Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Furniture Redo in Red

Even though I paint almost everyday,
I'm still amazed at how paint can transform
old tattered furniture.
It's a quick fix that will extend the life of a piece.
The best part is
that it can be done at little cost.
(except for the elbow grease spent sanding and prepping!)

My neighbor is fixing up a bedroom.
She has two old dressers that need some love.
We're going to treat them
to this rich red layered look...

The first dresser is a vanity with mirror.
Here is the Before and After:

The other dresser is a tall chest.
Here is the Before and After.

I wish I had pulls to show you
on the tall dresser.
Darn, that's the part that's the most fun...
finishing off a piece with it's hardware.
Many times my customers want to choose their own
after it's painted.
She will have fun picking those out!

You might remember that I used
this color on the Nautical Compass Dresser.

I also used it on the Texture Blast Table.

This red over black paint finish
is one of my favorites.
Love to see the paint layers.

Beginning with a coat of Rustoleum Black Primer Spray,
then following up with one coat of

Next I'm ready for the red.

I like to use two colors of red.
and another bright red,
both in gloss,
dip one side of the brush in bright
and one side of the brush in Colonial.
Try keeping strokes straight back and forth,
not in a criss cross motion.
Remember to leave some black show through.
You want those warm undershades.
This paint will dry quickly
so you can work at a good pace
and this will be a speedy project!
(again, except for that part about the elbow grease..
but that was my husband's elbow...  : / 

This is really such an easy paint technique
that gives lots of beautiful layering.
Red over Black.

Is there a Red Redo in your future?

Happy Painting!

Linking to:

Tuesday:       Primitive and Proper
                      Elizabeth & Co.
                      Coastal Charm
                      House on the Way

Wednesday:  Savvy Southern Style
                      Restore Interiors

Thursday:      The Shabby Creek Cottage
                      Beyond the Picket Fence
                      Embracing Change
                      House of Hepworths
                     The 36th Avenue
                      Delightful Order
                      A Glimpse Inside
                      Stone Gable

Friday:          Redoux Interiors
                     At the Picket Fence
                     Miss Mustard Seed
                     The Shabby Nest

Saturday:     Funky Junk Interiors

Monday:       DIY Showoff
                     Between Naps on the Porch
                    Thrifty Decor Chick


Helen said...

WOW! Those look great. That red is so bold...I love it!

Kathy said...

Beautiful!!! I am always in awe of your creativity & talent! Blessings!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i always love red on furniture! they all look fabulous!

Courtney said...

The layering looks fantastic Deb!! Thanks for the how-to as well!!

reFresh reStyle said...

Love the red and your handy tips :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Red is my favorite color, so these are right up my alley! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It runs Tuesdays through Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Cynthia said...

I so much want to have one (just one!) piece of red furniture. It's my favorite color, but I know that it tends to be overwhelming if too much is used in one's living environment. Still, having something red and cheery would really, really satisfy me. Your technique with the black undercoating takes care of toning it down a bit. Maybe there WILL be a chair or dresser I can sneak into the decor. BTW, I did use your dip and drag technique on a small project I was working on, and it turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Best Regards.

Deb Hrabik said...

I love hearing that you tried the Dip and Drag! and that you like how it turned out.
Truly, that is why I started to blog ...to share paint ideas with other DIYers. It's so good to get your feedback. Thank you, Cynthia!

Christie said...

I'm such a red gal and this one makes me green with envy! lol~

Deb Hrabik said...

I have a thing for red too.
I'm pairing it with aqua these days.

must love junk said...

Oh, this turned out gorgeous!! I have a red piece in my bedroom (the rest is neutral) and I love the 'pop' of drama it gives! I'm your newest follower (love your blog), and would love you to visit and say hi :)

Danielle @ Antique Recreation said...

Gorgeous Makeovers! What an interesting technique, I'll have to try it! Love the photo with the yellow quilt!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you linked this up to my party! Love it!

Debi Bolocofsky said...

I love all of the red. All of your redos are beautiful. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Ginny Place said...

These look great - I hadn't really thought of combining different paint colors...I have a few furniture projects in store and will consider this! It's very dimensional.

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

Now that is what I call RED!! Love it! Didn't know they had black primer!!! DUH??!! I have only seen it in gray. I love layer my colors as well. Thanks!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Oh yes, I love this painting technique and I really will have to do this in the future!! Pinning and now following you.
Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursdays
Debbie :)

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Love this red! Looks great!

Heidi Lisa said...

Well done Deb!

County Line Road said...

Yeah for the use of color!!! Red is one of my favorites.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, I really need to try some red! All your projects are beautiful!

Stacey said...

The red is so beautiful!
I love red...do you find painting is red is much different that using another color?
Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations Linky Party!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Stacey,
The red layers really well over a dark base. It's so rich too.

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

Love that! The gorgeous black peeking through the vibrant red is awesome!

Keeping it Cozy said...

This is a gorgeous transformation! And red is one of my favorite colors.

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Allie Carrillo said...

Wow, Deb, I’m not a fan of red, but I can’t keep myself from loving all these! Red furniture works well in almost every setting – from vivid to natural. I love most what you did to the dresser! I’m sure it can add a cozy feel to any room. :)

Mrs. Hartley Grade 2 said...

Oooh I love this technique. Do you have any advice for doing this over black cabinets? Should I seal the paint after the red is applied? just curious.

Gina said...

Thank you so much for posting this redo. I took your tips and advice and redid our piano. It turned out GREAT! Thank you SO much!

Deb Hrabik said...

Gina! That is such great news. Now you have a beautiful red piece for your home.
Thanks for writing!

Anonymous said...

Deb, What color is the second red you chose to use? Thank You.

Mary M

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Mary -
I have used several different bright reds. I think on that one it might have been apple.
Hope you have a fun paint project!

Anonymous said...

Deb, I have just painted red over my daughter's black furniture. Did you do a poly coat to finish it off? Thanks, love your tips. Does not take much to get my creative juices flowing.


Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Mary!
You don't have to use a sealer over the red indoor/outdoor paint. Usually, the semi-gloss finish is very durable.
But I have gone both ways. Sometimes I have used an acrylic sealer.
Hope you like how your project turned out,

Anonymous said...

I love this!! I would like to keep my cost down, and I was wondering if I skipped the black spray primer, and put two coats of the Rustoleum Ultra Cover on, would I get the same results?

Deb Hrabik said...

Yes = that would definitely work. just skip the spray and go straight to black brush on.
Thanks! Deb

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Is the second red a latex paint or does it matter?

Deb Hrabik said...

All water based paint - at least one of the reds should be a semi-gloss because of the way it goes on. It just makes the layering nicer. I love to use the two can reds. But you can use another water based for the 2nd color - even a craft paint.
Hope you have a great project!

Nicki Martin said...

I did something like this with an old white changing table. I did not prime the table at all. I used a brush to paint the table a rustic red then I used a dark mahogany stain to go over the red paint and it came out great and it lasted fairly long, well as long as I had it. Just sharing. This looks awesome and will try with a better quality of wood furniture piece in my home. I can't wait to try it. However, I probably won't use the high gloss but maybe a semi-gloss. Thank you for your tips.

Gladys Alvarado said...

I was looking for a technique on painting my side tables black and red and I absolutely love this. Would the technique work even If I just use one red or does it have to be two different shades of red?

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Gladys!
Sure, one red would work :)
I'm just in such a habit of layering lots of colors for depth.
Hope you enjoy your project!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Off to Home Depot!