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French Provincial Lingerie Chest Restored

Today’s the day! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, one of my favorite days of the month because I get to share alongside my blogger friends our latest projects. You’ll see their inspiring work in a bit. However, take a peek at this vintage French provincial lingerie chest that has waited far too long for a restoration.

Vintage Lingerie Chest Before Restoration by Prodigal Pieces |

My daughters have been using this chest as a place to store hair accessories, legging, tights, etc. It did, however, look this shabby when I got it. I have been patiently waiting until we got our girls’ room remodeled to work on it. Not only will that remodel not be happening too soon, but alsovthe chippy paint is getting to me. blucky.

 Worn Vintage Lingerie Chest Top Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #home #french #homedecor #diy


I don’t know about you, but that gorgeous white oak peeking out begged me to remove that yellowish paint and primer. This beauty needed to shine! This is where I ask myself…why would they paint such gorgeous wood…and with gold??

Worn Out Drawers of Vintage French Provincial Lingerie Chest |

Even better is the hardware is present, intact, and brass. SCORE! With that, my first order of business is to break out my sander and remove what is left of the original finish.

Sanding vintage lingerie chest |

While the finish came of fairly easy, it still took me hours of sanding with this sander, my Corner Cat, hand-sanding, and using my Dremel for those tough spots.

Using Dremel to Refinish Fine Details of Lingerie Chest by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #tools #home #homedecor

Even my daughters chipped in to get it done. These are the moments I live for. What a blessing!

Mom & Daughters working together | #prodigalpieces #family


Finally, the French Provincial lingerie chest is relieved of its awful finish. It’s now time to put the finishing touches on it. First, I used my limewash technique (click for details), the same finish I used on our dining table. I apply a thinned paint and quickly wipe it off.

Whitewashing Lingerie Chest with Zibra Stubby Brush by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

My goal is to fill the grain with the white color, but remove the majority of it from the surface.

Creating Limewash Effect with Paint on Vintage Lingerie Chest by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

Then, I let the limewash cure for about an hour or so. Now that my surfaces are ready, I just need to add a topcoat. Since I have four girls that put this lingerie chest to work, I wanted a fairly sturdy finish. I chose this matte poly to finish it off.

Applying Matte Poly Topcoat with Zibra Stubby Paint Brush | #prodigalpieces

Afterward, I apply one coat, and let cure. Finally, I use steel wool to knock it down, wipe off debris with a tack cloth, and then apply a second coat.


While their bedroom isn’t complete, I thought it fun to see this lingerie chest set up in my bedroom. Maybe I should keep it, eh?

French Style Lingerie Chest After Restoration by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Details at #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Limewashed Vintage Lingerie Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #french

My daughters and I adore the outcome. They are more than happy to have rid themselves of the chippy mess they have dealt with. I only wish I had made the time to do it sooner. In any event, I am anxiously waiting on the time to remodel their space.

Vintage French Provincial Lingerie Chest as restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #shabbychic #farmhouse

Additionally, the pulls were brass, so I didn’t have the heart to paint them. Last, to match them up with the limewash, I simply used a bit of white wax to soften them up.

Whitewashed French Style Lingerie Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Above all, my goal is to have inspired you to tackle that worn out piece of furniture in your own home and give it new life. Likewise, getting the look we love doesn’t have to be about a big budget.

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In addition, pin and share this French Provincial lingerie chest makeover. Inspire others to see the potential in these dated pieces.

A vintage French provincial lingerie chest was tired and worn, but Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave it new life with a limewash effect. See the details at #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #farmhouse #vintage

Up next I’ll be giving this 1992 paper plate holder a new lease on life. Any guesses? Take a peek HERE.

Vintage Paper Plate Holder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Additionally, more furniture makeovers like this French Provincial lingerie chest:

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  1. ColleenB.-Tx. says

    My bedframe bench that now in process of working on.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  2. Marti VanRavenswaay-Waddell says

    Everything you do its so inspiring!! I love this finish!!

