Friday, October 14, 2011

Rustic Red

I wanted to share a project I did for a friend's mother.  I was a little nervous about painting someone else's piece.  Okay more than just a little nervous.  This old piece is a very sentimental piece to the owner.  The only problem is that a cat had relieved itself around it.  It also had been cut in half.  So, I had one or two hurdles to jump.  Here is the piece when we got it.  Sorry for the poor quality of photos.

Remember how I mentioned an incident with a cat and urine.  After I throughly cleaned the piece, I did some research and found out that in order to seal in the odor, I should use shellac oil-based primer.  I have never worked with this kind of product before.  It is like water.  I had to do 3 coats because I was using a brush.  At this point, I can say that this primer did eliminate any odor.  Next, I applied my first coat of paint.  This is where I wanted to scream.  The paint was just peeling off after it dried.  Kind of like when you were younger and would put glue on your hand to peel it off.  Well, I just didn't know what I was going to do.  After a trip to Sherwin Williams, I came back with their brand of adhesion primer.  They said it would stick to anything and would fix my problem.  I sanded down the peeling areas.  I was skeptical when applying the primer but it did work!  After three coats with the paint sprayer, glazing, and polying, I was done.  (Edit - paint color:  Behr red brick S-H-170 with a glaze mixed with Behr espresso beans)   

Do you recall me telling you that the piece had been cut in half?  Well, this is what the untouched original side looks like.

This is what my talented hubby recreated on the side that had been whacked.  I know.  He is pretty amazing!  He got it almost identical didn't he?!

I'm sharing over at:

Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Wow it turned out absolutely beautiful, great job to you and your hubby! I love the red....what color is it? Kilz primer will make anything stick to anything btw.


  2. Fantastic! I love that colour. :)

  3. Looks wonderful! Your hubby did a great job as well! Would you mind sharing the brand and shade of red you used? I've been looking for a red that's not too bright for a chair i have and this looks perfect!

  4. Wow, talk about perseverance! You did a great job and your hubby did a great job recreating the side! I'm sure the owner of the piece was very happy with it.

  5. I would also love to know the brand/color of the red, it's perfect!

  6. I would also LOVE to know the color. I have a dresser I am painting for a client next week and she wants red, I went to three paint stores trying to find the perfect red for her.

  7. You must feel such a sense of accomplishment transforming this piece from stinky/chopped-in-half/ugly to BEAUTIFUL. All your hard worked paid off. Good job!!

  8. Hi there
    What a wonderful job and cabinet! Thank you for sharing the colour...I am using the same colour(s) for a dresser and I've done the Brick Red this how did you do the glazing. I want to use your same colour on it as well. This red is the same colour as a leather chair so its perfect.

    I've just never glazed before and could use good tips from you...
    Thank you

  9. Hi there, what a beautiful job you and you hubby did on this piece of furniture. It looks absolutely stunning. Great work. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. Wow! What a difference! Looks really nice and your hubby did a great job fixing the other ugly side!


  11. Hi there
    I have mentioned your blog and the painting of this dresser on my blog...I painted my dresser in the Red Brick and love it. Come by and check it out.
    have a great day.

  12. I love the brick red colour...very deep and full! Thanks for looks great and your problems with this are good to know, so I don't do that! Heehee!

    Found you by looking for a splendid pen on google! I love villabarnes too!



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