Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint… My Honest Review

Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint... My Honest Review

Hello, my creative paint-loving friends! Today I’m excited to share with you my first time using Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this paint and finally was able to get my hands on some. Just the thought of a built-in topcoat and stain blocker in paint has my total attention. Today’s project is a re-do of my hubby’s dresser, and if all goes as expected, this should be the answer to my prayers. I don’t know about you, but my guy is pretty dang tough on his furniture. Let’s get started.

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Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint For Furniture

As you can see, I did some heavy sanding on this piece to remove as much as the previous finish as I could. Thank goodness for my SurfPrep Sander. This much sanding isn’t necessary for most projects, but I had used a textured finish previously, and I wanted a smooth finish, so it had to go. It’s SMOOTH as butta now. 😎 I’ll go into more detail later on in the post about the prep. Yes, there is no such thing as no-prep paint when it comes to my furniture makeovers. I’m a member of the DO it right the first time club.

Come see how I transformed this piece with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint.

Gather Your Supplies

How To Prep Before Painting

As I said before, there is no such language in my vocabulary as no-prep when painting furniture. Every paint finish is as good as the prep, and I’m going to break it down for you here.

  1. Cleaning – no paint on the market will stick to dirt, oil, wax, or anything other than a clean surface. To clean properly, use a solution of water and White Lightning to degrease and remove all debris that you can’t see from your furniture. Rinse with water after cleaning to remove any possible residue left-over from the powerful cleaner.
  2. Scuff Sanding – this also is a must. Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint will not adhere properly to a slick surface. The surface must be prepared with a scuff sanding with 220 grit or higher to scratch up the furniture surface for best adhesion. Remove residual dust after sanding with a tack cloth or wipe with a water damp cloth.

What Is A Factory Finish?

When you hear someone say “factory finish,” what comes to your mind? I know for me, I immediately think of slick and shiny surfaces. But it could also mean a finish that has varnish, lacquer, or laminate. It is recommended for these types of finishes that a product called Slick Stick is used to prepare the surface before painting with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. Slick Stick is designed to give those surfaces something to hang on to. You don’t want your paint to slide right off! That would be a disaster, and I’m here to help you prevent that from happening. This is a MUST when painting on these surfaces. This also applies to metal (hardware), glass, or plastic surfaces.

*Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint WILL NOT adhere to a previously waxed finish. Don’t try it! The wax must be removed properly, and that’s another blog post. Make sure you know what you’re painting over when using previously painted pieces.

Learn how to prep furniture before painting with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. The before and after is shocking!

What Is Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint?

So, what is this Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint? Well, what it’s not is chalk mineral paint. Please don’t get the two confused because they are totally different. This paint is not porous like chalk mineral paint, and it sits on the surface of the furniture. It has a thinner consistency and is self-leveling when applied properly.

It also has a built-in stain blocker and topcoat. SAY WHAT??? You heard me right! This is why I was so excited to share this with you.

How To Apply Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint

STEP 1 Using a good quality synthetic brush, moderately load up the paintbrush with the Silk All-In-One-Mineral Paint.

STEP 2 Apply in long smooth strokes in one direction. If painting in different directions is needed to cover the surface, gently go over the paint after being applied and smooth to diminish brush strokes. Don’t overwork the paint. I found that this process was super quick. I painted the first coat in less than an hour, and it’s a big dresser.

STEP 3 Allow the first coat of paint to dry a minimum of 2 hours or longer, depending on the humidity. Here in Texas, I waited overnight to be sure. Don’t rush the process, grasshopper. 🙂 I know you’re excited to get on with it.

STEP 4 Apply the second coat in the same manner as the first.

* You can lightly sand between coats if you wish. The paint will dry to a smooth, silky finish (somewhere between satin and matte), and if you would like a higher or flatter finish, All Dixie Belle Top Coats can be used over the Silk Paint finish.

Want a silky smooth paint finish on your furniture? Try Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint on your next furniture makeover. Get the step- by-step instruction on my blog.
I love the smooth finish that the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint leaves on wood furniture. Get my honest review and step by step process on my blog.

My Honest Opinion?

It’s a go for me, and I will add it to my recommended products list. For those that are beginners to painting furniture, this is a good paint to get your brush wet. 🤣 Pun intended. And for those more experienced furniture painters looking to please those customers wanting a classic one color finish, you bet!

After painting this dresser, I noticed that I could see the oak wood grain through the paint, which is totally my fault. I should have used a water-based grain filler. Remember I told you that the prep is only as good as your finish? This paint is begging for a smooth surface but, I’m happy with the results. I’m just a perfectionist. UGH! 😏

This project was for my hubby, and only time will tell how well it will hold up. I painted this piece with 2 coats of Silk paint (2 coats are recommended for durability), and I didn’t use a topcoat because this is an All-In-One Paint. SCORE!

* A 16 oz. jar completed this dresser with some left-over for touch-ups… I might need it with my man.

It's a go for me! Have you tried the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint? Read my honest review and get step-by-step instructions for your next furniture makeover.

The End Results

Isn’t this color yummy? As you can see, the finish has a bit of sheen to it but not overly shiny. I think the hubs will love it! And I’ll be updating this post to keep you informed on the durability because my man can be hard on furniture.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. Do you have questions about this project or maybe something I didn’t cover? Leave me a message below, and I’ll be more than happy to respond. Happy Painting!

Until the next project… xo, Do

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34 Comments

  • Thank you Do! What a helpful review! I can’t wait to try some of this Silk! I’ll have to see if my local retailer has it yet.

