French Country Guest Room

I don’t know about you, but I love having the opportunity to experiment with techniques and develop a new craft. Recently I was given the privilege of redoing a complete bedroom suite. Not only did this involve painting the furniture and finishing it with an antique wax, but my hubby helped me completely transform two of the pieces. I even added a bonus piece using a leftover drawer.

Check out the transformation below…

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Guest Room Before:

The furniture you see below was the first complete set that my parents ever bought and it’s well over 20 years old. It’s nothing spectacular in terms of quality but the style of it with the notches and detailing, made it perfect for a French country makeover.

Guest Room After:

My sweet and super talented husband helped me make yet another vision a reality. As always, he exceeded my expectations with both the dresser and the slightly more involved project – the chest of drawers. He removed the upper set of drawers in the dresser and added a shelf, easy peasy!

For the chest of drawers, he removed the two upper drawers and added a middle and lower shelf for increased storage. I made my own “wallpaper” for the backing by decoupaging pages from an old French book (that I snagged at my favorite antique store) to a piece of plywood. This technique added a level of interest and character that was both simple and elegant. It has quickly became my favorite piece!

I painted the exterior of all the pieces in the suite with Fusion Mineral Paint in Limestone and finished with an antique wax. (Check out my full post on Fusion Paint and Why it’s Better than Chalk and Milk Paint here). This is a great way to get that aged look that is so perfect in French country decor! The interior of the dresser and chest of drawers were painted in Cathedral taupe. I love painting the interior of a piece in an accent color. It’s an easy way to add depth and dimension. The inside of the drawers in the nightstands were done in Inglenook as a surprise pop of color.

Bonus Piece:

Using the largest drawer from the chest of drawers, I created a little storage spot for blankets by painting it the same color as the nightstand drawers (Inglenook) and adding legs for some height. This was the perfect piece to set in the alcove. Plus it functions as added storage and who doesn’t love that?!

Blanket storage
Blanket storage


If you follow any of my social media accounts you saw my quick tip on how to DIY antique brass hardware for next to nothing. I love the way it turned out here! Antique brass has more of a French country vibe than the traditional super shiny brass.

Antique brass hardware
Antique brass hardware

What’s your favorite part?


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