If you follow my posts, then you know that I often forget to take “before” photos in my eagerness to start a new project.  While the  grey and white dresser is tall with five drawers rather than wide like the dresser below, they are the same style so  you have an idea of what the dresser looked like “before” its rebirth.

fp restore buffet before

Thanks to friends and acquaintances, I’m often asked if I want a piece of furniture that they don’t use anymore, sometimes I’m lucky enough to get it for free, although I generally pay for the furniture.   A few years ago I worked in a coffee shop and purchased this dresser from one of the co-owners.

below front shot

I love it when I have plenty of paint in my supply closet to choose from so I opted for Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint for the body and Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint in White Dove for the trim pieces.  The paints are so very different and I realized that I prefer to use BM’s Advanced Paint, not only because it goes on smoothly, but I know that the piece has the toughest latex paint on the market.

drawer close up

If you are planning on distressing a piece, there is nothing better to use than Chalk Paint.  You can use traditional sandpaper or a wet cloth works well too for distressing.

side view

Because of the interesting lines on most french provincial pieces, I often opt to glaze them with Martha Stewart’s Coffee glaze, which has metallic flakes in it to subtly illuminate those places the glaze took hold.

front shot

This piece will be for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport later this week.