

For this dresser, the stars needed to be 1 1/2″ diameter. Any larger and all 50 stars wouldn’t fit. Any smaller and it just wouldn’t look right.

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After computing the key flag dimensions from the dresser size, I marked the stripe and canton locations on the drawers. My handy drafting t-square kept my lines straight and parallel. A t-square is a great tool to have if you need straight lines longer than a standard 12 inch ruler. I used it for this Patriotic American Flag Dresser and any paint project where I need crisp lines or stripes.

flag dresser_tsquare

I then used painter’s tape to mark off the red stripes and the blue canton. I applied 3 coats of each color, then let all dry thoroughly before carefully removing the tape to reveal crisp stripes.

Use painter's tape for crisp stripes on your Patriotic American Flag Dresser. See full tutorial at: www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

Every Patriotic American Flag Dresser needs crisp stripes. See the full tutorial at: www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

flag dresser_untaping

flag dresser_drawer

The next big challenge was applying the stars to the canton. I used an American Flag 50 Star Stencil like these to easily lay out all 50 stars in perfect proportion. For the size and proportions of this dresser, I chose a 17 x 13 inch stencil with 1 1/2″ diameter stars.

Although this dresser has nice flat drawer surfaces, the edges have a slight curve that could have interfered with a smooth stencil job. Three important tips worked well for me when I stenciled the stars.

  1. Tape the edges of the stencil firmly to ensure it does not move when applying the paint.
  2. Hold down the stencil around each star as you work on it. This was a very large stencil that needed some extra help staying flat, especially around the curved edges.
  3. Apply many light coats of paint on the star cutouts and let each coat dry thoroughly. This last tip prevented the paint from bleeding beneath the plastic stencil and thereby smearing the stars.

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A 50-Star American Flag Stencil helps keep your paint project in perfect proportion to Old Glory. How to Paint A Patriotic American Flag Dresser at www.AllThingsNewAgain.net

flag dresser_starsandstripes drawer

Here’s the finished Patriotic American Flag Dresser!

How to Paint A Patriotic American Flag Dresser by All Things New Again

How to Paint a Patriotic American Flag Dresser | American Flag Furniture | Tutorial | All Things New Again

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We offer our own eclectic brand of hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project, and painting classes and workshops

Follow our All Things New Again Facebook page and tune in Fridays at 12 noon (eastern time) for our LIVE Furniture Painting Friday Show!

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10 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Furniture Painter

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

Loaded with awesome little gifts for the furniture painter who lives there!

Your Favorite Furniture Painter would love a new paint brush. (Who wouldn’t?) Of course, we have paint brushes on our list of stocking stuffer gift ideas for furniture painters … along with a few other goodies they probably don’t even know they need. (Blue sponges! Blue sponges!)

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10 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Furniture Painter

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  1. Paint Brushes

Since we already mentioned it, we’ll say it again. Your Favorite Furniture Painter will love a new paint brush. Dixie Belle Paint Company carries several shapes and sizes, including the Cling-On Brushes everyone loves. Here’s the link. (The medium-sized Dixie Belle Paint Brush is my favorite right now for blending colors on my painted furniture projects.)

2. Sample-size Paint

Paint brushes and paint go together like cookies and milk… like Rudolph and his red nose … like Santa and his jolly laugh. Most paint brands offer sample sizes around $10 each. Our favorite is Dixie Belle Paint, the no-VOC chalk/mineral paint we sell at our store, All Things New Again in Leesburg, VA. Dixie Belle offers 60 gorgeous colors … enough to fill a few stockings with colorful Christmas cheer!

3. Baby Unicorns

Obviously, a real-life Baby Unicorn would not fit in a stocking. (You would need to tie a bow around its horn and put it under the tree!) 🙂

We’re talking about Unicorn SPiT rainbow gel stain and glaze. The 4 ounce sample-size “Baby Unicorns” are the perfect size to stuff into a stocking for your Favorite Furniture Painter.

Unicorn SPiT is a versatile product that can be used as a wood stain, a glaze over paint or to create beautiful designs on furniture makeovers and more.

We sell Unicorn SPiT here at All Things New Again and teach the only Intro to Unicorn SPiT Class in the Northern Virginia/metro DC area. Here’s a link to our online store along with several tutorials to get you started using this awesome new creative juice.

4. Decoupage Paper

We are obsessed with Decoupage Paper around here! Your Favorite Furniture Painter will be decoupaging everything in sight too when they see all of these pretty designs.

5. Scrubby Soap

These all-natural, wonderful-smelling soaps have a scrubber built-in. They are great for washing (and moisturizing!) hands as well as cleaning paint brushes. Did I already mention they smell wonderful?

Scrubby Soaps

6. Blue Sponge Applicators

These. Blue. Sponges.

