Bowed drawers, serpentine lines, cabriole legs, ornate hardware— are just a few of the characteristics that define french provincial furniture. The imitation pieces that were popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s are in my opinion perfect candidates for transforming. I’ve been aching to flip a french provincial dresser, and was elated when Leah inquired about me painting her piece in a charcoal grey. The idea screamed french country farmhouse to me, and I couldn’t wait to get started!

Before & After

French Provincial Dresser

Leah requested a charcoal grey, with slight distress, stained top, and decoupaged drawer sides for her french provincial dresser makeover.

Before After Furniture Flip
Before After Furniture Flip
Before After Furniture Flip
Custom Furniture Painting by me


Rocky Mountain / Stained Top / Decoupaged Drawer Sides

Rocky Mountain

Vintage French Provincial

Below you’ll find a few photos I took after completing my furniture transformation for Leah. On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) seen here on my website may seem slightly different in person.

My Step-by-Step Transformation

  • Removed hardware— With anticipation of painting (I thought it was black, and knew that wouldn’t pair well with charcoal grey paint)
  • Realized hardware wasn’t black— Thought it was, but NOPE it was just very very tarnished; thus I polished down and avoided having to paint it
  • Stripped and sanded down veneer top— Ever so carefully with high hopes to re-stain
  • Lightly sanded down body, drawers and mirror frame— To best aid with paint adhesion
  • Vacuumed and washed— In preparation for product application
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint in the colour Rocky Mountain to the body, drawers and mirror frame— A perfect charcoal grey colour, that lends itself ideally to industrial, masculine-style decor; brush application
  • Sanded down chalk paint— For a smooth and buttery farmhouse distressed finish
  • Applied 3 coats of my go-to Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water-based, satin polyurethane) to the body, drawers and mirror frame— To achieve a crystal clear, water-resistant, and highly durable finish; sponge application
  • Applied Minwax conditioning, stain, and poly products in the colour Jacobean to the top— For a two-toned exposed wood transformation; lint-free rag application
  • Decoupaged drawer sides with Re-Design with Prima’s Washed Damask Decoupage Tissue Paper ~ A charming pattern that I felt was a lovely pairing for this dresser transformation; also applied a coat of CCP in the colour Simplicity prior to decoupaging

Photos from My Workshop

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Custom Furniture Painting


I primarily select and purchase pieces on my own, and transform them with colours/techniques of my own choosing— Ready-For-Purchase. I do also carefully consider custom furniture painting for customers within Manitoba. If you’re interested in this service, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out and submit a form so that we can start an exchange. I truly appreciate all interest and inquiries.

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