French Provincial Dresser Makeover

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If I had to guess, I'd say that 80-90% of the pieces we work on are project pieces in the truest sense - as in, side of the road, falling apart, complete overhaul kinds of pieces. As satisfying as it is to transform them, it's always a nice surprise to find something that is in relatively good condition and just needs a little facelift.

French Provincial dresser in General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze

When I purchased this chest of drawers from the family of an elderly woman who had passed, I knew I just had to do it justice in honor of her. She had clearly taken impeccable care of it - it was in great shape! It had been some time since I'd worked on a French Provincial dresser, so I was really excited to get my hands on this one.

French Provincial dresser before painting

I decided to go for a classic look. First, a base coat of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood, applied with my HomeRight sprayer and ClingOn brush. I'm a big fan of this color - it's the same one I used to create the Restoration Hardware inspired finish on my burlap rocking chair.

painting General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint Cling On Brush

Then, I added some Pitch Black Glaze by General Finishes to add some more dimension. I finished the whole piece off with High Performance Topcoat in Flat.

French Provincial dresser in General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze

General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze

General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze

French Provincial wood drawer in General Finishes Driftwood

French Provincial dresser hardware on driftwood grey chest of drawers

General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze French Provincial drawer front

General Finishes Driftwood with Pitch Black Glaze

I loved the patina of the original brass hardware, so I just gave it a bit of cleaning and called it a day. I think it complements the dresser beautifully just the way it is.

Frendh Provincial dresser hardware antique vintage bronze

Frendh Provincial dresser hardware antique vintage bronze

To add a little glamor to the drawers, I painted the sides with General Finishes Pearl Effects Glaze in Burnished. Because a little extra glitz never hurt anyone, right? :)

General Finishes Driftwood gray dresser pitch black burnished pearl effects glaze

An outdated french provicial dresser brought up-to-date with General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood, and Pitch Black and Burnished Pearl Effects Glazes | Furniture makeover by Anastasia Vintage

I still don't quite believe that I didn't even have to break out the wood filler or electric sander for this one!

An outdated french provicial dresser brought up-to-date with General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood, and Pitch Black and Burnished Pearl Effects Glazes | Furniture makeover by Anastasia Vintage

More dreamy dressers:


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 Abandoned Dresser Gets a Colorful Makeover


 Pottery Barn Inspired IKEA Rast Dresser




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November Winner & My Favorite Picks (and a December Surprise!) {The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest}

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Is it just me, or is anyone else feeling totally swamped this week? Oh my goodness...I love the holidays, but sometimes this time of year can feel like such a blur!

So I figured, why not take some time out to share a bit of really great news? Who's in?!


First, the November edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest was, IMO, one for the record books. Our sponsors at Minted generously provided our hosts and participants with their gorgeous fabrics for our projects (you can find mine here). Plus, so many of our participants tackled upholstery for the first time and totally knocked it out of the park!

Here are some of my faves of the month:

Barrel Chair & Ottoman | Queen Patina



Rachel from Queen Patina is a newer FFFC participant, and I'm SO glad she's part of our little community! She was really fortunate to have found this awesome barrel chair with such great lines and details. I adore the fabrics she paired for her makeover - don't they go so perfectly with the natural wood of the chair? Plus, her staging and photography are perfection. Love love love.

His & Hers Office Chairs | Creatively Living


When you see the 'before' shot of these office chairs, you will not believe it. Katie from Creatively Living (another newbie participant!) took this pair from old and dingy to clean, crisp, and chic. And it's another really great example of two fabric choices from Minted complementing each other beautifully!

TV Storage to Entryway Unit | Cupcakes & Crowbars


Dee of Cupcakes & Crowbars did such an incredible job taking a TV storage unit from IKEA and turning it into a customized entryway organization unit for her family! I especially love that she used her fabric from Minted in a really creative way, and paired it with cushions, wood planks, and even LED lights to create a super unique piece!

And last but certainly not least, our November winner:


Wingback Chair | Redo It Yourself Inspirations


Having reupholstered a wingback chair or two myself, I can tell you it's no easy feat. Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations did such a stellar job transforming this old, stained chair into a true work of art. I just can't say enough about how much I love the quiet sophistication of this piece. It's a real beauty!

Robin will be taking home a $300 gift certificate from Minted. Stop by and congratulate her if you have a moment - I'm sure it would make her day :)

Congratulations to the November favorites and winner!


And now for the surprise!

In case you hadn't heard, the December Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is already underway, and it's not to be missed! In addition to giving away FOUR prize packages for some of our favorite entries this year, we're also holding a reader giveaway to say thank you to all of you!

 You can find all of the details, vote for your favorite, and enter to win some sweet DIY prizes on the FFFC blog



 Best of luck to all of our December participants and to all of you who enter the giveaway (which you definitely should)!

And with that, I'm headed off to resume my holiday season craziness fun! :D


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Roadside Find to Fun & Funky Vanity

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It's time for the December installment of Furniture Refresh! Our theme for this month is "It's All in the Details" - and my piece for this month certainly fits the bill!


I have to admit, today's project was a bit of a departure for me. I don't do a ton of building or geometric designs, and my color choices are usually pretty subdued. But if you know me, you know I love a challenge and a chance to try something new. So just how did I end up creating my fun and funky piece? Read on! :)

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How to Paint Perfect Signs & Graphics

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Lately I've been working on lots of painted signs and furniture graphics, and I've been getting lots of questions on how to do them. So today I thought I'd share one of my favorite techniques for transfering images for signs and graphics. It definitely meets my criteria for go-to techniques - it's easy, it works, and it costs next to nothing. Win :)


Here's how to do it:

1) Scale your image to the correct size


The easiest way I've found to size my images correctly is to use Powerpoint. First, open a new presentation and customize the size of the slide to the dimensions of the surface you're working with.


Then, insert the image and adjust the borders so it is the same size as your slide. 

If you're transfering text that you're creating yourself, insert a text box into the slide, type your text, and adjust the size of the font and text box until you're happy with how it looks on your slide.

Finally, save the image as a PDF (I'll explain why next).


2) Print the image


The easiest way I've found to print images to the correct scale is to use Adobe Reader. First, open your PDF in Adobe Reader and select Print from the File menu or the toolbar. Under "Page Sizing & Handling," select the Poster option. I also like to click the box next to Cut Marks, as they help me to properly align all of the pieces of the image. If your image is large and takes up multiple 8.5 x 11 pages, the preview to the right will show you exactly how it will be printed out.


3) Assemble & color your printout


Once you've printed your image, tape each of the pieces together in the correct order. Next, flip the image over and color all over the back of the paper with a pencil, pastel crayon, or chalk. I typically use pencil unless the image will be painted on a dark surface, in which case, I use chalk. You do not have to color every inch of the paper itself, but do double-check that you have covered the back of every part of the image to be transfered.


4) Trace the image


Flip the image back over so the colored side is against the surface of your piece. Trace over the outline of the image/text to be transfered with a pencil or pen. The writing instrument you use doesn't even have to work - the point is to apply enough pressure so the color on the back of the paper is transfered to the surface of your piece as you trace. Once you're done, you should have a nicely transfered outline.


5) Paint the image


My favorite tool to use for this step is a paint pen, but you can also use a small artist's brush if you have a steady hand...which I do not :)



And you're done!

I use this technique for image and text transfers with smooth edges and solid fill, like the pieces below:









As for transfers with more detailed fonts that are harder to reproduce by hand, I like to use the technique described in this post. Equally easy, equally great results :)

Take a look here for even more ideas you can create with this technique!




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