How to Do a French Provincial Dresser Makeover, Step by Step

Welcome to my French provincial dresser makeover tutorial. Embarking on a furniture makeover journey can breathe new life into your living space. I'll guide you through the best way to refinish a French provincial dresser into a fresh and modern masterpiece.

With a few simple steps and the right supplies, you can achieve a stunning result that reflects your personal style. Let's dive in!

Tools and materials

  • French provincial dresser
  • Screwdriver
  • Soap and water
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper (medium grit)
  • White paint (latex or chalk paint)
  • Paint sprayer (optional)
  • Drop cloth or newspaper
  • New hardware (optional)
Removing the hardware

Step 1: Remove the Hardware

Begin by using a screwdriver to carefully remove all hardware from the dresser – handles, knobs, or any other decorative elements. Place the hardware in a safe container to avoid misplacement.

Washing the dresser

Step 2: Wash the Entire Piece

Give the dresser a thorough cleaning by washing it with soapy water. For hard-to-reach areas, use a soapy paintbrush to ensure every nook and cranny is free of dirt and grime. Allow the dresser to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Sanding down the dresser

Step 3: Sand Down the Entire Piece

Using medium-grit sandpaper, sand down the entire surface of the dresser. This step helps create a smooth and even surface for the paint to adhere to. Focus on any rough spots or imperfections to achieve a flawless finish.

Covering the dark wood with white paint

Step 4: Cover the Dark Wood with White Paint

Now comes the exciting part – transforming the dresser with a fresh coat of white paint. You can use either a paintbrush or a paint sprayer for this step, depending on your preference and the finish you desire. Ensure even coverage and allow the paint to dry between coats as per the manufacturer's instructions.

Reattaching the hardware

Step 5: Reattach the Hardware

Once the paint has dried completely, carefully reattach the hardware to the dresser. If you wish to update the look, consider replacing the hardware with new pieces that complement the fresh, modern aesthetic. I happened to like the old ones, so I kept them.

Dresser after

Step 6: Admire Your Fresh and Modern Masterpiece

The final result is a beautifully painted French provincial dresser with a fresh and modern look. The white paint not only rejuvenates the piece but also adds a touch of sophistication to your space. Stand back, admire your work, and revel in the satisfaction of a successful furniture makeover.

Dresser before
French provincial dresser makeover

French provincial dresser makeover

Transforming a French provincial dresser into a modern masterpiece is a rewarding DIY project that can elevate the style of any room. With a bit of effort and creativity, you can achieve a stunning result that reflects your personal taste.

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