Asked on Mar 08, 2014

Refinishing ideas needed

I'm new to the DIY and restoring/refinishing world. I want to keep the project simple and keep the dressers close to original. Any ideas?
q refinishing ideas needed, painted furniture, These dressers are Henry Link French Provincial circa 1960 s I found them curb side in my subdivision
These dressers are Henry Link, French Provincial, circa 1960's. I found them curb side in my subdivision.
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  • The Blue Heron Studio The Blue Heron Studio on Mar 09, 2014
    What a wonderful find. Any of the paint couture products with a simple glaze would be lovely. I would suggest Italian Ivory with either Champagne or Zinc Glazes. Be sure to clean very well with TSP from the hardware store and rinse with water before painting for better adhesion!. Use rubber gloves.

  • Beth Hall Beth Hall on Mar 09, 2014
    Paint with chalk paint in a color to match your decor, and change out the pulls

  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Mar 09, 2014
    Chalk paint in your favorite color.(I personally love the new black furniture look.) Distress with sandpaper if you want a more "shabby chic" look, and add updated drawer pulls. You can fine a wide variety of reasonable pulls at Lowes or Home Depot or on online. Be sure and post pictures of the finished project

  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Mar 09, 2014
    To keep them close to what they are, chalk paint ivory and sand to add the age then use clear wax. But think about changing then up some. Get creative and have fun.

  • Betty819 Betty819 on Mar 10, 2014
    I've never used Annie Sloan paint before but that would be my first suggestion. What a great find! What type of finish is on the top of these dressers? Years ago we bought a set like this for our daughter and it had a "melamine like finish" on top..don't know how you would handle that if yours has that. Maybe some experienced furniture finishers can offer you some advice. Why would people put beautiful, useful stuff by the curb like that? Guess they knew somebody would grab it quickly..I love that French provential style. Check out a blog called" My Romantic Home" blog and see what Cindy did with some used French Provential furniture like that. It is beautiful but a dining room set not bedroom but she is really a delightful person and will answer your questions if you email her.

  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Mar 10, 2014
    They would be gorgeous in a high gloss finish with gilded/metallic accents in the grooves (grey, ivory or white with silver or gold), then update the handles with fresh spray paint or buy new - Hobby Lobby has some really nice ones. For even more 'wow' do mirrored tops.

  • Kim286020 Kim286020 on Mar 10, 2014
    If the current paint is in good shape, you could glaze right over it to give it an antiqued look. My mom did this in the 60's with some furniture and it looked great!

  • Sweet Peas Charm Sweet Peas Charm on Mar 10, 2014
    These would be beautiful painted with Plaster Paint! There isn't any prep work sanding, no stripping, no priming. Just wipe the furniture clean and start painting. Another upside to Plaster Paint is it costs approximately 1/3 less than chalk paint or other similar paints. Check it out:

  • Dandelion Patina Dandelion Patina on Mar 10, 2014
    I would use Young Kansas Wheat by CeCe Caldwell on these pieces. The paint will update the look and give them that great French feel. American Paint Company is another great choice in chalk paint. Odor free and easy to work with.

  • J J on Mar 10, 2014
    Hi Chantell. There is a million awesome ways and different color combos you can paint these. Where do you plan on putting them? Here's a couple of ideas, pics I had saved on my Pinterest board.

  • Kim Kim on Mar 10, 2014
    dark gray with white in the indents and spray paint the handles black or silver this is what I'm doing to the dresser I have that matches your set . I'm leaving the top white.

  • Shari Shari on Mar 10, 2014
    There are endless beautiful makeovers all over Pinterest/HomeTalk/blogs etc.of this style furniture. The photo below is one of my most favorite French Provincial makeovers, ever. In my opinion, it's simply stunning and so current done in gray and white. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I originally saw this photo, or who did the makeover but I did make note that the gray color was Hunter's White by Valspar, and the white was Heirloom White, a Rustoleum color. One of the HomeTalk members painted this beauty:

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    • T was by someone who sells her stuff on Etsy but there wasn't a name. My fav too.

  • Chantell Herweyer Chantell Herweyer on Mar 11, 2014
    Drawers lined.

  • Val Pieroni Val Pieroni on Mar 11, 2014
    I also would use chalk paint ...but first, paint a little red in the raised areas and a little duck egg blue...then a gray or off white as the base. Sand the raised area's so the other colors come threw...

  • LaVerne DeHart LaVerne DeHart on Mar 13, 2014
    Val Pieroni, that is an interesting recommendation. The color contrasts would be interesting for sure. I like it!. Chantel, you have lots of great ideas here to choose from. I personally love Annie Sloan's paint because it is so easy to work with. Good luck. By the way, the dressers are an incredible find!

  • Sweet Peas Charm Sweet Peas Charm on Mar 27, 2014
    Absolutely! Also their paste wax is awesome and it will give a nice hard and beautiful finish! You can buy the paint on my website and you can also read the blog I wrote about it. You can't go wrong and I don't say that simply because I sell the paint. I seriously love it and it's the only paint I use now!

  • Sweet Peas Charm Sweet Peas Charm on Mar 28, 2014
    I posted a response to this last night, but I don't see it so I'll try again! :) Plaster Paint can absolutely be wiped clean! You can go to my website to read my blog about it and to purchase'll be so glad you did!

  • Mary Dousi Mary Dousi on Mar 28, 2014
    corner creations here, i have seen some cute concepts on graphic fairy too,

  • Diane Warner Diane Warner on Mar 28, 2014
    I am working on a tall dresser like yours right now-not quite finished but you get the idea!

  • Lynn Fix Koellermeier Lynn Fix Koellermeier on Oct 20, 2016
    This is part of a bedroom suite we bought 37 years ago. Seemed expensive to us, but it really wasn't great quality so i didn't mind painting it white a few years ago, and just recently, used Rustoleum paint to do this. it looks great! For about $30