  3. Felicia says

    This looks gorgeous. I have a dresser and kitchen island that need to be painted.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Sounds like some DIY fun headed your way. πŸ˜€

    • Larissa says

      That is wonderful to hear, Nita. I try to share what I can to help anyone else out.

  4. Kim says

    Beautiful job, as always.

  5. Terri says

    This is a really beautiful makeover, and using the dremmel for small areas is a great tip! I have a couple of projects I would love to use the brushes on: a vintage mirror and my grandfather’s dresser.

    • Larissa says

      I soooo love my Dremel. tee hee. The brushes are da bomb too! πŸ˜€

  6. Kim says

    Another great makeover! You have the best ideas, Larissa!

  7. Audra says

    Pretty! My first project would be a buffet in my dining room.

  8. Jennie says

    Oh wow! After seeing this, I wish I hadn’t given away my French Provincial bedroom set years ago! Lovely Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      aww…thanks! Some have good underneath and others not so much. Just depends on the manufacturer.

  9. Patricia Bates Martinez says

    Thank you! I would paint two chairs I am working on. One is a wing back and the other is a trashure to match my desk.

    • Larissa says

      I hope you enjoyed my fun today. Sounds like you have a great project too. πŸ˜€

  10. Susan Carter says

    I’d love some new brushes. I have two pieces to paint, however it’s been so hot lately. Waiting for cooler weather. You’ve given me so many ideas and handy tips. Thank you!!

    • Shelly says

      Nice to be able to”see” beautiful wood grain and still update!

      • Larissa says

        Yes! I am a wood lover and doesn’t mean it has to be stain in any regard. Just fun to change it up. πŸ˜€

  11. Alison S says

    I have some chairs I would like to paint.

  12. Amy Mercier says

    you’re work is beautiful, as I read many of your posts I often wish I found myself in your nevk of the woods to find the curbside goodies. I was born there but haven’t been back in over 40 years.

    • Larissa says

      Road trip time! πŸ˜€ You should come back during city clean-up with a trailer…no joke. πŸ˜‰

  13. Karen says

    I have an old coffee table- that’s been waiting…..

  14. Glenda Brown says

    Love this DYI. This chester now looks so soft and pretty, just right for your girls. Great job.

  15. Glenda says

    Wow! That turned out beautifully, but then I love all your work! I have tons of stuff I’m hoarding to paint. The most needy would be my Marketplace coffee table! Thanks for being so prolific it’s great inspiration and for the giveaway, too!

  16. Megan says

    That thing is Beautiful!!! I gotta get to painting my stored pieces of furniture now that we are moved!!! Love your creative mind, Larissa

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…sounds like fun! Congrats on the new place too. Thank you for the love.

  17. Vicki says

    Love your ideas and enjoy reading the β€œhow to do”. It’s nice to see how you find a new purpose for old things,

  18. Kim Karriker says

    The chest is beautiful. It’s one of my most favorite items that you have refinished.

    • Larissa says

      It is one of mine too. I see them valued around $700 in this solid of state. I’m delighted with the outcome.

  19. Frances says

    Your chest looks great. So much better and now has a lovely new finish.

  20. Susan says

    It is soo sweet to see your littles helping Mama with the project! And it came out beautifully. When I saw the pic of the gorgeous wood top I thought, oh I hope she doesn’t paint it! Sometimes, not always, but sometimes a piece needs to be wood- proudly wood. You brought out the best in this chest and i’m sure your girls are loving it.

    • Larissa says

      They are always at my side, helping or encouraging me with loving words. I will miss them one day! I save wood any time I can and when it’s worth it. They so love it. πŸ™‚

  21. Stacie says

    Wow! That elbow grease really paid off! I never would have thought to look below the surface. There’s a lesson there I think. Lol. The first thing I would paint with the brushes is this cute bean shaped child’s vanity I got from Facebook Marketplace. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      Some of these are made of pressed wood, but when you score big is when they have this beautiful skeleton. You know it’s made well when you find that. Love those little vanities too!

