Another French Provincial Rehab – Dresser/Sideboard/Buffet

Here I go again. I was delighted to locate another 9 drawer, solid wood, french provincial dresser this past weekend. These tend to be my heavy hitters/most popular pieces of furniture that I recreate. I think it’s because they are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different locations within the home. The lines of french provincial pieces are so soft and elegant…….I love the feet on these types of pieces too.


This piece is in immaculate condition, such an incredible bonus. However, I’m torn as to what color/colors I should go with. I have a few different ideas…… I suppose I will wait for her to speak to me as I’m sanding her shine off in my workshop shortly. I was tickled that it came with a mirror as well. Woo-Hoo!!!




Stunning Buffet, Completely Chic

In my last post, I shared some pics of a buffet/sideboard that I was in the process of transforming for a client. Just completed it this morning and I am tickled with the results. I know she will love this piece as well. It’s going to be difficult to let it go.

After 2 coats of my new favorite blue, ‘Distance’, I gently and elegantly distressed it. I don’t like to go crazy with the distressing……… I’d rather see subtle elements of it here and there.


After the sanding, I used some java brown glaze on it. I apply it with a cheap ‘chip’ brush and wipe it off with utility paper towels. I also use unscented baby wipes to control the depth, removing as needed and reapplying more if necessary. It’s really all about preference. The legs on his piece have wonderful detail and I love to see the pop of glaze in all the nooks and crannies.


I let the glaze dry over night and then applied 2 coats of Polycrylic (satin/clear) on the top and one coat on the rest. My client will be using this as a bar area, so durability is key.

All of the hardware was brought back to life with a hearty scrub and major polishing using Brasso. The hardware went from dark and dreary to bright and shiny. So classy looking………Love me some Brasso!!!!!!! You can see the major difference. My client is picking up tomorrow, so I will be praying for her to be delighted with it. I always love creating special pieces for people to enjoy for years to come. That’s the total blessing.


Recreated…Stunning Buffet

Just began my latest piece. I picked up this buffet for a client and I love the design so much that I grabbed the matching china cabinet that matches. (I’ll rehab that piece at a later date). This is the buffet, fabulous curvy lines, sweet detailed legs and incredibly well made. My client wants to use this as a buffet/quasi ‘bar’ area. And it will be fantastic.

My last piece sold so quickly that she never had an opportunity to see it in person. The gal who bought that piece is using it for her wedding, which will be at the Denver Botanical Gardens…….I was so tickled. She and her hubby will then use it in their home. So, I will recreate this new piece with the same finish as that piece, which looks like so……..

Thus far, I have cleaned, sanded, primed and sanded again. The prep work is vital to a solid and long lasting finish. Paint will go on shortly, once I run kiddos to school. So stay tuned…….


Rehabbed Vintage – Elegant Buffet/Sideboard

Just finished this little beauty. Came across this piece when a girlfriend took me to a vintage/antiques dealer that she was purchasing some things from. I loved the size and sweet details on the upper drawers. Sadly, the trim on the lower drawers was all but gone. So I had to chip and pry away at the rest of the trim to remove it and then sand good to smooth it out. Adding to the trim or duplicating it was not an option, given the age and the design.

This is how she started. A bit beat up and sad. After some sanding I applied a good coat of primer, then 2 coats of Behr ‘Distance’ (awesome blue) in an eggshell finish.


I let that dry overnight (which I highly recommend) before elegantly distressing with sandpaper. Wiped it down good with a tack cloth and began glazing. I’ve used several different methods for this. Previously, my favorite glaze was Valspars antiquing glaze…..which I still love. I have also used different colors of Minwax wood stain to age and antique. This time I used my other ‘go to’ product which is Rustoleum’s Java Brown glaze. I brush it on with a cheap brush and then wipe it off with rags and some wipes. Yes, unscented baby wipes. You have to play a little bit with how much you wipe off and you made need additional coats. I ended up doing 2 coats of glaze.

Let that cure and dry well overnight………before waxing or applying Polycrylic. Repeat after me, “I will let my glazed furniture dry overnight prior to applying any finishing protective product.” Well done! After church, the next day, I applied a good coat of Minwax Finishing Paste. It’s my go to FAV! Wipe it on, let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wipe it off. The finish this produces is just the best vintage touch. Love, love, love it.

The original hardware was soooooo tarnished. So I busted out the Brasso and got busy. That product rocks!!!! This is not a quick process. In fact, I spent over an hour polishing. But look how pretty they cleaned up! So totally worth it.

Now she’s all prettied up wearing her Sunday best and ready for a new home.