Color me bad

I wanted to pep up this dry sink and was aiming for a black/red two tone look. It came out more grey/pinkish and clashes with the rest of the house. My house is mostly browns/yellows with splashes of red throughout. Any ideas on how to fix this?
q color me bad, painted furniture, painting over finishes
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  • WorkerBee WorkerBee on Jan 02, 2016
    Paint the dark grey in a dark metallic brown based color, then decoupage the red tone panels. The whiteness of the wall presents a lightness that can be achieved with a metallic paint as opposed to flat paint.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 02, 2016
    Jeanie a couple of questions first. What is the unit made out of ,did you use a proper first and what brand of paint did you use?
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    • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Jan 04, 2016
      @Jennie first thing, clear wax will darken both colours, red esp. will be a shade richer. Also, clear wax is paintable, and drybrushing another layer on top with or w/o wax is a very easy way to alter and soften the colour, or you can apply a wash for shadows and drybrush highlights after that. Distress as you see fit. Dark waxing the black can be technically difficult to get even, so I would not dark wax at this point - plus it is not always paintable. Don't get discouraged - creativity is often a problem solving process! I paint professionally, and no longer expect my vision to be any more than an initial guide. Instead I go with the flow, step back and identify what the weak aspects are, and devise a strategy to make things better with texture and layers of colour. I honestly think you are only reacting to the large, flat areas of matte colour - it just isn't finished yet! You can lay a single colour over everything to harmonize and tone it all down, or treat each colour differently. Both red and black would layer well with brown, which would also pull it back into your decor. The only time I ever start over is when there is a technical problem. Paint is just like clay - keep working with it, and it will respond!
  • Patricia Patricia on Jan 03, 2016
    An application of dark wax will darken the colors and also help coordinate them together.
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 03, 2016
    Hi Jennie- I hate it when things don't come out the way you planned! But at this point, I honestly think that if this piece doesn't go with anything else in your house, it will bother you (I know it would drive me crazy...) I'm not sure what color it was before, but I am thinking it needs to be one color, either chocolate brown or black or even creamy white or red. But a toned-down, more rustic red with a brown or rust undertone to go with the rest of your house. Look at the painting hanging above it and choose a color from that palette. Good Luck!
  • Cambier Cambier on Jan 03, 2016
    I feel your pain...this happens to me...a lot:(. Keep the black and change all red doors to a cream that complements the floor and walls. Then hang a striking piece of art that has red in it. My thoughts....
  • CK CK on Jan 05, 2016
    It's such a neat piece and fits so well in the spot. Honestly I'd do what my dad says "Cut your losses" and repaint it. It's not that large that it won't take you forever to repaint to a color that works better with your home's colors. Do it now and you'll love it a lot more for a lot longer :-) In my professional opinion, 'trying to work with it as is' or by making a few changes here and there will most likely in the end be more work for less satisfaction than doing it over completely. As to color, choose one that complements your current room/home's colors and paint it all one color.(maybe the dark brown used on the railing). I think having it painted two tones fights a little with the flooring. There's a lot of movement in that floor so adding more movement in the furniture piece will start to get that area of the room a little 'visually busy". After it's all painted add excitement with accessories you use.
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jan 07, 2016
    I agree with painting it all one color. Maybe you could distress it slightly to make it stand out a little more. What accent colors do you use in your space? Maybe choose that to paint it so it pops a little more (it's such a neat piece) but at the same time make it feel like it's part of the space. Your floor does have a lot going on so I think one color will work much better right there than two.
  • Repaint. Those colors just do not go with what you have going on in that spot. I would do it in a chocolate Brown and leave it at that. If you want to accent the doors, then pick a color that goes w/that area. Maybe a gold or off-white? And make your own chalk paint out of any color you choose. Get a small sample pot of Behr paint (Behr paint makes the best homemade chalk paint) and plaster of paris. 2:1 ratio. mix pp w/hot water until it's like batter. pour into container w/your paint. Add more or less paint to get your consistency of 'chalkiness'. Wax as usual or use a poly topcoat.
  • Cherie Cherie on Jan 08, 2016
    The colors are just off for your space but it may look a little better with a bit of shine added to it. Instead of flat paint, you may want to try gloss. Or paint over with varnish to see how it would look - just a bit of it and you'll know whether it's right or not.
  • Ruby77 Ruby77 on Jan 08, 2016
    I agree about adding some shine to whatever color you choose but would also paint one color. It is too busy for the space as a two tone. Nice piece though and good luck
  • Cindi Cindi on Jan 08, 2016
    I like this piece, and the two tone effect, but think the black should be more of a dark brown. The red will probably look more like a brick red next to the brown, which I think would look good, and go with what you have, and still have that pop of red. I think it would look really good if you antiqued the edges of the red drawer and cabinets in a darker brown too, I think a little shine on top of that, more like a semi gloss, and it would look great.
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 13, 2016
    Here's my 2 cents...I would start over...Sand it down to the bare wood, then add some decorative wood pieces I would choose wood trim to make squares on the doors & then add some baroque wood pieces probably down the middle...Then I would paint it w/ a chalk paint a brighter red(there is one call tricycle red) than what you've got on it now & then add a dark wax to tone down the brightness of the red & bring out the details of the added wood pieces...Hope this helps
  • Lisa L Johnson Lisa L Johnson on Jan 13, 2016
    I would absolutely not SAND this thing....I would get some chalk paint in a coordinating color and paint it. I agree with those who think it should be one color, and probably a dark one, since you've got a "busy" floor pattern going and the paint color under the chair rail is white. I HIGHLY suggest getting paint cards and matching them up to your things before you do the job. I've gotten paint cards and brought them home and even with close colors, paint color makes or breaks a space. Oh, and the picture and floor both seem to have some sort of a peach accent color in them....if you found the perfect paint card with that color in it...I think that would look nice, too.