August 29, 2012

Red Empire Dresser

Hi, my name is Helen, and I am addicted to empire dressers!

This is the third empire dresser that I've purchased and probably not my last. I love the shape, the curved legs, the overall chunkiness (is that a word)...I love it all!



I used Red Gumball by Olympic and mixed in some baking soda to make chalk paint. I added brown glaze because I had it on hand and to tone down the red.
After I sanded and distressed, I rubbed Kona black stain to create a deeper red and a glazed look.








 
After I added the black stain glaze, I sealed it with two coats of rub-on poly.
 
I very lightly distressed the edges but the black stain hides some of the distressing.
 
I used black knobs from Hobby Lobby.
 
I love this dresser.
 
How about you, do you love it?
 
 
Linking up to:
 Miss Mustard Seed
 

59 comments:

  1. Yes I love it, even though I'm not usually drawn to red furniture. It's perfectly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Karyn. I'm not usually a fan of red but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I'm glad I did.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I just found this through your linky to http://youaretalkingtoomuch.com...

    I LOVE the shape of the dresser and really love what you've done to it. Was it easy?

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    1. Thank you! It was fairly easy. Using the stain as a glaze was the hardest part and it really wasn't that hard. I just had to work in small sections and move fast!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and stop by!

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  3. This looks beautiful! I love the color you chose. I would love for you to link up to our party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-pinteresting-link-party-week-54.html

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  4. Not only is that dresser beautiful painted red; it looks devine with your decor--I'm really loving a bit of red with my tans, whites and touches of aqua. ---and now I want to find a small dresser to paint red! Fabulous remake!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love anything aqua, especailly with coral.
      Thanks for stopping visiting and your kind words!

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  5. Oh my goodness this looks gorgeous! I love that style of dressers too.

    Anneke at www.thisthatandlife.com

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  6. It is absolutely beautiful! I love your work. Patti

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    1. Thank you, Patti. Thank you for such sweet words and thank you for taking the time to visit.

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  7. I love red! I am featuring it tomorrow on the blog. Thank you so much for linking up to The 36th AVENUE.

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    1. Thank you, Desiree. I will be stopping by to give you a proper thank you on the feature!

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  8. Stopping in from Miss Mustard Seed. Glad I came to visit..This is absolutely Stunning! I'm seriously in Love! I've got to start looking for Empire dressers. Amazing Job!

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    1. Thank you! At first, I thought you were MY mom. Then you said you were visiting from MMS and I knew it couldn't be MY MOM. : )
      Empire dressers are the best...there's just something about them that draws me in.
      Thanks for visiting and for your sweet words.

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  9. Fabulous in red. Just fabulous!

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  10. Oh my goodness! "Love" is too weak a word to describe how I feel about this dresser!! I also love the empire style and am finding myself falling more and more in love with red furniture. It's looks fabulous toned down with the black. I would say, "perfection!!!"

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    1. I would say you are the sweetest person ever! This is the nicest comment and I greatly appreciate it!
      Thank you for visiting and for your very, very sweet words.

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  11. This is probably the most perfect and beautiful piece I have seen in a long time!!!

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    1. Oh, you are too kind! Thank you for such a nice compliment! It means a lot to me. Thank you for visiting!

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  12. This turned out great. The paint color works so well with the chunky, yet elegant look of the dresser. Great job!

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  13. I too love empire dressers and this red is fabulous!

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    1. Aren't empire dresser amazing?! I want one for myself. Thank you for visiting!

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  14. What a beautiful dresser-love that burnished red. A great job. I'm off to visit your blog now.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigskywordpress.com

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    1. Thank you and thanks for visiting!

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  15. I love the red dress"er" also! Did you add the brown glaze after you painted it or to the paint? I have a red screen door I am trying to get an old look to and that looks like what I am trying to get. I am also from MMS.

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    1. I added the brown glaze to the paint. You could also add brown paint (which might give a better finish). My piece felt a little tacky but I think it might have been the black stain or maybe the wipe-on poly I used. After the second day it felt normal...so who knows!

      I think the glaze gave it the "old look" that you like. Good luck with your screen door and thanks for visiting!

