Gorgeous French Provincial Dresser Transformation

french design dresser front

If you love French Provincial dressers as much as I do, you are in the right place!

Can you believe both this black and today’s French Provincial dressers were sitting abandoned on the side of the road?  Neither could I!  

It seemed only proper to give this French style dresser a fittingly French transformation.  You can see a video of portions of this transformation here.

tall french dresser before

I prefer to paint pieces that haven’t been previously painted, since the existing paint job may not be that smooth or it may be chipping off.  But, when the universe hands you a couple free French Provincial dressers, you make exceptions!

Here are the supplies I used for this project.

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Silk Serenity Blue

I started this project by cleaning the piece well with White Lightning and rinsing with clean water. There were some nail holes I had to fill with Dixie Mud, and then I lightly sanded the whole piece.

Since I was going to add texture and pattern with stencils, I didn’t worry too much about creating a super smooth base.  Next, I painted 2 coats of Silk Serenity.  Isn’t this a beautiful shade of blue?

french design dresser close view

Roses Silkscreen Stencil

I started stenciling by adding a section of roses on the left side of the third drawer.  To make it look more hand painted, I applied a variety of colors with small artist brushes – tea rose, garnet, daisy, buttercream, and deep sea.

Once I pulled the stencil off, I added more paint to fill in and connect areas.

On the right side of the third drawer and along the side bottoms, I added some stencils with just the Golden Gem mousse.

french design dresser silkscreen stencil

Script d’amour Francais Stencil

Next, I added the French script stencil to each drawer.  I mixed it up a little, just adding whatever sections fit the drawers best.  The translation is “Love is like war, easy to start, hard to end, impossible to forget. Love conquers all.”

I painted these lines twice, first with Deep Sea and then with Golden Gem.  With the gold, I didn’t do full coverage but left some Deep Sea visible.

french design dresser script closeup

Royal Damask Stencil

I love this stencil so much and it’s perfect for a French look.  On this piece, I added it all over the sides.

As I moved down the side, I offset the stencil a bit so the design still lined up the same way.  If I had moved it straight down, the part that looks like a bundle of wheat would have been directly under another bundle of wheat.  I hope that makes sense!

french provincial dressers side

Floral Romance Transfer

To bring a little more balance and color to the front, I added a couple sections of the Floral Romance transfer.

I just cut out the desired sections, and rubbed them onto the top drawer and bottom 2 drawers.  This Belles and Whistles brand of transfer is very easy to work with, and fits down into the crevices easily without tearing.

Then I sealed the transfers with Easy Peasy spray wax.  Transfers do have to be sealed, so I sprayed it on, and rubbed it just over the transfers with a microfiber cloth.

french design dresser hardware

french design dresser drawer sides

Wrapping Up the French Provincial Dressers

To bring everything together, I hand painted the border around each drawer and the top with the gold mousse.  Of course, the original hardware got the same gold as well.

Lastly, I painted the drawer sides with Buttercream, and added more of the Floral Romance transfer to them as well.

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11 thoughts on “Gorgeous French Provincial Dresser Transformation”

  1. Wow Shannon that’s stunning!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. CONGRATS on being featured at this week’s party (#491). Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  2. Totally loving redo’s…and this is gorgeous. Why on earth would someone throw this away. Then again, why haul it to a donation center if a curb rescue is imminent> Loving the combinations!!

    • I know, right?! Everything was clean on the inside and the drawers slide well. Crazytown! But I’ll take a curbside rescue any day 😉


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