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French Provincial Furniture Makeover With A Custom Mix Color

Custom mix turquoise paint is the secret to this sweet French Provincial furniture makeover.

I’ve heard people say they wouldn’t paint French Provincial furniture but I would paint it in a heartbeat. French Provincial is one of my favorite furniture styles. The white furniture with gold trimmed white drawer pulls was pretty it it’s day. But for today, it needs an update.

The feminine style calls for a soft girly paint color. The drawer pulls need to be painted too. For this French Provincial furniture makeover I mixed a bunch of colors together to get the perfect shade of turquoise.

French Provincial Furniture Makeover

The Perfect Paint Color

I did good on the color didn’t I? You’ll notice the distressed areas too, couldn’t resist.

French Provincial hutch before paintingThe before is kind of sad huh. French Provincial furniture of this style was manufactured in the 50’s and 60’s. I remember this furniture. I sighed over it as a little girl. I wanted it.

The furniture was either real wood, part wood and part mdf, or all mdf, depending on the maker. The real wood stuff is the hardest to come by.

When I got married to the JTS I was blessed with a daughter. One of the first things I did was go out and buy her a set of quality girly furniture. Two short chests, each with a hutch, a desk, and a bed.

French Provincial desk before painting

Sometimes Painting Old Furniture Is The Answer

You can tell from the photos how the finish on this desk and hutch has yellowed. Not very pretty. The desk and hutch was brought in by a client for a custom paint job. I was excited because I knew I could make them shine!

I mixed paints together to get the shade of turquoise the customer was looking for. I used Beyond Paint in Bright White as the base and acrylic paints (those small bottles) in blues and greens to make this lovely color. I forgot to write down the names of the acrylic colors. Sorry.

One of the reasons I like Beyond paint is it mixes well with acrylic paints and I can make custom colors using the Bright White as a base.

How To Paint French Provincial Furniture

Painted French Provincial Furniture

The turquoise color looks great on the desk and hutch. I distressed the edges of the drawer fronts and all of the curvy details by hand using 60 grit sandpaper.

French Provincial desk makeover with turquoise paint

I thought about not painting the drawer pulls but when I put the first pull back on the desk it just didn’t look right. So I painted the pulls with the same paint as the desk.

French Provincial Furniture Makeover With A Custom Mix ColorI distressed the pulls very lightly. A touch of gold paint here and there on the pulls would have looked good too.

French Provincial Furniture Painted Turquoise

The sliding panel on the hutch has a new knob from Hobby Lobby. The desk and hutch is a joy to look at now.

I have to say hutches, bookcases, china cabinets, and similar items are not my favorite pieces to paint. Too much square footage to cover and it’s hard to paint the underside of all those shelves. The corners are a pain too.
French Provincial Furniture Makeover With A Custom Mix Color

For those of you who like distressed paint I can show you how to do the job with no mess. Video tutorial below…

How to Wet Distress Paint

Like this project? Take a look at this makeover….Turquoise Chest With Green Paint Wash.

That’s all for today. I have to start looking for some more French Provincial Furniture because I really enjoyed this project. Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I agree, painting all those shelves and corners are a pain! One thing I do is flip the piece upside-down. It’s is easier to get to the bottoms of the shelves.
    Very pretty color!

  2. Love the color turquoise is my favorite. My granddaughters have French Provincial dressers. I would love to paint them. They live in California and I live in Florida. Maybe on my next trip I’ll ask them and their parents if they would llke their furniture painted. I can only hope. You did an excellent job.

  3. I think it did have the formica top but not sure Tara. With pieces like this I use Glidden Gripper Primer the paint with Behr Paint–paint and primer all in one. I think I painted this piece with white Reclaim brand paint mixed with an acrylic to give it the turquoise color. Reclaim sticks to just about anything without priming but now I usually prime all pieces that have the formica like top. Hope this helps!!

  4. Do you remember if this piece had a Formica top to it? If so, do you gave a link with info on how to paint over it? Thanks!!!

  5. Marianne, I painted the original hardware. I used the same paint as the desk and hutch. Then I lightly distressed the hardware also.

  6. Was just wondering, did you just paint the original hardware? Or replace it? Any special kind of paint for the hardware? This is just darling, nice job! Love your stuff.

  7. It turned out beautiful Kathy – love it!!!
    I'm working on a custom french provincial pc right now – but
    customer wanted a light finish 🙁

  8. Awesome transformation with such a beautiful color!! I'm your latest follower & your neighbor just a little over an hour away!! I will def come for a visit & very excited to see you will be carrying MMS Milk Paint!! Blessings!!

  9. Love it!! The color is so cute:) Found you on Feathered Nest Friday and am your newest follower.

  10. What a gorgeous color! So fresh and fun. Great job!

  11. I love it! I hope I can find some pieces to do myself. Excellent job! 🙂

  12. Thanks Suzyq, there are so many different colors of turquoise or aqua, or whatever you call it and I love them all.