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Modern French Country Painted Dresser in 4 Easy Steps!

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.

Before image of the cream French country style dresser.
Before

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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Materials needed to makeover modern french country furniture including paint and paint brush.

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.

Starting the modern french country furniture makeover by painting the dresser with green paint.

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.

Top of the painted dresser.

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.

Painted front of the dresser drawer.

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.

Adding gold detail to the front of the drawer with a fine paint brush.

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.

Removing the green painter's tape from the painted dresser drawer to reveal a crisp gold edge of paint.

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.

Taping the stencil to the drawer front with green painter's tape.

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.

A view of the completed French country dresser makeover from the side.

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!

Overhead view of white vase accessories on the mint green painted dresser.

This project originally appeared in DecoArt’s project gallery.

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Finished modern french country furniture makeover with text overlay.

Modern French Country Furniture Makeover

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Materials
  

  • Chalky Finish in Refreshing
  • Americana Decor Metallics in Champagne Gold
  • Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear
  • Paint brush ½” to 1” wide angled
  • Paint brush 2” flat
  • Lint free rag

Instructions
 

  • 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.
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Friday 23rd of July 2021

Great makeover on this dresser, ladies. It should now be a focal point in your bedroom. I’m an avid furniture painter and stenciled, so I really appreciate the work that went into the updated look. Congratulations on a job well done.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

What a fabulous transformation! I love the stenciled script. It takes the dresser's appearance to a whole new chic level! Great idea to add it!

Terrie

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Love how this turned out. You are so inspiring.

Jenna

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

So pretty! I love the soft aqua green with the gold accents. Chalk paint on furniture is magical stuff, I love how easy it is to work with. Your transformed dresser is gorgeous!

Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

What a beautiful transformation! I adore the addition of the French script stencil too, bravo! Pinned to my ‘Just add Paint’ board. Happy to be hopping with you today.:)

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