Monday, February 20, 2012

The month of Luuuv & the color red~ Kim from Vintage Paints

In the spirit of Valentine's Day and February, the month of Luuuuuuuv, I asked my painting soul mate Kim, of Vintage Paints, to come over and share her flare with the color red.  This girl has more talent in her pinky toe than I have in my whole body!  And what she does with the color red on furniture is amazing!  It take kahunas to paint with red but she does it so well!  Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, a beer, wine, Mt. Dew (whatever your vice may be) and sit back and be inspired!  This lady inspires me every day!   If you haven't met Kim or seen her work, well you're in for a huge treat!  Take it Kim! 

Hello there!  It’s Kim, from Vintage Paints.  I am so honored to be a guest
blogger for Sissy’s Salvation today!  We are going to talk about the color red
and my obsession with red furniture. 
From Color Psychology:  The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a
faster heartbeat and breathing. 
Does the color red do this to you?  It certainly does to me!  It evokes many
emotions; excitement, happiness, pleasure.  I think it’s the deep dark red that
really inspires me.  I’ve tried several reds over the past year---some I’ve
liked, some I haven’t but through all of these trials & tribulations, I have
found the one.  You know, my love/soulmate/makes my heart skip a beat.  It is
Benjamin Moore’s “Million Dollar Red.” 

Isn’t that color gorgeous? I love paint and I love to pick out new paint colors. 
I was standing in Benjamin Moore one day, with a fistful of paint chips and on a
whim, I decided I wanted a red and chose this one.  Now, it does go on a bit
strong and you might be thinking “what is Vintage Paints talking about, this
color is bright red”…you must stay with me here.  Don’t fall off the deep end
like I did when I first brushed this color on my piece of furniture.  It was so
bright and really not at all what I had envisioned.  If you prime your furniture
first with a gray, the red will show better. I use this: 

Be patient, red takes a few coats to get that fabulous deep red.  The first coat
will have an orange/red tint to it.  Let it dry thoroughly before you apply
additional coats, each layer will deepen the color.  Now to truly get the deep
finish that I love, you need to do a dark glaze once your paint is nice and dry. 
I prefer black to anything else on red furniture.   You can buy glazes pre-mixed
or whip up your own.  I prefer to make my own.

 Glazing Medium (found at Michaels/Hobby Lobby)
 Black latex paint (the richer the color the better)
 Water
 Foam brush and soft towel (I cut up old t-shirts)

I like my glaze to be pretty thick so it gets in all of those nooks and
crannies.  I make sure my towel is pretty damp; not dripping wet but definitely
wet.  Brush on the glaze and wipe off with the towel.  You’re in total control
of how much and where that glaze goes.  The wet towel really helps you remove
excess glaze and keeps the product moist, which extends your work time.  Leave
it in the areas you want to accent.  It really helps bring those details out and
make them more visible.  Wipe off too much?  That’s okay, just give it a few
seconds to dry up and reapply.  The black gives you that gorgeous farmhousey red
that we all love! 
Here are some pieces I’ve done with Million Dollar Red and black glaze: 

Farmhouse Red Hutch

Farmhouse Red Bistro Set

Farmhouse Red Cabinet

Farmhouse Red Dresser

I hope this makes red a little less intimidating!  Embrace color, it’s good for
your soul.  *and if you don’t like it, you can paint over it* :)

Thank you so very much to my girl Tracy, for having me here!  You inspire me
daily with your kind soul, lovely ideas and fabulous work!  I am so fortunate to
be able to call you my friend.  Love ya’, girly!

Vintage Paints has left the building…

Kim is one of those rare people you meet in life!  Such a sweetheart!  When I was on my knees praying for comfort, after my father crossed over to Heaven, Kim was there waiting and comforting me.  I will always be grateful for her presence in my life.  She's one of the truly special people in this World and I thank God for putting her in my path!

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And her Facebook page here:!/pages/Vintage-Paints/198118963548226

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