Hello, beautiful friends!! I spent the better part of the weekend putting away all the Halloween things, so I’ve pulled out a French script dresser that I just love to share today!
Here is how this dresser started:
It was sitting outside of the Goodwill just waiting for me to come along. It was priced at $65, which I thought was a great deal for such a cute piece. But THEN, as I was standing in line to pay for it, the cashier announced that all furniture was half off! How lucky was that??
As cute as it appears, it is not a very well-crafted piece. The drawers are made of thinner wood and no dovetail joints, but I do love the charm it has!
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Clean and prep
The first thing I did was give this dresser a good cleaning with White Lightning.
I mixed one TBSP into a half gallon of warm water and used a terrycloth applicator pad to wipe everything down…
They’re like a sponge covered in a washcloth and are perfect for cleaning!
Then, I swapped out my water for fresh water to give everything one more wipe down to remove any remaining residue. All clean!
Next, I had a few areas of missing veneer inside the drawers:
Once those areas were completely dry, I sanded them smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.
Covering the Smell
This dresser came with a smell that reminded me of an old stick up. Do they still make those? It had an overpowering flowery scent to it that I didn’t love. So, I enlisted the best thing there is to cover any odor: Dixie Belle’s BOSS!
I applied one coat to the entire inside cavity of the dresser with a brush:
It goes on milky but dries clear on unfinished wood. It will leave a slight haze over darker stains.
BOSS Prime for Potential bleed-through
The next step in this dresser makeover was to apply a coat of the White BOSS to the exterior.
Because this is an older dresser, I wasn’t sure if it was a potential bleeder or not, but I decided to play it safe and go ahead and BOSS it just in case:
Not only will BOSS block odors, but it is a stain blocker as well, and is the best thing for preventing the tannins from bleeding through your paint job and has NO harsh smell. I allowed that to dry overnight as proper dry time is KEY!
Using the white under light colors will save you a coat of paint also.
Finally, it was time for paint. I chose the color Fluff for this one:
Fluff has excellent coverage for a white and it generally covers in just two coats.
It isn’t as bright a white as Cotton but more of a vintage white.
See my video for how I paint furniture below:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
Adding a Transfer
I knew just the transfer I wanted to use on this piece when I found it.
I wanted a French script dresser, and this gorgeous My Heart transfer was just the look I wanted:
Isn’t she so pretty?
Unfortunately, when I laid it out, it was a tad taller than I wanted:
To make it fit, I decided to cut the floral part out:
And I love that I was able to make it more neutral this way!
I started at the bottom burnishing it in place with the included tool…
I cut the transfer where the gaps were with a razor knife. This made it easier to apply.
To make the transfer work seamlessly after removing the floral portion, I did have to alter it in a couple of places, including moving this part down a bit to center it better:
If you cut the top of the sponge flat across, you can get right up under the lip at the top!
Gator Hide and Transfers don’t mix!
Just an FYI…the water repellent properties that Gator Hide is know for can cause transfers to lift. In the case of a dresser like this one, if you are adding a transfer to the front, Satin Clear Coat is plenty of protection. If your dresser will get lots of abuse, you can always Gator Hide the top and stick to Clear Coat on the front and sides.
If you are applying a transfer to a table top or something that needs the heavy duty water repellent protection of Gator Hide, you can apply a coat of Clear Coat first, and then follow up with Gator Hide.
French Script Dresser, The After
Here is how this pretty little lady turned out:
I love the sweet simplicity of this one!
The original hardware was lovely, so I just painted it in the Fluff also:
I used my fingernail to scratch some of the paint off here and there to distress them, and then gave them a quick seal with Best Dang Wax in Clear.
I kept them white so they wouldn’t fight for attention with the transfer.
Glass knobs would have been cute here too, but these pulls were too pretty not to keep and were FREE!
And you may have noticed that the transfer isn’t quite centered top to bottom, but had I done so, the pulls would have covered the all the corners! So, I decided to move it down a bit.
Of course I had to pretty up the drawers too! And because I had to use Dixie Mud to fill some missing veneer on a couple of them, I decided paint was the answer.
The insides and outsides were painted in Silk Conch:
It looks light here while wet, but it dries as almost an exact match to Tea Rose from the Chalk Paint line.
I love Silk for drawers since they are often unfinished wood, so you don’t need to sand first, and no topcoat is required since Silk has a built-in topcoat!
And what did I do with the floral transfer piece I cut out?
It was perfect to embellish the top drawer!
Google translate tells me it says this:
“Nothing can separate us. I will never be able to forget you. You will stay forever in my heart. I know that our story will last all our lives. From the depths of my heart I tell you never will we be separated.” (Thank you, Charlene, for fixing Google. 🙂 )
I hope y’all enjoyed seeing this beauty today!
If you’re thinking about adding a transfer to your next project, I have over 200 to choose from in my Etsy shop HERE! Just click the tab that says “transfers”!
Join me next time to see what I did with this round of smalls!
UPDATE: NO NEED TO WAIT…SEE THEM ALL HERE NOW!
See you then!
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