If you’ve been following the journey of this antique dresser, you know she was picked up from a beautiful peach orchard in the Niagara Region. Fittingly, Zovesta (an SI Reader) thought she would be lovely painted in a peachy color and I agreed!
Then as I was repairing her peeling veneer, I passed by my paint inventory and spotted a package from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. One of the colors caught my attention. There was no question in my mind that Holy Guacamole was the perfect color for this antique dresser!
Holy Guacamole may sound like something you’d order with a salt rimmed margarita, but I have to admit, it’s the most beautiful antique green. It’s the perfect blend of green, gold and tan to give any vintage piece a pop of color while maintaining a vintage feel.
This is a muted green, yet the gold undertones make an elegant statement.
This was my first time working with this Dixie Belle so here’s my review if you ever want to give this paint a try.
Pro’s Working with Dixie Belle Paint:
- No sanding or priming required.
- Applies and adheres beautifully.
- No bad smell.
- Levels nicely.
- Good coverage.
- Thick so a little goes a long way.
- Helpful to use a wet/damp brush or roller.
- Dries fast.
- Thinning with water extends work-ability time.
- Distresses easy with sandpaper. ( I didn’t try wet distressing.)
- Beautiful matte/chalky finish.
- Cleans up easy with water.
- Bold/bright color choice
Con’s Working with Dixie Belle Paint:
- Plastic Container
Yes, these containers look great. And it’s a bonus that you can see the colors plain as day. Otherwise, Holy-Guac wouldn’t have caught my attention while I was passing by….right!
So, this isn’t really a “con” but more a personal preference. I’m just an ol’fashion girl. For me, cracking open a traditional can of paint with an opener hits the spot!
I’ve mentioned my plastic-container-pet-peeve before. Once paint gets on the rim/lid after the first use, it dries and then the plastic fuses itself shut and it’s difficult to open. I guess it’s no biggie now that I know the hot water trick.
I have to throw in a close up of this green!
And the antique knobs purchased at Hobby Lobby!
And a little surprise when you open the drawers!
What’s your preference… traditional paint cans or ’boutique’ plastic paint containers? And feel free to chime in on what you think of the Holy Guacamole dresser!
Enjoy the day!
Hi! His dresser is super cute. How or what did you do to the beaded bordering to keep it a different color than the green??
Thanks Catherine! And super easy… as I was painting, I was wiping the paint off the beaded detail with a shop cloth. 🙂
Christina Woodcock says
Hi Denise! This is gorgeous! I love the deep, antique green! I use Dixie Belle Paints too and my pet peeve is that the lid sticks as well! Let me share a little trick that works for me. I use a piece of plastic wrap on the rim, and then screw the lid on. Comes right off everytime 🙂 Have a great day!
Hi Christina!! I’ll definitely try that and your timing couldn’t be better. I JUST came up from my studio and I spent 10 minutes trying to open my DB Slick Stick… it’s sticks alright…lol. thanks again. 🙂
for the paper drawer liner did you use paper or vinyl
Hi Gloria! I used paper. 🙂
Beth Burkeb says
I have an antique peach orchard dresser just like the one in your photo. It has a giant Dixie signature on the back of it. I have not been able to find one like it or a Dixie signature stamp like it or that big anywhere on the internet. Your dresser looks just like it. We’d like to sell ours but are not sure what it’s worth. As far as I know Dixie furniture just went out of business not too long ago also. Do you know what year it was made and how much it may be worth?
Hi Denise! Your work is absolutely gorgeous! If a piece has been recently stained, can it be chalk painted, and will it need to be sanded? Thanks! Rene
Thanks Rene! 🙂 Yes, you can chalk paint over a recently stained piece (no sanding required) so long as it’s 100% dry and no glossy topcoat has been applied.
Hello Denise. What a beautiful dresser in a beautiful color. I have to admit, I usually HATE mid to dark green colors!!! And I do mean HATE!!! I’m surprised by how much I love this piece of furniture:) Simply perfect. And a great touch with the printed drawer liners.
LOL… I think a lot of people have strong feelings about green. Huge compliment Monique, thank you! 🙂
Denise, Have you ever painted with orange paint? I am doing two pieces now and when I go to distress the piece is get a yellowing affect. I have repainted now and have applied a matte poly to it. I am hoping that the poly will prevent the yellowing from occurring. Any thoughts?
Hi Allyson! The closest to orange is my Curvy Coral Dresser. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this happening… unless maybe it’s a milk paint that wasn’t mixed 100% and the different pigments are showing up???
Well Denise, what can I say? You continue to amaze me! Another ugly duckling turned swan.
