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Tips for Painting With Red

Tips for Painting With Red

I’ve been working on my guest room, most of the colors in there are gray, black, white, with a couple of navy chevron pillows.

Guest Room Gray Nailhead Headboard Better Homes and Gardens

But that was soon to change!

I’m in this fun “DIY Furniture Girls” group! This month our theme was to paint something RED!

Pop of Red in the guest room

I started with this:

Free table before being painted with red.

Here’s my free table, it’s been everywhere except in the house.  It was mostly used for storage in the shop, holding paint and junk. It had a few paint splatters on it, so I sanded them off.

Red is a hard color to paint with or at least it has been for me.  It takes lots of coats and doesn’t cover well.  I have a secret weapon and I’m sharing it with you today!

DecorArt Paint and Rust-Oleum Primer

  •  I used Painters Touch 2X Flatred Primer by RustOleum.  I just took the table outside and sprayed away.
  • And I painted this piece with Decoarrt, DAD18-22 Designer Series, 18-Ounce, Tuscan Red. Did you notice that it’s for furniture, walls, wood and canvas, and it always has been.  This paint has been around for a while and I never see anyone using it except for me 🙂
  • (these are my affiliate links)

  • For the top-coat I used Maison Blanche Antique Wax in light brown

Red Side from a Roadside RescuePerfect pop of color for my guest room!

DIY Red Side Table

And then Lucy from Craftberry Bush offered the cutest print for free for a limited time. It looks perfect in my scrap wood frame beside my little deer bookend.

DIY frame with Cute print from Craftberry Bush

It’s been a few years since I had red in the house. But I think it’s a keeper!

Guest Room in Grays and Red


Do you have any red pieces of furniture?
Guest Room Red Table

Be sure to visit all the “RED” painted furniture projects!


  1. Absolutely stunning punch of color.

    Love the bedding also, where did you find it?

  2. The room is just gorgeous! Great tip on painting with red. I agree…red is hard to paint with. The pop of red in the bedroom is just perfect with the grey!!! Love!!! ~Christy

  3. The red table is perfect in that spot:) Great tip for the primer too, I’m sure lots of people run into the same issue! I’ve also have been using the DecoArt paints and like the coverage. It’s what I used on my red projec0 this go-around!

  4. I wish I had read this before I painted three coats of paint on my little chrismas chair. Red does not cover well at all like I imagined it would. I’ll know the secret for next time! Love your table in your guest room. Very chic with the pop of red against the lighter tones in the space!

  5. Wonderful tips for painting with red. It is a hard color to paint well and you did a fantastic job. Fun tour! Jeanette

  6. LOVE RED!
    I, too, have been using rustoleum flat red primer and decoart paints for years.
    Decoart has some lovely metallics in their line also.
    I don’t really get the whole ” no primer needed” craze.
    If you would like your project to look professional, you gotta sand and prime!
    I agree with you, the key is in the prep!
    Thanks for sharing your great work and tips.

  7. That’s the perfect touch of red Debbie!! LOVE it!! and also love Lucy’s printable. All looks so great. 🙂

  8. Debbie, that whole ROOM is gorgeous. That pop of Red with the side table is just the icing on the cake.
    I love it!

  9. This table looks perfect in your neutral room! Love the red!

  10. This table is the perfect pop of color in your neutral room! I love it!

  11. Sooo cute, Debbie! I think red can be so fresh in a neutral space. I love how you styled it, too!
    xo Heidi

  12. It looks great painted red, Debbie. Great tips too. Red never covers well so a tinted primer is a must!

  13. This looks so pretty next to the neutral bedding. Very nice!

  14. Yes!! That splash of red is perfect in your guest room. Great job, Debbie!

  15. I love red!!! I have a red dresser in my kitchen (which is yellow) by the back door. It is great for storage, keys and have a plant on top. Your table looks absolutely stunning with your guest room décor….I love it!!!! Great job!

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