I met this little oak dresser a few months ago at Canton Trade Days.
Like most oak dressers, it was well-built and sturdy. Its drawers still functioned well and the wood was overall in good condition, with just a few minor nicks and scratches on the top.
Usually when I find an oak piece in decent shape, I leave the top stained and only paint the base. With this little guy though, I wanted to try something different.
I wrote a post back in April on the comeback of red in furniture and decor after I saw red pieces everywhere at a local weekend market. The consensus from your comments on that post seemed to be that red in small doses can really bring that “wow factor” to a space.
Since this oak dresser is petite in size, I decided that it would be a great piece to experiment on with red. So rather than go my usual stained top/pastel base route, I painted the whole piece in Fusion’s Ft. York Red. (Do you know about Fusion Mineral Paint yet?)
I love how it turned out! It is very different from what I normally do with a piece like this, but I think it’s fun and modern and will make a great addition to someone’s space.
This furniture makeover was as easy as it gets. Since the oak was old and dry, I knew the wood had enough “tooth” on it to grip the Fusion without having to do any sanding. It did take three coats of the Ft. York Red to get the matte finish I was going for, but that’s just red for you–red paint in any product line takes more coats!
And remember with Fusion there is no waxing since the acrylic-based paint will seal itself. It’s just paint, dry, then admire your finished painted furniture product 🙂
I hope you can tell from the photos just how smooth the finish is. A light finish sanding with a wet piece of fine-grit sandpaper smoothed out any bumps and ridges. The piece is as smooth as butter.
Some new blue and white porcelain knobs add a little color contrast.
It’s very 4th of July, don’t you think?
So, I think my experiment in red was a success! I will probably continue to do most of my pieces in my normal, pastel colors, but it was fun trying a new color in the Fusion line and creating something a little different.
Linking up to: Furniture Feature Friday