Before And After: French Provincial Furniture

Over a year ago I purchased a french provincial furniture set off of Craiglist. $180 for two dressers and a night stand. Months later I found a matching nightstand. From the beginning I knew I wanted to paint them white, but it was a big project that I dreaded. After painting my bedroom walls, trim and restaining my bed frame, refinishing the furniture was mainly the only project I had left. Although, I still need to hang curtains, frames/art.

When it came to this project, I knew I needed to do it right because I was only going to do it once. I reached out to Leslie from Vintage Fresh Design Co., who I've been a big fan of for a long time, and she's local! I messaged her for her best painting tips, and I'm so thankful for her amazing help! I couldn't have done it without her.

It took me about 7 days to finish including drying. Below are the steps I took.

1.) Remove hardware
2.) Clean hardware
3.) Wipe down furniture with liquid deglosser
4.) Sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper
5.) Primed with Zinsser Shellac w/a small foam roller, let dry overnight
6.) Sand
7.) Repeat steps 5 & 6
8.) Apply paint (using a small foam roller again). I used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Latex in Snowbound which is the same white used on my wall trim and doors.
9.) Sand
10.) Repeat steps 8 & 9
11.) Apply Minwax Polycrylic in satin with foam roller
12.) Sand

1.) Apply Zinsser Shellac (thankfully comes in a spray can), allow to dry and spray back side
2.) Apply Rust-oleum spray paint (dark gray)
3.) Allow to dry and Repeat step 2 until you have full coverage

Now on to the before and after photos! I still have yet to decorate the dressers, but I love the simplicity in my bedroom. What do you think?!

Have you ever taken on a big painting project? Or would you rather pay someone?

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