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  16. Helen-
    I LOVE your work!! cannot wait to go through your blog and see all of your pieces...you are very talented. Thanks for stopping by my blog also--i am your newest follower!!
    chris

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  17. Helen, I LOVE this dresser! You did an amazing job. The red is perfect. I am going to have to try some of the baking soda chalk paint. I have not made my own yet. I do love working with chalk paint! I am your newest "linky" follower. Life to the full, Melissa

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  18. BEAUTIFUL! One of the best refinished pieces I have seen. Love your work. I will be following you for sure. Can't wait to look at the rest of your projects! Please keep them coming. Thanks for sharing the details of your "how-to" process. Patty

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  19. I just purchased an empire dresser myself and wasn't sure if it should be painted or stripped. YOU DECIDED FOR ME! Painted for sure. I might have to do the red! absolutely stunning!

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  20. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color! all that mixing made for a fantastic result!!
    New Follower:)

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  21. Beautiful! We just got done redoing a dresser similar and wasn't sure what to call it for my post. Just found you through google search. New follower.

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  22. I love this! Is it for sale??

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  23. I do love the way you can take an old piece of furniture and make it new again. I'm hoping though that this dresser was not what it appeared to be in the original photo, otherwise it would be heartbreaking to think such a nice example of tiger oak was painted over. Please tell me it was veneer or a really convincing paint job. I believe this dresser was part of a set that was on CL for quite some time that I agonized over purchasing but ultimately decided not to. If it is, did you get the armoire as well?

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  24. Whoa loving this piece. Loving the color and the aging you did on it. I loved it in its natural stage and now red. You did an outstanding job as usual. Quite breathtaking!

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  25. Hi Helen, beautiful job!! I'm going to replicate this distressing color and technique with an old park bench of mine. Of course, I'd like to only paint the hardwood slats and not the cast iron frame... Do you think it might be easier to simply take the slats out and paint them, or should I just tape the cast iron parts? Thank you for your help! ---jorge

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    1. Jorge, If the slats are easy to take out then I would pop them out and paint. If it's too much of a hassle to take out the wood slats then you can tape off the metal or you a smaller brush to paint and just be careful and take your time.
      Another thing that might work is rub some Vaseline on the metal and the paint won't stick. I haven't tried this but I'm sure it would work. good luck!!

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  26. Do you have a "recipe" for how much baking soda and glaze to add to the red paint?

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  27. I would also like to know about your recipe; I have made chalk paint, but I don't know how to add glaze. This is the perfect color for the coffee table I'm about to paint!

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  28. Oh it is really , really nice, i love it.

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  30. Hi there.

    I am thinking of doing this with an antique Chinese wedding cabinet. Did you sand before you painted on the gumball red?

    Thanks!

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  31. Not normally a fan of this style of dresser, but I have an old Buffet in this style. It was passed down to me and I have just never loved it. However, I think it would look amazing in this color. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. When you say "poly" did you use polycryclic to seal or polyurethane? I just painted a piece and stained over top and got a similar-looking result, but I'm not sure which finish to use. I usually use polycryclic on painted pieces, but with the stain I'm uncertain.

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    1. Yes, I mean polyurethane. I use Minwax polyurethane but I prefer to use wax. I like the matte finish wax gives and how easy it goes on compared to poly.

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  33. Can you add baking soda to any color for a chalk paint look?

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  34. Helen...I am well impressed with your talent & really chuffed that I came across your website after searching "distressed RED painted furniture". I am poised to paint 2 beds and 2 beside cabinets for my rental holiday cottage and would seriously love it if they ended up looking like yours....I would love to know a bit more about your products as here in the England we have different ones. I have bought a red acrylic based wood eggshell (matt) paint, will I need to add baking soda AND brown glaze? Please advise on quantity e.g. a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup amount of paint and is the glaze in a tube that a good squeeze would suffice? I'm a little stumped as to what goes in where and at what point but am desperate to follow it carefully to replicate as the transformation you have achieved is AWESOME. Then finally what is Kona black stain....is it water based liquid for wooden furniture, is it applied on a rag or brushed on and slightly wiped off....would this be it or is wax required after stain.
    Crazy amount of Q's but if you have a few minutes to help out with some details I'd be amazingly grateful.
    Yours in complete admiration
    Victoria

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  35. You mention mixing in baking soda to make a chalk paint. Any specific amount, or did you add until you got the right look/feel?

    The piece looks amazing.

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