September 18, 2012

Custom Red Buffet & Birthday Gift

It turns out that red furniture is a huge hit! A client of mine saw the red empire dresser I painted and requested the same color for a buffet she is going to use in her new home. She is moving to Oklahoma next week and she is taking this gorgeous buffet with her.
 
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I mixed a custom red using Gumball Red (by Olympic) with a chocolate brown paint and then I used kona stain as a glaze. I also used homemade chalk paint. I have tweaked my recipe just a little. I have never measure but I did this time because I thought the ratio was a little off. The new recipe I use is   1 c. paint to 1/4 c. baking soda. The old recipe called for 1/2  c. baking soda. I would say use UP TO 1/2 c. soda but start with only a quarter cup.
I lightly distressed and sealed with wax.
I kept the original pulls but sprayed then with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
 

For my birthday last month, my husband got me a branding iron to brand my business name into my furniture pieces. He ordered it from a wood working website and had a custom saying added to it.

 
How cool is that?!
In case it's a little hard to read it says: Handcrafted by Picked and Painted.
I thought this was a neat gift because it is something I would never by for myself and I can put my name on my work!

If you are interested in more info on where to purchase a custom branding iron click here.
 
 

67 comments:

  1. I CAN NOT wait to get this. The buffet is exactly as I requested and I love it, and I have not even seen it in person! Thank you!!!!

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    1. Marcia, you will love it even more once you see it! : ) I'm glad you are happy with it!!!

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  2. Awesome. Love the red

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  3. I love this piece and the color is great! Just found you through Primp and am your newest follower :)
    Susan

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I am following you too!

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  4. oh i love the red buffet! and the only chalk paint recipe i have seen is the one using unsanded grout but i will have to try your recipe with the banking soda! thanks for sharing. the red is gorgeous!

    jennifer

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    1. I used unsanded grout once and I wasn't that impressed. It left white specs when I sanded. I think the baking soda is great and after you sand the finish is so smooth!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Love it and love your brand! Found you from Uncommon!

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  6. and kudos to your hubby for the branding iron! LOL :)

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    1. Thanks! He is my biggest supporter and comes up with the coolest gifts! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Beautiful! I've got one piece left to paint in my master bedroom craigslist makeover and I'm considering red. You may have just tipped the scales in favor of the red.

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    1. I'm glad I could help!!! : )

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Stunning piece! Love the color and your branding iron too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cindy! The iron is super cool!

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  9. I love the red you are doing! I sent over a reader for your chalk paint recipe. Ummm. I must get one of those branding things. Coolest think I've seen! You are very talented.

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    1. Thanks Liz. What is a reader??? I love the homemade chalk paint. Once you sand and wax it it has the most amazingly smooth finish. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Fantastic! I am not usually into red, but the glaze tones it down just perfectly. I found you on Southern Savvy Style and am now following your blog.

    Angela

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I'm usually not into red either but people love it. The glaze works wonders because before I glaze it the color is almost a tomato red. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Every time I think you can't do better...you blow me away. Absolutely Beautiful!! I'm almost jealous it's not in my house! Loooove it! Love the chalk paint and the branding iron...I mean..how cool is that! Congratulations on an amazing piece! Can't wait til your next post!

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    1. Awww, Jamie you are too sweet! You might be seeing a lot of red from me in the future. My clients love it! I need to start a new trend so I can show a varity of furniture colors to you guys! : )

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  12. Hi, just found your blog via Savvy Southern Style. I joined your blog! I wanted to ask you a question about the paint mixture you used on this. Are you saying you mixed the red paint and the brown paint together first and then made it into chalk paint? This is a beautiful look. Thank you so much for your help. Linda

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    1. Thanks for visiting.

      Yes, I mixed the two paint colors until it was a shade that I liked and then a added the baking soda. After I painted and sanded then I glazed and sealed with wax. Good luck with your chalk paint!

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  13. WOW! I LOVE IT!!!! I've tried a chalk paint recipe that called for plaster of paris and it turned out as an epic fail! I'll try yours and I really hope I can get mine looking like yours!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS Such a sweet hubby!

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    1. Thanks Christine! Yes, he spoils me : )

      I haven't tried the plaster of paris but I tried unsanded grout and I wasn't a fan. I love the baking soda though....let me know what you think of it! Once you use it a few times and play around with the ratio you will love it! If it's too thick add a little more paint or some water. Good luck!

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  14. What website did your husband purchase the branding iron from? I would love to purchase one for my brother- in- law. Thank you, Nancy

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    1. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000979/9910/branding-iron-handcrafted-by--nonelectric-model.aspx

      Hi Nancy, I pasted a link to the website where my husband bought the branding iron. FYI: it took a little while for it to arrive...I think it was close to a month or so.

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  15. Hello! I am new to your blog and think I may have found you just in time :) I am (slowly) in the process of trying to give an old dresser new life, this will be my first one... aka i don't really know what I'm doing :) Could you explain your chalk paint to me? I am guessing you're not talking about chalk-board paint;) this is the first I've heard of it, and your pieces look fantastic!!!

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  16. Love your work Helen and that iron is cool!
    Anne

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  17. What a stunning shade of red! It is amazing what changing the color can do for a piece of furniture.

