Gothic Side Table Makeover with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint #dixiebelle #chalkpaint #gothicfurniture


My daughter moved back to town and needed furniture for her new apartment so I went scrounging around my house and my mom's to see what I could give her, after receiving a dark Gothic makeover, of course.

My girl is a mini-me. Our styles are similar on many things and she really loves the dark and spooky aesthetic. 

I found this old side table in my mom's basement, brought it home and got to work.





This is what it looked like before. Brown and boring. 

(Please ignore the mess in the background, it's a basement and there's a ton of junk we're sorting through in addition to all my crafty and Halloween things that are just kinda everywhere right now.)



I took it apart and cleaned it with Dixie Belle White Lightning and gave the top a light sanding because it was shiny.



I coated it with Dixie Bell Slick Stick which helps paint adhere to shiny and slick surfaces.



I painted it all solid black with Dixie Bell Black Caviar. I did several coats to get a nice even finish.

I coated all the side pieces and legs with Dixie Belle's Gator Hide clear coat.

The very top of the table and the front drawer I blended two reds- Dixie Bell Barn Red and Dixie Belle Honky Tonk Red with the black and ended up with a gorgeous Ombré look.

I sealed the table top and drawer with Dixie Belle's Howdy-Do Hemp Oil.

The drawer handles were originally a brass color.


I made them silver with Pewter Rub n Buff.


In the end the table turned out better than I ever imagined it would. I think it is my best furniture makeover so far.

I'm really enjoying the learning process - even if it drives me crazy sometimes.  My bestie, my mom, and my Obsidian sisters had to suffer through my complaints as this table gave me hell along the way. 

But the end result is WOW.

My daughter is super pleased. And I'm ready to tackle my next project.














Pre-Order Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life



Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 

Release Date: August 25, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!


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Creepy Doll Makeover - Now Baby Frankie Is Looking for Her Forever Home


Before and After









Created in the Bewitching Laboratory, Baby Frankie is ready to go to her forever home.

Turns out Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride of Frankenstein aren't good parents, so baby Frankie needs parents that will love a little monster like her.

Little Frankie is not a toy. She is a delicate work of art and should be treated as such. Put her in a little chair or on a shelf and admire her spookiness.

Frankie is a 16 inch porcelain doll hand painted and accessorized to create her monstrous appearance.

Frankie can be purchased on Etsy

A Few of My Quarantine Projects #quaratinecrafts #quarantineprojects

I haven't been around much, sorry. The whole COVID crisis and quarantine has ramped up my anxiety and made it hard for me to concentrate on writing.

So I have been creating. Crafting. Taking old things and giving them spooky makeovers.

Here's a glimpse of a few of my projects. I have several others still in progress and others that are still in idea and planning stages.