{Furniture Makeover} Rustic Chest of Drawers

Sometimes when it comes to getting a piece of furniture for a bargain it all comes down to timing and spotting it before anyone else gets their hooks into it……….Sometimes it comes down to people just not knowing the value of what they are selling………….Sometimes it comes down to people actually not having enough imagination to see past the before picture………….

I am fortunate to be on the end of all of these situations and being able to grab a piece of gorgeous furniture for almost nothing.

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

In this case people couldn’t see past the ugly before photos and the buyer didn’t actually know what they had. This is a beautiful Red Cedar chest of drawers which were stained orange (you can see spots where the stain was flaking off) to say that it was a little blah was really an understatement, I could see why no one had bought them. The buyer had taken terrible photos and did not know what they were made from so after listing them a few times they reduced the price to $40 and I jumped all over them. These drawers are HUGE and heavy and beautifully made, all they needed were a superficial makeover and a colour that would make the brass handles pop.

I am never scared of using colour and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales is one of those colours I just love, it is a bluey/greeny hue that is not too in your face. Because I didn’t want any chipping I added bonding agent and did two coats of paint before lightly sanding and distressing. The top of the drawers were stripped and stained a deeper colour that is far away from the ugly orange stain in the before. I then finished the whole piece with a coat of clear furniture wax. I really wanted this piece to have a modern rustic/country feel that would be just as ease in any room of someones home. Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

I love how the brass cup handles pop against the colour, before they were lost in a sea of orange.

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

What I love about using Milk Paint in projects like this is that because of it’s consistency you can still see the grain of the wood through the paint. This is a look that only Milk Paint can achieve.

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

Colour Saturated Life | Chest of Drawers Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales

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  • Victoria - September 8, 2015 - 12:46 am

    Gorgeous! Everything about it is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey - July 5, 2015 - 3:41 am

    The original piece was rather ho-hum — and I’m not a big fan of those handles. You managed to transform it into a piece that catches the eye. The color is beautiful and those brass handles really add to its appeal. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith at The Palette Muse - July 4, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    I love the finish, and the colors you used! And those brass pulls really do look amazing now. Beautiful transformation! Nice to meet you on the Weekend Retreat party, and headed over to follow on IG…ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - July 4, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    Beautiful job! I’m not normally a fan of brighter colors on furniture but this shade looks perfect on the dresser. And like you, I get super excited when a seller doesn’t see the value in what they are selling 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors - July 3, 2015 - 6:48 am

    Such a beautiful transformation! I hope you get to keep that lovely 😀ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - July 1, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    awesome find and perfect color choice! Kitchen Scale is one of my favorite go-to colors as well. It’s another beauty!!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna - July 1, 2015 - 12:45 am

    I swear I almost used that exact same shade on an old jewelery case, recently. It looks great. I love the distressed touches.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 3, 2015 - 9:22 pm

      It is a great colour! Thanks for stopping by Brianna!ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - June 30, 2015 - 2:12 am

    Love your dresser and Kitchen Scale is one of my fav. colors! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 30, 2015 - 10:05 pm

      Me too Darrielle! Thanks for stopping by, I love when you visit!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio - June 29, 2015 - 11:37 am

    LOVE the color. Perfect for summer, and so elegant. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kimm at Reinvented - June 29, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Oh my gorgeous, I love that color! Really love the combo of brass with that aqua too. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - June 29, 2015 - 8:33 am

    You are right, a gorgeous piece of furniture! Love the 3 little drawers at the top. Beautiful shade of blue/green.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 30, 2015 - 10:04 pm

      I love the three little drawers too, Thanks for stopping by MarigeneReplyCancel

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