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Mint French Provincial Dresser

June 18, 2014

Happy Wednesday!  I am SUPER excited today to have a fabulous (and I mean fabulous!!!) guest post.  Bre from Brepurposed is here sharing an awesome dresser makeover.  I LOVE furniture makeovers.  I’m not necessarily GOOD at them myself, but I absolutely LOVE seeing how others transform pieces I would never give a second glance to (even if they were free on the corner) and turn them into something I would pay BIG BUCKS for!!  

Bre is awesome at that.  And I envy her.  And I am jealous of her skills.  And I wish I had her eye for repurposing things.  AND SHE’S HERE TODAY!!  

So, I’ll let her take it away so you can get right into her before and afters and this amazing transformation!  So … here’s the talented Bre …

Hi everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be over here at View From the Fridge guest posting today. I admire Katie’s work and was so excited when she agreed to have me over. Plus, I’m so happy to help her out so she can spend some time with her new little boy!

Today I’ll be sharing with you one of my favorite transformations to date: a French Provincial Dresser. You can imagine my excitement when I saw this baby on Craigslist for $25. Yes that’s right. Twenty. Five. Dollars. I have to remind myself how lucky I am that I can find cheap pieces like this where I live, because I know it’s not the same everywhere.

Here’s what it looked like when I got it:

French Provincial Dresser

I’ll be honest, this little lady spent a good amount of time on my front porch before I finally started working on it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it more rustic and use chalk paint and distress it up a bit, or keep the clean lines and it’s regal look. I clearly went with the latter :)

First things first, I gave it a light sanding. I’m not sure if any of you have worked with a pieces similar to this, but it’s got a shiny veneer with a streaky pattern in it. Very popular back in the day I suppose but not my taste! I’ve only been blogging since February and am still figuring out what paints I like best. I’ve experimented with most of them, and for this project I took some advice from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. She recently posted about the best techniques for painting, which include using Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint and a Mohair roller.

Pro Classic Paint

This combo really is great and gives you no streaks and even coverage. I definitely would recommend trying it! The color I chose was called Jocular Green and after a couple coats of Zinsser primer, I grabbed my roller and went to town. I needed about 3 coats to cover it completely and I just LOVE the color. I’ve been dying to paint something Mint for a while and this turned out to be the perfect piece!

Now, for that gold trim. I had some craft paint I intended on using, but apparently it doesn’t go on very well over primer. Lesson learned! I really didn’t feel like making another trip to the store to look for something else to use and luckily I remembered I had some Rub ‘N Buff. I bought this stuff a while ago and never used it, so really had no idea if it would work well on this trim or not. I used the Antique Gold.

Antique Gold Rub 'N Buff

So as the name implies, you’re supposed to rub (usually with your finger) and then buff (with a cloth). I did neither. There were too many little crevices I wouldn’t have been able to reach if I used my finger so i just used a small brush. As you can see in the photo, since I didn’t use my finger or a cloth to buff it up, it’s a bit rough. But I actually love the added texture! It’s a nice contrast from the clean mint color and since this is clearly an old dresser it gives it that touch of vintage :) And the best part? I only needed one little tube for the entire piece! This stuff goes a long way and covers SO well. I know I’ll be using it on many more projects.

I debated about keeping the old hardware but one trip to Hobby Lobby changed that plan. I just can’t resist all the beautiful knobs and pulls that they have and found the absolute most perfect ones for this dresser. I used the Rub ‘n Buff again to match the trim. Just looking at them gets me excited :)

Gold and Glass Knobs

The last and final step was to seal the dresser. I used a new technique for this as well and think I have found my new best friend. Have any of you ever used/heard of SC Johnsons’s Paste Wax? It’s life changing. I’ve used waxes in the past that I really like, especially over Chalk Paint, but for latex paint, I was never fully satisfied with Polycrylic. I felt like I always got brush strokes. Enter Paste Wax :) I read some great reviews on it, and for a price that can’t be beat (around $6 a tub) I knew I had to try it out.

SC Johnson Paste Wax

The only negative is that it’s a bit smelly, so make sure to use it outside or in a well ventilated area. I actually read a review where someone said they loved the smell, so I guess to each their own! I applied it using a cloth and then buffed it off with another clean cloth. I did two coats on the whole thing and 3 coats on the top. I had a vase on top about a day after for staging and it left no marks at all. I’m telling you, this stuff is bomb. It’s located in the cleaning supply aisle of most stores so make sure to look there if you want to try it!

I needed some art for staging so I designed the quote you see here. And if you’re new to brepurposed, make sure you stop by on Friday because it’s going to be this weeks Fab Freebie! Ok, it’s glamour shot time :)

Mint and Gold French Provincial Dresser


Make it Simple But Significant


Mint and Gold French Provincial Dresser


Make it Simple but Significant

I feel like I am going to regret this decision, but this beautiful little lady is for sale. There just isn’t any room in our tiny little apartment :( I hope you enjoyed this transformation and want to say thank you again to Katie for letting me blab on about my painting adventures! Hope you all have a fabulous day!


Katie here again … Am I right?!?  Bre is super talented and her work is fabulous?!?!  Go check out her blog for more amazing projects.  

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Thanks for stopping by today!  A HUGE thanks to Bre for helping me out during these first few weeks!!  I honestly can’t tell you how much it means to have fellow bloggers that are willing to lend a hand when you need it!  I’m so fortunate to be able to be spending some great time with Ben and my other two boys AND have some great projects to share with you!  Stop back tomorrow for another great guest post.



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  • Reply Kat@Home. Made. Interest. June 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    What gorgeous furniture update! I love that mint color!
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  • Reply Jayleen Zotti June 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

    So impressive! You’re making me think I should have saved those night stands from my childhood;0) Yep! They looked just like your before picture. We even had the beds to match with hot pink sheer canopies;0) memories!

    • Reply Breanna Bertolini June 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Oh man, sounds like you had the whole shebang! Never underestimate the power of paint! :)

  • Reply Sara June 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

    That is absolutely beautiful Bre! Someone will be lucky to have that in their home!!

  • Reply Leslie June 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I love the colors you used. I think you did a great job. I can’t wait to diy a few projects.
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    • Reply Breanna Bertolini June 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Leslie! I have a feeling I’ll be using mint and gold again :)

  • Reply Hallie June 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, that dresser brings back memories! I had that same set of furniture as a teen. My parents bought a 4 piece set from Sears in 1973. I used it for years and then my daughter used it in her bedroom. It’s great to see your transformation.

    • Reply Breanna June 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Hallie! It seems that a lot of people have this same furniture set from back in the day. I guess it was pretty popular!
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  • Reply Katie @ Upcycled Treasures June 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This is AMAZING!
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  • Reply Rita Marie June 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love that! If you were near me, I would totally buy it. Instead, I will have to refinish the same one I currently have in my bedroom. :)
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  • Reply alicia June 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Can’t get over how BEAUTIFUL this dresser is. I would love it in my bedroom! Bre, you did an amazing job.
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  • Reply Michelle from Weekend Craft June 25, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by last weeks Creative Spark Link Party! I loved this project so much I just had to feature it this week! I hope you will stop by and link up again!
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  • Reply Nicole December 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    What a transformation! Love the color and the new hardware you chose. Can you tell me how you filled in the holes left from the original pulls? Thanks so much!

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