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French Provincial Furniture Makeover

French Provincial furniture is readily found at thrift stores.  I happened pick up a couple of pieces from a friend in the Spring.  She gave me a dresser and a small side table or nightstand.

turquoise-french-provincial-repurposed-dresserI turned the dresser into a low bench with storage.  A friend actually bought it as a window seat for her cats,.


french-provincial-small-side-table-makeoverThis is the table before. You can see the dresser in the background,.  They were typical French Provincial reproductions with the cream and gold.



scotch-blue-taping-cornersBecause the top of the table was in good shape, and I new it would go with the light gray paint I was going to use, I decided to tape it off and not paint it.  Whenever I do not paint the top, I always start with a layer of tape all around the edge.  You can see that because of the curvature of this table’s details, I chose to use small individual pieces of Scotch Blue Painter’s tape.


painters-tape-table-topAfter I get a layer of tape all the way around, I add a piece of paper to protect the top from overspray.


tape-paper-table-topThere will be NO paint getting on this table top!  Smile



home-right-finish-max-proThe table is ready for the HomeRight Finish Max Pro in the paint booth. I generally try to paint the underneath side, especially on small pieces to give them a nice finished look.


small-side-table-primeredAfter a coat of DIY chalky paint primer.   The Finish Max Pro made easy work on those wire sides.


small-side-tableIt’s dark in the paint booth, so I have to bring my pieces out to the daylight to get a good look at them to see where I may have missed.  Looks great!  Now on with some gray top coat.


gray-french-provincial-side-tableAfter 2 very light coats of gray.  I typically give one light coat with the Finish Max Pro, let it dry slightly, then hit it with another light coat, then clean up the sprayer,.



white-embellishment I used a small stencil brush to add some white highlights to this little gal.


french-provincial-gray-side-tableStaged in my drop cloth staging area.  I’m loving the gray and white on this sweet little table.


gray-white-french-provinicial-side-tableDo you think this French Provincial piece was originally a nightstand or a side table?




UPDATE:  I sold the table, here it is in it’s new home in Sheila’s guest room

table at sheila'sthe table at Sheila's

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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. I was wondering if you sanded the furniture prior to spraying it with the chalk paint?

  2. I think the color scheme is so important for projects like this. I thought that the highlights were a nice touch. This is definitely something worth trying.

  3. You know I love this since I have done several of these French pieces in the past month or so. I need something like this to put my printer in.

  4. girlfromwva says:

    love the little table/night stand! it could be used in so many ways!

  5. This turned out amazing. I love the style of this piece!

  6. Love your work Gail.

  7. You did a great job on both pieces. I am not one that knows the different in the name of furniture…. I do know what queen anne furniture looks like that’s about it.

  8. Gail, I wish you lived closer to me because I would love to get this for my guest room! It turned out adorable and I totally covet it!

  9. Looks great. I’m a big fan of gray and white! Turned out lovely.

  10. Working your magic again…love it.

  11. I’m gaga for that night stand!
    Lucky finds!

  12. well I love it! I think you did a great job on it. I like the colors and the staging! good job.
    I’m thinking it was a night table. but would go well in a front room or sitting area.

  13. Love it!!! Nice job. Mary

  14. What sweet pieces, Gail! I love the colors you chose.

  15. Gorgeous! Love it!

  16. This is gorgeous!!!

  17. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh pretty! I think this style really looks new and fresh with paint!

  18. Love how this turned out…the two-tone is perfect! I also LOVE that bench!!

  19. oh i love the little nightstand! you did a great job!

  20. This is such a cute piece, Gail! My mom gave me an old French Provincial dresser when we first got married, and I GAVE IT AWAY!! (It was before we started doing furniture.)Dangit!

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