Use them to apply Gator Hide or any water-based liquid top coat for a smooooooth finish.

Makes top coat application quick, easy and darn near flawless.

We did a demo on how to use the blue sponges on Furniture Painting Friday, our free mini painting lesson held every Friday at 12 noon (eastern) over on our All Things New Again Facebook page. Here’s the re-play so you can see how easy they are to use. The Blue Sponge Demo starts around the 24-minute mark.

7. Sandpaper

Your Favorite Furniture Painter probably owns a sander already.

[If not, check out our 15 Awesome Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Furniture Painter for suggestions.]

A sander is a must-have tool for any furniture painter—and any furniture painter could always use more sandpaper. We burn through a lot of it around here! Sanders come in different shapes so check to make sure the sandpaper is cut to fit their machine properly. These sanding sponges are also nice—and inexpensive—for hand-sanding your work to achieve a professional looking (and feeling!) finish.

8. Dust Mask

Protect your Favorite Furniture Painter’s lungs with a dust mask to use when sanding. Even if they have a dust mask already, they would probably appreciate a fresh one.

9. Stencils

You can pick up stencils at the craft store. Dixie Belle Paint also offers a nice selection of stencils on their website. Throw in a jar of Dixie Belle Mud and a spatula—boom!—your Favorite Furniture Painter can experiment with raised stencils, which are a really popular look on painted furniture right now.

10. Re-usable Furniture Sliders

My Dad and I use furniture sliders all the time to move furniture around our shop. They are really helpful little thingies–and they fit nicely in a stocking.

There you have it! Our 10 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Furniture Painter! Do you have any other awesome stocking stuffer ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at All Things New Again! ❤ ❤ ❤

All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique located in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project and offer fun painting classes and workshops. Stop by and see us the next time you are in town!

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15 Awesome Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Furniture Painter

15 Awesome Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Furniture Painter

Looking for the perfect present for your Favorite Furniture Painter?

We have lots of great gift ideas! Then we asked our Furniture Painter Friends what was on their holiday wish lists … and they came up with even more great gift ideas. (#8 is on MY list now!)

Holiday Gift Guide for Furniture Painters

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1. Paint

Let’s start with the obvious. Paint is the perfect gift for furniture painters! Sample size paints for most brands are usually around $10. Stock up on their favorite colors—or try something new.

Dixie Belle Paint Company is the no-VOC chalk/mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia. Dixie Belle offers 60 beautiful colors along with all kinds of fun products to make your next paint project stunning. (The new Patina Collection is one of our favorites!)

Here’s the link to Dixie Belle’s full product line. They ship everywhere.

Can’t decide on a color? Most local paint retailers (including All Things New Again!) offer gift certificates or gift cards. Your Favorite Furniture Painter will love going on a paint shopping spree after the holidays.

2. Adjustable Rolling Stool

Your Favorite Furniture Painter’s back and knees will thank you for this awesome gift. Seriously.

This is the rolling stool we use in our studio. It is sturdy, rolls nicely and can hold up to 300 pounds. Plus it has a handy tray on bottom for holding supplies.

Our only complaint is the seat pops off sometimes if you pick it up by the seat. It’s easy to get back on.

Here’s a fancier adjustable rolling stool option with a handle built into the seat and a tray that spins around to easily reach all of your supplies. We haven’t tried this stool out, but it gets good reviews, is rated up to 400 pounds and looks pretty comfy.

Dear Mom, Don’t freak out! I’m not *actually* painting the vintage dresser you’ve been working on all week. It’s just a Dramatic Re-Creation so people can see how nicely the adjustable rolling stool works for painting furniture.

3. Portable Work Bench

This is the little work bench I use out in my garage. One is great for small projects like side tables or chairs. Use two to support larger projects. Mine are buried underneath a few half-painted projects right now. (OK–more than a few.) But they are lightweight to move around and fold up to store out of the way when not in use. I assembled mine all by myself and only said a few bad words so the assembly wasn’t too hard. 🙂

4. Unicorn SPiT

You read that right. Unicorn SPiT. It’s a non-toxic rainbow gel stain and glaze … and Your Favorite Furniture Painter can create some amazing looks with it! New paint products are always fun gifts for furniture painters, especially if it is something they have wanted to try for awhile. You can see our tutorials on several Unicorn SPiT techniques here, here and here … and you can buy it right here in our online store.

If you live near All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia, you can register your Favorite Furniture Painter for our Introduction to Unicorn SPiT Class. We’re the only store in the Northern Virginia/metro DC area offering Unicorn SPiT training. 

5. Furniture Painting University Membership

Furniture Painting University is a subscription-based online training site for furniture artists.

