{Furniture Makeover} Architects Cabinet & Office Update

I wish I could show you my office progress but I am trying to keep it all under wraps until it is finished. I can however show you this gorgeous makeover of an Architects Cabinet that is actually destined for my new office. This is one of those dream pieces of furniture that you come across once in a lifetime, I was trolling Ebay (as I do quite regularly) late last year when I came across this cabinet and I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, it was listed for $75 which is a total steal when you consider the rarity of these type of cabinets in such good condition and SOLID WOOD! Obviously, I bought this piece on the spot! When I arrived to collect it the sellers told me after I bought it they got about 100 calls from people begging to buy it and if for some reason I didn’t turn up they wanted it (no way on earth was I not turning up!). The sellers didn’t know what they had, it came with the house they just bought and they just wanted to get rid of it. Their lack of knowledge was my gain, I have seen similar pieces go for over $1000- online……I was one happy girl. It took three of us to get it into the back of my car (I have a 4WD and I measured inside my car before I set out to collect it) and little old me on my own to get it out once I got home. When I am determined to get something done nothing will stop me, so somehow I found the strength to get out of the car, even my hubby was surprised when he got home 🙂

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

It sat around in the shed for the last few months, gathering dust (and a whole lot of cobwebs) until I was ready and found the time to work on it…..it is so much easier to do projects to sell than makeover furniture for myself, I just can never make up my mind what I want to paint them! It is quite frustrating.

Once the colour palette for my office was decided (see my post on that here if you missed it) it narrowed down my colour choices. I felt that such a masculine piece of furniture needed a masculine colour so I decided to paint it Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Artissimo which is a gorgeous Navy Blue. Overall the cabinet was in good condition and needed little repairs but I did have to strip the top and glue it back together where a join had split slightly, I then stained and varnished it with Black Japan Stain & Matt Varnish by Feast Watson. The most time consuming job was removing all the original hardware and refreshing it with some hemp oil. Finally I lined the little parts of these huge drawers with scrapbooking paper….I used a coordinating range and stuck to black, white and yellow colours.

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

The top has a lot of gouges and dents from years of love and abuse, I didn’t try to fix these as what I love about vintage furniture is that it has had a life before me and it will have a life after me, this is just a new chapter in its story.

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

To go with the cabinet I wanted a little stool that I could sit at when working there, I found two of these stools on Ebay. Someone had tried to give them a makeover with oil cloth but it wasn’t really my style. I wanted something more industrial so I stripped everything off the seat, leaving the wood base and spray painted the legs Matt Black by Rust-Oleum, finally I added a number to the seat and I had a stool much more my style. Underneath the two layers of oil cloth and its original vinyl I found rather thick wooden seat, it was gorgeous and more than I hoped for when I began the makeover. It probably won’t be super comfortable to sit at for hours but, I don’t plan to and who really cares when it looks pretty?! Beauty is pain, right?!

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

 

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

Architects Cabinet Redo Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Artissimo | Colour Saturated Life

I am loving this cabinet, it will hold all my art supplies and be such a beautiful statement piece in my office. Once in a lifetime find, right? It really will make my office a special space and I love that I can finally reveal something from this room.

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  • Sarah - May 8, 2016 - 10:43 am

    This is one of my favorite furniture makeovers, ever. I dream of having a piece like this in the entry way to my dream home. What a great find! The navy color is perfect, too. Love!ReplyCancel

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  • misty - April 27, 2015 - 4:16 am

    Ok last comment of the day I promise! lol THIS IS AMAZING! What a great score! Perfect color piece ! I love Artissimo! Great color choice!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cook - April 21, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    I just came across your IG feed and loved the little piece you painted green.

    Your cabinet turned out fantastic as did the stool.

    I love your choice of navy. I have a piece in my living room that is red and I think now I am going to go with navy.

    Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 21, 2015 - 5:42 pm

      Thanks for heading over here Carol! Navy is such a classic colour, I love it, it is going to give my office a great feel.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena Philbeck - April 11, 2015 - 6:40 am

    You did an awesome job and I love the color. You sure got a steal with the price. Thanks for showing us. Great Job!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors - April 10, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    WOWSA — Two great scores and transformations!! You are one lucky (and very talented) Lady! Enjoy your new office! Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 12, 2015 - 7:53 pm

      Thanks Cynthia, that is so sweet of you to say!ReplyCancel

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  • Linda Cole - April 7, 2015 - 8:59 am

    I just love both the stool and the cabinet. What great finds! It is amazing what the stool looked like before to the finished stool. Also, love the color of the cabinet. Boy did you ever find a great deal on this cabinet….have seen them priced much, much higher. Should be great in your office. Congrats for the super finds and makeovers! Love them!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 9, 2015 - 9:38 am

      Thanks Linda, I know I am pretty lucky to have found this!ReplyCancel

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  • LZ Cathcart - April 5, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Hi Gilly! I saw this architects cabinet and stool on Anderson and Grant, and I knew I had to stop by. I absolutely LOVE the color, and the rustic, modern appeal. This combination is right up my alley, and I’m totally jealous. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 5, 2015 - 8:46 pm

      Thanks LZ, its always nice to find people who have them same style as me! Heading over to your site now.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - April 4, 2015 - 6:54 am

    Ah! Both of these turned out amazing. That stool – I can’t believe the ‘before’ version!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 4, 2015 - 2:32 pm

      I know it was really ugly, looks way better now! Thanks for stopping byReplyCancel

  • linda nelson - April 4, 2015 - 4:36 am

    I just love what you did with both pieces. Really, really nice!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life - March 30, 2015 - 9:44 am

