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Sunday, October 28, 2012

seeing red...again!

It all started with this little love affair with red paint!

I should have kept these pillow cases, too, because now I wish I had them!

then, I saw this (sorry, I don't recall source!) and I was really smitten!

Of course, someone else already spray-painted this dresser red,
but why not just go with it, I said to myself...
(repaint it red, of course! not leave it as-is)
So I've been really "feeling" red lately

I love the idea of adding red accents to a neutral space...
some grain sack pillows, red ticking get the idea!

Which leads me to the point of this blog post:

How do I love thee?
Let me show you how!
The first piece was painted with thinned coats of milk paint
 (with anti-foaming agent added for smoothness)
I used three thin coats to achieve this depth of color...

I sealed the surface with Burnishing Paste
and once dry, I topped that with Annie Sloan's Dark Wax

The finish is divine...and as you can see, it stayed pretty vibrant red!

On this old chair, I really wanted the wood grain texture to show through
but not the wood itself, if that makes any sense...

to achieve this, I watered the paint down even more,
and did four very thin coats

 I wanted this chair to be a bit darker, not as vibrant
so it would accent the desk without matching it perfectly

This chairs was finished with Dark Wax right over the milk paint

You can see the dramatic difference in color...both lovely!

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  1. I love the two shades of red! They go great together but they aren't too matchy-matchy!
    I also paint furniture and have 4 pieces that are being painted red for customers.

    I love what you did with yours!

  2. Lovely! Red is my absolute favorite color. Will have to try Milk paint now! I found you via

  3. do you sand the original finish or just use milk paint over?

    1. In this case, the pieces did not require stripping first, however, that is not always the case. Depends on the finish.