  22. Micah says

    It’s Beautiful! Sanding out all those groves wouldn’t be fun, but the result was worth it!

    • Larissa says

      Those are the kind of nit-picky details I love to take time on because it makes all the difference. Thanks so much, Micah.

  23. Dale Cundy says

    I love seeing your cuties helping you! This chest is gorgeous and will fit in well as they grow. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Zibra brushes!

    • Larissa says

      I’m so glad you think so. That wood needed to be relieved of that finish. haha.

  24. Becky says

    Oh my, do you have perseverance!!! What a finish though! (Good thing you have a built-in sanding team. : ) ) Great job, ladies!
    Maybe this is all the inspiration I need to paint my “command center”? We’ll see, haha! We’re keeping a couple brushes in constant usage around here these days!

    • Larissa says

      It was a huge stress reliever for me to get it done, so it was well worth it. Plus, the value of this is far beyond what I paid for it which even makes my heart even happier. tee hee! You sound like me, Becky! πŸ˜€

  25. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Laressa! I love the lime washed look. You did a great job. I haven’t removed a finish yet so please tell me the truth, does it really take hours? Does that count breaks? πŸ™‚

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Yes, hours with getting the easy part done with a couple of sanders and then hand-sanding the rest. So worth it though.

  26. Toia says

    I love the look of this! Limewash is one of my favorite looks. Sanding…ugh. But your tools made it easier! Love zibra brushes, thanks for the chance to win!

    • Larissa says

      It would have taken me days without my tools for sure. Especially when switching out grits to make it just right. I love these brushes too!

  27. Faye says

    Love this project and finish. I have a hall tree in my garage – that’s what I’d be using these gorgeous brushes on! Thanks!

  28. Linda C Johnston says

    This chest is my favorite so far! I love it! Winning the Zibra brushes would be a true gift because I could never afford them!

  29. Fran W says

    I’m currently working on a kitchen redo, but the brushes would be useful for a coffee table makeover that is my next project. Love what you do and envy your energy!

  30. Melanie Brooks says

    I love this limewash makeover! I have an antique buffet (sideboard?) with the tall mirror candle shelfs, and carved doors that is my next project. I an tl do a limewash look on it too. The wood and details are beautiful, but the finish- not so much. I think it’s going to look amazing to show off the oak grain and all the details!

  31. Linda says

    So nice to find your blog. I’m sure to become a fan favorite.

  32. Jacki Gherardi says

    ❀️❀️❀️ this! Can’t wait to try these brushes!

  33. Lori says

    I love this. You always inspire me!

  34. Tracy says

    Wonderful job. Elegant and understated.

  35. Dottie says

    Great transformation…

  36. gwen says

    love this dresser, just the size I need! i must keep looking! i got involved with the video to the right of the “bath 25 cent” box. i’ve had those two tools forever and have never used them! i’m gonna now! you’re always an inspiration – thanks!

    • Larissa says

      They are so super handy! I want one for me too. tee hee. Too funny about the tools. I think we all have those…

  37. BETTY J SIPES says

    Love it and the giveaway. The chest is a great piece. I need to start looking for one for myself.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! You will love the brushes and I hope you find one too. πŸ˜‰

  38. Kelly says

    You are so lucky to have a source for nice second hand furniture pieces. Everything in my area is “antique” or trash, definitely not solid wood. I wood love to be able to find a nice MSM buffet and love the two cane back chairs I purchased from you several years ago πŸ™‚

    • Larissa says

      I definitely have been blessed many times, and have also had junk too. haha. I hope you find what you’re looking for. May the #trashure be with you!

  39. Mona says

    I hadn’t thought of whitewashing furniture before but the look is fantastic. I would use this technique on a media centre that I find too dark for the basement family room where it resides

    • Larissa says

      It’s totally a favorite of mine. Not just with white, but other colors too. I’ve used blues, grays, green, and blacks too. So fun!

  40. Pam Bolton says

    Lovely. Your daughters will enjoy this chest for many years to come.

  41. dianne anderson says

    Thanks for inspiring me to work on my own environment and to redo the furniture and things I already have to make my home more beautiful!

