How can you not love a French Provincial dresser? It’s a classically elegant design that has withstood the test of time. It ages gracefully and moves from one decade to the next with ease.
French Provincial is one of my favorite types of furniture to work with because of all the great detailing that can be painted out with time and patience. In December I blogged about the matching French Provincial chest of drawers and night stand and you can read about those here.
Although the top of this dresser had damage, it was still in great shape. The drawers were an easy prep, with just light sanding and degreasing and so that’s where I started.
People often ask where I do my painting… in my foyer! This is what you see when you come to my front door. Isn’t that awesome???
I made homemade chalk paint using Sherwin Williams’ Antique White and Virtual Taupe. These colors are very similar to Annie Sloan’s Old White and Coco.
I started out by painting the drawers antique white.
After allowing for sufficient drying time, I painted the raised trim Virtual Taupe.
I paint everything by hand (no taping), using an angled Purdy brush. I use a small craft brush for touch ups after I’m finished. Don’t let anyone fool you. There are always touch ups!
After the drawers were completed I moved onto sanding down the top of the dresser. It’s such a dreaded chore and I had put it off for weeks.
The day looks absolutely gorgeous in the picture, but it was actually in the 20s with a nice gusting wind. Since I had a sick kiddo at home I decided I might as well tackle this project so I could start painting, but I was miserable!
And the dog barked the entire time trying to get me to play ball with her.
She’s a loyal girl though. She hung out in the garage with me as I worked on the dresser.
I painted Antique White on the insets on both ends and on the the trim around the top. The rest was painted Virtual Taupe. After the taupe had dried, I used a small craft brush to paint the stripe along the bottom.
The top was stained with Minwax Dark Walnut and everything was sealed with Varathane Matte Finish.
I cleaned the original hardware with vinegar and water.
I love how the two tone color scheme really made the details and curves pop on this French Provincial dresser.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Linking with Friday Furniture Fix.