Painting a French Provincial Dresser
French Provincial style furniture is one of my favorite styles to refinish. The curves, ornate hardware, and raised details make these pieces a decorative painter’s dream!
I just knew this dresser would be a beauty before I even put a drop of paint on it! This was a solid piece of furniture in great conditon, but needed a little love to bring it back to life.
The top had some water stains and scratches but nothing that couldn’t be sanded out. A power sander is your best friend when refinishing furniture! It will save you so much time when prepping your pieces both for staining and painting. I use the Dewalt Random Orbit Sander on almost every project. A 220 grit sanding disc is perfect for a quick sanding to remove top coats and works great for going further to remove stains and surface scratches. ALWAYS prep your pieces with at least a light sanding and cleaning.
Next, I cleaned up the hardware and spruced it up using Rub-n-Buff in Autumn Gold applied with a small foam brush. This is such a user friendly product and can be used on hardware and directly on a painted project. It applies very similar to a gilding wax and makes
Lastly, the base of the dresser was painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk with a pop of color on the drawers using the color Champness. When painting lighter colors over something that was previously stained, it’s a good idea to use a shellac based primer as your first coat. Not only will this seal in any stain from showing through your paint, but it saves you on your more expensive decorative paint.
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