A Deux of French Dresser Makeovers

DIY French Dresser makeover

Hi Everybody!

This week I am back with not one, but two french dresser makeovers to share with you!

This was one of those projects that has been a long time coming.  When we moved last time I sold the dresser/changing table we used in our daughter’s room.  Even though we’ve been getting settled into our new abode for several months now, I never quite got around to replacing it.  That was until my my mother in law called with exciting news about two french provincial dressers they spotted at their church yard-sale.  Better yet there were only $10 for the pair! They were the How amazing is that?!?  Definitely the perfect combination in my book.

Here is what they looked like when they arrived from their long tip to their new home.  They were kind of a weird green-cream color with lots of chipped and cracked paint.   I owe a huge thank you to my father in-law for completing the first step in getting these babies ready for a new paint job.  He striped and sanded the tops of both dressers for me while I was finishing up another project.  I couldn’t ask for a better father in-law than that!

When it came to picking out paint colors I knew I didn’t want to do anything to nursery-ish.  They also needed to be able to transition into a big girl room while still being appropriate for a little one.  To make things more complicated only one of the dressers will be in her room for now.  The other one will live in our guest room which is full of my husband’s man things.  Needless to say he wouldn’t exactly be over joyed with a pink dresser in there.  So I decided to go with a mis-matched look.  We painted both dressers with a home made chalk paint.  The long lowboy dresser got a fresh new look with coral pink (Valspar Amber Rose 2003-3b) and the tall highboy dresser looks great in a deep navy blue (Valspar Indigo Streamer 4010-4).

To  add visual interest and to tie the dressers together I added these adorable stripes to the side of the dresser drawers in the opposite color.  For full instructions on how to get Perfectly Striped Drawers along with the two most important steps check out my post here!

After all the painting was done including a painting the hardware with a nice bright white I waxed everything with Johnson’s Paste Wax and then once more for good measure.  Since they are going into our little one’s room I wanted to make sure they had a nice protective finish.

Once everything had time to dry it was time to move it into the house and finish them with a few cute accessories.

I love these printables I found on Esty when we were decorating little one’s room.  They look stunning in my vintage silver frames.

These dressers turned out remarkably and met all those pesky requirements on our list.  They are girly, without being over the top yet masculine enough to blend with boy stuff.  They will be the perfect fit for the little one as she grows out her baby needs and into her big girl room.  I can’t believe how fast she is approaching her “big girl room” but for now it is so nice to not be changing diapers on the floor anymore!

Do you have any furniture in your home that is pulling double duty? I’d love to hear how you make it all work in the comments below!

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52 thoughts on “A Deux of French Dresser Makeovers

  1. I love the makeover you did with both dressers. My favorite part – the stripes inside the drawers – – Brilliant – just brilliant! Stopping by from Imparting Grace – Blessings to you 🙂

    1. Aww thank you so much Debbie! I agree with you, the stripes really made the project pop for me. It would have been lacking something without them! Thank you for stopping by!


  2. Cat, I just love both of the dressers. Those stripes on the drawer – too cute!! (and I can’t imagine how long that took you!) Nice work!

  3. Both of these makeovers are simply beautiful, the colour combos and the stripes are just perfection.

  4. GORGEOUS!!! These are absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!! I can see these in both of my kiddos rooms! I’ll be pinning for the future renos! Thanks for linking up at the Marvelous Monday Link Party!!! xo!

  5. Hi Cat, the black and white stripes against the pink drawer front caught my eye at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Those stripes are FABULOUS! Love both of your makeovers 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh…amazing and creative furniture makeover! Love the stripes and your color choice. Can’t believe that price either! Great job…and in-laws!

  7. What a steal! You’ve really modernised these dressers, they look great. My favourite part is the secret design (stripes).

  8. what wonderful colors. I love the side stripes too! Hugs
    P.S> I invite you to share at my Thursday blog hop.

  9. Wow what a makeover, they look awesome. And I love the touch of those stripes, makes them very individual 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  10. I love both makeovers, Cat! The coral paint color with the navy blue striped drawers is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing these two awesome makeovers at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
    (psst–this will be one of the featured posts at our next party!)

  11. Cat these dressers look amazing!!! I love the stripes and the colors you chose. The pink dresser looks really sweet in your daughter’s room. They are fantastic!

  12. These are both gorgeous makeovers. What a find for $10.00! The stripes in the drawers are such a great touch. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned them both to my upcycle/recycle/restoration board.

  13. We are all so excited to see your project and have been emailing it to each other in the office. What a transformation! I think I’d leave my drawers open all the time if they were striped on the sides like yours. Thanks for sharing! – Ann at Public Storage

    1. Thank you so much Ann and Patricia! I’m so happy you love it! I do too, it makes me smile every time I open the drawers!

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing!


  14. I agree with everyone else I love the dressers. I painted some last spring but used regular paint and they have started to chip where the drawers slide in and out. I have two more to paint so I am very interested in using the chalk paint and wax method. Would you consider sharing your homemade chalk paint recipe? My email is marsha_jeff (at) hotmail (dot) com I spelled out at and dot to avoid spammers 🙂

    1. Hi Marsha!

      I would be more than happy to share with you! I’ll send it over in an email. Thank you so much for stopping by!


  15. I love the upcycled dressers!

    liz jo @ <a href=http://www.sundayswithsophie.com/> sundays with sophie</a>

  16. Really pretty Cat! And the inside stripes are a fun surprise. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Would it be possible to use striped/patterned shelf paper to cover the sides of the drawers? Any reason that might not work? Thanks!

    1. Hi Allison!

      Great question! You could use a patterned paper. But I would only use it on a drawer that is installed on a track. These drawers are loose in their space therefore they rub against the side when I open them. I would be afraid to use a paper there because it would rub off or tear. Another good option might be a striped or patterned fabric! I hope this helps!


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