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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 the 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 |

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Even better is the hardware is present, intact, and brass. SCORE! 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. My Zibra Stubby Brush comes out to play and 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 and used the same Stubby Brush as I had for my limewash. Look ma! No brush strokes! These brushes are the BEST.

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

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

Zibra Stubby Brush to Apply Matte Poly Topcoat | #prodigalpieces


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, but I am 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

Also, the pulls were brass, so I didn’t have the heart to paint them, and I didn’t want shiny brass. 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. Getting the look we love doesn’t have to be about a big budget. We just need to try! πŸ™‚


Now for some fun for you. Zibra and I are all about empowering you to get the job done beautifully, affordably, and most of all fun. We are giving away this fantastic boxed set of my favorite brushes.

Win this fantastic Zibra Paint Brush Prize with the giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | details at #prodigalpieces #giveaway #paint #furniture #diy #home #homedecor

Easy entry – just complete as many entries as you like in the widget below. You can even gain more entries by completing some of them daily. Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. ALSO, WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL AND WILL HAVE 24 HOURS TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SPAM!!

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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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Simply beautiful. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces created this French Provincial headboard bench with a custom built frame as well as a handmade tufted French mattress. | DIY details at #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #homedecor #furniture #shoppingFrench Provincial Blue Dresser Set Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

164 replies on “French Provincial Lingerie Chest Restored”

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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!

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

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,

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.

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™‚

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!

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!

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!

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!

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˜€

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™‚

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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™‚

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

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!

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.

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!

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!

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??

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™‘

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!

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!!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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™‚

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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