How to create a fabulous Faux Stain on French style Dresser

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How to create a fabulous Faux Stain on French style Dresser

We worked hard this weekend, but we also made time for some End of Summer (for us, kids go back to school Tuesday!) fun. We had a Fiesta here at Casa de la Bergs, Gringo Style.  All family fun with a few friends from church and our neighborhood.

We even had a contest going for the best appetizer and the Boss.  “Jeffe”.

See here is Senor Marcos.  Él es tan guapo!

Now the work part.  I have Paris Flea next weekend!  If it seems like it just happened, it did.  The way the calendar dates fell this month the sales were only three weeks apart.   I worked hard Friday night, and will have things to show all week!

I bought this dresser several months ago when Shelly from A Little Bit O Shizzle was visiting.

I adore this French style of furniture that was so popular in the 1970s. I have done many pieces just like this over the years. My favorite treatment for these pieces is my “Glazed Wood” treatment. Usually, the top is laminate, as it was here. This treatment can upgrade the look from middle class to high class.

I painted the entire piece in DIY Paint in Tarnished Pearl and did my first layer of Glaze. Already you can see it looks beautiful.

The next step is adding le “spots”. Don’t worry, you pull through these to create that variegated wood look.

Getting there!

I finished the piece with a thin coat of an equal mix of DIY Paint Dark and Decrepit Patina (the perfect Antique shade) and Vintage Linen, It made it just creamy enough to not look white, but not really a color either.

The hardware was very white before with gold details.  I wanted to age the hardware, but not paint it.  Brush a small amount of a strong pigment, I prefer Modern Masters and brush on. Let it set for a minute, then use a shop rag to wipe off the excess.  Instant Patina!


Here is the finished dresser with the faux wood stain using DIY Paint to look like real wood and a real stain. 

I sealed the entire piece with DIY Paint Big Top. This piece can be used as buffet and wiped down again and again. 

If you want to learn more about this treatment, remember it is all laid out in step by step directions in How To Make Anything Look Like Real Wood.



  1. Susan

    What a great faux wood finish, the best I’ve ever seen! I love how the piece looks now awesome job!

  2. cassie

    wow, karen! that is amazing! and i love the contrast on the drawers!

  3. Catherine

    Looks really great now!
    I’m stripping away all traces of that french provincial style
    on the one I’m working on! But mine wasn’t nearly so nice!

  4. Gwen

    Wow! That looks amazing! You are so talented, girl!

  5. shelly andrade

    You are the glazer of all glazers!! Love how Mark gets into the themes ~ happy back to school. We’re barely halfway through here but wish I could stretch it out a few more months.

  6. Hetty

    I am hanging on to this post and tutorial because I have similar pieces and I love the look of this dresser. Fabulous job.

  7. Bliss

    Wow! Beautiful redo.

  8. Jenny Stevens

    What kind of glaze do you use for this technique and where can it be purchased?

  9. Danielle

    Wow! Amazing! When I saw the thumbnail on the link up I thought that was wood. Great tip. Love how it came out! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  10. Debra@CommonGround

    just gorgeous, Karen. you’re so stinkin’ talented AND smart!!

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Gosh you are good!


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