Monday, October 14, 2013

French Linen Dresser

I came across this beautiful dresser at a yard sale a few years ago. Her paint and finish were a mess but everything else was in great shape.

This piece is from the Touraine Custom Collection by Drexel (circa 1950's to 1960's). To date, she's my favorite yard sale find and I was glad to finally work on her. I was really excited to buy another color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too. French Linen was the color I chose to go with.

I painted the shell of the dresser in French Linen. For the drawers, I did a mixture of French Linen and some Old White. Here (sorry, I did not measure when I mixed the two clolors together). Here's how she turned out...

I love the serpentine shape and how she looks painted with just a bit of contrast. For the hardware, I used Old White and then did some distressing. It was just the right finishing touch for this piece.

She fits perfectly in our half bath. French Linen is such a great color and I look forward to using it more throughout our house. My husband was happy to see this color make its' way into our home :) 

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Blogger Susan @ SunflowerHugs said...

I absolutely LOVE this! French linen is such a great color and how you mixed it with the old white on the drawers is fantastic! Amazing job!

October 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Love it!!

October 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Vintage Paint and more... said...

I love the transformation - the French Linen is beautiful. Found you at Mod Vintage Life.... Cathy

October 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

Gorgeous! The lines of this dresser is just beautiful! I have used French linen several times and I love it! Have a blessed day!


October 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love, love, love the color. What a great makeover. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Party goes live at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

October 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Donna Wilkes said...

Such a great makeover - the paint was chosen perfectly for the dresser. I am in love with the gray.

October 14, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger curiositaellya said...

So pretty. Love the color. You did a fantastic job on this dresser.


October 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Betty Stapleton said...

love the dresser, I have just finished a buffet in french linen, have to wax it and I think I will use dark wax after. Your dresser is gorgeous.

October 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger TheMoonAndMe said...

Gorgeous! Love the two tone linen. :) It seems to accentuate the curves. :)

October 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Mimi.....what a beautiful transformation! Love the curves on this piece and the color is perfection!

October 15, 2013 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Inspired by you said...

You have done a wonderful job! It looks gorgeous!

October 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just gorgeous!!!
Paris Grey and Old White are my go to colors - I never tire of seeing them on transformations - this dresser is perfection now!

October 16, 2013 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Marie-Interior Frugalista said...

Mimi, this is stunning! I just love the Paris Grey and Old White/Grey color combination. Not distressing or dark waxing it gives it such elegance. I saw this over at The Inspiration Exchange party.

October 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Such a gorgeous transformation! I love the 2 toned color choice. Beautiful! ~Sonya

October 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

What a beautiful makeover! Nicely done!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

October 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger foreverdecorating said...

Perfect, Perfect, Perfect! You have inspired me. I just picked up a French dresser much like this though with a flat front and am going to paint it to sell. Thanks for the inspiration I needed. Love the curved front on this piece!

October 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's so BEAUTIFUL! That was a great find.

October 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger PamLuvsPink said...


I've had a beautiful vanity sitting in storage because I can't come to a decision as to how I want to paint it, but, I just love the way you used those two colors and how it turned out!!!

Have a great weekend!!!


October 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Looks beautiful, love the contrast of the greys!

October 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I wouldn't have been able to sit on this beauty for a few years, I love the lines this dresser has.I have been dying to try French Linen on a dresser as well, wonderful job she looks great!

October 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Jernigan said...

Love the French linen. Very creative. I have the same piece from Drexel. May try this on my piece. Thanks.

October 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

You have done it yet again! It's simply stunning! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

October 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

AMAZING transformation. Also loving the decor you placed on top. Perfectly styled!

October 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Mimi,
Awesome transformation. THumbs Up...

BTW, did you mix the French linen and the Old White and blend b4 painting it? I am so curious as I am having a project with my old Finnish dresser or whatever you call it.

TY for sharing and hope I get a positive feedback.

Happy Monday.
/CC girl

October 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I love the grey!

October 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

thank you. yes, i poured some French Linen in a jar and then added a little Old White to it. i stirred it until it was all blended and then painted the drawers. hope your project goes well! take care.

October 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful! I love how you did the drawers, too. I love pieces like this, too.

October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This dresser turned out just lovely!

October 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

thank you for linking up I love your dresser!! I am featuring your dresser at my party going on now!!

start at home

October 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

this is simply gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing on junkin joe...featuring you today : ) hugs

October 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Ashley Davis said...

This is beautiful!! It has such a nice sheen! I am in the process of working on a dresser very similar to this. Did you buff it after you waxed it?

February 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

hi ashley .thank you and yes, i did buff it after i waxed it.

February 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Did you sand down the dresser first, or just painted on top of the old shine?

April 3, 2016 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger LoveFindsYou said...

Looks fabulous!! Loving the two-tone grey!

June 10, 2016 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

HI, your dresser is fabulous! I'd like to ask about proportion of old white/ French linen on drawers' fronts - is this a mixture of 50/50? This is the shade of gray I' d like to achieve in my bedside tables.

August 4, 2016 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger grey dresser said...

I also wold like to know your mixture of French linen/Old white! :)

February 9, 2017 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Oh man! I have not done well keeping up with comments. I hope your project went well. I didn't measure when I did the mixing. So sorry... I couldn't even guess at this point it's been so long.

September 16, 2017 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Hi... I have not kept up on comments. Hope your project went well. I did not measure when I mixed and it's been so long that I can't even guess at it. Hope you found a good blend!

September 16, 2017 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

definitely want to try this on a piece I have in our guestroom. What type of brushes do you use? I've never painted furniture before (I usually just spray paint everything LOL)

February 2, 2018 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Richard R. Cole said...

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It feels like a few have had difficulty using the automatic decompression valve, so does yours have this?
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July 8, 2018 at 11:12 AM  
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