Asked on Sep 30, 2017

Recommendations on old country red paint color?😊

Kathy LovenburgAlyssa


This is just a follow up to the question I just asked .

2 answers
  • Alyssa
    on Sep 30, 2017

    The other half of your question cut off, so I'm not sure if you just want to paint your white bookshelf red or if you're aiming for a special effect, like crackle paint to age it or a two-tone distressed finish. But you can definitely paint a bookcase. If you just want simple uniform coverage you can even use spray paint. Rustoleum's Colonial Red is probably in the color range you're looking for.
  • Kathy Lovenburg
    on Oct 3, 2017

    I painted the sides and back of my kitchen islands. I painted headboard that was cut to size. I picked a true red for the base color. The next day I mixed together a small can of brown stain, with just a little glazing additive--maybe a couple of tablespoons to 4 oz of stain. Take a cheap wide brush and dip into your stain mix. Paint one area with your stain mix, let it set for a minute maybe. Then take an old cotton tshirt and lightly wipe with the direction of your headboard. It may take 2-3 coats to get to the glaze/antique look that you want. Give your stain mix 24 hours to dry between coats. Then finish with poly urethane. After each coat of poly, lightly sand with extra-fine steel wool. I gave my islands 3 coats of poly.
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