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One Red Sideboard, Coming Up!

This weekend I was finally able to get this monkey off my back! I’m done and so happy. It’s actually a bit brighter than you see here, but I’ve had the hardest time trying to get a good photo where the color is accurately represented, so I tried to find the photo with the best detail. Remember I started here.
I decided to paint this the old fashioned way, so I started by sanding the top and applying primer. In the beginning I wasn’t exactly sure what color I wanted, so I made the mistake of not applying the primer thick enough and not using a tinted primer. Normally this isn’t a problem because I use black paint, but I’ve never painted anything red before so I didn’t know that it would be extremely critical with a piece this dark. In the end I was able to make it work, but I think it took much more time than it should have. I definitely know better now. I also learned that since red has the least amount of pigment, it will generally take a few coats of paint to get the exact color you’re looking for. Knowing these things in beginning, I would’ve been more thorough with the prep work.
The primer job doesn’t look that bad in the photo, but my application wasn’t very even (I’ve never had to worry about it before), so all of the places that weren’t primed (dark brown areas) ended up needing some TLC.
I attempted to add a little flavor by doing a black & white stripe on the back panel, but when I applied the polyurethane to seal it, it ended up looking like this:
Gross. It bubbled up and just looked awful. It was probably due to my impatience, since I didn’t let the paint dry long enough, but I just wanted to be done!! After trying unsuccessfully to have another sheet cut, I found this wallpaper at Goodwill for $.50 and used spray adhesive to cover the back. The paper is definitely not my style, but it gives a bit of definition which is what I was looking for.
I spray painted the hardware and that was it. Most of the time was spent trying to get the paint application even and preventing brush marks since I went with a high gloss. Overall, I’m happy with the job, and I found the exact shade of red I was looking for. I did find and spray some legs for the bottom, but I need longer screws to attach them to the base, so I’m going to live with it like this for a few days before I decide whether to attach them. I’m thinking maybe the combination of the color and the glossy paint made the photography difficult, so here are a few final parting shots.
So . . . what do you think???? Btw, I’m adding this to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Metamorphosis Monday

**Edited to note that this has also been added to the Show & Tell Surprise Party @ The DIY Show Off! Thanks, Roeshel!
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28 Comments on One Red Sideboard, Coming Up!

  1. Michelle (Three Men and a Lady)
    November 9, 2009 at 10:07 am (8 years ago)

    Fantastico! I know you worked hard on it. I had no idea that red was so finecky…thanks for the tips. Job well done!

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  2. Mrs. Chic
    November 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm (8 years ago)

    It looks nice and new, I like that you kept the hardware and just updated it with black paint…canit wait to see how it looks in your room

    Did you apply poly, if so how many coats? I’m finshing up a buffet and I’m not sure how many coats of poly to do?

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  3. Adrianna
    November 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm (8 years ago)

    I love the red and how even you got it. It is not splotchy at all, and so deep and rich in color. I see my lamps in the corner too :o)

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  4. Dayka
    November 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the comments! My poor little lamps are just chillin’ until I find the right place for them . . . hopefully soon!

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  5. Mimi
    November 10, 2009 at 12:57 am (8 years ago)

    What a pretty piece…♥ the red!

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  6. Life With A Lady
    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Dayka! Great job on your sideboard! And thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It was nice to read all of your comments.

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  7. Kate
    November 10, 2009 at 11:12 am (8 years ago)

    Very cute! Great color choice.

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  8. Sa-Sea Boutique
    November 10, 2009 at 11:43 am (8 years ago)

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I WANT TO PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE RED FOR MY SONS ROOM….SO IT IS SO GREAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TINTED PRIMER!!! SUCH A GREAT JOB!
    PS-CHECK OUT MY BLOG FOR A LINK TO WIN FREE PILLOW CASES TODAY!!!! RUN!

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  9. Sa-Sea Boutique
    November 10, 2009 at 11:44 am (8 years ago)

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I WANT TO PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE RED FOR MY SONS ROOM….SO IT IS SO GREAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TINTED PRIMER!!! SUCH A GREAT JOB!
    PS-CHECK OUT MY BLOG FOR A LINK TO WIN FREE PILLOW CASES TODAY!!!! RUN!

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  10. Symone's Mommy
    November 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm (8 years ago)

    My favorite color…i think I’ll do my desk in red. Nice work.

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  11. Katherine @ Grass Stains
    November 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m LOVING the red! I’m a big fan of red accents throughout my house and try to have a little red in each room. This piece turned out GREAT! Congrats.

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  12. Tamstyles
    November 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm (8 years ago)

    looks good to me..great job.

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  13. Linda Q
    November 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the red, you can always use some red in your life!
    What a big change!
    Linda Q

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  14. Struggler
    November 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm (8 years ago)

    You found a wonderful red in the end! I’m impressed but not totally surprised what a great difference the new color made to this piece. Love it!

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  15. The DIY Show Off
    November 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow! Stunning! You did a fantastic job! I’m so glad you added your creativity to the Show & Tell! I love it! 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Roeshel

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  16. The Harris Family
    November 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm (8 years ago)

    It turned out great and I love the color.
    Crystal

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  17. pk
    November 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm (8 years ago)

    She looks so chic and sassy now! Great job…

    pk @ Room Remix

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  18. Lisa
    November 13, 2009 at 12:13 am (8 years ago)

    Nice work! I love the red.

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  19. Sherri S
    November 13, 2009 at 12:43 am (8 years ago)

    LOVE the red! It looks amazing. Another Georgia gal eh? Just signed up to follow along with you. I love DIY projects, Goodwill shopping and most anything on the ‘cheap’. LOL

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