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Keeping Things Simple: French Linen on French Provincial

This afternoon, I was in the middle of uploading photos of this lovely gray dresser when I had to stop everything to meet my friend Katie for an emergency trip to the mall [okay, certainly no emergency but definitely an impromptu trip!]. So I'm sneaking this one just under the gun [it's currently 11:15pm as I'm writing this]. But I wanted to share the bare basics of this french provincial dresser I finished today. 

I did take some styled shots of this, but I'll share those little vignettes another day. Here, I just wanted you to see the simplicity and beauty of what paint, light sanding, and a coat or two of wax can do to transform a piece of furniture.

This is what the dresser looked like before paint.  Horrifying, yes.  Well actually, in photos it almost looks like I distressed it intentionally and could pass for something fairly interesting, just not something I'd want in my house.

The person who I purchased it from had painted entirely in a semi gloss latex paint.  They definitely hadn't prepped the piece at all, because the latex was peeling off EVERYWHERE. So though I rarely have to prep a piece of furniture, this time I had no choice.  Out came the orbital sander, and I went over every shiny, peeling surface until it was gritty and ready to accept paint again.

I decided to keep this one simple and not distress it, because I loved the hardware and the curves of this piece, and I decided those two features were enough to carry this look. I went with Annie Sloan's French Linen, because I thought the white detailing in the pulls would contrast nicely to this warm taupe-y gray. [and I was right!]

This color is just a perfect neutral for any space and is a great mid tone gray. It works really well in rooms with creams and whites, but it can also work nicely with bold, bright colors [again, I'll share my styling shots which are definitely chock full of color next week!]. My only gripe is this dresser unfortunately has some leg issues. It's sturdy and stable, [no wobbling here] but one of the legs had to be repaired, and so it's not in mint condition, which is how I always sell my furniture. So I'm not sure if I'll sell it, but the more I look at it, the more pleased I am with the results! [and maybe someone will want it, bum leg and all!]