Using reds in tandem makes for a deep rich finish that resembles a red colored leather. I started with a first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Primer Red. Once it was dry, I added areas of Emperor’s Silk to create variation in the color and make the finish less one-dimensional. This is a simple 2 coat finish that looks much more complex. I left the top unpainted and sealed it all with Clear Wax. To create more shadowing I added Dark Wax around the frame and to selective areas of the drawers. That’s all. And really no more difficult than painting 2 coats of one color.
You can do the same thing with any color group, including whites, and blacks. It’s an easy, no-fail technique and I guarantee your pieces will look professional and have a wow factor, that’s missing in so much of the painted furniture available today. To see what it looks like for other colors, check out my posts, Chinese Apothecary Cabinet and Cedar Chest of Blue for blues, for yellows, Golden Yellow Chest, and for greens, Pine Sideboard, and French Green.