It’s been a long time, but I finally painted another red piece…


…and it makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often!  This piece really wears red well.

Here is how it started…


It wasn’t bad at all, but the finish was a little tired and a refresh felt in order.

I painted it in two coat of Tricycle and finished it with one coat of Antiquing Wax.  You can see how I applied the Antiquing Wax HERE.


The color is definitely an attention-grabber, but it’s the hardware that is the real star of this piece and I love how the red sets it off.


If you look closely, you’ll notice that one of the handles was replaced at some point, but I sort of like the show of ingenuity.  That’s something my Opa would’ve done.  Mixed this piece with that to fix a broken handle.


I had this vintage French flag in my prop stash for a while, waiting for the right piece to show it off.

Yes, I was humming songs from Les Miserables while I was hanging it.  “Do you hear the people sing?  Singing the songs of angry men.  They are the music of a people…”


Since the dresser and the flag were so bold, I styled it simply with a glass jar and some branches from my snowball bush.



This dresser is for sale at the studio ($285).  Send me an e-mail if you’re interested or to get more details (


  1. Jo

    “…who will not be slaves again.” It’s beautiful. The dresser, not the song. Well, yes, the song is also beautiful, as is the entire production, movie, … But the dresser is particularly gorgeous!!! Wish i was closer so I could buy it

  2. Marsha Kern

    It is beautiful!!!

  3. Kim

    Love your usual palette but you should paint red more often. Love this!

  4. Stacy Grogan

    Wish I lived closer, I love it!

  5. Nancy

    LOVE IT!!! Now I want to do a piece in this red! Beautiful job!!

  6. Olivia

    I love you kept the handle that is different. I have to admit I had to go back and study the pictures to find the different one. Would not have even noticed if you had not mentioned it in the description. The red color makes the dresser a show stopper.

  7. Lisa

    I love red furniture, especially tricycle red. I wish I could use it more often but sadly red is just not a favorite in my area.

    $285 is quite a deal.


    LOVE LOVE LOVE the red!!! You did a beautiful job on this piece. I am still looking for the right piece for my red project…

  9. Addie

    Lovely. The dresser just came out GREAT but…..ever since I read that you paint with the drawers in,
    something just doesn’t sit right with me. I can see distressing with the drawers in, to even it out,
    BUT painting??? Professional results need the edges to be professional.
    It is beautiful…LOVE the red……..I want to see how those edges come out with your method.
    AND I am a huge fan….just curious.

    • marian

      Actually, painting with the drawers in keeps the sides of the drawers neater, in my experience. When I distress the paint, I will sand the edges to tidy them up.

  10. Melissa Leach

    Love the red, I mean I r e a l l y love the red!

  11. Mary Borgsmiller

    Love the red! It is perfect on that dresser! I need to use it again. I did my coffee table in tricycle and I love how it turned out!

  12. Gwen

    Love it!!! But I’m one partial to a touch of red!!!!liked the video too.

  13. Naomi S.

    It’s for sure a “looker”, Marian! Good job.!

  14. Colleen

    Hmm sign me up I am not a huge trend person and my tastes have really changed over the yrs. today I like clean but rustic eclectic and repurposed. Weird I know and my husband doesn’t care about how things look only if it’s comfortable and functional. Not being wealthy I have had to make do with what I have. My problem is with editing I really suck at that.

  15. Kim

    How do you decide on fabric? What was it about this settee that said to you “gray linen?”

    • Kim

      Woops. That was meant for the next post.

  16. Jeannie McBride

    Love it!

  17. Libby Rotkoff

    What paints do you use? I have the perfect piece for red, but do not want fire engine red! Thanks for your help.

  18. Denise

    I recently started a project and I’m finding the red to be much brighter than I expected. For this piece did you antique wax after?


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