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Last year, I renovated our long bedroom hallway. Right in the middle of this 27-foot corridor, in a nook created by the hall taking a little jog to the left, sat a dresser. It had nice lines and was an attractive medium brown color, but once the hall walls were painted and the new lighting was up it looked like a neglected second cousin, underdressed for the party. That corner needed color, and my dresser needed a makeover. Cue the paintbrush!

Here she is today.

red dresser front

KEV_017red dresser with monkey

It’s amazing what paint and new knobs can do. (The kids thought a stuffed monkey couldn’t hurt either.) You can see what the dresser used to look like, peeking out from around a corner, in this January post.

The color is Benjamin Moore Heirloom Red in semi gloss. The high shine is from two coats of water-based poly on top of the paint. I vacillated back and forth between red and teal, both of which looked nice with the wall color, but I finally went with red because it felt right. Oddly enough, when I sanded the dresser top I found flecks of a greenish blue in the edges of the old wood filler. I guess the dresser had already tried on teal and was ready for something new! If you’re curious, I used the same process for painting this piece as I did the yellow chest in our play room. I’m pleased with how the glossy paint has brought out the turned wood detailing on the front of the dresser.

Vintage style brass flower knob

The knobs are vintage-look pieces that I found online. I was so excited when they showed up! They are nicer than I expected and have bit of weight to them despite their petite size. I like how they tie into the brass keyholes on the drawers and the six brass doorknobs along the hallway.

I had fully intended to do a picture wall above the dresser once it was back in place, four large black-framed family pictures. However, the moment Mr. K and I put the dresser down we both said “Cat poster!” My sister gave me this print many years ago and it’s moved from home to home with me. Le Chat Noir was a famous nightclub in Paris in the 1890s, and this image was their most famous advertisement. I didn’t intend to pull the red from the poster when I chose a color for the dresser, but it seems like it must have been lurking in the back of my mind.

red dresser in hall

So, there she is. What do you think?