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French Provençal dresser makeover

ok, so here’s the problem…. I didn’t take a before picture. I don’t even know why. Maybe I did… I just can’t find it. I need to show you this so if I find the before I will add it later. Did I mention I NEED to show you this one?

I worked hard on it…. HARD. It came out beautifully and I am so pleased… but it was touch and go for a while….

Have you ever started something and then realized maybe it’s not going to look like you imagined? I did the top on this one and it took a long time… like weeks.

I love this stencil. L.O.V.E. it. It’s all french phrases of  adoration. “I like your sense of humor, you make me laugh, you tell interesting things, I love your smile, I adore you” Who wouldn’t want to hear that? This stencil is not made to be repeated. In other words, you can’t just do it, then line it up and keep going. Want to know when I discovered this? Yep… after I already did the first WHOLE THING, and then went to just keep going. Maybe I should have checked this before I started? Probably… but like most things I do, I dove right in…. lesson learned. It was an enormous pain in the neck, and totally worth it now.. that it’s over….

Anyway, I did the top and I love it. Then I painted the sides… and I hated it. H.A.T.E.D. it It was horrid. It was dull and boring and flat. I was so very sad. I had worked so hard on it.

ok, I put the drawers in. and the hardware on…. it came together… and it was… well, you tell me…

…what do you think?

patina fp dresser handles close Patina fp dresser top patina fp dresser handles close 2 patina fp dresser trim close.jpg

 Patina fp dresser full

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Martha
    September 13 at 6:59 PM

    I love the dresser and “need” to know where you got the stencil. I’ve been looking for that very thing.

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      scottiev
      September 13 at 7:01 PM

      Thank you! I got it from Wallmasque Stencils- I found them by accident on Facebook.

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    eliesa
    September 13 at 7:04 PM

    this is gorgeous! Love the stencil. And the color is beautiful too – love love love!

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    Stacie
    September 13 at 7:44 PM

    Wow! This is really really beautiful! You are one talented lady!

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      scottiev
      September 13 at 8:00 PM

      Thank you Stacie! I’m excited to finally get to see you next weekend!

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    Nancy Jefferson Rackley
    September 13 at 7:57 PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! It is gorgeous. Thank you for showing us your beautiful work. It was worth the time and headaches..

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      scottiev
      September 13 at 7:59 PM

      Thank you Nancy! It IS one of my very favorites.

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    Shelagh
    September 13 at 9:24 PM

    It’s so beautiful. Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad I’m not the only one that takes their time until the piece is ‘right’.

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      scottiev
      September 13 at 9:27 PM

      Shelagh- thank you! No, you are not the only one. I can’t put my name on it if I wouldn’t be proud of it in my home.

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    Kathy van Gogh
    September 14 at 12:44 AM

    Je T’aime! WHat I can read says “today in my soft heart”

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      scottiev
      September 14 at 11:39 AM

      Thank you Kathy! The translation I was using was loose. I figured it would be different (and more beautiful if you ask me) if someone could actually read French. 🙂

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    Chantal
    September 14 at 11:37 AM

    Scottie! Love it must have stencil where did you get it! I am a hopeless romantic at heart! Great job! You inspire me! xo See you soon! 🙂

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      scottiev
      September 14 at 11:38 AM

      Thank you Chantal! It is from Wallmasque Stencil Co. I found them on Facebook quite by accident one day.

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    Debi Beard
    September 15 at 5:50 PM

    rockin spot on dreaminess! The color combo is perfect and the stencil is magnificent!

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      scottiev
      September 16 at 7:47 AM

      Thank you Debi- that is a high compliment from you and the amazing pieces you create!

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    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    October 2 at 8:22 AM

    This is a gorgeous piece! The writing takes it over the top, love love love it! Looks like you made the stencil work after all. 🙂

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      Scottie
      October 2 at 9:09 AM

      Thanks Christy! It did work out, though OY!

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    August 6 at 2:20 PM

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    kimberly
    November 21 at 9:26 PM

    Hi Scottie! I made one post already under another piece and I have to say, I am now all over your page and pinning everything! lol. I have just purchased 3 smaller pieces and Im excited to get started on making them beautiful! As a newbie, do you have any tips for priming pieces that are veneer or laminate? Im so nervous to get started for fear the paint won’t adhere properly and I will have mess on my hands. I purchased some cans of zinsser primer and bonder as it seems to be a favorite among Pinners. Any tips and advice would be sO appreciated. Feel free to email me if that is easier for you! Thank you again for posting all your work!!

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      Scottie
      November 28 at 9:10 PM

      Kimberly, I am so sorry I just saw this message. I will email you directly. I am happy to share some tips with you!

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