Painted French Dresser

I finally finished my painted french dresser, the one that I have been using to create a video to explain how to use crackle tex, my product obsession right now. I thought I would show you pictures tonight because it is eleven o’clock and I am so ready to put my head on my pillow.  I still have quite a bit of video editing to do but I promise it is coming!

I am so mad at myself with these pictures. I waited to download all of the pictures onto my computer after I took the dresser to the store. They looked so much better on the camera and they turned out blurry…UGH. Lesson learned… and I hope you learn from my mistake. Don’t take your furniture out of the house until all pictures have been downloaded and edited.  *UGH*

French dresser using crackle tex

French dresser finish

Blue mason jars

Close up of custom finsish

Crusty paint finish


Fench dresser


This is probably one of my favorite french dressers that I have ever done. I love the textured neutral tones and the dark top. I took it to Homewood today. My space was pretty well wiped out after the weekend! Thank you to those of you who came an shopped!


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I think it’s my favorite too!

  2. Teresa Turner says:

    I Love this!! Cant wait to see how you did it!. I met your Mom and Dad last week in Tuscaloosa so Mom speaks very highly of your work, and she was right. I have enjoyed your site, and will continue to follow you on a regular basis. Great IDEAS! Teresa Turner

    • Hi Teresa! They told me they shared my blog with you. Please let me know if you ever have any questions or need anything! Thank you so much for hanging out here:) Have a great week!

  3. What a beautiful piece of furniture!! Love the texture!!

  4. Kelli, it’s breathtaking! Wish I lived closer…I’d snap it up! 🙂

  5. WOW! That is breathtaking! I love love love it! Megan

  6. I love it. Can’t wait for you to show us how to do it.

  7. Love the dresser and the LAMPS! Did you do them too?

  8. That looks fantastic! I have done the same thing. Pictures look great in the camera and then they are blurry on the computer! But, I still totally enjoyed these pictures! I am about to paint an entire bedroom suite that is the same style. It belonged to my grandmother! So, I am looking at all of this style painted furniture that I can. I am having a hard time deciding what to do with it!

  9. LOVE this…can’t wait to see your video!

  10. Hi! Can you tell me where you got the beautiful mirror above the beautiful dresser?

    • Hi Casey! It is an uttermost mirror and I got it at a yard sale if you can believe that! You can find them online still I think. Search uttermost mirrors.

  11. This turned out beautiful! Great job Kelli!

  12. That dresser is fabulous. Would love to know the technique you used as I just got a similar dresser at an estate sale.

  13. Becky Nelsen says:

    Beautiful! Waiting patiently for the video…well, kinda patiently:))

  14. Do you have a video showing the steps and technique for this? I have a project and I would love to try this on my armoire! Thank you!!!

    • The crackle video on my you tube channel is the technique. I used elmers glue in the video but I used Crackle Tex from to create the dresser you are referring. I think either one will work. This dresser is 3 layers of the same technique.

      • I watched the video about crackling and thought it was very helpful. I want to have gold underneath and then paint the top color white so that the gold is crackling from underneath. I was wondering if you thought this would work.

  15. Hi I know this is an old post, but I was going to purchase some crackle tex. I am very tight on money and was wondering in your opinion could I use another crackle product I already have on hand by Valspar. If this product is better I will order it. Thanks so much, and love your stuff.

  16. Did you ever do the tutorial for the French dresser?

  17. I just found this site through Pinterest and love it! I was wondering if you posted a tutorial? What color paints did you use? Was it Annie Sloan?
    I am wanting to paint my first ever piece of furniture and am wanting to get as much info as I can before I start.
    Thank you! Your work is beautiful!

  18. I would live to know how you achieve this affects. I saw you mentioned a video but I can’t seem to find it. Live this piece.

  19. Did anyone ever find the video for this dresser tutorial? I just recently found this post thru Pinterest as well and would love to know how to do this technique!

  20. David jackson says:

    Add me to your email list. Thanks

  21. Love the finish. Can’t wait to see how you did this. Just discovered this post. May I ask where the chandelier is from in the background? I have been searching for something similar for so long. Thank you!

  22. Do you have a post exposing your process on this gorgeous piece?

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