Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lamp Black and Brick Red Dresser

*I was compensated for this post with supplies, however all content, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hey friends! I took advantage of being stuck at home while our bathroom renovation continues to work on this gorgeous custom order dresser. 

My customer requested black with red coming through and I think I achieved a great balance with the two colors.
Since this dresser was not previously painted I thought it would be a breeze to prep. Yeah. Totally wrong on that one. I haven't a clue what was use as a poly previously, but it was drippy, cloudy and came off in flakes. What I thought would be a light roughing up of the wood turned into a complete sanding. Luckily, that was the hardest part of this makeover.

After I got the prep out of the way I painted one coat of General Finishes Brick Red, followed by two coats of Lamp Black. This brand of paint is the perfect consistency and goes on so smoothly.

When the paint was dry I sanded the entire pieces, focusing on certain areas to bring out the red. I finished with a coat of clear wax.

I knew that my customer had planned on getting new hardware for the dresser since she wasn't a fan of the original and one was missing. For photo purposes I thought I would try these bold, brass pull from D. Lawless Hardware. I think they really finish off the dresser beautifully.  And my customer ended up loving them, too.


I love the intricate detail!
 I'm betting the guy working on our bathroom had a good chuckle when he came out to the driveway to cut tile and I had this cute little vignette set up. Luckily, he knows I'm a blogger. ;)


  1. Love it, my friend! The red looks great coming through. And, my gosh, those pulls! How is it that brass looks so good with everything!?!

  2. looks great- i always love black over red!

  3. I love these decorating ideas. The designs are so vibrant and the view is so happy and cheerful.
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  4. Love it! You styled it so cute, you may have started something with the weathered wood in the background love that too!

  5. What a pretty piece it's makeover!!

  6. Totally gorgeous! Love your styling too

  7. Love the black with the red peaking through Angela. Gorgeous.

  8. Love this! Great combination :) Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Your piece looks amazing! I love the red showing through here and there. Thanks for sharing to show others the look you can achieve with your technique. Blessings!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  10. Angela,
    Recently, I did a make~over of the same hues but in reverse order.
    The lamp black was the underlying base and the brick red was the top coat.
    I added Iron Star drawer pulls!
    My dresser $0ld to a lady originally from Texas!!!
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous dresser make~over!!!
    Visiting from Susan's Between Naps On The Porch!

  11. Visiting from Betweeen Naps on the Porch. I love General Finishes paint, too! Love the red peeking through! Beautiful job and thanks for the great tip on a hardware source. I've been looking forever for replacement handles and finally found pulls with the right dimensions!

    Beth @

  12. I love the way this dresser turned out. Thanks for the tips. I have a dresser that I would love to paint using this technique.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  13. Turned out really nice. Am sure your customer loved it. Thanks for showing us the technique.


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