Sunday, August 14, 2011

Retro Red

From a vintage baby cradle to a retro buffet…I am a woman of contrasts! I fell in love with this piece at Deseret Industries:

Larachest 001

It really is a lovely piece. The wood was in remarkable good condition…the finish…not so much. Whatever had been on there for a protective coat flaked off like mad…it looked like I was sanding in a snowstorm!

I know aqua is all the rage, and I gave serious consideration to that color—but I decided to go back to my first love: red!

retro buffet

I had a terrible time getting the color to photograph well. It was almost a brick red before I glazed it with black…then it seemed to turn a dark cranberry.

retro red buffet

The next picture is too bright…but I wanted to show the cute key! I love the fact that this buffet has a key. I painted the rest of the hardware with ORB spray paint, but I left the key it’s original brass.

mid century modern buffet

Do you have a color you love, despite all the trends? What is it?

mid century modern buffet

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This project has been featured at Sisters of the Wild West.

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52 comments:

Studio Gypsies said...

It looks great. love that color! I love to incorporate color into my home. this would be a nice color for my bathroom cabinet. how did you apply the glaze and what color paint did you use exactly? Yes I too am doing alot of the aqua. And found a door on pineterest that is orange and aqua. i am doing a piece in that. we have a log cabin. so lots of wood. i like to use color on the furniture....already too much wood in this place! lol!
Blessings!
Lisa

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I love your ability to not only see the potential in these pieces, but breath new life in to them as well! Great piece!

Stacey said...

Ohhh...that is an amazing piece. You did a great job and I adore the RED! You inspired me! I am going to have to do this color next...I agree with you as blues are the "in" thing now, but RED is definitely a favorite of mine! I also love your mirror...look great! Pinning this for later -
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Korrie....love that red w/ the glazing. I love to see what you come up with....always inspirational!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Love it Korrie! Great color! You are a genius, I love your work!
Susan

Lisa said...

i love,love,love it! and the color,awww~would be perfect in my dining room! beautiful

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love your work, Korrie! A Beautiful piece with the red color.

ChRiS said...

love this so glad you went with red!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Korrie! I love it in the red! Love your white frame chalkboard on top, too.

poindextr said...

hi Korrie - really wonderful job. I like the look of that piece of furniture and love that it has a dainty little key :) Lovely color choice too, perfectly lovely! xo, Diane

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I think the red with the dark glaze was the perfect choice! I love the retro shape and the cute key! Nicely done Korrie!

Stephanie said...

I'm with ya, red is definitely my favorite and I LOVE the color of this piece. Beautiful!

Erin said...

I LOVE the color!! The piece looks stunning!

I have completely bucked the whole gray/teal/blue trend. I love deep reds like this and sage greens and browns....so I'm sticking it out. :)

Gypsy Heart said...

Red is definitely my color! I don't care what the trends are...I have to have something I can live with and enjoy.

Great job on this, as usual! It looks amazing compared to the before and yes, the key is perfect.

xo
Pat

The Painted Parlor said...

The funny thing is is that red was the trend about 5 years ago, who knows what the newest and greatest will be next! The important thing is that YOU like it, and if you're selling it THEY like it! I think it looks beautiful. What glaze did you use exactly, I need a good black glaze.

Firecracker Kid said...

Son of a gun, that's an awesome transformation. Very clever you are ;-) ~Carol

Ali Richardson said...

SO SO awesome!! And that little key makes me happy :)
I'm an aqua girl at heart, but that red looks fab!

Debbie--http://refreshrestyle.com/ said...

I think it looks great! I like all colors!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

When it comes to your home, always go with what you love. I love vintage red, and you gave this piece a nice aged look. Beautiful job.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Very nice!! Love the key and the glaze with the red. I am big into aqua like borderline obsessed but I really like this look!

ImSoVintage said...

How do you manage to outdo yourself every time. I love the red. You have such a knack for knowing just what color to use. Now if I could just borrow you for awhile.
8-)
Laura

Thrifty Treasure Hunter said...

