I have been wanting to paint something in Valspar Posh Red ever since seeing Picked & Painted redos in this color. I picked up a sample pot and mixed it into homemade chalk paint to paint this dresser. I painted the dresser with two coats of the red and started to distress it, but you really couldn't see it, so I skipped the step.
I chose to paint the top black because I didn't want it to be completely red. I had tried to sand the top down to stain, but I couldn't get it to come clean enough.
The trick with this color is to use some kind of glaze, stain or dark wax over it to make the color pop. I used Martha Stewart's Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee. I find this glaze to be very thick, but I applied it with cheese cloth and it was easier to work with.
I painted this next dresser the same color.
This piece was in deceptively poor condition. Whoever stripped it must have used a belt sander with a very low grit. All the raw wood was very rough and the top had tons of swirl marks. I don't know if they gave up stripping when it came to the drawers and side panels, but that black paint was just flaking off. I sanded the black paint as best I could and painted the entire piece with two coats of the Posh Red. Instead of using the Martha Stewart glaze, this time I covered the paint with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. I stained the top with it as well. I like this technique, but it takes a long time to dry.
I didn't mind the swirl marks on the stained wood as there already was a lot of detail in the wood grain. I used AS dark wax only on the top and Minwax Finishing Paste on the rest of the body.
This red is a good color for my area (Eastern PA) since these pieces sold pretty quickly. I think it looks like the Amish made furniture, but I charge a lot less than they do!
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