Before and After Favorites

Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to get that Chippy look and a two-toned RED dresser SOLD

Before pic. When I found this dresser, I knew I wanted to paint it red and I've been anxious to try some new techniques! Then I went to my beautiful friend Morgans house and she had a two-toned console and I loved it! I wanted to duplicate the look. I'm SO happy I did! I'm super excited about the final results. I always wondered how places could charge so much for this style of painting, now I totally understand. It's a LOT OF WORK, and it takes a TON OF PAINT!!! Well worth it for the right piece.
 First, I sanded it and primed it in grey.
 Second, I painted it black.
 Third I wiped on some vaseline, that's right, VASELINE! This is what gives it the CHIPPY look. Then I painted the bottom half red.
 Fourth, I wiped off the vaseline spots and roughed up the edges with a sanding block. Then I started glazing with a black glaze. I've wiped glaze on the left two drawers.
 Fifth, I wiped off the glaze, see the difference??
 Beautiful! Sixth, I painted the hardware in black.
 Seventh, a coat of poly and this bad boy is READY TO GO! I llllllllove it! I have been so anxious to show you the final product!!!
 This is definitely a custom, one-of-a-kind piece!
 I brushed some stain on the top to give it a unique look. I didn't want anything about this dresser to be ordinary, this is meant to be a STAND OUT PIECE!
 So pretty.. So chippy...
 Love the glaze in all the right places...
 Sigh.... I love when things turn out even better than you expect them to!
 And we all know I love this hardware. Painting them in black just made all the black detail POP!!
 Remember the before? FOUR COATS OF PAINT LATER, and the beautiful AFTER!
Oh yeah, and it's FOR SALE!!!! $300 to a lucky new owner. This is going to be the perfect stand out piece in someones home. ;)  I want to see pics of it in someones house!


  1. That turned out beautiful! I LOVE the chippy look! I'm your newest follower from the Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia Party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  2. Gorgeous!! I wish I had a place for it, you know I would LOVE it! I pinned it on pinterest- I am sure someone will want to buy!!

  3. I love this!!! I have always wanted to try the vaseline trick and I always get scared. I came over from the homemaker on a dime creative bloggers party. I see you are fairly new at blogging, I am new as well and would love for you to come check out my blog when you get some time. So excited to be your 14th follower!!!

  4. What a big bold color choice! I'd love to see it at our link party! And be sure to let me know when you try the homemade chalk paint recipe!

  5. Beautiful! I'm so not a fan of decorating with red, but I wouldn't hesitate to put a piece like that in my house. Amazing job!!!

  6. This is so beautiful! If you don't mind me asking, what kind of paint did you use? And do you sand with a sander or by hand? What an outstanding piece of furniture!!

    1. Not at all! I use an electric sander (Ryobi $30 at home depot) before I do any painting. Then I used Rustoleum spray primer in grey. I used Rustoleum flat black spray paint to do a quick first coat, then I used a Behr paint in red, to do the glaze I bought a little water based stain in black (Rustoleum) and for the Polyurethane I used Valspar (I think) oil based, bc of the dark color. ;)