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Red painted writing table

It has been a long time since my last post, but guess what: I had a cold…I entered 2013 with a box of tissues in hand.  Well,  I am better now and ready to go.   As a matter of fact I cannot wait to do some painting and start new projects.  My hands are itching.  The project I want to talk about today is my writing table.  I purchased this cutie last year and I did not decide about a color until last month.  I find it difficult at times to find the right shade of red – but when I was at my local Sherwin Williams paint store to purchase some colored primer I noticed their very generous paint samples.  A 29 oz sample pot is very generous and enough paint for maybe two projects.   I Here is a picture of their sample pots:

I was excited and immediately bought 2 different shades of red:  show stopper, wild current and a pale yellow called white raisin.  Perfect opportunity for me to try out  red.  For the writing table I used “show stopper”  red.  A beautiful luscious red,  I would not mind having a lipstick in this shade!

This was the table after sanding (for some reason I make most of my first furniture  picture after the sanding job is done):

It has one drawer but needs to be fixed.  It just needs a new piece of wood on one side and I have not been able to do that yet.  Well, the usual:  Sanding, cleaning with TSP, and I used a grey colored primer.     I read somewhere to use a tinted primer  if you want to get a true red.    I started with staining the top, I used Minwax dark walnut and gave it about two coats.  I sanded the knobs and I also stained them in Minwax dark walnut.  Then I primed the rest of the table once, and gave the table two coats of red.    To make the red extra glossy I gave it one coat of Watco Oil in natural.  Here is the end result:






Do you love my choice of red?  In my opinion this table is a show stopper!


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  1. Beeldige kleuren Hetty!

  2. Just gorgeous. A true showstopper! Glad you are feeling better.

  3. Definitely a show stopper! I love that shade of red! And it works beautifully with the rich wood top!

  4. Thank you very much for your comment! Love to receive feedback from fellow furniture painters.

  5. I love extra glossy red on my furniture. I think I’m ready to work on that table that’s been sitting in my attic for years. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You are welcome, Nellie! Thanks for your feedback, it is much appreciated.

  6. Love that show stopper red! Just about the nicest red I’ve seen. It totally transformed that table – great job!

    • Thanks for your kind words! It really is a wonderful color red – give it a try! My next project is also in red, different shade but equally nice. Please check back in a few days. Thanks!

  7. I’m visiting from the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! The red is just spectacular! Would you consider sharing this at the Farmhouse Style Blog Hop?

    • Thanks Heather for the invitation, and thanks for liking my table! I did share the writing table at the Farmhouse style blog hop.

  8. Hi Hetty, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Farm Girl Friday Blog Hop.

    Love, love, love the table! Favorite thing about it is that you kept the top and knobs the wood tone, Offsets the red so nicely!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

    • Love your funny farm, Anne! I am so happy you like the table, encouragement like yours keep me going.

  9. Oh my! That is so gorgeous! I think that table should come live at my house. don’t you think…???

    You are an inspiration….

    hugs x

    • I am so happy you like the table, thanks for your compliment! Encouragement like yours keeps me going.

  10. This is beautiful! Great job.

  11. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and join me later this evening for Make the Scene Monday #58!

    • Thank you for being featured today! I feel truly honored. Thanks a lot!

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