{Furniture Makeover} Industrial Tallboy

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

So things are changing up around here a bit! Which is exciting but at the same time it’s taking some getting use to. With all my furniture makeovers I have been shooting them (mostly) in natural light using my living room wall as a backdrop………

Colour Saturated Life | Living Room

So that would mean that I would have to pack up my living room to allow enough room to stage and shoot my furniture. Just to create a picture for you the only thing that would stay here is my oak sideboard. It was a lot of extra work and a lot of hassle. The only benefit was that it forced me to clean under my couch every time I packed up the room…..underneath my couch has never stayed so clean!

But I have managed to take over a space in my father-in-laws home (which is the main house on the farm where we live) and use that as a designated shooting space and storage area for my completed furniture projects. The only thing I don’t like is that I have no usable natural  light so all shoots are now done with studio lighting….which is fine but I do prefer the look of natural light. What I love though is that it is a huge room that has a gorgeous painted brick wall that I will shoot against! I plan to paint it as it currently has a slight yellow tinge to it but for the time being it will do. The makeover I am sharing with you today is the first one shot in the new studio space so I would really love to hear what you think about the new look.

I originally bought this tall chest of drawers for a client but they endedup wanting something a little more feminine, which is never disappointing for me as it means I have the chance to impart my vision onto the piece. The person I bought them from had already stripped it and had started staining the body already, it came without handles which never bothers me as I like to put on new hardware anyway.

Colour Saturated Life | Before

I knew immediately I wanted to do something with an industrial look and I really wanted to try out one of the new Miss Mustard Seed European Colours. Generally, when creating a plan I start with paint colour but this time I started with the hardware. In this case I chose to use hardware from D. Lawless Hardware….and I wanted to mix things up a bit and use these knobs for the top smaller drawers and these cup pulls and these label holders for the lower large drawers. All of this hardware went together as they are black with copper highlights, when mixing hardware like this I always try to have them make sense together so choosing similar colours created a cohesive look.

Once the hardware was chosen I decided upon MMS Milk Paint in Marzipan which is a really light cream with just a hint of pink…..I actually really love it as a neutral and it reminds me so much of Grain Sack but with a pink undertone instead of the slight grey that Grain Sack has (both of these colours have a chameleon-like quality as they can change depending on the room they are in and the light – I actually think that is what I like about them!). I will definitely be using it on another piece in the future. As a lighter colour it did take a lot of coats to get the coverage I like, I think it was 3-4 coats (4 on the darker sides and 3 on the drawers). Before I painted it though I had to strip the top and stain it as I wanted a nice deep dark top to go with my hardware (in the before picture I have already done this….I almost forgot to take a before photo!). Once the staining was done I used wood filler on the large drawers to fill in the old hardware holes.

When it comes to replacing hardware I recommend to always do any measuring and drilling BEFORE you paint, but I had to wait for my hardware to arrive so in this case I painted first…which complicates things as I like to do a LOT of marking and measurements to make sure alignments are perfect. It took me longer to attach the hardware because of this but generally it is simple as long as you double check your measurements before drilling.

I added handlettering with MMS Milk Paint in Typewriter to the large drawers which I really think along with the hardware gives it that industrial look. Just in case you are wondering the letters and numbers mean nothing…..just random. ๐Ÿ™‚ I finished with some distressing and a coat of wax. I am loving using wax on the wood tops now and have been using it instead of varnish. I personally prefer a more matte finish to my furniture and wax seems so much more of an organic/natural choice with a natural product like wood.

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

Colour Saturated Life |Industrial Drawers painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan

I would love to hear back from you about what you think of the changes I have made as well as thoughts on this latest project. As always I love hearing from you all, your opinions and thoughts matter to me and I try my best to respond to each and everyone!

