Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bring on the French...Provincial that is

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Do you ever have one of those days where you are just too excited about a project to wait for bright lighting to showcase it properly? I swear that I was born without the virtue of patience and these photos prove it. It was around 7:30 in the evening when I had finished putting the finishing touches on this dresser when I asked my husband to help haul this beauty outside for her photo opp. The sun was starting to go behind the trees so it really was a race against time. 

Picture us carrying this dresser out of our garage, around the side of the house and into the backyard and then racing around both levels of my house to gather up some pretties for the top of it....oh yeah, and then trying to quickly charge my camera battery just to get enough "juice" to take a handful of pictures. So, the moral of this story is to wait until the next day to take beautiful pictures or your will end up a sweaty mess with yellowish tinted photos ;)

Anyhow....back to this dresser. She started out as an unloved, beat up, spray painted and white out laden mess, and now has morphed into a french beauty again with the help of this graphic by the Graphics Fairy.

As I was designing this dresser in my head, I decided to stain the top of the dresser with Java Gel by General Finishes because it wasn't the best wood around so it would add that extra little detail that this inexpensive dresser needed. I went with this idea especially because when I added my Old White chalk paint to it, it took away most of the detail as the decorative lines on the drawers were now covered (they were painted on, not carved). And that my friends is when I discovered that she needed a little more pizazz with a French Graphic :)

I don't know about you all, but I like to try and recycle as much as the old hardware as possible especially as these particular pulls are harder to find where I live. When I went to add them back on, they were dingy gold and dirty cream, and well...not quite the look I was going for. I dusted off my tin of Rusoleum Oiled Bronze spray paint and went to town. In the end, they really pulled in the Java Gel to make the dresser cohesive :) I really love how all the little details made this plain Jane dresser come to life again and this sweetie sold in under 24 hours! Love it when that happens :D


  1. Can I ask where you sell your items? I too love to repurpose old furniture & try to sell it. This dresser turned out fabulous!

    1. Hi Deb,

      So far I have only sold my items from my Facebook Page, local Facebook swap and shop pages and local Buy And Sell sites similar to Craigslist. I have booked my first market and will be advertising soon after the location is nailed down, so hopefully my items will sell there too. When I finish putting my studio together I will be making smaller items and some signs to sell from my sales page right here on my site, but it will be a bit before that happens as I now have a market to prep for :D Thank you so much for your compliments!


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