I love it, well everything you do really! My 2 fav colors are Red & Aqua so I'm good either way..

I just passed over a 50's piece Thursday but now you've opened my mind to the possibilities.. love the glaze & the key..

My Chocolate Coffee table is in the works too...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery..now to get my hands on an overhead projector

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the color changed the whole era of the desk. love red!!!

gail said...

Korrie, I love the color of that piece! It's gorgeous!
super job, as always!!!
gail

Jake said...

I can see why you fell in love with it! I almost drooled when I saw it. The original is beautiful. But the after is a STUNNER! What a score. Great job.

imsteelefullofscrap said...

ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!!

Kristal said...

I am still working on my first red piece. Not sure if I like the red though. It has a lot of orange tones to it. But it was free paint ~ LOL!!

XoXo,
Kristal

Beth said...

I know I like this color - a lot! Sometimes I like the turquoise stuff I see and sometimes I don't. Since this piece didn't have a lot of details, I think the red was a better choice.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Nice! I love that you gave it the "Red Hen Touch." Really great color the glaze is a nice touch. I like most colors except purple and yellow.

wisp said...

Gorgeous!!! I love it. It feels so cozy and homey looking at it. :)

mollydianeh said...

Hi, first time visiter through MollySusan Strong.
WOW, you sure made a big difference in that chest! Looks fabulous!
Look forward to visiting your blog again!
Mollydiane

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Love the Red! You really changed the piece I would not have seen the potential in the before. You go girl!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Wow, I love it! The red is perfect on that piece.
Great job.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the red is so fun! i love the shape of this piece- very modern and cool!!!

andrea said...

The red is rustic and looks almost neutral with your decor. Great job! Love the key..Andrea @ townandprairie

Bridgette said...

Wow i love this ! red is gorgeous too, I am your newest follower, i have just recently started a few pieces and am hooked, just got to find the time to restore all of these gorgeous pieces that i have scored ;)
thanks for the inspiration x

debbieg said...

Lovely, I would have not even given it a second look in it's original state. It is absolutely amazing what you do with furniture. I just LOVE your blog, you inspire me!!!

Cassie said...

I LOVE this!! Red was a great choice!

Full Circle Creations said...

I absolutely love this! Great job! I love the hints of black on it too!

Holly

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I'm so glad you used red. This piece wouldn't have looked as good, otherwise. I stick with green ;).

Olive Cooper said...

I love the clean lines of your mid-century-modern piece. The red is perfect for it.

Shabby Marilyn said...

Wonderful in the Cranberry color, you did a great job, I know how hard it is with the old finish it had! I love it, inspiration for me to use some of my red paint!

Chasing Whimsy said...

I Keep telling my Daughter "Red is Dead" But you just proved me wrong! You just breathed new life in to it.:)

~The Bargain Babe said...

Found you at A Little Knick Knack's linky party. Your redo looks fantastic! When you said red I pictured a bold, primary color red. This is more a darker, richer shade that I think will look good for a long time!

Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} said...

I LOVE this piece!

Lori Lucas said...

I am with you on the red. I just love it. Your dresser is a perfect example of why I love red! Lori L

Catherine said...

Ooooooh! Beautiful. I am a red girl, too. Just did a post on it for Ashely at the Handmade Home.

Meg said...

This looks wonderful. I love the red! Aqua IS a great option, but if it doesn't work for your home, then why use it? I love the dark stain on it as well! Great job.

from me to thee......... said...

RED!!!! Red is my color!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

great piece. love the red and the quote is fabulous too!! we featured you today.
Amy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a great piece and love the finish on it!! Such a beauty! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)

Farmer's Wyfe said...

I love your blog!! You're so creative and I just love the way you made this red!! :) I'm looking around and love all you do!! Do you have how you painted this chalkboard? I like the greyish look it has, rather than a dark black. So pretty!