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Updated French Provincial Chest

Okay, folks, I’ve been promising the final makeover of furniture from our girls’ bedroom remodel. As you can tell, we stuck to a similar style of furniture. At the beginning, I sold their mirrored dresser as-is, refinished the hutch desk, and also this chest of drawers. Now it’s time for an updated French Provincial chest of drawer makeover in the third round.

Vintage French Provincial Chest Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This ol’ gal is standing strong after many years of use. It’s solid, but needs some TLC. It reminds me of myself…feeling wore out and needing some self care to feel new again. Thankfully, I’ve been giving me much needed attention and I plan to do the same for this chest of drawers. Just for the record, I did NOT double knob this thing. I can’t stand when someone puts two knobs to fill a spot of an appropriate pull. We bought it that way for the temporary use.

GETTING STARTED

First, aside from giving it a good cleaning, I start by applying one coat of BIN primer by Zinsser. This stuff makes paint stick to any surface, PLUS prevents bleed-through and (if need be) contains any odors, including cigarette smoke. See what I mean HERE.

Applying Zinsser Primer to Updated French Provincial Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Using a micro-foam roller makes this job easy and gives me a smooth base coat to work with. It only take 5-10 minutes for the primer to cure and I’m ready for my paint. Now, I wanted to be more bold with this updated vintage chest makeover than I was with my last one. A rustic yellow came to mind and here is what I end up with…a milk paint.

Venetian Yellow Milk Paint for Updated French Provincial Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Oh wow…that’s umm….yellow! It reminds me of this vintage chest I did a few years back. However, my legit first flashback was of all my 6 babies and their breastfed diapers. bwahahaha! I totally laughed out loud. I dip my brush in and have at it. Then, while I’m painting, my mind went from diapers to my homemade hot pretzels with mustard, to a school bus I hated, and finally out to my lovely sunflowers growing in my garden. Not sure which sets with you, but I’ll stick with my sunflowers, k?

DRESSING UP

While the paint cures, I’m excited to say that I found I have 4 bail pulls in my stash from the dresser my daughter made over HERE. However, if you notice, I need 5.

Replacement Bail Pull for Updated French Provincial Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Since I knew a few weeks ahead, I am able to find a matching one to my set online. whew! Not only did it take me oodles of hunting, but also I don’t quit easy.

Finally, as soon as I know the paint is cured, I grab my brown wax and apply it following my brush strokes.

Waxing Updated French Provincial Finished in Brown Wax | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

SUNSHINE

Ready for some vintage sunshine? Last, here is the updated French Provincial chest of drawers ready for many more years of life.

Vintage Yellow French Provincial Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #yellow #furniture

Vintage Mustard Yellow Chest of Drawers | Updated French Provincial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigapieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy

It’s fun, it’s refreshing, and certainly better than the before. Also, the design of these vintage French Provincial pieces lets the curves say it all. The white bail pulls make it have a bit of contrast too, don’t you think?

Hand-Painted Oil Painting Above Updated French Provincial Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #boho #farmhouse

Vintage Yellow Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #yellow #furniture

On the other hand, while I could’ve went with any color, I’m happy with this one. What color would you choose?

Open Dove Tail Drawer on Updated French Provincial Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #homedecor

Top View of Yellow Updated French Provincial Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage

In addition, if you’d like this ray of sunshine in your home, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Vintage Yellow Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy

An updated French Provincial Chest of drawers gets a sunshine makeover with a mustard yellow by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy

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Curbside Haul Collage 6 | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more furniture makeovers like this updated French Provincial chest:

Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.comSweet! This vintage pieces gets updated to a rustic industrial chest of drawers with paint and stain. See the makeover in action at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Mary says

    Larissa this color is a burst of sunshine. It is perfect!!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    I’m with you….. sunflowers!!! 🌻
    It’s a dark and overcast morning here…. We needed the ☀️! Another WIN Larissa!!!! 💕

    • Larissa says

      tee hee. Much better than the alternative, right? Thanks for the love, Rebecca! 😀

  3. Wendy says

    Just gorgeous! Happy Tuesday to you. I so look forward to Tuesdays with you.

  4. Cheryl r Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! I don’t like yellow. I like a mellow yellow but this piece is great!! With the dark wax it looks really good. A brownish yellow. You have given it new life.

    • Larissa says

      It has to be the right shade of yellow for me too. I’m tickled you like it, Cheryl. Thanks! 😀

  5. Niki says

    H-e-l-l-o yellow!! This makes me happy!! I think the mustardy tone works well especially with the brown wax to mute it. I myself am sometimes a little boring haha; and so I probably would’ve gone with a blue or beige. Thanks for the smile Larissa. I’m headed camping but I’ll check in Thursday.

    • Larissa says

      tee hee hee! Thanks for seeing what I was after. With the leaves beginning to turn I see this color and it seemed to fit. Smiles to you and enjoy your adventure!

  6. Mary says

    This ray of sunshine made me smile! 🙂 The curves in the piece really are highlighted now with the new color AND the beautiful hardware. Kudos to you for going the extra mile and finding that 5th pull- it just makes the piece! Gorgeous! We all need some color in our lives, especially happy colors like yellow…🌻

    • Larissa says

      I feel the same. I need more happy in my life like we all do. Sending hugs and sunshine!

  7. Carroll says

    Gorgeous refresh on a cookie-cutter dresser; cannot believe how gorgeous the yellow looks! Awesome choice and nice finish with the white pulls. You never fail to amaze and inspire 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Well, Carroll, you truly know how to make a gal smile. Thank you for the affirmation and kind words.

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