You may recall my first Two Tone French Provincial Dresser Makeover where I painted a chest of drawers and a nightstand that was part of this set. My client didn’t have room for this piece so I put her back in storage while I worked on other projects. Although I chose different colors for this French Provincial dresser, I still used the same painting technique as before.
The top of this dresser had damage; however, the rest of it was in great shape.
The drawers were an easy prep, with just light sanding and degreasing and so that’s where I started.
People often ask where I do my painting… in my foyer!
This is what you see when you come to my front door. Isn’t that awesome???
Painting a Two Tone Color Scheme
For this French Provincial dresser makeover, I made homemade chalk paint using Sherwin Williams’ Antique White and Virtual Taupe. These colors are very similar to Annie Sloan’s Old White and Coco. It’s a classic combination that suits the style of this piece.
I started out by painting the drawers antique white.
As you can see, I painted the entire drawer antique white even though I knew I would be doing a two tone makeover on this dresser. This allows me to have cleaner lines and it also gives my second color a path to follow.
After allowing for sufficient drying time, I painted the raised trim Virtual Taupe.
I paint everything by hand (no taping), using an angled Purdy brush.
And I use a small craft brush for touch ups after I’m finished.
Don’t let anyone fool you. There are always touch ups!
Sanding Top of the Dresser
After the drawers were completed I moved onto sanding down the top of the dresser. It’s such a dreaded chore and I had put it off for weeks.
The day looks absolutely gorgeous in the picture, but it was actually in the 20s with a nice gusting wind. Since I had a sick kiddo at home I decided I might as well tackle this project so I could start painting, but I was miserable!
And the dog barked the entire time trying to get me to play ball with her.
She’s a loyal girl though. She hung out in the cold garage with me the entire time.
Painting the Dresser Body
I painted Antique White on the insets on both ends and on the the trim around the top. The rest was painted Virtual Taupe.
I took a break to eat lunch and then came back to paint the Antique White stripe around the bottom. I think this added detail really completed the sophisticated and elegant design I was going for.
Staining the Top of the Dresser
The top was stained with three coats of Minwax Dark Walnut and then the entire dresser was sealed with four coats of Varathane Matte Finish.
I cleaned the original hardware with vinegar and water.
I love how the two tone color scheme really made the details and curves pop on this French Provincial dresser.
Beautiful vintage hardware.
A timeless look.
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