Faux Burl Chest

I bought a French provincial Dixie 50’s bedroom set a couple months ago which came with three pieces, – A french provincial 3 drawer hutch, a 6 drawer dresser and a mini dresser end table. I kept the 3 drawer hutch and sold the other two pieces.

I ditched the top bookshelves and kept the bottom dresser as I really loved the idea of it being a bed side end table. I kept my eyes open for another identical dixie hutch, which I found a couple months later. I really wanted to give them a french makeover, which I had envisioned some type of spectacular stenciled finish, but I ended up deciding on a fake-faux burl finish.

The dresser originally came with a center hardware pull, so I filled in the holes with a wood filler, and sanded the front drawers until they were completely even.

I found another set of hardware that I put aside for a special piece, but I was missing three pulls to finish off the 2 dressers. Interesting enough, I ran into the exact identical pulls- AND in the amount I needed (A GOD blessing!) in a hardware store in DC.  I found the keyholes online on EBAY….  All in all, they will be treasured for years!

Faux Burl Painted Chest

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  • http://thedecoratedhouse.blogspot.com Donna, The Decorated House

    I’m so glad your found my blog post and invited me to see what you had done with your dresser. I love it of course. Those old Dixie’s are built nicely aren’t they? I did a faux bois finish on my kitchen cabinets, so I know how much work it is. Yours turned out beautiful!

  • Julie Rimer


    Your workmanship is flawless! I own some burled maple furniture, and you have captured the look of burled wood perfectly. Beautiful job!!