Top 5 Furniture Makeovers of 2015

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The end of the year is approaching, which means it’s time for all those “Best of 2015” posts 🙂 I enjoy looking back at the stats from the year and seeing, overall, what you all enjoyed the most.  And I get to relive the makeovers a little bit in the process as well.

So, today I have for you the Top 5 Furniture Makeovers of 2015 from Lost & Found for this year.

1–Painted China Cabinet in Fusion Champlain

china cabinet 1

This gigantic project was a custom work piece from a lovely friend-of-a-friend.  She was certain about wanting the cabinet all white–which is usually not my favorite way to go–but it worked so well!

Champlain China Cabinet

It certainly helped the appeal of the post that my client’s dining room is gorgeous and very easy to photograph 🙂  Here’s another bit of good news–this client referred me to another friend, and I am in the midst of making over her large buffet with the same color treatment. So stay tuned for another Fusion Champlain White piece in another stunning dining room!

2–Layla’s Mint Milk Paint Oak Dresser

Layla's Mint Oak Dresser

I think personally this piece is my favorite of the year. I adore these type of little chests–they are such versatile pieces and often very easy to makeover.  My friend Lori decided she wanted this chest before I even started working on it, so the Layla’s Mint was her color choice.


It was the perfect color though, and I have to admit that the hand-painted flowers I think are my best yet 🙂 And look at that amazing hardware!!

3–Buttermilk Cream Oak Washstand


Here’s another small oak chest, this one painted in Fusion Buttermilk Cream.  I don’t work a lot with warm colors, but this is such a pretty, sunny shade of yellow that I think it’s won me over.


I accented this piece with more hand-painted details as well as Fusion’s Antique Glaze to bring out the depth of the oak wood grain.  This little piece didn’t last long in my space, I think only 9 or 10 days!

4–Maple Chest Makeover in Fusion Linen

Maple Chest in Fusion Linen, $185

Are you seeing a theme here?  This Maple chest is my most recent makeover, but it was popular enough in this short time to make the list.



I think this was literally the quickest makeover I have ever done.  The color Linen has fantastic coverage–this was about a 1.5 coat job.  And the finish is so smooth and almost creamy . . . I really love how it turned out.  I tried talking my husband into keeping it as his nightstand, but he said it was “too girly”–haha.  Turns out I sold it to a wonderful lady who is redoing her teenage daughter’s bedroom and she was planning on using it as her nightstand . . . so maybe his instincts were right 🙂

5–Two-Toned Ash Dresser


This dresser was definitely the steal of the year.  I paid under $100 for this beautiful, burled-wood large dresser–I am sure this piece new was well over $600-700 because of its burled wood veneer.


Unfortunately the top of the dresser was in pretty bad shape, so I had to cover it with paint. The dark, Ash paint was the perfect color to contrast the wood though, and luckily I was able to salvage the drawer fronts by fixing the small scratches with a little Hemp Oil.  I’m not sure who purchased this piece, but I like to think it’s now a statement piece in someone’s dining room or maybe master bedroom.


So there you go!  Any surprises on the list?  Any pieces you think are missing? There were many more makeovers this year, feel free to take a look back to see if there were any you may have missed:

Milk Painted Secretary Desk

Apron Strings Milk Paint Dresser

Hand-Painted Antique Desk

Fusion Inglenook Drop Leaf Table

Champness Small Nightstand

Two-Toned Antique China Cabinet

Free Craigslist Vanity

Kitchen Cabinet Turned Potting Bench

Ft. York Red Oak Dresser

Duncan Phyfe Style Dining Set

Fusion Limestone Antique Desk

Liberty Blue Modern Chest of Drawers


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Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Melanie... I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite. Except for the all white china cabinet I was thinking that each piece as I studied it was my favorite and then the next one was... and so on! You are amazing! And what a great year you've had with your new paint line, too.

All the best for a blessed and joyous Christmas season. [hugs]


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

All your pieces are lovely. I particularly like the 3 drawer chests which are my favorites to paint as well; they are small enough to completely quickly but look really great and can pack a punch. One you paint your items by hand or do you use a paint sprayer?


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Thank you Lena! I do not have a sprayer, so I do all my painting by hand. I would love to try a sprayer though, especially for chairs.

Mary Lou

Monday 30th of November 2015

What a great portfolio of work from the year! You have a knack for finding pieces with the prettiest hardware.

chris aka monkey

Monday 30th of November 2015

i think of you every day, my old sprinkler can sitting on some old picnic baskets with the cutest pink creamer bird peeking out and a flickering faux candle it makes me smile a hundred times a day, i do love all of your painted furniture, but the little buttermilk chest stole my heart, i hope she is happy where ever she went xx


Monday 30th of November 2015

So hard to pick a favorite, but I do love that white china hutch. And that maple chest painted in Linen. I also think the modern dresser painted in the Liberty Blue deserves a mention here too!

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