Saturday, November 13, 2010

Painting the table red

Like I have already told you, I am crazy. I do things that normal people would never do. Most people, if after moving into a new house, their husband asks them "do you think we should get a new table?" A normal persons response would be go to the nearest store ASAP to pick up a new kitchen table. My response: "No this one still is good, just a little worn out, I am just going to paint it, I'm thinking red." Stupid, I know.

This is what we started with. A very sweet family from Greg's church gave it to us when we were young newly weds, and had no furniture at all. It has been a great table for the last 6 years. It was just starting to look a little worn out. So I decided that I would paint it red, and I got started.

You've probably heard people say that red is a very hard color to work with. It takes a million coats, blah, blah, blah. Let me just set the record straight right here and now, they lied, they made it seem to easy. Red is a horrible color to paint with, it takes a billion coats, and it is the biggest pain in the butt ever. Run away from the color red, and don't look back.

I love, love, love the way it turned out though! I have 2 more chairs that I still need to paint. The 2 end chairs are the original chairs. The 2 chairs along the back are from the salvation army. I bought a set of 4 from there.

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Wanted to answer a readers question about what color red I used. It is called Tuscan Red by General Finishes. I bought it at a unfinished wood store. Here is a picture of the can in case you want to go looking for it.


  1. I don't think you are crazy...just very THRIFTY and now that's a good thing! Hop over and share with us atmy NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY!


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  2. What a great color for this set. You gave it personality and it looks like new! Red is a hard color to paint with but worth the elbow grease. Looks great!


  3. That's pretty. I used to have a table and chair set just like that. Never thought to paint it. But it looks good!

  4. Nice. Red is awesome. GREAT job!
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  5. The red table is fabulous! I just sprayed a huge red desk today! I'll have to say, I used Behr paint and primer and it was a snap! Maybe I just got lucky! Anyways, yours is terrific!

  6. Nice redo! I have heard that about red also.

  7. I LOVE the red! But, I have to admit, I'd never paint it myself, lol! The only color worse than red is black. I once did a client's baseboards and stair railing black, and black, and black. I can't remember how many coats, but waaay too many!

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  8. So cute! I just repainted all my kitchen chairs turquoise.

  9. That is the perfect color red - my favorite with a blue undertone. Love it!

  10. I have a table similar to that, but it has a tile top. I hate it and want to give it a make over. Do you have any suggestions? Can one paint over the ugly (fruit themed) tile?

  11. Lizzie - I don't think that you can really paint over the tiles. If I were you I would paint the all the wood and the chairs and get/make some table cloths.

  12. LOVE the red color! Great job! Visiting from Funky Junk Interiors.

  13. You did a great job its beautiful, i have a few things i want to paint red do you mind sharing the name of your paint color??

  14. I don't think that you're crazy. My decorating philosophy is do what you love, have fun, and don't worry about what other people would think!
    I love the painted table. I'm glad you had the courage to do it! :)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Love red! It is a pain, but you made it all worth while!

  16. You could not have chosen a better color! It is perfect! Fabulous job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  17. Oh, I love how this turned out! I host a linky party every Friday. The link is still open, if you'd like to join my party.


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  19. Did you sand the table first. I have a similar table and I so want to do this but I haven't because I am not looking forward to sanding it.