Red Dresser

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This little red dresser is probably one of my favorite furniture makeovers to date.  I love the bold red color.  It adds so much cheer to our little man’s room, where it currently resides.  It is the perfect size & height for a changing table, plus has the added bonus of tons of storage space.

I painted the walls in our little guy’s room a grayish blue {I hope to get in there & get some room pictures taken one of these days so I can share it with you all!}.  It’s very subtle & I love it, but it sort of demands a pop of color whether in accent pieces or furnishings in order to keep the room from being dull, especially for a child’s room.  When I set to working on this dresser, I knew I wanted it to be fun & something different.  It didn’t take me long to settle on red & in particular, Tricycle from Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line.

Red Dresser Milk Paint

This was my first stab at using milk paint.  If you’re unfamiliar with milk paint, it comes in a powdered form & you mix it with water to the desired consistency.  It was a lot of fun to work with, definitely different from  any other kind of paint I’d ever used.

I was a little nervous after applying the first coat, as the dresser looked a very dull shade of pink, not at all what I was going for.  But I persevered through two more coats, plus applied a coat of Annie Sloan soft wax for a protective finish.  If I remember correctly, the top received 2 coats of wax since I knew it would be receiving heavy wear & tear as a changing table top.  

I’m not sure what I was thinking not taking pictures throughout the process, but life goes on.  I don’t even have a proper before picture with the drawers still in.  I get a little eager to start slapping paint on things sometimes!

Here’s what I do have for a before look…

Red Dresser Before


Red Dresser Drawers Before

As you can see, we did do some sanding to remove the glossy finish from before.

Red Dresser Drawers Before


And here’s a look at the after…

Red Dresser


I decided to keep the original hardware since it all matched & was all still in great condition.


Red Dresser


Red Dresser


Red Dresser


One of the characteristics of milk paint is that it can create a bit of a chippy look.  Marian talks about this a lot on her site, and it was one of the things that intrigued me about milk paint.  What’s even more fun, at least I think, is that you don’t always know what you’re going to get.  Sometimes milk paint will chip a lot, & other times very little or none at all, as was the case with this dresser.  I think that’s kind of cool.


Red Dresser

 Just looking at these pictures make me want to go paint something!!

Don’t be afraid to go bold sometimes, you might just love it!  And if not, well, there’s always more paint :).

Red Dresser


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9 thoughts on “Red Dresser

  1. Very cool! I like how it turned out too!! I will have to call you for tips next time I want to make something over, you always to such a great job and are so creative!

  2. I love this make over. I have a head board and deacons bench I want to paint red. I have never used glaze. What is the process?


    • It’s not actually a glaze. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint (3 coats) & then applied a soft wax. I always apply the soft wax with an old t-shirt (something that can be thrown away) & then after it’s sat for a day or two, I come back & buff it with a clean old shirt, if I’m wanting a glossier finish such as this. Hope that helps!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Thanks Jodie! It’s fun to try new techniques & paints. This is probably my first time being so bold with a color choice though :).

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