Each week members receive a new in-depth video tutorial along with product discounts and tons of information on staging and selling painted furniture. (And occasionally you get to see my Dad and me—we’re both FPU instructors!)

Whether your Favorite Furniture Painter is just getting started or has been doing this awhile, there are always new techniques to learn and new products to try. I learn so much from Furniture Painting University. Memberships are $19.97 per month.

6. Paint Sprayer

I used to have a lot of excuses why I didn’t want to use a paint sprayer … then I tried one! (You can read about my first paint sprayer experience here.) It was easy to figure out, easy to clean up and created a beautiful smooth finish.

A paint sprayer is a huge time saver, especially on large jobs or any chair with a million spindles.  This HomeRight Sprayer is a nice “starter sprayer” because it is lightweight and does not require a separate air compressor.

7. Spray Paint Tent

I have a confession to make. (Don’t tell my mom.) She gave me a Spray Paint Tent like this one for Christmas last year. I put it in my garage to use when the weather got warmer. It’s still out there. Somewhere. I sprayed directly on my lawn all summer. (Don’t tell my husband.) Never mind. The grass is purple. They both already know. I promise to find my spray paint tent and use it in 2018. Pinkie swear.

8. Hydraulic Table Cart

Do you struggle to move furniture into and out of your vehicle? Then check this out. Game changer.

9. Shop Vacuum

A shop vacuum is a must-have item for furniture painters. This 6-gallon wet/dry vac from Craftsman is nice because it is not too big, not too small.

10. Nail/Staple Gun + Air Compressor

I use my pneumatic nail gun for many furniture makeover projects, including repairing or replacing the backs of dressers and creating pallet wood tabletops. (Just be careful around vintage china cabinets! You can read about that debacle here.)

I was a little intimidated by my nail gun at first, but I’m over that now. Before nailing into any project, I practice on scrap wood to get the adjustment just right.

The stapler is awesome for re-covering fabric on chair seats. It is so much easier to just pa-ching, pa-ching the staples in place with one hand instead of wearing your hands out squeezing an old-school stapler.

This is the Combo Kit I have. It’s nice because it comes with the air compressor and everything you need to get started. The nail and staple guns that come with it are heavy-duty enough for all of my furniture repairs.

11. Multi-tool

I bought a multi-tool for my husband last Christmas and I use it WAY more than he does!

It is light-weight and easy to swap out attachments. I love the flush-cut saw for furniture repairs. You can make quick cuts in some weird angles without dragging out a big saw. The sander attachment is also handy. We use the metal blade to trim screws on hardware.

This Multi-Tool Kit from Dremel is nice because it includes everything you need to get started. Extra saw blades and other attachments make great stocking stuffers.

12. Sanders

If you are a Furniture Painter, then you are a Furniture Sander. There’s no way around it. My go-to sanders for furniture makeovers are a random orbital sander like this one that I use when I need to erase heavy scratches and/or sand a tabletop down to bare wood. My little dust bag thingie popped off and is somewhere out in the garage with my Spray Paint Tent. This random orbital sander looks like it has a more durable dust-collection canister built into it. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it is better, but it gets good reviews from people who have used it so I’m putting it on here. I hate sanding dust!

My other go-to sander for furniture makeovers is my little mouse sander. It is lightweight, easy to control and the iron-shaped tip can get into corners and tight spaces where the random orbital sander doesn’t fit. A mouse sander is a great tool and a good sander to start with if you are just getting into furniture painting. You can include extra sandpaper in different grits and dust masks as stocking stuffers.

13. Hand Truck/ Dolly

This may not be the sexiest present ever, but holy-moly is it ever useful!

We love our Cosco 3-in-1 Hand Truck that we use for hauling all kinds of furniture everywhere.

It can be used as a regular ol’ dolly for taller pieces like dressers, but it also has an extra set of wheels that drop down for extra support and stability.

We have two porch steps to maneuver whenever we bring anything into or out of All Things New Again. Those extra wheels really come in handy, especially on heavier furniture! This cart can also convert into a 4-wheel cart.

14. Folding Push Cart/ Hand Truck

Here’s a less expensive—but equally handy!—option for moving and hauling your painted furniture.

We use our folding push cart/hand truck like this one almost daily. It is really useful for moving all kinds of items.

Special thanks to my Dad for moving this buffet TWICE so I could get photos for this Holiday Gift Guide for Furniture Painters!
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After all of that painting and lifting and delivering beautiful painted furniture, it’s time to relax!

Here’s our final Awesome Gift Idea for Your Favorite Furniture Painter ….

15. Massage Gift Certificate

Trust me. Your Favorite Furniture Painter needs it!

~ Courtney

Happy Holidays from all of us at All Things New Again! <3 <3 <3

All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique located in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project and offer fun painting classes and workshops. Stop by and see us the next time you are in town!

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