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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french provincial dresser before painted blue

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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Prep and Prime French Provincial Dresser

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

Here’s how to clean furniture before painting and learn how to prepare furniture for paint here!

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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Paint Dresser Blue

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! Check out the best blue chalk paint for furniture here.

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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. Get more navy painted furniture ideas here.

Since I love to spray my paint on, I mixed up the paint, and thinned the paint into my spray gun. I seriously love my paint sprayer so much!

You can learn about using a paint sprayer to paint a dresser here!

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. Here’s my list of the best HVLP paint sprayers.

Once it was sprayed (I believe it took 2-3 coats), I lightly distressed the edges. Learn more about the 6 best distressing furniture techniques here!

closeup of light distressing on the edges of the dresser

Topcoat Blue Painted Dresser

And then I finished it up with multiple coats of my favorite poly to give the finish extra durability. Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on how to spray polyurethane here!

And learn all about the different topcoats for painting furniture here!

Paint Dresser 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 the 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 pulls
blue painted french provincial dresser with mirror and gold pulls

More Before And After Makeovers

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Blue Painted French Provincial Dresser

navy blue painted french provincial dresser with gold hardware

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 French provincial dresser for paint and clean it with Krud Kutter and a damp rag.
  2. Prime dresser with a couple of coats of shellac before painting.
  3. Mix up the blue chalk paint and apply 2-3 coats onto the dresser. Lightly distress the edges with sandpaper.
  4. Seal blue painted dresser with a few coats of waterbased polyurethane to give the finish extra durability.
  5. Paint the old hardware gold with the Rub N Buff wax and attach them to the blue dresser.

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before 6 drawer french provincial dresser with mirror
before and after painting the french provincial dresser blue


  1. Linda Van Asveld says:

    Just…wow! Beautiful color!!

  2. I think I prefer the pulls the other way, like the before pictures. Fits your hand better.

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