Red and Black – client pieces


Over the months, I’ve had quite a few people approach me to quote them on painting custom pieces for them. I find that so cool. Not only do I get to make some extra $$ but I get to paint pieces of furniture that people will have in their homes for years. Wow.

This particular client had shared with me what she was looking for furniture wise and during my daily strolls through Craigslist I sent her links to things I thought would work. She found these great pieces…..

This long dresser:

2 of these night stands:

And a tall chest:

With these 5 drawers that I was too tired to put back in just for a photo op:

She decided she wanted the long dresser to be red with brushed nickel hardware. So I used milk paint in Barn Red and Salem Red and created a custom blend. Once painted and distressed, I used clear wax, then dark wax. Both from Annie Sloan.
Here’s a shot of the drawers with the left side waxed and the right side just painted and distressed. It really shows how the wax deepens the color:

Here’s the completed piece:

And the customary before/after comparison:

She then decided she wanted the tall chest and the nightstands to be painted black and distressed with gray hardware. She wanted a true black so I chose CeCe Caldwells chalk paint in Beckley Coal. She wanted a medium to heavy distress so here’s how they turned out after distress and clear waxing with Annie Sloan clear wax:



And the customary before/afters:



I was able to complete all 4 of these pieces in 3 days from start to finish. I loved the way they turned out, do you?


2 responses »

  1. I’ve been painting furniture about a year now & sell to a couple dealers in PA & MD. I’ve always used latex paint. I tried Ce Ce Caldwell chalk paint but I didn’t love the results. Especially the waxing. What can you tell me about the milk paints? And do use wax or polyurethane for the finish coat?thanks. BTW…… Beautiful work

    • What didn’t you like about the Cece Caldwell? I would say Cece’s paint is my 2nd favorite. My most favorite is Annie Sloan and Milk Paint in a tie for 1st. I love working with them. I typically wax the paint to seal it. I almost always use Annie Sloan wax and love the finish it gives. Occasionally if I know someone will set drinks on the top of a piece I will poly the top surface and wax the rest. I will be writing a blog in the next few days about milk paint vs chalk paint. But real quick, I can tell you milk paint comes in powder form and must be mixed with water and can “chip” and “distress” on its own depending on the surface you use it on. It’s inexpensive and keeps longer than chalk paint because its in powder form. You seal it in the same way you would seal chalk paint.

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