French Provincial Nightstand Preview

French Provincial Nightstand Preview

It seems like an eternity since I picked up a paintbrush to work on a piece of furniture. I have painted a few things just not furniture.

In fact, right now I’m in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets, but I will save that story for another day.

I picked up this cute French Provincial nightstand a couple of months ago, and she’s been hanging out in my office ever since.

Join me on Facebook live as I take you through the process of painting this French Provincial nightstand from start to finish.

My original plan was to keep it for myself, but I have decided to put her on the market after she has a proper makeover.

The Color Choice Struggle

I have almost reached the 4-year mark with this painted furniture gig, and there’s one aspect that is a constant struggle for me…Color choice.

It always goes something like this; should I paint this white/cream or go with color?

Do I want to follow the market or I do I want to stand out? Unless I am working on a piece for a client, the choice is all mine. It’s a gamble trying to guess what will appeal to an unknown buyer.

Last year, I was the client for most of my projects. I was easy to please.

So after much discussion in my head that was fraught with fear over not using white paint, I have decided to go with my heart choice.

Now, let’s move onto the good stuff

I will confess that I totally broke my rule of not buying laminate furniture when I made this purchase. I was completely smitten with her French charm. Every time I tried to ignore her in the online sale site, she just kept calling my name.

My last French style makeover involved veneer removal in sweltering Texas heat.

Why don’t I like laminate furniture? I knew you would ask this. It can be tricky to paint. It should be primed before painting, which is something I’m not a fan.

After I started the prep work, I quickly realized to turn my vision of this piece becoming an old world beauty; I have my hands full.

My Vision

If you have shopped for furniture lately, you will find many pieces that have been painted to look as if the surface has texture, yet the surface is smooth.  So my vision is to create texture and layers using a combination of primer, chalk paint and a paint brand I have never used before.

How many ways can this go wrong, too many to count?

I’m either going to level up one notch on the furniture skill ladder or come out with a hot mess that people will look at and smile while politely saying, “Oh, that’s interesting.”

So if you are interested in tagging along for the ride, you can join me on  Facebook live beginning January 31, at 1 pm CST. Each day I will show you a different stage of this whole process until she’s finished.

Don’t worry if you can’t be there while I’m live; you can always watch the replay.

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Did I really start this piece at the end of January?  The past few months have flown by, haven’t they?

I had a little downtime this week after two intense weeks of work in my master bathroom, so I decided it was time to put the finishing touches on this little lady.

This French Provincial style nightstand has a fresh coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Heirloom.

As you can see, I took a somewhat different path to finish this piece than I originally laid out above and did you notice the lack of distressing?

No, an impostor did not hijack this makeover. After I had brushed on that first smooth as silk coat of Fusion Mineral Paint, I knew I wanted to keep the look clean and fresh.

The dreamy color I used is called Heirloom.  Do you love it the way I do?

I have two confessions to make. One, I am in love with this paint. I’m not breaking up with milk paint, but I will be using more of this line in the future.  Sometimes you need a little more coverage than milk paint provides and I’m downright giddy about the fact this paint does not require a topcoat.

That’s right sweet sisters in paint; it has one built right in!!!!

Okay, the second confession is that’s not a furry rug underneath the nightstand. The piece has such a girly vibe I felt it needed something other than beige carpet or hardwood floors to rest on. So, I did what any other blogger would do. I jumped in the car and sped off to WalMart.

They did have faux furry rugs but, they were $20 and only came in teal, fuschia, and gray. My heart sank just a little but I my eyes lit up when I found the very last yardage of furry polar bear fabric.

It was meant to be mine! It’s so furry I almost can’t stand it, in a good way of course.

So, that’s it for this French Provincial nightstand makeover.

I kinda love it, how about you?

Oh, I almost forgot, if you want to learn more and see some stunning painted furniture makeovers using Fusion, hop on over and meet Melanie of Lost & Found.  Her blog is binge-worthy.


Your ambitious sister in paint.









  1. Toni says:

    Wow Lisa, that is so beatuiful! I love the lack of distressing. Some pieces just lend themselves to be pure and fresh. I love the color and will have to try that paint very soon as I am all about one and done 😀 Although the hemp oil on my milk painted mid-century piece is holding up nicely 🙂

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