Friday, March 2, 2012

French Provincial Dressers

A client brought me a set of two, French Provincial, vintage dressers to refinish.  You probably remember the headboard and nightstands that I painted for her too.  I love the wavy fronts and delicate details of these two dressers.  

When she brought me the dressers, none of the drawers would close.  I hired Mr. Rubbish to plane all of the drawers.  He used his planer to scrape a thin layer of wood off the top of  the drawers until each one was a perfect fit.

The previous finish was a shiny enamel in a dirty beige with gold trim and brass hardware.

She wanted them to be painted cream, so I found a pretty shade of Behr ultra paint, called Cream Puff.

I painted all the tiny trim with Behr paint in Swiss Coffee. I mixed some Old White Chalk Paint 50/50 with water to make a white wash for the hardware.  I used Annie Sloan clear wax to protect the paint and give the dressers a subtle sheen.

The second dresser is a matching tallboy.

I painted both of the dressers the same.

The lighting was not the best in the back room of the shop, so it is kind of hard to see the white details on all the trim, unless you look closely.

I think my client scored on finding these beauties for cheap on Craigslist.  I am glad that I was able to give these old dressers a second life.

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Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful makeover! Love the soft colors.

Pamela said...

BEAUTIFUL pieces!!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

These are so pretty! You did a wonderful job of painting and bringing life to these old pieces! Love them! What a lucky client you have! Have a fab weekend! Hugs, Leena

Decor & Harmony said...

This is such a lovely restyle you have really giving these pieces jazz ans pizzaz!

driftwoodesign said...

That is a drop dead gorgeous color combination you ended up with. Great Job!
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Amanda said...

You are truly an artist! The dressers are stunning and I am sure your client is overjoyed!
Thank you for sharing!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Beautiful job! They look much better!

mariondee-designs said...

You did a wonderful job, they look fantastic! take care, Maryann

Tiff said...

Wow! What a transformation! Those draws are the perfect colour too! Amazing job! X

john said...

Looks wonderful after your makeover ! Gail x

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Just lovely. I have been looking for a set like this for my bedroom but around here they are not so easy to find. Wish me luck.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Anonymous said...

I am currently refinishing a set of French Provincial dressers myself. They have that same original shiny, yellow, laquered finish. Did you strip and sand your pieces before painting or did you paint right over the original finish?? I am in over my head with the detailed sanding!

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

Love the color!
Wondering if you could have used ASCP in Cream?
I know you paint w her paint alot, just wondering why you chose Behr (I love Behr too!)

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