Thursday, March 8, 2012

Romantic French Dresser



I wish I had a before picture of this beauty, but I finished this dresser before I started my furniture blog. I'll just paint you a picture of the dresser before I got my brush on it. It was your typical 60's-70's french replica style. It had that yellowed shell-like paint and gold trim. I hate that shell-like oil based paint, it's such a pain to sand. I sanded down the top and was going for an uneven, slightly white washed look. I stained the top with Minwax english chestnut and watered down some ASCP Old White to wash the top. I painted the dresser Old white with French linen. The whole piece was glazed rather than dark waxed. I used a mocha glaze and a metal patina glaze to help add a little sparkle and shimmer.






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38 comments:

  1. Love that piece.Looks great.That mirror is a perfect match for that piece.I am your newest follower.
    Following from Miss Mustard seed.

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  2. That is beautiful! Great job - impressive. I would love for you to come by my Creative Inspirations party to link this up! I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow! You did a gorgeous job! I would love for you to stop by and link to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party!

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  4. Wow!! Wonderful job on the dresser. We inherited a similar bedroom suit. I'd love to change it, but I'm not sure it's even wood. I think it's part plastic. :(

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    1. Dont let that stop you. I paint plastic dressers all the time! Order yourself some annie sloan chalk paint and it paints anything. Can't afford chalk paint, go ahead and make your own by adding some plaster of paris and a little water to your latex paint.

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  5. You did a great job! I love it!! I'm your newest follower. I have a new blog too, http://www.applesandpnutbutter.blogspot.com
    Check it out if you can.

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  6. Ooooooh! Girrrrrrrrl! Mmm... Mmm... Mmm... Mama likey!! Great job!! Wowzah! :)

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  7. Ooooooh! Girrrrrrrrl! Mmm... Mmm... Mmm... Mama likey!! Great job!! Wowzah! :)

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  8. Turned out so pretty! Wonderful job thanks for sharing it.

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  9. very pretty I love the "grain' on the top I'm your newest blog hop fan

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  10. Hi! I just found you, and I have been looking at your many refinished pieces and your work is beautiful! Your little girl is a cutie too! I am now following you! You've inspired me to finish some old furniture that I just didn't know exactly how I wanted to do, and what finishes to use. . Now I've got some ideas!
    I've just been blogging for about a year, and I am a granny-nanny to Tommy, my beautiful little toddler grandboy, so I'm trying to find out what kind of work I can do, around this job, the most important thing for me to be doing right now. I just started selling vintage things online and I have a warehouse full of junque to be repurposed and sold! Thank you for all your inspiration and great ictures and tutorials. Have a happy spring!
    be blessed!, Linda

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  11. WOW! that is stunning! i love the top and the finish and the knobs on the top drawers! gorgeous!

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  12. What a gorgeous transformation! I had French provincial bedroom furniture when I was little, wish that I still had it! Love how you aged it!

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  13. Such a pretty transformation! The lines on the dresser are just beautiful and you have highlighted all it's pretty curves beautifully!

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  14. Such a pretty piece of furniture, and I love the way you finished it. Great job!

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  15. This is a great piece. I would love to have this in my bedroom!

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @ http://cookcraftcrocheting.blogspot.com/

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  16. This is so pretty! you have a lovely blog. I hope you'll visit me at My Dream Canvas :-)

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  17. Your dresser is so pretty it reminds me of the one I have in my guest bedroom. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Jenine, What a pretty outcome for this dresser with its glazed finish. Love the two-tone effect. Visiting from your feature on Linda's blog.
    :-) Sue

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  19. Jenine - I adore the way you mixed colors and patinas, girl! The top of your dresser is so unique! The entire piece is gorgeous! Great job!

    xoxo laurie

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  20. What an awesome job!!! I found you via Linda's Nifty Thrifty party! I just finished my bed using a chalk paint recipe! You've inspired me to possibly go back and add a glaze to it. Would love for you to check it out and leave your opinion. Did you make your own glaze or buy it. I'm a new follower and would love if you'd follow back and link to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. Hope to see you there. : )

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  21. So beautiful! I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs

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  22. Truly fabulous!! What a great idea for some similar furniture that I have stored away.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  23. Very nice - visiting through Coastal Charm. Following now - awesome job on this French piece.

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  24. She's a beauty! I love the combination of colors that you selected looking forward to seeing what you do next!

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  25. Yummy! What a beautiful dresser. I love the different tones used on it. Great job! Have a lovely week!

    Deborah

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  26. I am IN LOVE with this dresser! Great job!!! Sharing it today on my FB page. {HUGS} Clydia threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  27. I love this dresser! Romantic and just amazing!
    I would love for you to come by and link it up to my Creative Inspirations linky party happening now! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  28. Your painting texture is so amazing. I admire this technique so much! Have you ever done a post or tutorial on this technique?

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)

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  29. plz plz tell me how we apply paint and what is the name of furniture paints

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    1. The paint is annie sloan chalk paint in french linen and old white. Clean your surface and apply the paint, that simple. It does have a metallic valspar glaze that can be found in the paint section at lowes. Wait until the paint it dry, brush on the glaze, then with a clean damp rag wipe it off again.

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    2. The top was sanded down, first starting with a low grit number such as 60 or 80 grit. I sand in the direction of the grain of the wood. I use a hand held orbital sander. I switch to a 120 grit and work up to as smooth as a 220 grit. The top is satined in english chestnut. Once the stain is dry I took the old white paint, put a small amount on my brush. I dabbed the paint off my brush with a rag. I then lightly run the brush along in the direction of the wood (dry brush technique).

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  30. So, I am wondering if you use this glaze can you skip the waxing process....if not would you wax before or after the glaze?? Your work is beautiful!

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    1. A dark glaze can give a similar look that dark wax gives. I find dark wax gives a more authentic aged look.

      Glazing is quicker and easier.

      When working over chalk paint I clear wax glaze and then another layer of clear wax for protection. If you glaze without a layer of clear wax first it just darkens the paint all over a little. When you clear wax and then glaze, the wax acts as a sealant and the glaze will only settle in the cracks, crevices, and brush strokes and not darken the paint over all.

      If you choose to dark wax, it is always, clear wax, dark wax, and then clear wax again.

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