Before & After Projects- The Magic of Paint!

French Provincial Vintage Dresser- 

If you are looking for a vintage dresser, this particular style is called French Provincial.
This may be obvious to some people- but it was NOT to me!  When I began searching for Kalia's dresser for her nursery, I knew I wanted a certain look but had no idea what it was called (besides "vintage"), it took me a month to figure out it was an entire style, lol! Searching became MUCH easier after that!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a Before Shot- before I removed the handles & drawers

How I Painted the Vintage Dresser White-
- A light sanding of the dresser and a complete sanding of the gold trim areas
- Primed 
- Painted (two coats) (Allow at least 24 hours between primer and each coat)
- Metal drawer handles- Spray painted with a matte white (spray painting was easier for the handles as they have crevices, etc)  

You can find French Provincial dressers redone on Etsy in all sorts of beautiful colors and different designs.  It is expensive- $500 and upwards- as it should be- there are some gorgeous pieces! 

But, that was not our price range- I found our dresser on Craigslist for $50.00 (and they threw in the matching nightstand)   The white paint was in the mismatch bin for $5.00.  So, if you want to put some time and effort in it, you can find your own piece for a fraction of the cost.

Bamboo Ladder

I wanted to be lazy go for the shabby chic look and have the old color come through a bit so this was very easy to do, as I did no sanding or stripping.

How I painted the bamboo ladder-
- Simply painted right over it with a paint and primer mix
- I will let you know how long it lasts, been holding up well for a couple months though :)

One of the things I love about the bamboo ladder in her nursery is it holds the precious video monitor camera so we can see Kalia while in her crib.  
Therefore, the ladder has a very useful function without having to compromise design.  
I would like to say it was because I thought out of the box, but really it was a happy accident!  

Want to check out more of Kalia's nursery?
Project Nursery Gallery (I appreciate your rating if you are a member!)

Please let me know if you have any questions, I am a novice with redoing furniture so my instructions are lax, as that is my method =) 


  1. Laurel, this is beautiful! It looks so amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Vicky!

    2. good job!!! I will be painting a table set
      hopping it will look like yours.

  2. Great ideas. Great execution!!!

  3. Beautiful job! I wish my dresser had all of the original looks fantastic painted!

  4. Hi I love your dresser. I have a pretty china cabinet that is veneers, wood and resin. Do you think I would do better to sand/spray paint or sand/ brush paint? Thanks so much. Lawanda .