Sunday, August 9, 2009

Go Bold or Go to Another’s Home

One of my favorite colors to decorate with is RED. Not some silly apple red or stop sign red, but deep rich almost cranberry red.

There is some hue of red in almost every room of my house, the towels, the throws, the pillows, even my bedspread is a deep red velvet from Crate & Barrel. (gotta give them a shout out because their customer service is the best!)

Still, I don’t have one stick of red furniture. So many red pieces that you find are either too bright or have that Asian flair that just isn’t me.

Not anymore! Last weekend I picked up this shelf from a garage sale…..

It isn’t anything special so I thought that it was time to try something red. Four coats of Glidden Red Delicious, one coat of Minwax Mahogany stain and 2 coats of lacquer later I have this ……

The finish is hard to capture in pictures, let’s try this one….

I am so thrilled with how it turned out. It just needs a home now, but we have plenty of space. For now, it will sit here after and take a break after I put some accessories in it.

Would you believe that everything in that picture cost me a whopping $4 and a bit of elbow grease? I swear on Murphy Grace’s precious little furry head! See what you all have started with all of this garage saling and metamorphosis-ing!

I caught the bug from Between Naps on the Porch and her Metamorphosis Monday. Make sure that you see all of the great posts, but be ready, it is catching!

ASPTL

27 comments:

Maria Killam said...

Wow that is just so fabulous! Love that red! I also have a shelf from a yard sale that still needs to be painted!!

Kammy said...

Hey Gwen !
I love that red shelf unit ! Your grouping is very nicely done ! What are you putting on the shelf....or is that what you are looking for next, LOL !
Kammy

pk said...

I'm a red lover too and I think the shelf looks much better red! I can't believe the entire vignette was only $4. Great job!

Dawn said...

Beautiful finish there. I would never have thought to do a stain over the paint. How do come up with all these idea?
Dawn

Michelle said...

Red is one of my favorite colors too. Adds such a nice spark of color. Love the little shelf unit...so mid-century modern! Love the color too!

santamaker said...

Wow, that piece came to life. Great job.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Turned out great!

Angie said...

You picked the perfect red and did a great job on the finish!

Embellished Bayou said...

It's hard to believe all that cost just $4!! You did a great job, I'm sure it looks even better in person.

Andy Porter said...

I am totally with you on the red. I can't get enough. It is just so the best color!! I love what you did with your shelf and the rest of your decor is gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking today! Fabulous!
~Andy from Poppies at Play

Marilyn said...

That looks fantastic. I can't believe all of that only cost $4. I really need to hit the garage sales. I especially love your wall hangings, great idea!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

I LOVE the red finish on the little shelf. I think it looks great! And all of that for $4? Wow...that is pretty awesome!

~Amanda

Kara said...

Amazing that you got all that for $4! Love the whole arrangement!

Struggler said...

That's a lovely red glossy finish. The $4 is really jaw-dropping!

the cottage child said...

Good for you! It looks terrific!

I've set aside red for a bit, after years of unadulterated use of all shades even remotely resembling red....even my kitchen cabinets were red. No regrets. Just needed a breather.

Now, I'm ready for a little reappearance. Thanks for the inspiration - you did a great job!

Raelynn said...

Oh how I love some Red, I think it looks great!! I love the fact that you used a stair as well...very cleaver!!

Older and Wisor said...

Now if you can find some perfectly sized baskets to fit those shelves.....YUM. I love it.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Love it and also love red!

Rhonda in OK said...

looks great Gwen!
I am currently painting some bedside tables with Glidden Rose Red - but it looks more pink than red, but whatever, I will like it since it was free.
maybe mine just needs 4 coats too

Kammy said...

Hi Gwen,
Yes, I know my poor little topiary is a mess - I think it needs 911 ! I think it has some hidden potential !!!!
Hugs ~ Kammy

jskell911 said...

I do not even like the color red, but have to say that shelf is gorgeous!

Debbie's Garden said...

Well we must be Color Sisters. This is also my default color I must have around me somewhere. I build from it, or accent with it, but its always the color that floats my boat.

marmielu said...

Good for you! I am dying to paint something-furniture or lamp-RED. I keep looking around my house for the proper subject. Hope you show how you've accessorized it.
Mary Lou

Becky said...

Woo hoo ... she makes a great statement. What a nice pop!! It looks wonderful!

The Childrens Nest said...

Thanks for your comment on The Childrens Nest! I love your re-do! I love red! There is just something about red that makes me smile!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sachiko said...

I love the red! I would love to find a shelf like that!

Olive Rue said...

I love the little red shelf, Gwen. Good color selection too. Looks great next to that chair. Hope you are having a good weekend!

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