    Wow – you did an amazing job! It’s gorgeous! How exciting to come across a find like that! I’m visiting from Crush of the Week…as soon as I saw your cabinet featured I had to come by! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alli - March 30, 2015 - 8:06 am

    So jealous!! I always keep my eye out for architect cabinets! Never have any luck! Love what you did with this one and the stool!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:32 pm

      Thanks Alli, fingers crossed you find one too soon!ReplyCancel

  • Pudel - design - March 29, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    Oh wow! These two pieces look great!
    I have a huge cabinet like this too.
    And it also need a makeover.
    Thank you for the inspiration! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:33 pm

      Thanks and have find making over your cabinet!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Irion // Avery Street Design - March 29, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    What a score Gilly!!! That is SO awesome. You made it look amazing. Lucky girl…woohoo. And the stool is so cute too. Many claps!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:33 pm

      Thanks Laura…I feel very lucky I got this one….normally I miss out!ReplyCancel

  • Martina - March 28, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    LOVE this piece…love that cute stool too!!ReplyCancel

  • laurel@chippingwithcharm - March 28, 2015 - 10:06 pm

    OH MY…amazing! Love it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Sometimes-homemade.com - March 28, 2015 - 10:14 am

    What an amazing piece of furniture. You did a beautiful job with the finish and way to go on scoring such a good deal!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - March 28, 2015 - 3:48 am

    This is AMAZING! I’m always scouring Craigslist for pieces like these but I’ve never found one for under several hundred (or thousand) dollars – you got a steal! What a perfect piece for an office. I’m definitely envious!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:36 pm

      I am very lucky the sellers didn’t know what they had….doesn’t happen often!ReplyCancel

  • Kim @ Sand & Sisal - March 28, 2015 - 12:24 am

    Absolutely amazing find! You lucky girl! I love how you treated both pieces. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Suzan - March 26, 2015 - 9:36 am

    What a fantastic makeover – I can’t think of a more perfect color for it to be – and that stool couldn’t match it better !
    Beautiful job
    xxxReplyCancel

  • Sherry@Back2Vintage - March 26, 2015 - 3:05 am

    You are indeed very lucky to have found such a great piece. Before I retired, I was a draftsman and architect’s cabinets like yours were a staple in every drafting room. They are actually called flat files. The wooden ones are very old… the newer ones are metal. I love the color palette you chose.. very respectful of its past, yet updated. Great job!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 26, 2015 - 8:32 am

      Thank you so much Sherry, so nice to hear from someone who knows the history of pieces like this! Pleased you like the transformation. Thanks for stooping by my blog 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Haley - March 26, 2015 - 2:41 am

    $75! I swoon! Congratulations on the find. A beautiful piece made even more beautiful with the care you put into it. The color is similar to what I painted my bedroom walls. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 26, 2015 - 8:34 am

      Thank you so much Haley, I still pinch myself that it is mine! This colour would look beautiful in a bedroom! I have always wanted to paint my bedroom a dark colour but I am scared to, good on you for being so brave, bet it looks stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - March 26, 2015 - 1:00 am

    Wow, what a beautiful piece of furniture and a fabulous transformation. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party. I’m going to share on my FB page this afternoon. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - March 25, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    Visiting from “Vintage Inspiration”, I had to stop by and tell you that I love this piece! What a lucky find!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 26, 2015 - 8:37 am

      Thanks Cassie, I know I am a lucky girl!ReplyCancel

  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces - March 25, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    Oh, this is an amazing piece! I love the treatment and color you used…just beautiful! What a wonderful find! Hopped over from Vintage Inspiration Party…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 25, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    Your cabinet is incredible. I love the way you have it styled, too. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 26, 2015 - 8:38 am

      Thanks Lisa, I cannot wait to reveal it!ReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & proper - March 25, 2015 - 5:43 am

    oh my goodness! this is AMAZING and i love that color!ReplyCancel

  • SARAH J - March 25, 2015 - 1:59 am

    Popping over from Totally Terrific Tuesday =) That is absolutely stunning! I’d love to refinish found furniture. Pinning this!Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

      Thanks Sarah! Nice to know I am not the only one in love with refinishing furniture!ReplyCancel

  • Anna @Annabode - March 25, 2015 - 12:23 am

    I can’t decide which I like more–what you did with the stool is so cool!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:54 am

      Thanks Anna, I love them together!ReplyCancel

  • the cape on the corner - March 24, 2015 - 11:50 pm

    i love this color you painted it.
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    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:54 am

      It really is a gorgeous colour. thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Darrielle Tennenbaum - March 24, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    What a great find and I am a bit jealous! the stool is great too-you have the best taste!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle James - March 24, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    This is gorgeous. I am so jealous I have wanted one of these things for a long time. I am so glad you found one. It turned out so pretty. I can’t wait to see your office.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:56 am

      Good Luck with your search Michelle, I hope you find one too! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nicki @ T-shirt & Jeans - March 24, 2015 - 2:00 pm

    Gilly- I always love seeing what you come up with. You are so lucky to have found such a great piece, and the color you chose is perfect. What a transformation on that stool too! I never would have seen the potential in that. Just a beautiful job.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:57 am

      Thanks so much Nicki. I live the stool too, I didn’t have those plans originally until I saw the wood underneath, I was originally going to buy a stool like this but didn’t have the budget, this wood a good alternative.ReplyCancel

  • chelsea jacobs - March 24, 2015 - 2:36 am

    What a steal! Amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

      Thanks Chelsea….always love you stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Last Minute Lynn - March 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Your piece is gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the whole office, after seeing this “taste”.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

      Thanks Lynn, I am really looking forward to the reveal.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home - March 23, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Beautiful pieces! That blue is gorgeous, and your styling is lovely.ReplyCancel

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