  42. Alicia H says

    Great to see you and your girls working together on a piece.
    If I won the brushes I would do my kitchen table over. I really want to paint it
    a fun color with a stencil on it.

    • Larissa says

      We do all the time, I just don’t often share pics. I like to savor those moments for sure. πŸ˜€

  43. Diane Cannon says

    Wow! It looks super high end!

    • Larissa says

      But of course…tee hee. Actually, these sell for a several hundred dollars in great condition. I was happy to find it in a hot mess state so I could revive it.

  44. Kimberly Taylor says

    Another wonderful project! I love the ones that you do for our own home or family the best! πŸ™‚

  45. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, well you girls did an amazing job on this chest!! I love the details on the piece and your white wash/limewash looks perfect on her! I am so happy you and your daughters took on their chest together, well done!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Having their help makes it even more memorable. All four of my girls played a part in helping restore it.

  46. Carol San Diego says

    Would love to win the brushes and make our makeovers easier!

    • Larissa says

      Fun! I hope you enjoyed my work on this project. The brushes help me get that finish I’m after every time.

  47. Michelle P says

    Recently I purchased a nightstand from a thrift store and would love to try out these new brushes on it. Your chest turned out beautiful. So happy your daughters like to help out. Lifelong memories!

    • Larissa says

      That’s the best part…the memories purchasing, restoring, and enjoying. Thanks, Michelle!

  48. Anita says

    I love all your projects. You seem to have endless ideas. I have an old trunk that needs to be painted and an old stand up radio cabinet that needs something done to it. I just need to get motivated to get it done. Maybe some new brushes would do it??

  49. Julia Wilson says

    Gorgeous results on that chest! Thanks for the giveaway

  50. Elaine says

    What a perfect finish to showcase that lovely wood!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It’s certainly one of my favorites ways to work with any color, not just white.

  51. Marisa Hood says

    Wonderful – yet again – Larissa!! Love your make overs!!

  52. Marcie Lovett says

    Love the simple treatment on this chest, Larissa, instead of putting on another coat of paint.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. I use it often and keep wood whenever possible. πŸ™‚

  53. Barbara says

    The chest turned out really nice.

  54. Kathy E. says

    I have an old 2 drawer chest and a few frames that need updating…Zibra to the rescue!

  55. Betty says

    Hi, I’m working on a dated golden oak drop leaf table that these brushes would be great to finish the job with, fingers crossed β™‘

  56. Johanna says

    You are very creative and I hope to learn more about how to give new life to thrifted pieces by following your projects on your blog. Winning the paint brushes would be an added bonus. Fingers crossed!

    • Larissa says

      I am eager to help, Johanna! Thank you so much. I wish I had some for everyone.

  57. Terry P says

    Love how you finished the chest…looks great!!! I have a small wooden storage chest that is just ‘screaming’ for a makeover…thanks for the sweet giveaway!!

  58. Stephanie Chatterjee says

    Love the new finish!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Jen. The fact that it’s so solid I think it will hold up to their aging fun awesomely.

  59. Sherry Riggs says

    I Love your projects and I bet this one made your girls happy!?

    • Larissa says

      I think I was more happy because it drove me nuts! haha! Thanks so much, Sherry.

  60. Christy James says

    Wow, Larissa! This looks amazing now!! Love how the limewash looks on this piece!! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I seriously am so stoked at how well this thing is built. It made it easy to work on. I’m sure you can understand what I mean.

  61. Karen U says

    Lovely makeover Larissa! What lucky little girls you have!
    Those are some great brushes! The first thing I’d paint is my ‘built in’ in the livingroom where j house my milk glass collection!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I’m glad I am able to DIY a few things for them. It just takes time. Your piece sounds like fun!

  62. Bryan Patterson says

    Knowing me… and I do fortunately….. I’d use them to make goatees and mustaches…. then Paint something (mom???) nawwwww she’d get mad…. seriously these brushes are the best!!!

