{Furniture Makeover} A Make-Under!

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Generally I avoid furniture that is already painted because it is usually more work than I am willing to put into it. But, sometimes I find a piece that really needs to feel beautiful again. I am not normally one to criticize others peoples work; I prefer to lift up rather than pull down. Maybe, the person before me didn’t see what I saw and they thought they were bringing something beautiful to the piece. The colour on this was a weird yellow/green/cream – it couldn’t really make up its mind what to be, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t really ugly either it was just a little BLAH. Beneath the paint it had beautiful features: claw-foot legs and serpentine drawers and gorgeous curves and details that this colour paint just disguised. I had a hunch (I didn’t really know, but I knew, you know what I mean?) that underneath the paint was gorgeous wood, the workmanship on this dresser suggested there was a whole lot more going on. So I got to work stripping the top and I was overjoyed when I found gorgeous wood veneer with the most stunning grain……..all my work was worth the effort, I had found a hidden treasure. Like I have said before restoring timber is so worth the effort, the craftsman choose this wood for a reason, I am so happy that I could bring it back to life. I also gave the body a new coat of paint with MMS Milk Paint in Grain Sack and new mercury glass handles, giving the dresser a more up to date look. Hopefully you agree this Make-Under was worth the effort!

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Do you see that beautiful wood grain, no staining here just Tung Oil. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple.

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

I cannot get over the curves and details on this dresser. I love the contrast now between the top and the body.

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Do you not love the feet?

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Furniture Make-Under with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Grain Sack

I always think you should put thought into how you paint a piece of furniture, not everything needs to be painted, not everything should be painted. It’s easy to just slap on some paint, but are you adding to it, are you giving it new life or are you just following a trend? I like to think I paint pieces that either need to be brought into this century so they don’t end up on the scrap pile or in a way that is respectful of the workmanship….after all I want to add value to the furniture not destroy an antique. (by the way none of my pieces are valuable antiques, but I like to think I add value to them) Hope you have had a great Easter and your week ahead is wonderful!

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  • Carrie - July 14, 2015 - 4:58 am

    Can you tell me what paint and paint color you used and if you used a wax? I just bought a very similar piece and love this look!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 14, 2015 - 7:38 am

      Hi Carrie, I always mention paint colour in my posts 🙂 this one is Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Grain Sack and I used wax on the body of the piece and Tung Oil on the top. Good luck with yours!ReplyCancel

      • Carrie - July 15, 2015 - 4:00 am

        I totally missed it! Thank you for answering!ReplyCancel

        • Gilly - July 16, 2015 - 2:36 pm

          No problem Carrie, happy to help anytime!ReplyCancel

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  • Teresa - June 19, 2015 - 1:24 am

    Beautiful! You brought back the elegance of a beautifully crafted piece of furniture. I love that you recovered the wood top. That grain is so gorgeous. Another great job!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 22, 2015 - 2:12 pm

      Thanks Teresa, I love that I was able to bring back some of the wood.ReplyCancel

  • Terri @ www.mygrayhaven.com - April 25, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    This such a great piece and useful in just about any room. I love it. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Laurena - April 25, 2015 - 6:09 am

    Beautiful dresser! Love the knobs and the wood top. I’m amazed that the wood didn’t have to be stained! Looks gorgeous.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 25, 2015 - 9:03 am

      I was surprised at how nice the wood was underneath, I assumed I would have to stain it also but was happy to eave it as I found it. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - April 21, 2015 - 1:13 am

    You are so seriously talented and have such a great eye, Gilly! The knobs you chose, the painted finish, your styling….all perfect. And I totally agree with you about restoring wood back to the original finish. So far, aside from the work involved, I’ve never been disappointed by going back to the wood on a piece. I’m so in love that I’ll be including this in another one of my features, if you don’t mind! (Oh, and I’m also in love with that wire basket on the wall!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 21, 2015 - 8:45 am

      Wow! Thanks Jamie, you are way too sweet! I would be honoured to be featured. I love the wire basket too, I put it up at Christmas time in my living room and I loved it so much I kept it for a while….need to find a new place for it now.ReplyCancel

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  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton - April 14, 2015 - 2:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. All the decisions that you made were spot on. This piece would fit in so many homes. I love the contrast with the top and body, the pulls are perfect, and I am a sucker for the key hole! Love it.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 14, 2015 - 9:34 am

      Thanks Nikki, it is so hard to know sometimes what to with a piece but I hope that I show them some respect.ReplyCancel

  • Rita C at Panoply - April 13, 2015 - 8:55 am

    I love your ‘make under’. Leaving the top surface of a piece of painted furniture in its original wood grain appeals to me on so many levels. Yours does not disappoint!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura Irion // Avery Street Design - April 12, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    It’s gorgeous Gilly! So glad you found it and gave it another chance. A piece like that deserves it! And isn’t that shelf paper such a great touch? Little details make all the difference. xo, LauraReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 12, 2015 - 7:52 pm

      Thanks Laura, I think the little details are so important.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - April 9, 2015 - 12:12 am

    Gorgeous dresser. I love all the curves and the contrast between the top and bottom. So much better now.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 9, 2015 - 9:53 am

      Thanks Robin, the curves are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - April 8, 2015 - 1:41 am

    simple and sweet and perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Stella Lee (@Purfylle) - April 7, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    This is so pretty! I have a real fondness for woodgrain but it can really close a room in. Making just the top woodgrain and the rest white is a great idea! I’d love you to link this up at our Two Uses Tuesday party.ReplyCancel

  • Linda@Coastal Charm - April 7, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    Ahhhhh…this is one beautiful dresser!!!

    Blessings,
    LindaReplyCancel

  • Amanda - April 7, 2015 - 11:32 am

    This is PERFECT. You are right- not everything needs paint. It’s easy to over embellish sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} - April 7, 2015 - 12:05 am

    Love your transformation! Yes, I agree — not everything should be painted. Love the paint color you chose for the body — I need to give that color a try!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 7, 2015 - 12:08 am

      Thanks Julie – It is a beautiful colour, my favourite neutral in her line, definitely worth trying!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - April 6, 2015 - 9:56 am

    What a beautiful transformation. I agree that not every piece should be painted…I have seen beautiful pieces that never should have been touched with a paintbrush.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 7, 2015 - 12:05 am

      Completely Agree with you Marigene!ReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & proper - April 6, 2015 - 8:57 am

    wow- what a stunning piece! i love its new look, and oh those feet!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 7, 2015 - 12:05 am

      It has beautiful details, I love the curves on the top!ReplyCancel

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