Hi creative friends! Today, we’re sharing the step by step tutorial for transforming a dated, old dresser into a modern-french country masterpiece! Plus many more painted dresser ideas to get you inspired to give your old furniture pieces a complete makeover.
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DIY Painted Dresser Makeover
This old French country dresser was handed down to us from my in-laws years ago and has stayed in our spare bedroom ever since. As you can see, it was still in pretty good condition with just a few chips here and there but otherwise, a fairly boring and plain piece of furniture.
Using chalky paint in a pretty pale mint green for the base, and then a metallic gold paint for the details, the finished piece looks completely different. Although not originally planned, I added the French script stencil to the drawer fronts which really adds an extra special touch.
Materials Needed to Paint the Dresser:
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- Chalky Finish in Refreshing
- Americana Decor Metallics in Champagne Gold
- Americana Old French Script stencil
- Paint brush, ½” to 1” wide angled
- Paint brush, 2” flat
- Lint free rag
Modern French Country Furniture Makeover
Step 1: Prepaing the dresser for painting
Prepare dresser for paint by wiping the surfaces to remove dust and any built up grease.
Remove the hardware and on a protected surface, paint the hardware in Champagne Gold and set aside to dry. Use a fine tip paint brush if needed for ornate shaped hardware like ours.
Step 2: Painting the Base of the Dresser
Remove drawers from the dresser and begin painting the base of the dresser in Chalky Finish Refreshing using a flat 2″ paintbrush.
Keep the brush strokes long and even as you apply the first coat of paint. Let the paint dry fully before applying a second coat of paint. If you find the chalky paint is a bit thick, you can always add some water to thin out the paint and help it glide on to the piece as you paint.
Next, apply paint to each of the drawer fronts.
Apply a second coat of paint for additional coverage, watering down the paint a little to keep strokes smooth.
Step 3: Adding the Metallic Gold Accent
Using painter’s tape, run a long piece of tape along the full length of the drawer above and below the grooves, keeping a 1/4″ spacing between the tape. With a 1/2″ paint brush, apply Champagne Gold Metallic paint to the space between the painter’s tape.
Peel off the painter’s tape exposing just the gold paint along the grooves. Touch up any areas that are not smooth or are uneven with a fine tip paintbrush if desired.
Position the stencil on top of the drawer and tape it in place. Using a pouncer, dip it in to the Metallic Champagne Gold paint and gently dab over top of the stencil to transfer the pattern.
Carefully remove the stencil and position the bottom half of the stencil on top of the right side of the drawer front. Apply the pattern in Champagne Gold in the same manner and then let the paint dry fully.
Step 4: Sealing the Dresser
Apply a coat of clear wax to all painted surfaces to protect and seal the Chalky Finish paint and brush off the excess clear wax with a clean rag. Leave it to dry fully.
Screw the hardware back on to the drawer fronts and place the drawers back into the dresser.
Style and enjoy! Have you ever attempted a furnitire makeover or have pieces you’d want to paint over? Let us know in the comments below!
This project originally appeared in DecoArt’s project gallery.
More Painted Dresser Ideas and Other Furniture Makeovers
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- Modern buffet furniture makeover
- Beachy painted headboard
- Painting a dresser without sanding
- Painted wood dresser
- Refinished table
- Nightstand makeover
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Modern French Country Furniture Makeover
- Prepare dresser for paint by wiping the surfaces to remove dust and any built up grease.
- Remove the hardware and on a protected surface, paint the hardware in Champagne Gold and set aside to dry.
- Remove drawers from the dresser and begin painting the base of the dresser in Chalky Finish Refreshing using a flat 2″ paintbrush.
- Next, apply paint to each of the drawer fronts.
- Apply a coat of clear wax to all painted surfaces to protect and seal the Chalky Finish paint and brush off the excess clear wax with a clean rag.
- Screw the hardware back on to the drawer fronts and place the drawers back into the dresser.
- Style and enjoy.