Creative Furniture Painting Tutorial for Beginners – Boho Painted Dresser Makeover

 Have you wanted to think outside the box with your painted furniture projects, but not sure where to start? Each step shown in this tutorial can be done by a beginner! I’ll walk you through how to get a layered mixed-media look using Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint & products. Plus, how to make stencils & stamps using everyday household items for an artistic touch to your furniture. Intuitive art is all about having fun, using random things to create patterns & just trusting your intuition. Why not treat your furniture like a canvas? I’ve made a full video tutorial to follow along with this step-by-step guide. You can watch the full YouTube Video Tutorial here:  You will see bold colored text in the product list, those are links to each product so that you can locate the products easily if you are wanting to purchase them. I do get a thank you credit for purchases made through those text links, but it doesn’t cost you anymore…. it just helps with providing you with free tutorials. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Step #1 Adhesion Primer – Using Slick Stick for Painting on Slippery Surfaces

 This Bombay chest is not wood, it’s made of particle board with a paper-like covering. Before I paint this, I’ll need to first apply a coat of adhesion primer so the paint will adhere properly. I’m using Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick which is for painting on any slick surfaces like metal, glass, or factory finish on furniture. I applied one coat, then let it dry overnight.  

Step #2 Playing with Different Colors on the Base Layer

 This project is great for beginners because you don’t need to worry about technique. We’re just going to have some fun with a few different brushstrokes, colors & patterns to create visual interest on our base layer. For my palette, I chose Dixie Belle’s Chalk Mineral Paint in The Gulf, Kudzu, Florida Orange, Amethyst, Lemonade & Fluff.   I’m using the Scarlet Synthetic Brush from Dixie Belle to start painting with “The Gulf”. Without thinking too hard, randomly brush the paint on. We’re going to be doing lots of layers, so don’t worry about messing up. Using the same brush, I apply “Lemondade” & “Fluff” to fill it all in. I let it dry for about 10 minutes, then use the same brush to add more layers. Switching back & forth between Dixie Belle Blue, Florida Orange & Kudzu, I dry brush the paint to add pops of color & texture. Just keep going, it will get better! There’s no right or wrong way to do it. I let this base coat dry for another 10-15 minutes before adding the next layer.

Step #3 Adding Texture & Making Stencils with Everyday Household Items

 Intuitive art is all about having fun, using random things to create patterns & following your intuition. Now it’s time to have fun!

I’m using Dixie Belle’s Chalk Mineral Paint in Amethyst & Florida Orange with the Mud Cloth Stencil. I use 2 colors to give it extra character, staggering the design randomly. Like I said, there is no wrong way to do this. Next, I grab some bubble wrap & paint one side with Dixie Belle’s Gold Metallic Paint. I pressed it on in random places to create more texture. You can use everyday household items like a paper towel roll to create different shapes with pops of color. Once you’re done having fun with this layer, let it dry overnight.

Step #4 How to Make a Stencil with Ziplocs & Painters Tape  & Custom Mix Glaze

  This would be fun to leave the way it is, but I want to show you how to add another element of dimension. I’ll be using Painters Tape & Ziploc bags to create a design, then glazing over it Cut apart your Ziploc bag, then cover it with a layer of overlapping strips of Painters Tape. Make sure to overlap the tape, because you’ll be removing the plastic.

 Draw on your shape for the stencil, then cut it out.

Peel the plastic off the tape & press it down firmly on your surface. Smooth down all your edges to prevent the paint from dripping through.

Step #5 How to Mix Chalk Mineral Paint & Glaze for a Translucent Color Wash

 I made a 50/50 mix of Dixie Belle’s Pearlescent Glaze with my paint. By doing this, it makes the paint into more of a translucent colored glaze without the metallic sheen. I’m adding it to each of my colors: Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in “Mint Julep”, “Dixie Belle Blue”, “Drop Cloth” & “Sandbar”. Massage the glaze in with a sponge, then use a clean sponge to wipe it back. Don’t worry about getting the perfect blend, just go with your gut! Once you have all your glaze down, it’s time to peel off the stencils! To add more definition to my shapes, I use a Black Acrylic Painters Pen to outline them. If you do this, wait at least a week before you clear coat or it may smear. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & you’re inspired to try something outside of the box. Grab your stash of leftover paints, some random household items, and have some fun! You can find all the Dixie Belle products I used listed below.  Make sure to follow me on all my social media platforms: Instagram: Youtube: Facebook: TikTok: Dixie Belle Products for this project: Slick Stick Scarlet Mini Synthetic Brush Gold Metallic Paint Chalk Mineral Paint in these colors: Amethyst, Lemonade, Fluff, The Gulf, Florida Orange, Dixie Belle Blue, Yankee Blue, Mint Julep, Sandbar, Drop Cloth