This blog post is for my COLOR LOVERS!!!
This rich and dramatic color infused red and gold dresser was SO fulfilling to paint!!! I used a special mixture to obtain this vibrant red and could hardly wait to share it with you. I promise you….NO filter was used on this photo. This is the TRUE finished product color right here!
This red and gold dresser was custom painted for a couple who live in Boston. Their home is bursting with color in every room. They sent the photo that you see below of this gorgeous set of doors…asking if I could paint a very large dresser for their master bedroom that resembled the style and colors of the doors. AHHHH! Hello???? Yes, I can!!!!
I knew for certain the only issue I would have would be the richness of the red. I ONLY use chalk type paints…and they tend to have a very flat appearance….and this makes it difficult to achieve a super rich finish..especially with reds and pinks.
I tried to enhance the color by adding my Aurora Staining Gel in Cherry Bomb but it just didn’t take it to the level of the red on the inspiration doors.
I know you will ask how much of each….and I don’t know! I was in the midst of creative madness…and just filled/squirted and painted! I’m sorry. But I do know it was probably close to a 3 parts HTP paint to 1 part acrylic paint. Not only did it enhance the color of the red…but it left an almost wet sheen to it! It dried beautifully…and I wanted to take a gazillion pictures of it! Below are two photos….one of the two paints that I mixed…and the other is the top of the dresser that shows you EXACTLY what the paint looked like when it dried…this with NO sealer on it! I LOVE the streaky red/brown look! It has so much depth….and this is purely the underlayer of the dresser showing through somewhat!
I then set out to bring forth some Moroccan/Indian type style into the piece.
Can we talk about that hardware???? It is not original to this dresser! Could you tell? I had it in stock and I knew this was the time to use it! I slathered it with my favorite Modern Masters Olympic Gold paint … and then just sat there in complete satisfaction with the results! It was perfect!
The top two drawers had the decorative carvings on them that I could have easily wood filled and painted over. But I felt they held a Moroccan vibe and I chose to accentuate them with the gold paint. The other middle and bottom drawers I went with my harlequin pattern. This may not seem very Moroccan-ish…but my client really likes the pattern and requested it. I really like the look and felt it was the perfect place to introduce the Espresso (like the brown on the inspiration doors).
The center doors were a no-brainer!
I just followed the lead and lines of the dresser! Stunning!
And these center “hidden” drawers…..
…..a simple damask stencil….and the Olympic Gold Paint directly on the raw wood….is very unexpected….and I love “unexpected”! Glossy red…glammed out gold….and then RAW wood!
I finished off the entire red and gold dresser with Vintiques Top Coat in Gloss!
I realize that something this bright and this bold is not for everyone. I am grateful for those who do love color…and are brave enough to introduce it into their home.
If you are wanting to attempt a DIY red and gold project similar to this….you can find these gorgeous colors (Engine No. 9 and Espresso) at Heirloom Traditions online and DON’T FORGET to use my coupon code FANCY to save 10% off your entire order. You’ll also get free shipping on orders over $75. Your purchases help me keep my COLORFUL blog running!
If you loved my red and gold dresser, you may also enjoy this post where I painted my cabinets using a Peppery bold red!
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