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



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  • […] I find projects I feel will suit the colour. You can see my first project with the colour Marzipan here. When I found these bedside tables I knew that they were the perfect project to try out Schloss […]ReplyCancel

  • Tonya @ Rustic & Woven - July 20, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    Love, love, love this piece!! The color, the hardware, the styling – all perfect choices. So pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 21, 2015 - 2:03 pm

      Thanks TonyaReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors - July 17, 2015 - 12:43 am

    Gilly, I LOVE what you did to this dresser — especially the addition of the hardware. If you like a more matte finish, have you tried MMS Hemp Oil yet? It gives a soft smooth finish you just have to touch. And CONGRATS on your new space! And it was very smart to stage the dresser with some dark pieces to break up the wall and dresser color. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 21, 2015 - 1:58 pm

      Yes I have used the Hemp Oil, I just like wax but will occasionally use hemp oil on a piece. Thanks CynthiaReplyCancel

  • Fiona, lilyfield life - July 16, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Hard to believe it’s the same piece. Isn’t paint just fantastic
    Fiona xReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 21, 2015 - 1:56 pm

      Thanks Fiona!ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - July 12, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    Love it! I’m a big fan of the rustic, industrial look and you really nailed it with this piece!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 14, 2015 - 7:43 am

      Thanks SusanReplyCancel

  • Misty - July 12, 2015 - 12:20 am

    Perfection! I love all of your makeovers! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:26 am

      Thank you so much Misty, love that you take the time to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ Refresh Living - July 10, 2015 - 11:58 am

    Congratulations on the new studio! I was just looking in my decaying garage thinking about how I am possibly going to be able to bring it back to life to even comfortably house furniture, let alone shoot in it. How exciting that you have a new space for your pieces (even though it doesn’t have natural light, your photos are gorgeous, as always). Okay, but on to that dresser, it’s perfect! I love the letters and numbers you added – you are so creative and really have an eye for designing pieces to match their structure. Another job well done!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:25 am

      Thanks Jenny, having the new studio space definitely makes life easier. I always appreciate you visiting and love all you sweet compliments.ReplyCancel

  • Sharilee - July 10, 2015 - 9:53 am

    Beautiful makeover! Found you at the Weekend Retreat link party.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by SharileeReplyCancel

  • ProjectPatrol - July 10, 2015 - 12:37 am

    What a beautiful piece. Such a bold, strong, presence!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Terry - July 10, 2015 - 12:33 am

    WoW! This turned out lovely! You had the perfect vision for it. Did you use bonding agent in the milk paint? Love the color choice as well!

    Well Done!

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:23 am

      Hi Terry, I always use bonding agent, I am not a fan of chipping. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • TwoPlusCute - July 9, 2015 - 3:29 pm

    It’s a fantastic makeover! I would have gone dark wood and light wood, just as it was. But you had a vision and it looks gorgeous now.

    But…I can’t get over the sign about morning people.
    I need this. =]ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ Dwell Beautiful - July 9, 2015 - 3:07 am

    I just love this! All of your projects always amaze me with how gorgeous they are! Love the vintage industrial feel of this one. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:20 am

      Oh thank you so much Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Riley~Re-Fabbed - July 7, 2015 - 12:45 pm

    VERY beautiful piece! I always love your creativity. There is never a piece that you revive that I don’t like. The industrial look of this really puts it over the top for me…and I love the quote!:)ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 7, 2015 - 9:13 pm

      Thanks Brooke, so nice of you to say ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona - July 6, 2015 - 11:14 am

    Oh yes please! This is FANTASTIC! I love this piece…ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 7, 2015 - 9:13 pm

      Thanks Ursula!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - July 6, 2015 - 9:10 am

    The details like label holders and painted letters and numbers put a unique touch to this already pretty dresser. You never cease to amaze me with the creativity you possess!

    I love hearing that you have to move furniture out of the way to shoot pictures because that is what I’ve been doing too. But I’m probably going to do you one better over using your your father-in-law’s house…..This fall if everything goes according to plan, I’m probably going to be buying my grandma’s house, renovating it, and then using it just to stage everything for my posts. Am I crazy buying an entire house for my blog?!?!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 6, 2015 - 11:07 am

      I would completely buy another house for shooting if I could so I think it is a genius idea! I would have to make a trip over to shoot with you! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - July 6, 2015 - 8:43 am

    I love what you have done to this dresser! What color stain did you do the top? The hardware really adds so much to the piece.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 6, 2015 - 10:46 am

      It is a feast Watson stain called Black Japan. Thanks MarigeneReplyCancel

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