  • Hi Abbey, they should have it. It will be available on the DB website next month. I think you’ll like it. πŸ™‚ xo

  • I love the outcome. You were spot on with the prep! Beautiful finish!

  • Hey Teri! I like it very much and think it’s a great addition for beginner painters as well. πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful weekend. xo

  • Gorgeous! Love the color. I’m impressed with your work.

  • It’s gorgeous! I’m just curious-what would you use if you wanted some accent on the detail-a different color Silk, wax, glaze? Thanks.

  • Great question, Marty! You can use all Dixie water-based products as well as the wax over SILK paint once it’s dried. I haven’t tried it yet but stay tuned. I’ll be sharing more. πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful color and transformation. Thanks for sharing!πŸ’•

  • You’re welcome, Jerri! Have a fantastic weekend. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Omgosh! That looks absolutely incredible, what a gorgeous color, i will be trying the Silk also.. I just recently bought my first jar of the Fusion, Ash color, it is amazing paint, just love it, did 2 small chairs and a little round table, looks wonderful absolutely goes on like a dream.. Thanks for the update on the new SILK…Do. A

  • The dresser is so pretty. I guess I shouldn’t call it pretty. Very handsome. Love the color. Love the hardware. Love the finished look. Love it all.

  • Thanks, Joanne! It is handsome and pretty all rolled into one. πŸ™‚

  • Oh great, Donna! I hope you get a chance to try it. I think you’ll love it too. πŸ™‚ xo

  • What do you mean by “water based grain filter” ? Can you tell us the product specifically? Or are you referring to Gator hide? Thank you, color is gorgeous!

  • I love the color! I’ve purchased the Silk and will start my project tomorrow!
    Question: What are your thought on the Scarlet brush compared to other DB brushes?

  • Hi Laura, Thank you. A wood grain filler is frequently used on oak cabinets before painting to smooth the wood surface. Like this product, I found on Amazon. affiliate https://amzn.to/3agS7l4

  • Hi Kelly, It works well distributing the paint. But if you don’t have this brush, I think any good quality synthetic paintbrush will work too. The keyword here is quality. I would compare it to the DB mini angle brush, just thinner. #affiliate https://dixiebellepaint.com/dbp-mini-angle-synthetic-brush/?aff=80 Let me know what you think about the paint. I think you will like it too. πŸ™‚

  • This is indeed gorgeous! And I’m not really a blue kinda girl, Although cobalt and navy do make me swoon a little. Lol. So, Do….I notice you don’t paint the sides of the drawers, only the fronts? Why is that, p!ease? Thank you so much for sharing all that you do.

  • You paid attention! πŸ™‚ It depends on the drawers. Some drawers are a tight fit, and painting makes them stick. Nothing more. COBALT makes my heart skip a beat. πŸ™‚ xo

  • I recently purchased some silk mineral paint. I haven’t had a chance to use it. Thanks for sharing this post, I will most definitely follow your instruction closely when using this product.

  • This is gorgeous!
    Following the β€œnow trend” I’d like to do my lower cabinets with this color. #MoveOverWhite
    I’m super interested to see how this holds up for you. Please post an update at some point down the road. I’ve been afraid to tackle my orange-y oak builder grade cabinets. Yeah, you know the ones πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
    I’m haunted with 1960s visions of white cabinets with red handles, and latex paint all rubbery and peel-y you could scratch off with a fingernail. It just never hardened. Who thought that was a good idea? 60 years from now they may be saying the same about our transfers and croc texture. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • 🀣 Jackie! I can only imagine what the styles will be 60 years from now. As far as your cabinets go, you’ll need to remove all that latex paint before you can ever think about repainting them. Your prep is why it probably didn’t adhere. I will definitely be posting about the durability of the Silk mineral paint. I may be painting my bathroom cabinets at some point too. You’ll know when I do. πŸ™‚ Take care xo

  • Wonderful, Delisa. Let me know what you think about it after you use it. Send pics too! πŸ™‚ xo

  • How do you care for your furniture once painted with silk paint? Will Pledge or oil soap work?

  • Hi J,

    No, I never use oil-based products on painted furniture. I use a mild soap and water on a damp cloth and wipe it clean. The dresser is getting a lot of use from my husband, and it still looks great after 4 months. No chipping. I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  • I just painted my 1st project with Dixie Bell Silk All In One Mineral Paint color wharf and went over it with their Best Dang Was in black. I love it! It’s a mall side table. Question I’ve read that to let it cure for 30 days. Does that mean I can’t. Put anything on it like a lamp and trinkets for that long?
    Thanks
    Roxane

  • Hi Roxanne! Great question. Yes, it takes 30 days to cure fully, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it. Just be careful about what you sit on top of the freshly painted surface. I would say nothing over 5 pounds and use a barrier cloth to protect while it cures. It will be super hard and durable once cured. NO TVs. Just be cautious, and it should be fine. πŸ™‚

  • Do you spray the paint with water as you paint, like you do with the chalk mineral paint? If not, then what if the paint gets thick, or if using leftover paint and it has thickened? I’m anxious to try this paint. So I would not need to use BOSS on a project with tannins in the wood?

  • Hi Marilyn!
    If the Silk paint is too thick for your liking, you can thin it with water before painting, but it’s not recommended that you use a spray bottle with water like you would with chalk mineral paint. Thin the paint first. Using Boss depends on the stains and or tannins you’re trying to block. If it is cherry wood or red-tinted stain, I will use Boss prior. Here’s a blog post I wrote about the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. https://www.dododsondesigns.com/silk-all-in-one-mineral-paint/
    I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

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