French Provincial Bedroom Set Goes Bronze

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French Provincial Bedroom Set-Finished with Bronze Metallic reVAX
This French Provincial bedroom set deserves a little write up even if I can’t give it the time and attention it deserves. Growing up I had friends that had beautiful bedroom furniture just like this, but it was never in our budget. So when I came across this set in a local thrift shop, it was my turn, even if I was buying it to turn around and sell. 🙂
Cleaning & Prepping: After sanding the loose chipping finish off, I used a wet sanding sponge and 50/50 water vinegar to clean it really really well. I was concerned with it being such a slick surface and having been made with some questionable products that the paint wouldn’t adhere but it took to it perfectly!
Painting: First I painted everything with 2 coats of Cali taupe then 1 coat of So serene on the drawers, details, and center part of the head board. I then made a last minute decision that the top of the dresser and the end table needed to be different so I painted them with 1 coat of Buffalo brown.
Before applying my topcoat I wet sanded everything for a nice smooth glass like finish.
Wet Sanding: Mist a small section with water and use a damp foam sanding block and lightly sand the misted section. Wipe that section down with a slightly damp lint free cloth.
Want to learn more about Wet Sanding check out our how to and video.
This will give you a sleek glass like finish. I then used a Cling On! brush to apply 2 coats of Bronze reVAX (metallic top coat) over everything but the So Serene parts. Over the So Serene I applied just a little sparingly with a baby wipe.
Learn more about this transformation, check out the complete blog post here:
After adding Shabby Paints Metallic Bronze reVAX (top coat) Protection and shimmer all in one easy step.
Cracked finish but the potential is there. Picking..the best part of flipping!
Headboard in progress
Dresser in progress, Buffalo Brown Chalk-Acrylic on top before Bronze reVAX
Setting up in our new booth.
She is so "French" now!
Suggested materials:
  • Cali Taupe Chalk-Acrylic   (
  • Buffalo Brown Chalk-Acrylic   (
  • So Serene Chalk-Acrylic   (
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  • I had a set simular to this year's ago, but I think the top was laminate. How can you tell? And, if it is laminate, can you still sand and paint it?
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