I’m in love … Must give Dixie Belle a try!
I thank you once again for your love of bring something old back to life. Phoebe xoxo
Awww thanks Phoebe! I have a giveaway in the works with Dixie Belle Paints for all you SI Readers… so stay tuned!
I love the whole shabang just gorgeous !
J Smith says
It’s gorgeous Denise! Amazing choice in colour.
I really love this colour. It isn’t one that I probably would have looked at but somehow you have made it feel very vintage and so fitting for this piece. Also love the antique handles from Hobby Lobby. Do we have a Hobby Lobby in Toronto Denise or did you buy from the US?
Thanks Carole! I buy them across the border. Andrea and I just made a Hobby Lobby run this past weekend. It’s a good excuse to get away for a few nights and go for a full blown shopping weekend! 🙂
It’s beautiful. The color choice, the old knobs. Great job! Can I ask what did you seal it with. Or maybe you don’t have to? I just painted a dark piece with AS cream. No bleed thru til I applied my poly. ( it’s supposed to be non-yellowing?) but maybe I needed a different sealer because of the original dark stain. Still learning here in Pa❤️
I sealed this piece with TreWax Mimi. And sometimes bleed through doesn’t show until it’s top coated…. SO FRUSTRATING I know! Unfortunately, it probably won’t make a difference what type of sealer you use Mimi. I’ve had splotches show up using wax or poly. Best way to stop the bleed through is to use shellac or shellac based primer prior to painting.
I can’t believe you took note of my comment, hah! I’m so happy right now. 😀
As addicted as I am to my peaches, pinks, and corals, I must admit that this looks extremely classy and tasteful… what a beautiful green! I’ve never seen plastic containers before, hm. I think the hilarious leopard print drawer liners steal the show, though, what a great touch. 😉 Great job as always, Denise!
Thanks Zovesta… and I always take note of ALL your comments! 😉
Oh, I Love that ” old” green! Just what I’ ve been looking for! Love the knobs,also!
I know right… I don’t think I’ve seen any other chalky paints in this tone of green. I’m in love with it!
Char Fisher says
The green is a great color for your vintage piece. Really stands out! I would of never looked at that color twice personally, but you went with your instincts on that one….and it totally worked out very well. Great job!
If I was paint shopping, I may not have picked this color either Char! I’m very grateful that Dixie Belle Paints sent me a box of goodies with this color in it. I’ll definitely be using Holy Guacamole again and it allowed my to share this great color with all of you. Good news – they’re starting to sell these paint in Canada, so I don’t need to order and ship from the states!
VA VA VoOm!! Wow Denise, she is a stunner! I love the colour and the paper packs a sweet punch absolutely gorgeous. Quick question, do your paint tins get rusty on the inside of the tin and the outside? Mine have started doing this since i started storing them in my shed about a year ago, ive never had this problem before and cant work out why its happening, as it doesnt get wet in there and we dont live near the beach. We did live near the beach prior to this house and it wasnt happening then. Any thoughts ? Thank you:-)
Thanks Renee, I love your Va VA Voom! 😉 In regards to rust on paint cans, yes, I’ve had this problem too. More so with my old cans that I kept in the garage years ago. Change in temperature and humidity don’t help. Paint is best stored in a cool dry place with a fairly consistent temp. Now I store ALL my paint in my studio aka my basement. My thoughts – you may be getting rust on your paint cans due to temp variances in your shed… or dampness/humidity.
Denise this turned out great, and I really like the color choice you made. I assume that the inside of the drawer is material? Do you adhere it to the inside of the drawer with something? Thanks Julie
Thanks Julie! The inside of the drawers are paper; and no, I usually don’t adhere them until someone purchases and wants them adhered. Some people love lined drawers and others not so much so it’s nice to give the option. 🙂
Catherine Brasset says
Wow !!! Hello Denise ,this is so nice ,the color,hardware ,the whole effect ! How happy you must be !
Thanks so much Catherine! Oh… I did get your email. 🙂 I was away for a long weekend and just haven’t had time to respond but love all the info. Many thanks! x
That is Gorgeous.
Tip: Rub a little vaseline around the inside of the lid rim and clean off the rim of the paint container with a damp rag or paper towel
Thanks Colleen…and great tips!
Jackie Greenwood says
Beautiful old color Denise. I’ve wanted to try a leapord print drawer liner. It looks amazing!
Thanks Jackie. I’ve had this animal print paper for some time now. Whenever tried using it – not great…lol. I’m glad I finally found a match because I really like it with this color/dresser too!