Furniture & Antiques

Painting a provincial style chest of drawers in Porters Chalk Emulsion

I have to admit that I have been a bit addicted to painting sideboards / chests of drawers of late and this project was no exception 🙂

My wonderful hubby picked this piece up for me and I was super excited when I saw it. It was plain and boring with a not very nice mahogany finish. Despite the dreary finish it had lovely shape and the carving on the drawer fronts had so much potential. I knew for this piece that I wanted to use a Parisian Grey and off white finish that I used on a custom project that I have recently finished, you can read about it HERE.

The grey that I chose to use is a Porters paint called Chalk Emulsion. It was super warm out so I set up a drop cloth outside and got painting. I painted the entire piece in 3 solid coats of the grey paint. After that was dry I painted the panels in the drawer fronts and the raised trims in Linen Milk Paint. Funnily the milk paint began to chip and self resist all over the place. At first I was a tad shocked then I decided to use it to my advantage. I knocked all the loose paint off with a sanding sponge and then painted over the chippy finish with a websters chalk paint mix in a antiqued white. I painted it on rather thickly and hit it with the hairdryer to crack it slightly. The chippy paint underneath gave the fronts a worn uneven aged look that I just loved.

Next I lightly sanded the entire piece to smooth out the finish and prepare it for wax. After that I waxed the entire piece with L’essentiels super yummy clear wax and dark wax. On the white drawer fronts I went a tad heavier with the dark wax to frame them and then grabbed a canister of L’essentiels ageing dust in natural colour. Using an old blush brush I pushed the ageing dust into the carved trims and around the edges of the panels to add extra depth. The ageing dust gave the panels such a warm aged patina, they just looked divine.

French provincial chest of drawers

This piece is soooooo pretty …

rustic drawer chalk paint

just look at how that ageing dust adds movement and detail


This piece turned out perfectly provincial, I can just imagine it now set up with a candy bar on top for a vintage themed wedding or with a display of tea cups and china for a high tea or even just a sideboard in a lounge room or hall way.

French Provincial chest of drawers


What would you use this piece for? I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Adriana X

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