Decorating with purple isn’t just for little girl bedrooms!

Dixie Belle Aubergine | Decorating with Purple | All Things New AgainA few exquisite pieces of furniture or home decor in just the right shade takes decorating with purple from princess-y to sophisticated.

Dixie Belle Paint Company’s new color Aubergine is a rich dark eggplant. I like to call this color “Purple for Grown Ups.” Painting a piece of furniture with Aubergine is a subtle and elegant way to start decorating with purple in your home–without freaking out your husband!

Decorating with Purple: The Gilded Plum Table

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This stately sofa table had deep gouges on the top and was in need of a makeover. But with those carved legs and stylish details, no ordinary color would do.

I wanted to accentuate all of those glorious details with a fancy–but not too flashy–paint finish.Elegant Sofa Table | Before Shot | Decorating with Purple

My mom recently created Five Gorgeous Ways to Glam Up Vintage Mirror Frames.

The Aubergine and Bronze finish on this vintage mirror frame was perfect for decorating with purple. 

She used the following products from Dixie Belle Paint Company, the no-VOC chalk-mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia:

I additionally used Gator Hide, a durable water-resistant polyacrylic sealer to protect the finish on my table.

I camouflaged the damaged tabletop with another product we sell at the store called Saltwash.

Saltwash is a powder additive you mix into the base color and pounce on to create texture. Typically, you paint a second color over it after it dries to create a two-toned look.

For this table, I used Aubergine for both the textured base and the top color. This created a solid color on top with lots of wonderful texture, which I accentuated with the glaze.

Saltwash | Dixie Belle Paint | Aubergine | Copper Bronze Glaze | All Things New Again | Leesburg VA

Then I used Gilding Wax to further accentuate the carvings and other details on the sofa table.

Here’s the finished table!

(Makes you want to start decorating with purple, doesn’t it?)

Decorating with purple | Purple Furniture | Dixie Belle Paint | Aubergine | All Things New Again


The Gilded Plum Table | Dixie Belle Paint | Aubergine | All Things New Again | Leesburg VA | Dixie Belle Retailer

Aubergine is so dark, it almost looks black in some light. It is neutral enough to incorporate into your decor–even if decorating with purple isn’t your usual color palette. The bronze glaze gives it just enough shimmer to be elegant instead of audacious.

A finish this regal needed its own special name. But what?

We asked our Furniture Painting Friday Show friends for help and received so many amazing name suggestions, we couldn’t decide. So we called for a vote and the winner is …

The Gilded Plum

Submitted by Ashley, a talented furniture artist from  So Long Status Quo

Congratulations Ashley!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Name That Finish Contest … and thank you to everyone who watches The Furniture Painting Friday Show. Tune in live to our All Things New Again Facebook page on Fridays at 8 pm (eastern time) for lots of furniture painting ideas, tutorials, new products … and a contest every now and then!

~ Courtney

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All Things New Again is a boutique furniture store and paint studio in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Dixie Belle Company chalk-mineral paint. We also offer a Learn How to Paint Furniture Class where you get hands-on experience with the techniques we used on this table — and more.

P.S. — The Gilded Plum Table is available for sale. We offer delivery throughout the Northern Virginia/metro DC area and we ship our furniture nationwide. SOLD! 

However, we are happy to re-create this regal finish on your furniture. Email a photo of your piece to Courtney @ for a free custom painting estimate.

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