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Curvy French 9 Drawer Dresser


How about French Provincial dresser in shades of grey? I would love to hear your comments below.


I purchased this giant dresser sight unseen and when it arrived it was in rough shape.

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The top had deep scratches and dings, the back was missing, drawers misaligned, chipped veneer and oh so dirty but the solid wood construction and pretty style would make all the work worth it.

See the completed antique coffee table tutorial peeking in upper left corner.


Close up shows the dings and scratches but also the original finish crazed, 


I stripped the top with a chemical paint stripper as step #1.


Areas needing wood filler were addressed and filled (see above right)
Then is was time to power sand it smooth. (left is sanded and the right side is not)


All sanded and super smooth, look at the lovely grain.


The curvy edges were then sanded carefully with the orbital sander followed by hand sanding.


The entire top was now sanded and ready for the next steps.


I slid the drawers all back in for this shot.


Some of the drawer frames were moved and reglued into place, clamping and letting dry well. As I mentioned at the beginning the back was missing which made this step allot easier.


The entire base was then hand sanded to smooth chips and dings and remove loose finish. I used a combo of retired sanding discs and Dixie Belle sanding sponges.



Then everything was scrubbed inside and out, upside down to clean every surface using Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner, warm water and a scrub brush. After everything was scrubbed well I hose it all with clean water, wipe with a clean towel and let dry well overnight.


On to replacing the missing back. Here is a 4'X8' sheet of hardboard I picked up at my local Rona store.


With the help of my inhouse handyman we cut this sheet into smaller pieces.


One is for the back of this dresser, the smaller pieces are used for my custom faux tin tile orders.


The handyman and I secured the cut backing to the dresser using a power nailer.


My first plan was to white wash the top so I used Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain in picklin white.


This is the first coat, I applied a second coat the next day.


The base was next to be worked on. All surfaces were painted Dixie Belle in hurricane grey.


It is a beautiful medium grey. Here are more hurricane grey projects.


However once it was put together the white was too stark, time for plan b as I loved the grey base.



I tried lightening the drawers first doing 2 test drawers. The bottom was done in a wash of manatee grey and the middle one was a combo of both colors. I put a poll out on Creative Moments Instagram and Facebook pages; the solid color had the most votes.


This is two coats of the white gel stain dry and sanded.


Plan b for the top called for Dixie Belle Voodoo Gel Stain in up in smoke and black magic. These two were drizzled to blend.


And this was the end result, again not quite to my liking.


Once dry I went with plan c which was Dixie Belle Voodoo Gel Stain in black magic alone and loved it!


Now back to the base, I wanted to add some drama to the solid grey without a variegated look like the top so applied Dixie Belle midnight sky around the edges and blended in. YES!


All the drawers were set in yet again,


and the lower left drawer looks great so on to doing 8 more.


The sides had the darker midnight sky added to the edges and detailing. Here are more midnight sky projects.


This gave the sides some drama too.


I am loving this look!


The only thing left was to do the detailed front pieces.


To seal the top I used an applicator sponge and applied Dixie Belle Gator Hide in long sweeping motions. Three coats were applied in total allowing each to dry well between coats.


The original hardware was beautiful and just need a good cleaning. A thin green Scotchbrite scour pad buffed the higher areas for a perfect highlighted pull.


As a final step before putting the hardware back on, all the painted grey areas were sealed with clear  Dixie Belle's best dang wax.


And this big beast has new life and one of a kind presence to make a statement in any bedroom. It actually sold with a sneak peek photo I shared before even listing it.


video tour





It was made by a Canadian furniture company called Malcom Better Built Furniture. And for sure it was well built and now after its makeover it is ready for many more years of service!


Isn't the top gorgeous?


another video tour view





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Feb 14, 2021


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Comments

  1. I love how this turned out! The color is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday!

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    1. Thank you Michelle, I really loved the end results too :)

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