Opinions on painted red furniture

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I have a little cabinet I bought from a resale shop at a local tiny, tiny town that used to be owned by an older woman who had a small cafe. The lady that sold it told me people just used what they had to make furniture they needed. I found that cabinet all the more charming. I'm currently in the process of turning it into a little pie safe and am using a powdered stain and poly for the color. I used turquoise for the inside shelves. (I still need to build a drawer as I can't find a basket small enough to use there. (the original drawer was broken and not all the pieces were there)
Anyway, I have a wood chair I want to paint the same way. I have bought a really nice red and white fabric for the back and seat. What I'm wondering is if red is a semi popular color for furniture? I like the colonial darker red myself.
All opinions welcome, especially if you resale your projects.
I'll try and get pictures of the little converted cabinet. I'm looking for the hinges and door knob that I put in a safe place but can't remember where that safe place is. (I need more plastic coffee cans so I can label them)
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  • Lavende Lavende on Jul 27, 2016
    I have such a weakness for red furniture! Love it!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 27, 2016
    I think your color choice should be based on where you are going to use it.
  • William William on Jul 27, 2016
    No problem with red. As long as it isn't fire engine red. Slightly dark or muted shade looks good. Love your idea of turquoise for the interior.
  • Kathy Stetts Kathy Stetts on Jul 27, 2016
    You could paint it red, let it dry then thin black paint with water and rub on and wipe off the black for a distressed/vintage look.
  • KathyJb KathyJb on Jul 27, 2016
    Here is the cabinet. I just ordered a ruby red glass cabinet knob for it. I may just keep it. :D the door is in the house. I want to take it with me tomorrow to see what size trim I need for it.
  • When I see red chairs, etc I always think of the 1950's diner look. So, depending on your style, it could work just fine - or not. Lol. Good luck.
  • Charly Charly on Jul 28, 2016
    I have to ask "what do you care what anyone else thinks"? Do it the way YOU like. Because I for one hate painted furniture of any kind. And my favorite color is red! Just not on furniture. I like the wood furniture in natural oak, pine, cherry, maple, etc. And I have no problem mixing the woods in any given room. When you go into a forest you don't always see just one kind of tree unless it was purposely planted that way and not as God intended, all the beautiful woods mixed. Anyway, do what you like, don't worry about what I think.
    • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Jun 28, 2017
      What a wonderful answer !!! I only recently started doing MY thing in my home and property. WOWIEZOWIE !!! I am color crazy now...and ya know what? It's MY house....MY taste....and I am the one that has to look at it...and it's ...AWESOME !!!! I was always intimidated by my Dad who was an artist and I was just never good enough...Now? He's gone..and it took me...literally...50 years...to SHINE !! The best feeling ever !
      Some people say..Uhh...that's interesting....and some say...WOW !!! I admire your confidence to be so creative !!
  • Cha6378086 Cha6378086 on Jul 28, 2016
    I have a pie safe in my kitchen that is painted fire engine red. I love it for it's spot of color. I think whatever you like is the way you should go. People tell me they love it and I have no idea if it is popular. Have fun and good luck.
  • Susan Susan on Jul 28, 2016
    I'm with Pamela Robertson Pullman but I will go so far as to say I can't see bright red in anything other than a retro kitchen from a retail perspective. But a lot depends on your fabric. I'm sure you have a vision lol!
  • Kathryn Botard Kathryn Botard on Jul 28, 2016
    I don't think it's bright red.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jul 29, 2016
    Red is a tricky color, because if you paint it in white it will turn pink. Red is also a pigment, so anytime I do red I paint it over a dark color.
  • Renee Renee on Jul 29, 2016
    Im sorry but I have to agree with Papoose03! If anything, I would it turn patina before just painting it, with that, you can use blue and green to achieve that. Look it up & you will find the direction to do so. Best Wishes
    • KathyJb KathyJb on Jul 29, 2016
      It had a dark stain on it and then someone painted it with a dark brown paint that wouldn't come off easily so I had to sand it quite a bit.
  • KathyJb KathyJb on Jul 29, 2016
    We will have a booth in Warrenton this Fall so the cabinet will be up for sell. I'm kinda anxious how it will do.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Aug 22, 2016
    It should work perfectly.