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Vintage Chest of Drawers ~ French Provincial

It’s a good day when I can tackle a project that has literally been staring me in the face for months. Can I get an amen? If you read my recent post about a vintage French Provincial secretary desk I refinished from our daughters’ bedroom remodel, you know I have more pieces to go.  Today, it’s this vintage chest of drawers turn. happy dance!!

Before of Vintage French Provinical Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Back in January we began our remodel journey by gutting the room completely. With that, this furniture has been sitting in my living room. ugh. That’s two chests of drawers, one desk with hutch, and a dozen large boxes. We’ve nearly completed the remodel, thankfully, and are able to get new pieces in and build custom storage as well. So, stay tuned!

In the the meantime, I’m working through the pieces we no longer need. This chest and one other are last on the list that are Mid Century Modern French Provincial. With the girls room, we just purchased furniture that kinda matched as a temporary fix. I had no idea it would be this long before we could get to their room, but it is THE LAST room in our house that needs remodeled. {{angels sing}} Let’s take a closer look…

PEEK-A-BOO

First, this beauty is build like a rock. I found the original manufacture date as well as a label that states it’s made of beech harvested in Tennessee by the Cabinet Company. How cool is that?!?

Date Stamp on Vintage Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Solid Beech Wood Vintage Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The Davis Cabinet Company Vintage Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Can you see the “Patina Blanc” on the last label? They painted this gorgeous wood originally and it is trying to peek out here and there. Someone else before me painted over the original finish and didn’t do a great job, but not a bad job. See the original white-ish color underneath? It obviously yellowed over time.

Chipping Paint on Vintage Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Chest of Drawers Top with Chipping Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As you can imagine, my sander is itching to come out and play to see what I’m up against. There is a primer, two coats of original, and two coats of another paint. Hot mess!

Sanding Down Vintage Chest of Drawers Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, do you see that beautiful beech grain under there? While I’d love to sand it all down, my shoulder and the cost to do it don’t justify the end. To make it a fresh project, I also decide to do the drawers as well as the top.

Sanding the Vintage Chest of Drawers for Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

As with any project like this, I ran though several sanding pads, came out looking like I just survived a building collapse. haha. It’s time to move onto the next part of my vintage chest of drawers makeover. Then, I begin by painting the cabinet part of the chest a simple white.

Painting Vintage Chest of Drawers White | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At first, I really went through the spectrum of colors in my mind and what to do with this. However, when I came upon the wonderful wood grain I had to let it take center stage. Likewise, to make it pop, I accent the edge of the drawers with a soft blue. (you knew I can’t stray too far from blue, right? Notice my sandals…ahem)

Blue Drawer Edges | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, while the cabinet and drawers cure, I tackle the hardware. If you scroll up to the first pic, you’ll see one set was replaced by a near-identical set of swag pulls. That doesn’t bother me, but the original mix of metals isn’t pretty any longer. Enter in this spray paint. woot!

Spray Painting Vintage Drawer Pulls | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I used this exact spray paint to paint my downspouts on my house and my mailbox. I love it! Who knew…aged rust in a can…mwahaha! In addition, I take an old candle (as with all my makeovers with drawers) and wax the bottom of the drawers, the guides, and edges of all drawer opening surfaces.

Waxing Drawer Guides | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

FINISH

At long last, this vintage chest of drawers now has a new lease on life with a modern vibe to last for many more years to come.

Vintage Chest of Drawers Refinished into a Modern Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #vintage

Chest of Drawers Top Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #makeover

Isn’t the wood gorgeous? It’s my favorite light wood tone and is showcased beautifully. Do you enjoy the new look too?

French Provincial Chest of Drawers Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #makeover #diy

Chest of Drawers Refinished Closeup | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furntiure #diy

Not only are these pieces built to stand the test of time, but they also have unique functions like this tray for jewelry in the top drawer…

Jewelry Inset in Chest Drawer | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and neat sections for garments like this too.

Shirt Drawer Dividers in Vintage Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Modern Chest of Drawers Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #boho

I’d love to hear your comments below. Also, if you’d like to add this to your own home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

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Side View of Vintage Chest of Drawers Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture

In addition, pin and share so that others are inspired to revive their worn out pieces too. It’s fun!

A dingy and dated Vintage Chest of Drawers gets a modern makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #midcentury #modern #boho

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Antique Oak Filing Cabinet Drawer Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more French Provincial makeovers like this vintage chest of drawers:

A worn out vintage French provincial side table is refinished and restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #french #diy #homedecor #furnitureWhat a beautiful transformation of a vintage French provincial kidney desk in Hollywood regency style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #vintage #shabbychic #frenchprovincial

Comments

  1. Mother Deer says

    Absolutely beautiful! You’ve outdone yourself 🙂

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Not only did you update this piece, you did an amazing job highlighting the beautiful wood and solidness of the piece!! The blue is a master stroke! Gorgeous!! ???

    • Larissa says

      I am enamored with the craftsmanship of these pieces. They are rare and built so strong. Thank you, Rebecca!

  3. Susie Wilcox says

    I have my mother’s bedroom suite made by Davis Furniture in the early 50’s. It is still in perfect shape and the original stain is still in tact. I love using it and it has the drawer sections like yours.

  4. Barb says

    It’s beautiful and I’m glad you didn’t paint the entire dresser since the wood is awesome. Speaking of, how did you protect the wood? I want to do something similar to some end tables. And it is hard to believe how far into summer that we are!

    • Larissa says

      No joke, eh? Summer is flying by. I used a matte poly on the wood. Natural wax would work too. Thanks, Barb!

  5. Niki says

    This dresser is amazing Larissa. We’ve talked about raw wood before, but I really like the blue accent on the drawers!! Have you ever used a heat gun to strip paint? I have, but I took me a long time and I’m still not done (put it on hold for now) I am still agonizing over when to start on my pile of stuff in my basement. Hopefully one day I’ll have a finished project to share with you.
    Summer has gone fast. We had another round of storms last night. A tornado hit a neighboring rural area and took out some bins and possibly a shop,. A kind lady in another neighboring area ( who bakes most of the pies for fair) lost part of her barn and possibly other buildings on her property.
    We need the rain desperately but not the tornados, hail or straight line winds that came with it.
    This fall we will be homeschooling our youngest again and need to find the right program yet-time is running out.

    • Larissa says

      Yes! I actually have a video demonstrating it HERE and HERE.

      It sure has. That’s awful about the barn! So sad. Enjoy the rest of the summer days.

  6. Gina says

    I don’t often comment to my blog reading, but had to do so on this one. This is absolutely gorgeous!

    • Larissa says

      Your comment means the world to me (and other bloggers) because it’s feedback on our life’s work. Thank you for taking the time, Gina. Hugs!

  7. dodie says

    very nice transformation! love your color choices and details!!! great job!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you bunches, dodie! I had fun with it, especially after seeing it in its “before” state for so long. 😀

  8. Mary says

    Wow! I think the neighbors may have heard me gasp as I scrolled to the finished piece! 🙂 Seriously, once again, your handiwork has restored this now beautiful, very well built, dresser to keepsake status Larissa. The blue…I would have never ever thought of using blue along those drawer edges! But that makes the beechwood and hardware just “pop”…Well done. Its now gorgeous!

    • Larissa says

      Mary, I could just hug ya! You made me giggle and my heart beam. Thank you.

  9. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa!! They just dont make them like this anymore. The new furniture is so sad. I love the way you brought out that beautiful wood. Love the blue and white too. Great job!!

    • Larissa says

      Hi Cheryl! You are so right, and it is sad. Most new furniture ends up at the curb. Thanks for the love!

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