French country nightstand transformation

I scored this sweet little nightstand (and its partner three drawer chest) for a song.  I’ve wanted to do a transformation on a French provincial piece for a while, and was delighted when I found these pieces.

They sat in the garage all winter, but this spring set up my fancy-shamnsy sawhorse-and-plywood workbench in the backyard and got to work.

Now, I love the chippy pale chalk paint look but decided to take a different approach and paint them a deep, solid color.  I hoard paint palettes (more on that in another post) and I chose an eggplant color from a palette that I put together based on an exhibit I saw at the Boston MFA a few years ago.

Here’s the before:

french country nightstand


Pardon the blue tarp and half dachshund.

french country night stand close up

french provincial night stand


And after two coats of the deep purple paint –

french provincial aubergine night stand


I just reused the existing hardware – didn’t do a thing to it.  I like the patina and I think it works well with the new color!

french purple night stand


And there you have it!  A straight up before and after.

Off it goes to the etsy shop!



Linking up:
Furniture Feature Fridays


Tickled Pink at 504 Main


Common Ground


TDC Before and After

Mod Vintage Life

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. Turned out beautiful! Love the purple!

  2. What a pop color full of attitude!

  3. Pretty makeover! gotta love the power of paint!


  4. Are you selling this on Etsy then?! Love this!!!!

  5. What color did you use?

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