Sorry, Mary, all of *** ****'s experts are out having coffee now. But I'm sure that there will be more than enough talented and experienced craftsmen here that will be pleased to help you.
Sound like you are starting with a piece of unfinished furniture but could you confirm this. If it is a finished piece, has it been stripped of it's old finish? How? What kind of wood is it? Any carving or impressed designs? Veneer or solid wood? Some of these questions are pretty unusual for French Provencial but you never know unless you see the piece or ask.
Let us know where we are starting from so we can tell you the right way to get to your goal.