Rekindling my love for red
Red has always been one of my go-to decorating colors. Over the summer though, I was using more and more blues, tans and whites. Now that Christmas is nearing it seems that everything I’m drawn to is red!
I picked up this chest at Sally Ann’s Boutique (Salvation Army) a couple of weeks ago for 39 bucks. Higher than I usually pay for a dresser but it was in good shape with nice, solid drawers. I liked the size as well and immediately had a spot in mind for it.
Fast forward to today. I removed the white BOBO hardware and sanded and primed. The lady at Home Depot looked up the right color primer for the Martha Stewart “Barn Red” paint that I chose. Y’all ready for this? BUBBLE GUM PINK! I swear, it even smelled like cherry bubblegum. I’ve primed red with gray primer before, but never pink. I was a little afraid! 🙂
I shouldn’t have been, though. After 2 coats of primer and 5, yes FIVE coats of Barn Red she was so pretty. A little too “done” for my taste though. So I wiped it down with MinWax Dark Walnut stain, let it sit for 15 minutes and then wiped and sanded (220 grit) the whole piece down. The more I sanded, the better I liked it. I really went to town on this thing. I love the way it chipped….(probably because of the seven coats that still haven’t cured yet). Just the beat up, rustic loveliness I was going for. I happily replaced the white BOBO hardware with these DE-LISH iron knobs from Hobby Lobby. Done.
Oh red, I promise to never stray again. I love you so. 🙂