While I almost always like the projects I do when they are finished, I have to say I love this French country dresser so much. I’ve done a lot of these Henry Link French provincial style dressers at this point. If you need a visual, here’s a little collage with some of them.
I’ll keep doing them too because I love this style! This dresser came to me with the typical pale yellow and gold factory finish of these pieces.
Here are the supplies I used to transform this piece to a French country look.
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- French Provincial 9-drawer dresser (purchased from a friend)
- White Lightning
- Vintage Duck Egg
- Sea Glass
- Clear coat satin
- Distressed damask decoupage paper
- Slick Stick
- Walnut gel stain
- Applicator pad
- Best Dang wax in clear & brown
- La Petite brush
- Gilding wax in bronze & gold
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Sea Glass and Vintage Duck Egg
After cleaning the dresser really well with White Lightning, I gave it 2 coats of Vintage Duck Egg blending Sea Glass into the inset areas of the drawers. After it was fully dry, I did a light sanding with a very fine sandpaper.
Using a small amount of SprayWay glass cleaner and paper towels, I wiped it all down before sealing. I find the cleaner really grabs the sanding dust better than just water.
Also before sealing, I used clear coat satin to adhere a rough rectangle of the Distressed Damask decoupage paper to the center of each drawer. When it was dry, I trimmed the paper to the correct shape with a sharp exacto knife.
The satin also went on top of the paper to protect it.
Then because I was sealing the paper with satin, I went ahead and gave the whole base and drawers 1 coat of satin. This also helped control the coverage better when I was applying the waxes.
Best Dang Wax and Gilding Wax
The dresser was pretty at this point, but too fresh and clean for the look I envisioned.
The distressed paper gives an aged affect, so the whole piece needed some aging in my opinion. To do this, I brushed on brown wax with the La Petite brush and wiped it back with a shop towel.
For a final seal, I did a coat of clear wax over everything. I could have used more Satin, but the wax has such a lovely glow that goes with the aged look. Again, I brushed it on with the La Petite brush and wiped it back with a shop towel.
For a little glowing shimmer, I used a small brush to add gold gilding wax to the corners of the drawers and a few other places as an accent.
If you’ve been around a while, you know I love the Golden Gemstone mousse so much. But it was too bright and brilliant for this dresser. This subtle aged gold gilding wax is perfect for this piece!
I also used gilding waxes to update the vintage drawer pulls. First, a base of bronze, and then a brush of gold on top. With some of the original white showing through, the pulls really make this piece more beautiful.
Walnut Staining the Top for that French Country Dresser Look
I always use Slick Stick on the tops of these pieces before I do anything else. This really helps any paints or stains to adhere well to the laminate top.
Using the applicator pad, I added oil-based No Pain Walnut gel stain in long strokes to the top. This may sound crazy, but I kept working it until it was starting to dry and grab a little. That’s how I got the texture and variation you see.
The next day I added another coat of smooth walnut gel stain, and after that was fully dry, I sealed the top with 2 coats of satin.
The medium-toned wood top with the muted blue-greens on bottom creates the French country look of this dresser. I hope you love it as much as I do!
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