Back in April, a client dropped off a dresser and table for me to paint in raspberry red, to go with a raspberry red bed I painted for her last year. I do not do custom work, but I make an exception on the rare occasion and I love working with Danielle, my client. She’s also SUPER patient…. I told her it may take a while due to work at Sweet Clover and the Lucketts Spring Market. A while became two months, and she was patient and understanding, and in the end, she had what she wanted…. a fresh and fun raspberry red dresser and table for her daughter’s room!
When Danielle brought these pieces to me, they were both just brown, and the dresser had traditional style pulls on it. I don’t have a before of the little side table, but here is the dresser in its brown traditional glory… Step 1 of course was turning the dresser right side up… 😉
Danielle and I discussed replacing the hardware with something more suited to her young daughter, and she had fun collecting some colorful mismatched knobs.
To start this dresser off, I removed all of the existing hardware, and filled the interior holes with my favorite woodfiller, Wunderfil from Rockler. This is seriously the smoothest filler I have found and I’ve tried several! When I apply Wunderfil, I always use a putty knife and apply one coat, allow to dry, and sand. Then I reapply it, allow to dry, and sand again. If needed I will repeat it a third time until my holes are no longer noticeable and they appear smooth.
Once the holes were filled, I sanded the dresser all over.
I applied two coats of tinted primer in Benjamin Moore Tricycle Red, and then 4 coats of Tricycle Red Aura paint from Benjamin Moore. (Yes, truly that many coats- red is a tough color to work with!)
Once the paint all dried, I lightly distressed it all over, and then added the knobs Danielle had found and placed where she had requested. (Sidenote: I did the side table at the same time in the same fashion.)
Here is the final result!
Just a light distressing helps bring those details in the shape to light.And of course, here is the side table as well!
These pieces finally made it home to their (patient) rightful owner, and I am so glad they will live in a happy loving home!
Customers like this make my job completely rewarding on a personal level. Have a fabulous Wednesday! Emmy, Catcher and I are off to pick blueberries while Sawyer heads to soccer camp. I’ve made sure I can bring the puppy to the blueberry farm, and they can’t wait to meet him! (This will be our third trip there this summer.). And local people, if you are looking for an amazing blueberry picking experience, head to Frog Eye Farm– pesticide free and delicious!