The Napoleon dresser

Oh, I have been scouting for a French style dresser for so long!!
I was thrilled to find this a couple months ago and take it home!
I always like to start with the after shot first:

Here was the before:

The drawers had some lovely graffiti scrawled inside.
You can also see how rough the edges were.

My furniture Pinterest board has a couple black and gold dressers that I fell in love with.  I was so anxious to finally try and do one myself.
Pinterest via Furniture Board, original photo from My Home Ideas

Pinterest via Furniture Board, originally from My Home Ideas
This seemed like the perfect piece, since the gold was already there  :)

This was also a return to latex paint for me.  I've been doing so many projects with chalk paint lately- it's great for those of us in wetter climates- quicker dry time when the weather suddenly decides to be uncooperative.

Annie Sloan paints don't have a true black.  There's Graphite, but it tends to be more, well, graphite or charcoal in color.

I needed a true black.

I went to my old standby, Behr Premium.  I love the test pots, because it is usually just enough for a single project, and it has primer in the paint.  It's an affordable way to try out a color too.

I love that this is such a traditional looking piece- also a departure for me- since I tend towards the Shabby Chic look.

Once again, I looked forward to breaking out my Antique Gold Rub n Buff!!!

This really enhanced all of the gold detail and it was so much fun to use.
Like buttah I tell ya!
It went on so smoothly and covered all the imperfections so well.
I even used it to embellish the corners:

You can find Rub n Buff at craft stores.
 A little goes a long way.

I also lined the drawers with vintage sheet music and Mod Podge.

 My French "Napoleon" dresser will be going into my space later today.  I have a little corner of all French items-  some linens, a metal three tier basket,  "Boulangerie" sign, and some accessories!
Thanks for letting me show you the before and after~

I also wanted to let you know about an upcoming show I will be participating in-

The Farmhouse Show in Turner, Oregon.
Held at the historic 
Turner Tabernacle
5605 Jubilee Dr. Se
Turner, Oregon 97392

May 2, Preview Night 6-8pm  $7 admission

Free Admission Days:
May 3, 10-6
May 4, 10-6
May 5, 10-4

Show will be restocked regularly!
Mark your calendar, I hope to see you there!

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  1. Aww I love the black and gold. It came out gorgeous!

  2. It is beautiful, an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing, Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  3. Wow, how beautiful! I love the color combination, and I LOVE the way you lined the shelves. So perfect. *Sigh* ;-)

  4. I have this EXACT same dresser, in the before state. My husband and I got it from our first landlords 3 years ago for free; I think they felt bad we were keeping our clean clothes folded in pop up laundry baskets. At first glance I thought of it as a cheap dresser from a super old Sears catalog (ours has a Sears sticker on it). I quickly realized that it has a little style potential. I've considered saving it to use in baby's room. The top two drawers are pretty shallow and would lend themselves well to little clothes. I think yours looks great, but for a baby room I will likely go for a less bold look. Do you have any good ideas for a softer looking redo on this one?

  5. it looks really really great.

  6. Oh Wow! It's not even recognizable as "one of those" dressers. I love the black and the way you kept the rich looking and I'm sure it won't last long. I'd have a hard time giving it up.

  7. Denise that is beyond fabulous! Thank you so much for coming to party with us! I know everybody will enjoy seeing your frenchy dresser! I know I did!

  8. That is one beautiful dresser! Great transformation! I have to admit that I was a little aprehensive when you mentioned black with gold gilding, but it looks so rich and fabulous! I love it! Nice work! I am inspired! The dresser I picked up is from that same family of furnitue...same era, etc, but a slightly different shape I think.
    Talk to you soon!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  9. I really like this piece and I love how you explain the process.

  10. Love the black and gold. Wish I lived out there I would definitely attend.


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