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.

9 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!!


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