When I bought this piece, I honestly didn’t think too much of it.  My parents went to pick up a few pieces from a seller on Craig’s List and they sent me a picture of this one that was for sale, but hadn’t been listed.

Sure.  Throw it in the truck.  I’ll do something with it.

boxwood highboy | miss mustard seed

This is what it looked like when I got it…


I really did hit the jackpot on this Craig’s List listing.  A man had a bunch of furniture he was planning to refinish, but got partway into a few pieces, like this highboy, and realized it wasn’t for him.  So, he sold them off at a good price.  I love it when I can get five pieces from the same place!  One stop shopping.  That day, anyway.

I sanded down this piece and then painted it in two coats of MMSMP Boxwood (I’ve been into that color lately) without the Bonding Agent added.  I was okay with some chipping, but I sanded so there wouldn’t be too much.  I finished the piece with a light distressing to loosen the chipping paint and knock some paint off the edges.  I finished it in Hemp Oil.

boxwood highboy | miss mustard seed

The thing that really brought this piece together, though, was the hardware.  This was the exact kind of hardware I envisioned for this highboy, but I had to find it!  I hit Etsy and eBay to test my luck.  After a few searches, I found some options, but nothing I really loved and most of them were more than I had in mind to pay.  I finally found these…just the right size, exactly what I pictured and they were $16 for a set of 10, including shipping.  I couldn’t click the “buy button” fast enough.

boxwood highboy | miss mustard seed

I love how this one came together…

boxwood highboy | miss mustard seed

And, did you notice the cute child’s saddle?  Maybe jockey saddle?  Kriste and I thought it was so sweet that we had to get it.


The dresser, stool and saddle will all be for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market in Leesburg, VA.  It’s open to those with tickets May 15, and to the general public May 16-17, 2015.


  1. Patricia

    You didn’t reveal where the hardware came from. Would love to have some of those. Please reveal.
    Stunning piece.

    • L. Hewitt

      Why don’t you just google “brass drawer pulls handles”?

  2. teri

    googled, can only find them at twice the price on ebay 🙁 There are some gorgeous handles out there, so tempting!

  3. Rita C at Panoply

    PLEASE make sure someone gets pictures of all the detail of your setup at Lucketts. I cannot wait to see it. Everything you’ve show is so great, and the items so great together. I love the greens and yellows – those are my colors, just like blues & whites are yours.

  4. Doreen @ Hymns and Verses

    Oh my, I’m with you – the more I see the boxwood, the more I am liking it! I have a green sofa and I’d love to pull more green into the room with an accent piece! I’ve enjoyed getting these previews!

  5. Cyndia

    I think the boxwood color is rapidly becoming my favorite. I love how this piece turned out! Wish I could get to Luckett’s this year; unfortunately I’ll be heading to the opposite coast about then. Enjoy!

  6. Karen

    Marion….I have a High Boy just like what you just did….the AH HA moment hit when I saw yours finished….now I know what mine needs….LOVE IT!!!!

  7. Jenny

    Hi, Marion,
    Please list the source for the drawer pulls. I want to paint a dresser and these would be perfect!

  8. MaryLisa Noyes

    great transformation. Boxwood is a rich color that could go with any decor. The saddle is awesome!

  9. Pam N.

    I would also like to know the source for the drawer pulls.

  10. Tracy@www.bluridgevintage.com

    This was a great transition for the highboy. I have fell in love with the Boxwood color (I am kinda partial to green). This is a beauty piece and the hardware was a great find. I am sure it will be snatched up quickly at Lucketts.

  11. Kassandra

    Wow! I love that colour of green, its stunning!! I love the character of this beautiful tall boy too… Your work is simply amazing 🙂

  12. Linda Lock

    Hi Marion, I carved a rocking horse for my kids about 30 years ago and I’ve been waiting for the right saddle ever since! This one is perfect! Is there ANY way I could buy it from you and have it shipped to White Rock, BC, CAnada? Would love to send a photo of the horse if you’re interested 🙂

  13. Alexia

    Marian, the saddle definitely looks like a racing saddle. The green seat would have coordinated with the jockey’s silks, and the strap on the front is for helping the jockey get up in racing position at the start, and balance while standing high in the very short stirrups. Cool find! By the way, how have your riding lessons been going?

  14. Anya

    Oh my, I love this dresser so much. What a find with the hardware! Boxwood is such a rich color – I have this buffet in my living room that is waiting for a coat of paint. I have changed my mind 3 or 4 times trying to decide if I want a color to compliment my light blue/gray walls or if I want to it to really pop. I have to say I think Boxwood might be it. I really think green rounds out gray and blue so nicely. Another stunning piece!

  15. Cindi

    I love this piece and am about to attempt it on a highboy that I have with a very glossy poly factory finish. I will rough it up and use the bonding agent in hopes for a not too chippy look. My concern is that there is a dentil molding around the edge at the top and do we think the paint will hold there?

  16. Pepper Wright

    Where did you get the hardware?


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