{Furniture Makeover} The Big Reveal

Finally, we come to the end of our journey and I get to share with you the BIG REVEAL of the project we have worked on over the last few weeks. Before we open the curtains to the finished piece lets have a look back at where we started.

Colour Saturated Life | Before

Remember how nasty the wood top looked….you won’t believe the after!

Colour Saturated Life | Before

The dresser had a great shape and gorgeous wood veneer but had seen better days, it was time to give her a new life. After making a few repairs, stripping, staining and bringing the wood back to life, painting a unique Herringbone Pattern and finally distressing and waxing comes the time to add new hardware. One of my favourite parts of doing Furniture Makeovers is choosing new hardware…..it’s like adding jewellery to an outfit, it’s the perfect finishing touch to bring the whole look together. The hardware I chose for this piece are Decagon Fluted Clear Glass Knobs from D Lawless Hardware they give just enough bling to the dresser without overwhelming it and gives it the final touch to make this a special piece of furniture. And, without further ado….here she is!

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Colour Saturated Life | Herringbone Dresser Reveal

Thank you again for following along with me on this series, it has been so much fun taking you behind the scenes on a furniture transformation. Now you can see how much work goes into one of my furniture projects and even though it can be exhausting at times, when it comes to styling and photographing the final result it makes every moment leading up to this worth all the blood (I am a clutz), sweat and tears (I am known to get emotional at times)!

You can find the other posts from this series here:

Part 1 – The Gear

Part 2 – Repairs

Part 3 – Stripping & Staining

Part 4 – Painting

Part 5 – Finishing Touches

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



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  • Edward Winston - October 6, 2016 - 2:46 am

    Very beautiful and inspiring. The pattern just highlighted the dresser, it look so modern. You are very talented in makeover furniture Gilly. Thanks for sharing your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living - July 6, 2015 - 3:10 pm

    Oh wow this looks incredible! I love what you have done and transformed it into! 😉 xReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 7, 2015 - 9:13 pm

      Thanks AshleaReplyCancel

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  • Rachel, Aka Queen Patina - May 14, 2015 - 5:31 am

    Kudos to you on saving/reviving the wood; most would have painted over it. Lovely work, Gilly!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa French, The More With Less Mom - May 13, 2015 - 5:48 am

    Wow, you would never know how beat up that poor dresser was! Thanks for posting. Hello from the Creative Collection.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod - May 12, 2015 - 3:58 am

    What a fantastic makeover! The reveal is stunning…we also appreciate how versatile this piece is. We would love for you to link up with us at Something To Talk About – our readers will love this too!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 12, 2015 - 11:18 am

      Thanks Vicki & Jennifer….I will stop by! xoReplyCancel

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  • Cynthia - May 11, 2015 - 1:36 am

    Really beautiful! And thanks for posting the series — you made it seem really easy, but I can appreciate all the hours you spent bringing this beauty new life!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 12, 2015 - 11:15 am

      Thanks Cynthia, the end result was definitely worth all that effort.ReplyCancel

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  • Debbie - May 10, 2015 - 5:05 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! I’m interested in the photo hanging above the piece. Did you buy that somewhere or make it? I’d love to have one just like it. I am crazy 🙂 Thank you…ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:28 am

      Hi Debbie, Thanks! I designed the “I’m okay with my crazy” fits me perfectly! Haha! I can send you a PDF file so you can print one? You can email me at and let me know what size you want and I will email you the file. xoReplyCancel

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  • Kyla - May 7, 2015 - 7:26 am

    The patience you put into this is just incredible. It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:34 am

      Thanks Kyla! xoReplyCancel

  • Lauren - May 6, 2015 - 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am freaking out over this dresser because it is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen! I adore that pattern you did! Love every inch of it, Gilly!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon | AKA Design - May 5, 2015 - 3:49 am

    Freak, girl! This turned out so gorgeous!!!! Love it and sharing on our Link Party this week!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 5, 2015 - 3:46 pm

      Oh Wow thanks Shannon, you have no idea how much that means!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - May 5, 2015 - 3:31 am

    I think this may seriously be my most favorite furniture makeover of ALL. TIME. You are seriously my style guru. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 5, 2015 - 3:47 pm

      Thanks, that completely made my day Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - May 2, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    I LOVE THIS DRESSER! this is so beautiful and not too modern or distressed. It looks great and I am so happy you chose to stain it instead of paint the whole thing.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 4, 2015 - 8:11 pm

      I like the two tone look so I do it quite often with my furniture, makes me feel less guilty about painting some of the wood.ReplyCancel

  • Laurena from Pivot~Paint~Create - May 2, 2015 - 6:00 am

    Love how the dresser turned out! What a difference in the before and after, the wood top especially! Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 4, 2015 - 8:12 pm

      The wood top is my favourite part too! Thanks LaurenaReplyCancel

  • Breanna - May 1, 2015 - 9:34 am

    Gilly this is absolutely stunning! Every little detail is amazing and the styling is perfection! Well done my friend 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 4, 2015 - 8:13 pm

      Thanks Bre, I always love hearing from you. xoReplyCancel

  • Shonee - April 30, 2015 - 8:42 am

    Love this so much!! Seriously so pretty!! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:58 am

      Thanks Shonee…always nice hearing from you!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - April 30, 2015 - 4:37 am

    It is beautiful! Love it! Hugs and blessings, CindyReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:58 am

      Thanks Cindy!ReplyCancel

  • nancy - April 30, 2015 - 2:25 am

    Excellent! Is that Tiger Maple veneer on the front? If so, kudos to you for saving it rather than slathering chalk paint all over the entire piece.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:58 am

      I try to save wood where I can….not sure what it is but it does look like Tiger Maple. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] Interior Frugalista - April 30, 2015 - 1:31 am

    Wow Gilly, the makeover you gave this dresser is absolutely stunning! It caught my eye over at the Vintage Inspiration Party. You do beautiful work and photography!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:57 am

      Thanks Marie, so happy it caught your eye, it was such a labour of love.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster - April 29, 2015 - 9:40 pm

    This turned out beautifully! I love the crisp pattern. Thanks for sharing, I’ve really enjoyed this series.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:54 am

      Thanks Naomi, it was such a fun series to make, I am so pleased you enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Being Home - April 29, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    This is so pretty! You have done a fabulous job restoring its beauty! *high five*

    BTW, that printable you have above, is my kind of printable! lolReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:56 am

      Thanks Julie, I have decided that saying is my personal mantra now! I have a whole punch of printables like this I have designed, I plan to have them free on the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - April 29, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Beautiful–so in love! Thanks for linking up!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:53 am

      Thanks Becky!ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - April 29, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Wow! I love your style!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:52 am

      Thanks Tabatha, that is so sweet of you to say.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - April 29, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Wow! This piece is stunning! I could look at this and marvel at it all day!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:52 am

      Oh wow! Thanks so much Sally!ReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - April 29, 2015 - 9:11 am

    what a beauty! I like how you kept the wood and also painted!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:51 am

      Thanks Darrielle, I try to keep some wood where I can.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - April 29, 2015 - 8:33 am

    Ooh, that timber is beautiful. So rich and warm. And I love your photos – gorgeous as usual.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:50 am

      Thanks Kristine the wood was worth all the effort!ReplyCancel

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