Thursday, August 30, 2012

Show Stopper

I was so excited when I came across this antique highboy.  It was in beautiful condition, but was missing all but two of the original pulls.  I love the rope detailing and the corner pieces...not to mention the feet!  I drove an hour to pick it up (which I NEVER do!).  I had my own plans for it, but then my client saw it and asked if I would do it red for her.  I've been wanting to do something red so it was fate, right?  I chose the color Show Stopper from SW.  It's a deeper red (it looks brighter than it really is in the pics) and I love the contrast of the color against the darker wood underneath.  

Sometimes the hardest part (other than peeling stinking veneer!) of this job is finishing a beautiful piece of furniture and having to see it go out the door! ;)

 Before--you can see why it was love at first sight, right??!


I wish I had bigger muscles (or could just drag my boys around with me) so I could have taken pictures of this one outside.   The pics just don't so the color justice!

I didn't want to prime because I didn't want another color showing when I distressed it (and apparently you cannot get a primer tinted red because it only turns out pink).  So, I used an all surface enamel and had to do 4 coats!  I didn't think I was ever going to finish it--but the results were well worth it!

 She's a looker for sure!  Just makes me smile seeing it!

 Just <3 all of these details. 

 You know I couldn't pass up a foot shot! ;)  I just LOVE these!!  Ok, I need to stop looking at it because it's still in my shop and I might not let it leave!  

 I let my daughter pick out these knobs.  Aren't they fantastic?!  I love when the hardware just "fits" the piece and these do!

Because I didn't prime, when I distressed the paint ended up looking chippy and I love it!

color = Showstopper SW
poly = Minwax in semi-gloss
hardware = Hobby Lobby and local hardware store

Linking up here:   Yea!

The Shabby Nest


  1. That is a show stopper all right!
    Love the end result - did you find painting in red to be a challenge? I have and wondered if you experienced the same.
    Looks amazing!!!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    1. Lol-funny you should ask! ;) Yes, I had to do 4 coats (not to mention it's huge) and it took forever to dry (which my paint guy says is because the more pigment in the paint the longer the drying time). Distressing it was a beast, too--I ended up using a paint scraper because it was taking forever to get through all those layers of paint with a sanding block. But, I'm really happy with the way it turned out (and my client loved it!) so I suppose it was worth it. ;) Thanks for letting me be a part of your linky party. Love looking at all of the creativity out there!! I always leave inspired. :) I love your blog--so glad we can share!

  2. I would have driven an hour for that one, too. I have been looking for something to do in red, as well, but I doubt I'll find a dresser this gorgeous!


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