Jul 29, 2013

I Painted Something Red?!!

Ever since I started painting furniture, I have admired pictures of pieces that were painted red.  But, I never had the 'courage' to do it myself.  I even went so far as to pick up a sample of Cece Caldwell's Traverse City Cherry Red about a year ago but could never figure out what to use it on.  So when I recently picked up this mid-century chair, I finally decided to try it out. 

Here's what it looked like when I brought it home. (Unfortunately... or fortunately?) I think the auctioneer where I bought it is beginning to realize that I'll take home any stray chair because he gave me a super deal for this one and a bunch of others that day. 

The hardest part of this makeover was finding fabric to go with the colour.  Finally, I happened upon this happy print at Fabricland the last week. 

I used clear and dark wax on this chair, because I found without the dark wax deepening the colour, it was a little too 'pinky' for my taste. 

What do you think of red furniture?
Linking To:
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The Shabby Creek Cottage
My Repurposed Life
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  1. Gorgeous!! I am in love with red!!!!!!! Good thing it goes with the aqua that I love so much - at least in small doses LOL

    Love the fabric you found too. Great makeover!

  2. I have a red rocking chair on my back porch. To me, all rocking chairs should be red. :o) I also painted my son's little toddler rocking chair red. It's a family heirloom & as soon as I inherited it I changed it to red. I love it.

  3. Paint the town red....or at least a chair or two....great fabric choice as well. I am loving it!

  4. I actually bought a small red cabinet...then I sanded it and painted it Glidden's Preservation Plum! Great choice on fabric.

  5. I think you did a wonderful job! Applause.. applause for having the courage to go with your gut feel. Great tip on using clear and dark wax on colors such as this. I can see it only enhanced it further!

  6. I L O V E red furniture. Right now, I only have 1 red dinint room chair ( the others are blue and yellow), but Thursday I hope to have a red cabinet.

  7. I'm dying to paint some old folding chairs I thrifted! Love this :)

  8. I LOVE the red! Been wanting o paint something red for a while:) Pinned! I posted DIY Doily Jacket this week:)

  9. Red is my all time favorite decorating color! I love that chair! You have color courage for sure! :)

  10. It's perfect!
    I have done red, but sometimes it is a gamble with the coverage and you get stuck needing to do extra coats.

  11. Cynthia, this is great! Red is such a bold and fun color and I adore the fabric you chose to go with it!

    My readers would love to see this before and after! I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

  12. The red looks great! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

  13. Love the red and the fabric choice so fun! Come link up at my party going on now at the Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/08/centerpiece-wednesday-87-and-something.html

  14. I've been stuck on red lately, so I love your red chair!

  15. Nice job! I love to do a red piece once in a while. I just did an upholstered bench in Ruby Red - definitely fun.