September 28, 2013

Red Painted (and Stained) Dresser Redo

This cute red painted dresser wasn't always so pretty. In fact, she was really scary when we picked her up (for only $15 through craigslist.) You can read about that thrifty day here.  I will spare you the gory details today but think lots of cob webs and a bad odor.

Red Painted Dresser


Right away I knew her home was going to be in my living room, underneath my TV :)

At first, there was some flack about whether or not this was going to be the best choice of color for the space.  Butttt....it looks really nice and I'm glad I kept with my vision for the piece!

How did I do this transformation? Keep reading to find out!!!



I had a small pot of red paint I wanted to use but I knew it wouldn't be quite enough.  So I mixed a tad of white paint with it.  Of course what we have here is a pink dresser.  Now THAT would have been a bad choice for my living room :)



But once she was dry, I took a rag and some wood stain and got down to business turning that pink into a deep rustic look.  This part is pretty fun and not as near as hard as distressing with sandpaper.  Can you tell the difference after the stain? 

Here is what I used.
Just a bunch of old paint and stain I had laying around.  I'm pretty happy this stuff is getting used up.  I think I've been storing it for two years! 



The Mr worked his carpentry magic and made some shelves for the two drawers I was taking out.  This stuff is pretty cheap at your local Menards or Home Depot.



He also drilled out the holes for my new hardware. Without this guy I would get nowhere with my furniture projects...no joke!



And....here is my new TV stand.  I absolutely love this thing. There is a ton of space to store DVDs, remotes, and other electronic accessories.  

The hardware was purchased at Hobby Lobby -- and the most expensive part of this project.  Totally worth it though.

Stay tuned for a future post on what I did with the two drawers I removed :) 



13 comments:

  1. Loving this RED! Im a huge fan of red dressers and this one is PERTY! love the white handles against the red.Great job:)

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    1. I am too...every red dresser I see I LOOVE! And this one was no different. I can't wait to paint more dressers red!

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  2. love this. I so want to do something similar, but my piece is buried in the garage! ugh!

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    1. The hardest part is finding it under everything else and starting to paint! Then it just comes together so fast. It's like magic :)

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  3. It is GREAT! I love the red!

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  4. You did a super job! I have a table that I'm working on right now, and I'm just hoping mine will look half as good as yours! Thanks for sharing Jessica!

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  5. Anonymous10/04/2013

    Just wondering what you used to finish it with over the paint & stain?

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  6. So cute, I need something just like this, thanks for the post!

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  7. Wow, this looks great! I love love love the color!

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  8. Oh my goodness... I LOVE This red dresser as your TV stand! Makes me want to go do one myself! Pinned while I was here too :)

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  9. Thank you for all of your kind words and for stopping by!!! And thanks for liking, pinning, and mentioning!!!

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