{Furniture Makeover} Vintage Boxwood Cabinet

I had a tough week last week with furniture, I have been looking for weeks for a perfect chest of drawers for a custom client order, I found lots of different ones and each sale fell through at the last minute leaving me to hunt some more and then have the person sell it out from under me! I have to say my faith in humanity was waning…..does no one keep their word anymore? I was sick of getting texts saying “sorry, I sold it to someone else” or even better “sorry, the price has gone up!”  WHAT THE HECK!!! I mean seriously people! If I am anything, I am true to my word, when I say something I mean and I will follow through on it. It frustrates the heck out of me when people seem incapable of doing the same thing. Can you feel my frustration here? But the story does end well as I found a chest of drawers that my client loves! I also found a few sideboards, dressers and a desk while I was hunting…….I just can’t help myself…..it’s an illness. I doubt there is treatment for it! Onto today’s makeover….

Sometimes a piece of furniture just looks so sad and neglected that you just have to rescue it and give it a little love. This one was found in the back of a shed, someone at one point in time had used it as target practice….its had patches of dried mud all over it like someone had thrown mud balls at it. I felt sorry for the little fella and knew he had to come home with me. The outside was covered in dirt and mud, so I had to give him a good bath first. Surprisingly the inside wood was in beautiful condition, all it needed was a little hemp oil to bring it back to life. The inside of the door I painted with MMS Milk Paint in Linen to hide some of the abuse 🙁

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Remember how I said I never paint with Milk Paint without bonding agent? Well, I confess even I break my own rules and in this case I wanted to keep more of a primitive look to the piece so I took a risk and painted the outside with one coat of MMS Milk Paint in Boxwood (the cabinet had no varnish on it and the paint it had was barely there so it really wasn’t a HUGE risk). It chipped and cracked in all the right places and the milk paint did the magical colour variation thing it does and my heart just soared. It was beautiful in all its imperfectness.

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

See what I mean about the chipping and colour variation…..is it not perfection?!

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood CabinetColour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

If you think you have seen this cabinet before it is because I used it at Christmas time, it was the perfect addition to my rustic Christmas theme.

Colour Saturated Life | Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Boxwood Cabinet

“I believe there is beauty in brokenness” fits perfectly for this piece……its flaws and imperfections make it beautiful. It hasn’t found a new home yet, but I confess I don’t really want to say goodbye to him….sometimes furniture can feel like a friend and he and I we just get each other…..so he may just find a place in my home. What do you think? Do you love him as much as I do? Have you had a piece of furniture pull at your heartstrings? I hope you have an awesome week!

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  • Breanna - April 30, 2015 - 11:02 am

    This is so beautiful Gilly! I really need to work with milk paint more, I always love the results!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 9:00 am

      Milk Paint is my favourite paint now so I am kinda bias but I think it is the best paint to work with. Always great hearing from you Bre!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren @BlesserHouse - April 29, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    This turned out beautifully! I love the green! Your Christmas styling is lovely too. Thanks so much for linking up!ReplyCancel

  • […] can’t get this lovely Boxwood Cabinet by Colour Saturated Life out of my head! STUNNING!   […]ReplyCancel

  • Misty - April 27, 2015 - 4:08 am

    I love this! I use MMSMP too, and have been wanting to try boxwood! Such a nice green color. What a perfect size table to try it on!ReplyCancel

  • Boxwood Green Vintage Cabinet Makeover - April 25, 2015 - 7:33 am

    […] Gilly found this vintage cabinet in the back of a shed.  She says of it’s sadly neglected condition, ” Someone at one point in time had used it as target practice….its had patches of dried mud all over it like someone had thrown mud balls at it!”  Gilly shares the makeover she gave this diminutive piece at Colour Saturated Life. […]ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ the-organized-life - April 24, 2015 - 12:14 am

    What a beautiful transformation! I think imperfections create more beauty.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 25, 2015 - 9:01 am

      I agree Erin, thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - April 23, 2015 - 9:47 am

    I love Boxwood and it was the perfect choice for this cabinet-your staying is perfect too!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna - April 22, 2015 - 3:46 am

    Wow, that green color is perfection! Truly a beautiful makeover!

    I have never heard of this brand of milk paint. Apparently, I do not have a retailer vaguely close to me. Do you use an online one you would be willing to suggest? I wish there was a good way to order a sample.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Daffodil - April 20, 2015 - 10:39 pm

    The tone of that paint is amazing! Well done. I’ve not heard of milk paint before, but it looks like it is sold here in the Uk so I shall investigate. Thanks for the heads up.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 20, 2015 - 11:01 pm

      Milk Paint is so fun to work with but I suggest looking at some videos on YouTube before you use it as you mix it from a powdered form and it can be temperamental to use, but I highly recommend giving it a go. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - April 20, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    Oh, I really love the color! This is truly amazing looking! I would love for you to share this at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
    CathyReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 20, 2015 - 11:02 pm

      Thanks Cathy I will check out the link party next week 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Last Mi ute Lynn - April 20, 2015 - 9:40 am

    What a wonderful piece. Even sweeter since you rescued her from near death! The color and the knob are the best!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 20, 2015 - 11:02 pm

      Thanks, I love choosing knobs for furniture and this one needed a cute one!ReplyCancel

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