I thought I would do a post on how I created Miss Red Hot Rhetta. You see, she is a hottie. Everyone agrees upon that. I have received many compliments on her as well as questions about how I dressed her up, I thought I would write a post to help answer all the questions. I not so much of a tutorial kind of girl. I would like to be; but I am just much better as just freestyling (so to speak) when I work. I just try things. I have a vision and I just start working. I also don’t do many tutorials because I think I am just not very good at describing things to people and I tend also to struggle with step sequences. I don’t know why…I just do. So bear with me as I will do the best I can.
Do you rememeber Rhetta?
Here she is:
I agree she is a looker.
She just went to her new home this week.
So…many wrote and asked me about her.
Mostly about the color I used and what I did to create the finish on her.
Well, I have no glamorous story to share.
It all started with a boo-boo paint I found in the sale section of the Home Depot.
$7 for a gallon of paint?
I am IN!
The finish was flat which I didn’t care for although I wasn’t too concerned.
I also note to you that it is the America Finest brand which is Home Depot’s line I believe.
I wouldn’t recommend that brand either.
I found a sale, I took advantage of it.
This is NOT my favorite paint.
It did the job for this redo though so that is what is
important to me.
I painted the dresser with three coats of paint. After it was fully dried, I took a sanding block and distressed
the drawers and edges just a little.
I then used a stain (Minwax’s Antique Walnut) on her.
The technique I used involved brushing it all over the dresser small sections at a time with a foam brush and then wiping off the stain with a wet cloth. What remained was a cool look on the paint. The stain darkened it and made it appear richer. It also filled in the areas when I had distressed it leaving some dark stain and more color on these areas. Here is a visual for you of how the stain over paint thing works using a current project – more of this one this week.
Here is how the stain looks when on the piece:
And this pic is one of the after – the white section on the left is the untreated side. This side was painted white and left undone. The middle section has the stain applied and the section to the far right has stain applied and then wiped with a wet rag. I love the effect it created. It looks aged and much richer overall.
I like using the stain as it is much more forgiving than dark wax or a glaze. The stain will wipe off easily and if you find a spot needs correct a few minutes it, it will still easily wipe off without any issues. The wax tones down the original color and gives it a beautiful richness and depth.
Then I let it dry after I had achieved the effect I wanted.
I then got our the Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax to add just a bit more variation and depth. I used the large brush offered with the wax and brushed it lightly all over the piece.
At this point, I tried to wax it with a clear wax, but the wax appeared to wipe off the stain and make the appeearance of the top look funny.
So I repainted the top and did it all again on this section.
I would most certainly wait a few days after waxing/staining a piece before putting any clear wax on.
Here is the paint I used:
Since it was a boo-boo paint and unlabeled, I was unable to tell you the precise color. I stopped into my friendly neighborhood Home Depot tonight and although they are able to color match it, no specific color was identified. I think this color I picked up from the Behr paints samples best resembles my paint.
This is Behr Cherry Tart by the way.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for all the comments and questions about Rhetta :o)
Oh, and on that note, I will most definitely be linking up this month and participating with the BLOGGY OLYMPICS! This is a BIG linky party you can participate in! You can click over to Hating Martha to find out more about the event. Event #3 features PAINT and I will most definitely be linking up there! This event is hosted by Cassie of Primitive and Proper, Gwen of the Bold Abode, and Janel of Hating Martha.
Now that’s a party!
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