Today I’m sharing the makeover of two French Provincial Dressers I picked up as part of a 3 piece set. Until recently, I have avoided French Provincial because I’m not a huge fan of the style, but I wanted to get a piece or two in my portfolio and mix things up a bit. I’m sharing these together because I haven’t had time to blog much the past couple weeks and just want to get this off my checklist! Also, I never took the time to properly style the first piece, so the pictures aren’t anything to write home about.
The first piece was a little 6 drawer Dixie dresser, which was my favorite from the set. I love the size and lines and just knew that my buyer would probably be someone looking for baby girl nursery furniture. In anticipation of my likely customer, I chose a feminine color that I custom mixed using General Finishes milk paint: Snow White, Antique White, Evening Plum and Klein Blue. My goal was a very pale pink with a hint of lavender, but I ended up with a more lavender than I originally hoped for because I put too much Klein Blue in – which was barely anything at all. If I were mixing again, I would skip Klein Blue all together.
Super cute before, right?
And after…General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Gloss was used to achieve this sheen.
For this piece, I did not add any gold leaf paint because I wanted to keep it simple. If I were doing it again, I probably would add gold leaf – I enjoyed that aspect of the next piece I’m about to show you. I did strip the hardware to clean up the distressed look and I think that was a nice touch.
Here’s a before of the next piece. This dresser is by Style Mark. I also think it has nice lines. Like I said, I haven’t been a huge fan of FP in the past so I was picky about finding the right pieces for a makeover. This is a 9 drawer piece and with the help of my friends, Sucheta and Kayla, I chose a bold feminine color from the Benjamin Moore palette called “Peony.”
After! This was lacquered in a satin sheen and gold leaf was painted by hand.
I rubbed out the top to make the surface as perfect as possible, though it is still not perfect. Sigh. :/
Thanks for reading, folks! Both of these pieces are sold.
Have a great week,