THIS VINTAGE TEA CART GETS A MAKEOVER WITH SILK ALL-IN-ONE MINERAL PAINT!
Today I’m sharing this sweet vintage tea cart painted with the NEW Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint from Dixie Belle! I can’t tell you how excited I am to give this new paint line a try. It has a built-in primer, topcoat, and stain-blocker!
Here’s what I started with… this adorable vintage tea cart my half-sister Marzenna gifted me. She’s getting a head start on her spring cleaning and was kind enough to think of me when clearing a few things out.
Here’s the after restyled with Silk All-In-One-Mineral Paint!
I’m loving this finish! What do you think… so much brighter and fresh-looking, right!?
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HOW TO USE SILK ALL-IN-ONE MINERAL PAINT
I’ve been painting furniture for ten years. That equals A LOT of furniture makeovers yet this is only the third tea cart I’ve ever restyled. I love these pieces but I don’t come across them too often. That makes this makeover double the fun — a NEW paint line AND an adorable piece to try it on!
I chose to spray and brush this tea cart to test Silk in a sprayer and see and feel how it brushes on.
Here are the steps I took to get this look.
STEP 1 ~ Clean and Sand
I started by giving this tea cart a cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner. This cleaner comes in powder form so you’re paying for the cleaner – not the water.
I like to mix a tablespoon of the crystals into industrial spray bottles filled with water and then spray the entire piece down. I rub it down with a large auto sponge and then rinse all the residue off with clean water.
It’s also recommended to give your piece a scuff sanding before applying this Mineral Paint so I scuff-sanded this piece with a 220 grit sanding pad.
STEP 2 ~ Slick Stick
This paint comes with a built-in primer but for slicker factory finishes such as laminate, glass, varnish, or plastics a light sanding along with Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick is recommended. This tea cart was borderline for me. I was thinking it would be just fine without the adhesion primer but since I will be selling this piece, I don’t mind putting in the extra step.
I’m often asked when to use a primer and my answer is always “when in doubt – USE IT!”
You can never go wrong by adding this extra step because there’s no adverse outcome even if it wasn’t needed.
STEP 3 ~ Spraying SILK Paint
I used my paint sprayer to get a flawless finish on this tea cart’s body and spindles and then used a brush to paint the inside drawer details and the wheels.
It’s NOT recommended to thin this all-in-one paint unless using a sprayer.
I did try spraying without thinning but it wasn’t spraying evenly. I decided to thin the 1 ounce to 16 ounces which are recommended if spraying and it sprayed perfectly. I would suggest testing it with your sprayer before thinning because every sprayer is different.
For this tea cart, I sprayed three coats and used about 90% of a 16-ounce jar of Salt Water which is a gorgeous soft white. You can find these paints at your local elite retailers and I believe SILK will also be available on the Dixie Belle Site within the next month or so.
As soon as it is, I’ll be sure to add a direct link so it’s easy for you to find.
Here’s what the tea cart looked like after the second coat.
STEP 4 ~ Brushing SILK Paint
For the final details, I brushed Black Sands on the rims of this tea cart’s wheels and painted the inside of the drawer.
When using a brush with this paint line, NO water is necessary. I used the NEW Scarlett Brush on the drawer and I totally fell in love with it. I’m guessing I’m not the only one because Dixie Belle sold out of them really fast. When they’re back in stock I’m going to pick myself a few so I have them on hand.
The key to brushing Silk Mineral Paint is to brush it on (again no thinning or water required!) and leave it alone because it’s self-leveling. I found the workability time was longer than some other mineral paints I’ve tried (around 5 minutes or so if I were to guess) but the less you brush at it the smoother the finish.
If you have an ooops, it’s easy to wipe off with water. It was also really easy to clean out my brushes with water as well.
To finish off this tea cart, no top coat required! It has a gorgeous subtle sheen. I would say between a satin and a flat. It’s smooth to the touch and once it’s cured within 21-30 days, it will be easy to clean water mildew, and grease resistant with a super durable finish. It’s also UV resistant so this will be the perfect paint for my outdoor projects once all this snow melts!
I don’t claim to be an expert on this new paint since it was my first time using it but here are my takeaways and some tips I learned on this project.
- A good cleaning and scuff sand are necessary for adhesion. If in doubt, use this Slick Stick.
- For best results whether spraying or brushing apply at least 2 coats.
- No water is required when brushing but I did thin with a tiny bit of water when using my sprayer.
- Use a dry synthetic brush and apply in long even strokes. It self levels so the less you fuss with it the better.
- No primer or topcoat required.
- Cures within 21-30 days depending on the temp/humidity.
- Silk reminds me of an enamel paint — very durable and easy to wipe and keep clean.
Here’s the finished look.
I’m impressed and it’s always fun trying new paints. I can’t wait to try it on another project!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS SALVAGED TEA CART MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THIS NEW SILK PAINT LINE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and a brand new look for this empire dresser. Hope to see you then!
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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