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Transforming The Beast

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

I know I am not the only one that has issues with giving up furniture they have painted, usually I am really good, I have learnt to distance myself. If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen me show you the before photo of this gorgeous cabinet I have dubbed “The Beast”, named because it is so freakin’ huge! This is by far the largest piece of furniture I have painted to date. This is a custom piece for an incredible client who has commissioned me to transform two pieces of furniture for her office and when she and her husband described their vision to me I knew I would have trouble letting go of this piece……actually I knew I would have trouble not moving into the finished room!

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

The body is painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter and the back of the shelves with Grain Sack. The top would be stripped and stained a darker more contemporary colour. Can I just say the fact that this one was on wheels saved the day, it made it a lot easier for little old me to work on! From now on I demand that all me furniture come with wheels attached. I did break it down into three parts…..the hutch, the wood top and the base so I could work on each piece separately.

It was a mission to paint. We were going for a very minimal amount of distressing with an almost Pottery Barn inspired finish. To achieve a smooth finish that has minimal distressing more coats are really needed. Between each coat I sanded with 240 grit sandpaper, not heavily, but enough to get a smooth finish. By doing multiple coats with sanding between, when you finally sand you don’t need to be too heavy handed and therefore can just lightly distress a few of the high points. I also used bonding agent as we wanted no chipping.

My client choose to change out the hardware with these beautiful pewter ones which I think tie in perfectly with the Grain Sack. When I finished it I knew it would look perfect in my home……only problem was is it wasn’t mine. So with much sadness we loaded it into our ute and delivered back to its rightful place and I have to say it really looks perfect where it is. Once I have finished the desk for the space my client has agreed to let me shoot the space for the blog…..I cannot wait to share it with you….the room is stunning and I would be so happy to call it my own. I love being able to see my painted furniture in their forever home….it just ends the story perfectly for me.

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Styling “The Beast” was a challenge, I just don’t own enough stuff for this bad boy, so I just embraced a more minimalist look. Oh! And it was sooo big it almost didn’t fit here….”The Beast” needs a lot of head room.

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

Colour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain SackColour Saturated Life | Painted Kitchen Hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter & Grain Sack

So what do you think? Would you have wanted to keep it too?

I know I have been slack on the blog lately and that is only because I have a lot going on behind the scenes, including getting all my Christmas Posts ready…..yes, my Christmas decorations are going up and our home is being transformed. BUT! I do have a cute thrifty DIY to share with you later in the week which I am kinda excited about so hopefully this week I won’t seem so lazy.

Compensation for this post was made by D.Lawless Hardware but all opinions expressed here are my own.

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33 comments

  • julie spear - October 30, 2016 - 1:21 am

    I know this is an older post, but i just found it… I LOVE how this piece turned out! So beautiful! It is elegant, and strong at the aame time, and your clients are aure to treasure this for years to come!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Pace - March 4, 2016 - 1:31 pm

    What color of milk paint did you use? The wax was it a colored wax? This piece is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - February 25, 2016 - 11:48 am

    I love the hutch! You have inspired me to do my grandmother’s hutch that is mine now. I have one question, did you sand it down before you painted it?
    Thanks,
    ChrisReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 25, 2016 - 1:36 pm

      Hi Chris! So excited about your project! I did no sanding prior to painting but I used bonding agent in my milk paint to prevent chipping. I also hand sanded VERY LIGHTLY between each coat. Best of luck it’s your project, you will have to email me a picture when you finish. Gilly xoReplyCancel

  • Sherry - January 21, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    This hutch is gorgeous! Could you tell me where I could find the white plates with black flowers?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 22, 2016 - 10:09 pm

      Hi Sherry, I bought them at a shop here in Australia called Early Settler but I am not sure they are available anymore. Sorry!Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - January 21, 2016 - 12:44 am

    This is a situation in which your hutch looks much better painted than it did formerly (real wood or not?) I love the contrast between the gray paint and the stained wood top, though. It’s good to keep that wood there. You did a fabulous job painting – what kind of sprayer did you use? Thanks so much for sharing, and I look forward to hearing back from you.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 22, 2016 - 10:07 pm

      HI Barbara! Thanks for your wonderful compliment! I actually don’t use a sprayer, everything I do is handpainted with a brush. But I am sure of you do a search on pinterest or google I know there are reviews out there for sprayers. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

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  • Alexis - November 16, 2015 - 3:10 pm

    It turned out just gorgeous, Gilly! Love the gray color with the wood top.ReplyCancel

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  • Krista - November 13, 2015 - 1:12 am

    Absolutely stunning!! I LOVE it – the contrasting background is amazing. I wish I had enough space for a buffet this sized!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:26 am

      Me too Krista! We both can dream!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - November 12, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    The Beast turned out great. I’m in the process of doing a small piece of furniture and those are the about the same colors i’m planning to use. I was wondering – what color/brand stain did you use for the top. That is the color I wanted to use but i’m not sure which stain to use.

    Thanks lots for the inspirationReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:27 am

      Hi Suzanne, I use an Australian Stain called Feast Watson, not sure where you are from but the colour is Elm. If you are not from here maybe you could find Elm in another stain?ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - November 12, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    Oh my gosh! It’s absolutely STUNNING Gilly!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Mountain Modern Life - November 10, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    Wow Gilly, this is a stunner! I just love the contrast of black and white and I’m sure your client is thrilled. Beautiful and super inspiring!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

      Thanks Katie! I love when my clients have such good taste!ReplyCancel

  • kandice - November 10, 2015 - 5:11 am

    this came out gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbuam - November 10, 2015 - 1:39 am

    this a beauty from a beast! Loe the colors and the fact that it has wheels-I agree I wish all furniture came with wheels!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:38 am

      Yes, all furniture must have wheels!ReplyCancel

  • Derrick Lawless - November 9, 2015 - 10:50 pm

    I love the way pewter looks on dark paint jobs! Great pictures!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:38 am

      Thanks Derrick and the pewter is perfection on this!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - November 9, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Hi,
    LOVE this piece! Could you tell me if you use a topcoat with milk paint?
    Thank you, love your work!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

      Hi Stephanie, yes I always use Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax over all my paint and a beewax furniture polish on any stained wood areas. Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - November 9, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Man that thing is a beast! But you definitely turned it into a beauty 😉 It’s gorgeous and I love the simplicity of the styling. I don’t know if I would have been able to let that one go, but I’m sure your client LOVES it!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:40 am

      I am thinking I need to find one for myself now! Thanks Bre!ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - November 9, 2015 - 9:17 am

    Gilly, I completely understand why it was so difficult to hand “the beast” off to its owner. Your makeover is simply stunning (and the styling just perfect, BTW). I couldn’t take my eyes off of it for a while. Well done you! Many thanks to the owner for the forthcoming photos of their office, once you have finished the desk. Cannot wait to see them. Cheers, ArdithReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:41 am

      Thanks Ardith, the styling was so hard! I can’t wait to share images of the completed room with both pieces of painted furniture.ReplyCancel