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  18. What a beautiful piece of furniture! Love the color! Great birthday present too! How in the world did he think of that? So nice to add that extra touch to your work! Found your blog through Treasure Hunt Thursdays. Will be following and enjoying more posts! Hugs, Leena
    PS you ocan visit me at pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com

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  19. Absolutely lovely! I'm inspired....I'm new to using chalkboard paint but excited to start a project!! What type (latex?) Did you use to mix the baking soda? What brand glaze? Color? I'm in the process of repainting and distressing my kitchen island. Black with a base of deep golden yellow. Sanded already for paint. Just not sure how to go about distressing and glazing to so that most of the yellow base is darker. I'fe considered painting it black and use a rubbing process then use a dark sealer. Suggestion solo appreciated?!?!? LaNell

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    1. LaNell, do you have an email address? I will be glad to send you an email answering your questions! : )

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  20. You did a beautiful job...the color is wonderful!

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  21. I'm usually not a fan of red, but this custom mix is exceptional! can't wait to try the homemade chalk paint recipe.

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  22. VERY, very nice! You mixed the brown with the red? I guess I don't understand about the glazes and waxes--wish someone would explain it to me. Also, do you know how hard it is to remove waxed chalk paint if someone were to decide to strip the piece later? I realize you are busy, but if you could answer some of these questions, I'd really appreciate it. I haven't
    tried chalk paint yet, but I'm definitely thinking hard about it. Thanks.
    Rita at Cashel1916@yahoo.com

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    1. Rita, I haven't forgotten about you! I am working on answering these questions for you.

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  23. By the way, I meant to comment on your branding iron--what a great idea and what a thoughtful husband you have. So happy for you to get such a neat gift.

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  24. Beautiful job! I love the red and the branding is so awesome!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

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  25. Oooh, I'm a sucker for red furniture! It's a gorgeous color! I recently did an old dresser and turned it into a media stand. If you have a sec, you can see it here http://homesweetthriftyhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/vintage-dresser-turned-media-standmeet.html Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Beautiful transformation! Gotta love the Kona stain, it works perfectly with the red. -Angela

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  27. Super pretty finish. I love the lines of this piece.

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  28. The red is gorgeous! Of course, it's my favorite color! I would be delighted for you to link it to Potpourri Friday, in progress and register for the $50 gift card from Shabby Apple!

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  29. You are GOOD girl!! Really a stunner

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  30. What a sweet gift :) That is the coolest idea ever! I LOVE this piece by the way, it's just gorgeous! I think I might try out your technique of staining over the paint, it looks amazing and it adds such depth to the colour! Beautiful job :)

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  31. Beautiful!!! Love the branding iron idea too!

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  32. When you use the chalk paint, do you sand down the dresser before you start to completely remove the old stain? or do you give it a light sand? Or do you just wipe off the dust?

    What is the advantage of chalk paint over regular paint?

    We were inspired by your empire red dresser and are in the process of making over a dresser for our son. It's red, as close to your color as possible. We are in the final stages, we've painted and stained and are going to wax. But we didn't use chalk paint. We did remove the old stain and sanded a bunch before starting.

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    1. Hi Rachel, I get so many questions about chalk paint. You have some great questions so I am working on a blog post about homemade chalk paint. I hope this helps!

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  33. Love that red! And what a wonderful gift from your sweet husband!

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  34. Stunning! I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  35. That is so beautiful. I've always loved red and I'm looking forward to painting with it myself. I love that your husband was thoughful enough to buy you your own branding iron too. How nice.

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  36. Well this is just stunning. The red you mixed looks great. I have heard the paint/baking soda recipe for check paint, just the ones with either unsanded grout or plaster of paris. I will have to try this out. Oh and the branding iron...genius.

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  37. Helen........ the red is beautiful! And your husbands gift is perfect. In fact that may be what I get for my husband for Christmas. He's the builder around here.

    ~Bliss~

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  38. This is such a fabulous piece, love the color!!

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  39. What a beautiful transformation on this piece. I'm so glad to see that you answer the questions. I hope that you will post a blog soon regarding the questions of Rachel Spinuzzi soon as I have those same questions. I thought I had read where you don't need to sand or remove the old finish before using chalk paint. So I am a confused new follower of yours...LOL
    You are very talented and your husband must be so proud of your talent since he bought you that branding iron. Many thanks for sharing your work.

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  40. LOVE the red buffet--it's so pretty.

    that branding iron? sooo cool! I'd love to have one of those.

    gail

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  41. Wow, such a beautiful piece. I love red too! Branding iron, how creative. I am your newest follower.

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  42. Do you really love the branding iron? I want to buy one as a Christmas present but wondered if it is as good as you thought it would be? Are you real satisfied with it or is it just OK. Sometimes things aren't what we expect after using them awhile. Would you buy one again? Seems like a silly question but I would appreciate a honest answer before ordering one. Many thanks Karen

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  43. I just found your site. I found the most wonderful armoire at goodwill for a mere $24.95 and I can't wait to paint it this weekend. Your chalk paint is the first I have seen using asking soda. The one I was planning on using called for plaster of Paris, but yours seems so much easier with the baking soda. I can't wait to get started on it. My hubby has a little work to do on it first!

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  44. It's beautiful,i hope for your better job.

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  45. Beautiful Piece! May I ask how much Gumball paint (Olympic) and Chocolate Brown paint you mixing together to get this color? Loving the color!!

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