Before and After – French Provincial Nightstand – Ombré Blending Technique

Hi Friends,

I was dying to tell you all about my latest project. Every once and a while I fall in love with a piece I’ve painted. This French Provincial nightstand is one of them.  I found it at the Goodwill Store near my house, and it was in incredibly good shape, except for some ugly scratches on its top. I snapped it up and, for a couple of months, I waited for that moment of inspiration that always happens when I finally decide to tackle a piece.

Here is the before picture. Perfection, right?


What triggered the inspiration was a challenge proposed in one of the Facebook groups I belong. Dionne (the group owner) challenged us to find a color inspiration on Pinterest, magazine, or any other source, then paint a piece of furniture inspired by that.

This was my color inspiration picture. I guess I don’t want summer to end.

mint sea (3)

I had a bunch of chalk paint leftovers from previous projects, including a beautiful minty green that I ended up never using. This was the perfect project for them.

Once again, I went for the blending technique, which is my current obsession as you might have noticed.

Here is how it looks now.

Aqua French Provincial 1

I love how it turned out!

And if you are wondering how I did it, I have good news! I made a full video tutorial for you. Have five minutes? So check it out!

I will give you the step by step here too, but it is always more effective to watch “the action”. At least I learn better that way.

These are the supplies I used for this project. I’m adding some affiliate links* in case you choose to purchase them online.

And here is how I did it.

I started by sanding down the top with an electric sander until it was completely smooth.

The other areas of the nightstand were in perfect shape so I just sanded it lightly with 120 grit sandpaper, then cleaned the whole piece with a mix of water and vinegar.

Next, I primed it with a coat of clear shellac.

I grabbed all four colors of chalk paint and poured a little blob of each one on my paper plate.

Then I sprayed water on my brush, then dabbed it on my plate making sure to get a touch all the colors. You don’t want your colors to blend together on the bristles. The blending will happen on the piece, while you are brushing back and forth in a linear motion.


I started by painting the top using all the colors in the same proportion. I then moved on to the sides and, since I wanted an ombré finish, I tried to get mostly the green and teal for the higher areas, with just a few hints of mint and white. I tried to do most of my strokes in one direction. From the top, halfway down to the bottom, because I wanted the lower areas to have less paint.


I kept my brush wet during the whole project, by spraying water at it every few minutes.

I used a clean brush to start working with my light colors, mint, and white. This time I did the opposite and started brushing from the bottom, stopping halfway to the top, in order to get a smooth transition between the dark and the light areas.

I repeated the process on the other side and the front.

To avoid hard streaks of paint, I went over the surface with a clean, wet brush, before the paint was dry. That caused some drips of dark colors over my light area and to solve that I just went back with a clean, dry brush and removed the excess of water.


When I was happy with the result, I waited a couple of hours for it to dry, then sprayed three coats of General Finishes Top Coat, satin.

I blended two very delicate metallic colors for the pulls. Modern Masters Champagne and Oyster and I think the new colors were the perfect match for this piece.


And now, have fun with all the pictures!


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By the way, this nightstand is for sale on my Etsy Shop (*Update*. Sold) .

Thank you so much for reading!


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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

16 thoughts on “Before and After – French Provincial Nightstand – Ombré Blending Technique

  1. This is beautiful! I have to try this technique on something, anything, maybe even just a vase – but I have to do it. I love DecoArt Chalky Paint- it’s my favorite chalk paint and the price is fantastic- especially when it’s on sale for $5/8oz. Everlasting is the prettiest, non-glaring, true white and Keepsake is such a beautiful, bright teal that looks great on the inside of drawers for a pop of color. Anyway, thank you once again for a great tutorial. Some of the favorite paint techniques I use have come from your tutorials, I just put my own spin on it. You are a great educator and do amazing work.


    1. Hi Christie!
      I admit I am impressed with the quality of such an inexpensive paint. And they have colors I can’t find in other brands, so I’ll make sure I keep my little stock.
      I’m happy this encouraged you to try! The idea of practicing on a vase is perfect.

      Thanks for always stopping by with your good energy and kindness.


  2. Hi Pat, your piece is lovely 😍😍! I will have to try it too.
    I have a question 😊. Vc e brasileira?
    I have a brasilian friend named Patricia Rios😄.
    Anyways. Love your work and your name and accent
    For some reason Sounded familiar. I am brasilian 😁.
    Keep up the good work!!


  3. I’m new at this stuff and was wondering when you sprayed the whole thing with a clear coat after sanding how did it get all white before you started painting with your chalk paint? I have an old secretary desk I want to redo and would only have to surface sand because it’s all in good shape but not sure what to use next so paint will stick to it? Thank you in advance! I love these helpful tutorials!


    1. Hi Lisa, if you are using chalk paint, you don’t really need to apply anything under your first coat of paint. Just clean your piece really well and the paint will stick to the wood surface right away. My base coat of paint (white) was Antique White by General Finishes. I used my paint sprayer to apply it to the piece as you can see in the video. The spray is also optional. You can use brush or a roller to apply your base coat. Good luck!


  4. Sooooo Beautiful à lot of talent and técnico Very inspirationel for SURE I Weshed i be able to do it
    Maybe One of this day Thanks So mush for Shering 👏👍😺🕊🙏👌🐶🕊


    1. Hi Kathy, I just cleaned them well with water and vinegar then painted with a mix of metallic paint by Modern Masters. The video shows a bit of the process and there are links for the paint I used. For a shiny chrome, Try RustOleum Bright Coat silver. Home Depot has it. Just spray two thin coats on the hardware. Good luck!


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