Blue Painted French Provincial Dresser

Have a french dresser you want to paint? Check out this blue painted french provincial dresser with gold hardware for some inspiration and how to tips.

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photo of french provincial dresser before makeover

This is what this dresser looked like before. It was a typical vintage dresser, but needed a face lift to get rid of scratches, dings, and dents in the finish.

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We started out by prepping the piece as we always do and cleaning the dresser with Krud Kutter and a damp rag.

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I was 99% sure this dresser would give me problems with bleed through too, especially since I sanded down past the finish in quite a few places.

So I made sure to take the dresser outside and spray a couple of coats of shellac on it before I started to paint anything.

I like to use shellac for this because shellac dries clear, so I can distress to my heart’s content without having some other color show up between my finish and the wood.

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Once I was ready to paint, I mixed 2 parts of Jitterbug to 1 part of Peacoat.

This paint is from Country Chic’s Paint line and I just love it!

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It is a clay based paint (just like chalk paint) that is super environmentally friendly.

These are two of my favorite colors from them, and they mixed together perfectly.

Check out this other Navy Blue Dresser that was painted in Peacoat Blue.

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Since I love to spray my paint on, I mixed up the paint, and thinned it into my spray gun.

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I seriously love my paint sprayer so much!

closeup of light distressing on the edges of the dresser

If you’re tired of brush strokes on your furniture, or if you’re tired of taking so much time to paint one piece of furniture, you really need to look into purchasing a sprayer.

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Once it was sprayed (I believe it took 2-3 coats), I lightly distressed the edges.

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And then I finished it up with multiple coats of my favorite poly to give the finish extra durability.

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Paint Hardware

The hardware got a quick makeover with Rub N Buff wax.

This stuff is soo amazingly easy to use and it creates a really nice finish. And it’s not just for hardware.

closeup of the french provincial hardware with rub n buff finish

I’ve used it for accents on furniture details, and I know others have used it for so many different things. And it comes in so many different colors.

As for the mirror, I used the painters sponge to hand paint the frame, (without getting brush marks) then I distressed it and sealed it with poly as well.

And that’s the makeover!

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closeup of blue painted french provincial dresser with gold french provincial pulls

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Here's what you need to recreate your own blue painted french provincial dresser using some chalk paint. Just follow these simple steps!


  1. Prep your furniture for paint.
  2. Prime with a couple of coats of shellac.
  3. Mix up the chalk paint and apply 2-3 coats onto the dresser.
  4. Lightly distress the edges with sandpaper.
  5. Seal with a few coats of waterbased polyurethane.
  6. Paint the old hardware gold and attach them to the dresser.

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blue painted french provincial dresser with mirror and gold pulls

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before and after of the french provincial dresser

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before 6 drawer french provincial dresser with mirror

One Comment

  1. Linda Van Asveld says:

    Just…wow! Beautiful color!!

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