My Change of Heart for Red

I am not really a red person. If you saw our apartment after we got married, you would argue with me. Red food canisters, red crock, red standup mixer, red toaster, red tablecloth. We still own those things, but they are not all out on the counter 24/7 now! I did like red at the time, but I think it was my attempt to have a Texas country kitchen. Which to me meant buying red. Since then, I have grown into my design style more, including colors. I still like to use red for accents, but I don’t go there often.

So when a client wanted several pieces to be painted red, I was a little bummed at first. I was dying to try more ASCP colors, but not red. Well, my mind has been changed! I picked up Emperor’s Silk and French Linen (yay!) from The Weathered Cottage in Cedar Park and got to work!

This nightstand was pretty as could be to begin with…. From a distance. It needed wood filler in several pieces and definitely needed paint. But it is sturdy, has dovetail drawers, and cute metal feet with casters!
Here’s a before:


So the Emperor’s Silk. Perfect for this piece. It looked like natural patina. Awesome. I lightly sanded the edges to give more wear and show off the details, then coated with AS Clear Wax!


How awesome are the details?!



I love the original hardware, just gave it an update with my fave Rust-oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze.



This is is one of several pieces I am doing for this client, and you will be seeing Emperor’s Silk again, don’t worry! I was won over by the rich color and look of the paint. :)

Do you like red? Love it? Hate it?


Linked up to Thrifty Decor Chick January Before and After


4 thoughts on “My Change of Heart for Red

  1. Pingback: Duck Egg Record Cabinet « All Things New Interiors

  2. I love this piece!!!! I really am very impressed with your work and your blog. I have been a Medical Assistant since 1994. I have worked in Family practice, OBGYN, General Surg, Internal Medicine and Nephrology clinics. I have done everything that a nurse does in a clinic setting and have considered going back to to PA school. I have recently gotten into furniture upcycling.. :) and I love it. I too imagine myself with my own shop “someday”… for me it is therapy. I love focusing on a project and watching it evolve into that fantastic one of a kind piece. I think that you and I have a lot in common. :) Keep up the great work, I look forward to seeing what other projects you post. God Bless

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