    • Larissa says

      Dude…hahaha! I agree with you on the brushes. πŸ˜€

  63. SONJA HANSEN says

    The first thing I will be painting are our kitchen cupboards. It will be so nice to have some Zibras to help me. As always I enjoyed watching you transform another ugly duckling. Back in the 70’s my mother painted an antique dresser and a Singer sewing machine cabinet white with gold trim. The French Provincial Look was so popular. They had belonged to her grandmother. About 30 years ago I stripped the dresser and found gorgeous Birdseye maple in almost perfect condition. Now I have torn apart the machine and it is prepped to paint. That will be my next project after the kitchen. Plenty of projects for brushes.

  64. Deborah Cox says

    I have a built in cabinet that I tore out of a closet in our last home. It’s screaming for a makeover in it’s new home. Thanks for your inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      It sounds like you have your work cut out for you, Deborah. Go girl!

  65. N. MacGregor says

    I am totallllly jealous you found a lingerie chest cuz I have always wanted one and I have finally given up on ever finding one (at least one I can afford). Great job on the remodel of your lingerie chest. I am sure you will cherish it for years to come.

    • Larissa says

      I was elated to find this one for cheap, but also with the promise that it can have new life. Thanks so much.

  66. N. MacGregor says

    The first thing I would make over would be a beautiful coffee table I purchased several years ago that someone unfortunately did an awful black paint job on. It has sooooo much potential once it has been redone.

    • Larissa says

      That sounds like a perfect reno project. I hope you win!

  67. Melissa says

    I love the finish on this piece! I haven’t had any luck finding French Provincial pieces with wood tops-they all seem to be ?formica. I saw the makeover you did in that lovely shade of blue and wonder how you treated the top before painting? Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful projects.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I have many with a fiberboard top…blucky. You can see the entire post if you click on the blue furniture image you saw. Please feel free to email with questions. πŸ™‚

  68. Cindy says

    Nice to see the wood grain. I agree that not every piece needs to receive a full coat of paint to cover it up.

  69. Sheila says

    I love makeovers! So fun to see not only the outcome, but the steps it took to get there.

    • Larissa says

      I’m glad to hear it as I truly help to inspire and inform. Thanks!

  70. Robin Peterson says

    So many projects waiting, but I have a nice dresser just calling out to be painted.

  71. Marty Kohlbaker says

    That piece you did is beautiful! The first thing I would do if I won the brushes is paint this child’s dresser I bought, on a whim and not needing it, because you and your fixer upper friends make it look easy to do with all the steps that you explain along the way. Makes me want to try it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  72. Amand C says

    So beautiful and unique! The first thing I would paint with a lovely new set of brushes is a sturdy table I picked up on Facebook marketplace that I plan to use for a computer desk. I already have the paint and just need the time to get started.

    • Larissa says

      I hear you on the time…it’s always an issue. πŸ™‚

  73. Marie says

    It looks lovely, Larissa! Your girls must be so excited about their room makeover and I can’t wait to see it. Hope you are well and your summer has been a good one. xo

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! With all we’ve had going on we may just move. Long story… πŸ™‚

  74. Ashleigh Hall says

    You did such a fantastic job on this piece! I would love to try this on the new desk we just got!

  75. Linda says

    I would like to repaint our cabinets with the brushes.

  76. Mary Milnarich says

    I recently rescued a queen size headboard from the trash that is ready for a makeover. The palm pro brush would make it easier.

  77. Michelle J. says

    I’d paint some frames for our house.

  78. Kayla klontz says


  79. Susie Renchen says

    I’d love to try these brushes. I have many items waiting to get painted. Thanks for the chance to win and all your tutorials.

  80. Marielle Lambert says

    I have a basement full of projects just waiting to start…..some fabulous brushes would really help!!!
    Thank you for running this contest!!!

  81. Michele says

    The chest is so beautiful! I especially liked seeing the girls helping their mama-no better way to learn than hands-on! If I were to win I wouldn’t know where to start. I have a storage shed full of projects just waiting to be tackled…

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