January 12, 2013

Before & After: Custom Dresser Set in Real Red

My new client contacted me months ago about the coral dresser  I painted. Unfortunately, someone else bought the dresser so we didn't get to work together. Fast forward eight months later and she contacted me again to paint a dresser set she found on Craigslist.

BEFORE

AFTER







She really liked the color of the coral dresser but she wasn't 100% sure. I sent her few paint samples and she picked a color I had in my paint stash called Real Red and requested a black glaze.
I found the paint at ReStore and it is a Valspar color that someone had matched at Sherwin Williams. 

The picture on the left shows you the color without glaze and the one on the right is glazed.

The black glaze tones it down and adds a little depth. 

Did you notice the decorative pieces on the before pics? I took those off and keep the original hardware which was updated with oil rubbed bronze. 

If you love the color, I am sharing the color match info so you can take it your favorite paint store and have them match it. Even though the name is Real Red I think it is more coral than red. 


I get a lot of questions about glaze and what I use. In the past I used an oil based stain as a glaze but it involves way too much work and patience and it doesn't always go as planned. It's not something I would suggest to someone who hasn't used glaze before. 

I use a clear glaze and add a black paint which is easy to use. I don't have a how-to post yet but Sausha from Sweet Pickens has a great post on how she glazes furniture. It's pretty much the same way I do it. One tip is to keep a damp rag  handy and wash it a lot! It will help to move the glaze around if it isn't cooperating. 

What do you think of bold and bright colors?



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31 comments:

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    1. Thank you! I was pleased with how it came out. Thank you for stopping by : )

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  2. I used to have that dresser set - I love the makeover! Great color choice!

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    1. Thank you, Liz
      I was worried about the color but the glaze made it just right!

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  3. Looks great! I am a HUGE fan of color especially red!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thank you, Stacey. I will be linking this up to your party!

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  4. What do I think Helen? I think you have a great knack for painting furniture no matter what color you put on the project.

    Bliss

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    1. Oh, Bliss you made my day : ) I hope you and yours have a great new year.

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  5. I do like this color very much, it sure does transform the old traditional French provincial (FP) pieces. From blah to jazzy!!

    I also painted a set of FP dressers for my granddaughter in a two-tone chalk paint method (blue/green). What a TON of work!! So I appreciate the time and energy that went into your work too.

    Donna Allgaier-Lamberti / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (To see a portfolio of painted pieces for sale)

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  6. My daughter had this set and now after seeing what you have done with it I wish we still had it! You do wonderful work!

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    1. Go to Goodwill or visit craigslist and I am sure you can find another one! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by : )

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  7. I absolutely love this! One I'm a big sucker for red furniture! But two I love how you kept the old hardware and just painted them a darker color. My first instinct would be to buy new hardware, but I like this way better! I would love if you would share this over at my blog hop http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/01/frugal-crafty-home-hop-6.html

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    1. Thank Amy! spraying the original hardware can save so much money!!!
      I linked up and thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I totally love the colour! Talk about seeing potential in furniture - that gold in the before was something else! I bet your client loved it!

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    1. Oh the gold!!! Thank Kelly, congrats on the two nominations.

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  9. Ermahgerd, are you freaking kidding me Helen???? These are so awesome!! I love the color!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. These aren't really red but I do love the color. I never would have thought red would be so popular.

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  10. Helen! That is the perfect color for them! They totally look expensive and the color is so rich with the glaze! Great job!

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    1. I think the glaze completely transformed them. I do love anything coral though. Thanks : )

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  11. WOW! this is fabulous! I hope you stop by to link: http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-3.html
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nancy and I linked up!

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  12. Just beautiful! I really love the colour you've chosen!

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. I think my little girl might need something painted this color in her bedroom. Thanks for stopping by : )

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  13. Oh, Helen - this nightstand is the EXACT one I have painted for my daughter. I am still trying to like it - LOL.. You did an incredible job, as usual. I think I tend to play it too safe with my color choices. This is so pretty now.

    Sue

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    1. What color did you paint yours? Be bold, you can always change it again!

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  14. It looks really beautiful. Did you client absolutely love it?

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  15. Good color choice! And good job tool I wish everyone would do more color!

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  16. Very nice! What a transformation!

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