When I saw that this months furniture theme was red, I was thrilled. I love the color red. From now until New years we’ll see it everywhere, which I love. My project this month? It’s a painted red drawer surprise.
What’s a painted red drawer surprise you ask?
Did your mom ever make a casserole? They were popular when I was a kid. In our house casseroles were made with whatever leftovers were in the fridge and the recooked. I’m assuming she made them when she had no spare time and sometimes they were pretty tasty. At least that’s my recollection of them.
Gearing up for the holidays starts before Thanksgiving around here. In our family Thanksgiving is not just a time to get together with family for one occasion. It’s also the week of lots of family arriving from out-of-town, our anniversary and my husbands birthday. There’s a wee bit of preparation going on and I’m on overdrive.
So, try as I might, I couldn’t come up with a snazzy project for our red theme…my favorite furniture color! So I’m sharing my red drawer casserole, err… painted red drawer surprise.
I had this nightstand project I had to finish for someone special. A bold red nightstand wouldn’t work so well for the person or the room it’s going to be in.
But..everyone loves a surprise, right?
especially a beautiful deep, luscious shade of red surprise..
Or.. so I hope.
So, I started painting inside of the drawers with my favorite red paint.
It was too late to turn back .
I painted some more and then added stripes on the sides of the drawers. See my tutorial on How To Easily Paint Stripes for a super fast method and How to Paint a Dresser in 7 Steps if you’re new to painting furniture, it’s a great beginner’s guide.
It turned out well and I know the special person who will be receiving my little painted red drawer surprise nightstand has a good sense of humor.
He’ll love it when he opens the first drawer.
I might even shout out
I love, love, LOVE our themed furniture days each month. My favorite past projects are my crazy popular Faux Painted Cargo Furniture and my Americana Decoupage Chairs. Or, just click HERE to go my furniture collection page to see all of my makeovers.
You’ll be seeing red and in a great way after perusing the rest of the furniture pieces this month.
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Linda at Mixed Kreations says
What a cute night stand. I’ve don’t have the courage to go bold with painted red furniture, but this is one way to get past that. How fun!
Hi Linda! I felt the same way. As much as I love red, and I really do, I couldn’t see me having a red piece of furniture in the house or sending it off to my nephew like I did this one. It was a fun way to infuse a little red into the project. Thanks so much for your visit!
I always love red and that small touch makes the piece look great. Love it!
Thank you Wendi for the paint color. I’m going to order some. I think it would be perfect way to add touches of blue in one of the guest rooms. Loved this tour! Jeanette
You are so very welcome!
I soooo want to do the peek a boo color in…something!! The blue is fabulous! What color is it? It might work well in one of our guest rooms. Jeanette
Jeanette…I’ve always wanted to do the peek a boo look too. That’s one of the things I love about our group..it gives me reason to try things! The blue is Born on 4th of July from American Paints. It’s my all time favorite blue. Benjimin Moore has a blue similar to this one that I’ve used also, I don’t recall the name. You’ll know it when you see it it’s beautiful, deep and not too bright.
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Love the blue Wendi!!! And what a fabulous way to incorporate the red (great minds!! 🙂 ) …the stripes are a super fun surprise! xo
Thanks Nancy! I laughed when I saw your makeover…which I LOVE by the way! I’ve always wanted to try painted drawers. The stripes were an after thought and I knew I could get away with them without the owner getting upset..LOL
I just love it.
I would never thought to do something so fun like that!
Thank you Karin! The nightstand is for a teenager so I knew I could be bold.
[email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
I love the surprise drawers! Not sure you sold me on the leftover surprise casserole lol, but the drawers are awesome! 🙂
OMG! Funny…I’m not sold on leftover casserole either… I’ve never done that to my kids:) Painting the drawers was fun…I’ve always anted to do that. Thanks for stopping in!
[email protected] says
I love the blue color you used for this piece and adore your striped drawers. Cute, cute!
Thanks so much Paula! The blue is my all time favorite blue, its Born On The 4th Of July by American Paints. Lots of saturation and not to bright. It stands out a lot with the red..which was the only way I could get red into …something this month!
What a fun surprise on the inside! Sneaky way to incorporate the red!
Breanna…It was a stretch…but it worked out well. I love the bold colors in contrast to the sedate blue on the outside. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
I love surprises! And that night stand is so fun! I really like the stripes. Thanks for the great idea.
Angie, I love surprises too…and it’s kind of fun that the nightstand is plain blue until the drawers open and then it pops with bold color:)
So cute! Love the stripes!!!!
Thanks Beth. I’ve been on a stripe kick lately. This piece is for a teen so I knew I could get away with something fun & bright.
[email protected] Interior Frugalista says
Ahhh love the surprise when you open the drawers Wendi! Love this months theme being a lover of all things red. Can’t wait to see what everyone painted this month. But first, off to your post “How to easily paint stripes”.
Hi Marie…you know I’d take the easy way out on painting the stripes! You would have rocked this months theme! I loved the red theme for the month and it’s been fun to see all the red projects too!
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Ooh, I love that nautical style and that peek-a-boo drawer stripe. Great job rockin the red! :o)
Larissa…we are definitely in a nautical area geographically. It’s funny because if I paint something the farmhouse style out here it doesn’t go over very well when trying to sell it! thanks for your visit & comment. Loved your piece too!!!
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
These are so fun!! I just love the stripes with the peek-a-boo drawers!! So creative!
Thanks Christy.. It was a fun project and I’ve always wanted to try peek-a-boo drawers:)
I love your drawers 😉 What a fun surprise and the color combo is perfect! Nobody would believe that’s the same piece you started with!
Thanks Debbie! I love red but didn’t need a red piece anywhere so I figured why not?