I promised you all a makeover of this armoire this week, and here it is!
I found this antique armoire at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and I fell in love with its potential. It was in fairly rough shape. The veneer was chipping off all over the place, one of the back legs was broken, the bottom was warped and coming apart, and the top was lifting off as well.
And here’s the inside.
It felt like this forlorn old armoire had been kicked to the curb. It had been marked down at the Restore so I suspect that it had been there awhile because no one wanted to tackle a piece in such rough shape. I just had to save it and give it a new life.
I started by getting Ken to come over for a consultation. We came up with a two-step plan. First up was fixing the back leg and shoring up the bottom. Ken added some new support pieces underneath the bottom. He also repaired the back leg. Meanwhile, I glued up a bunch of loose veneer and added some Dixie Belle Mud filler where needed.
The second part of our plan was to add shelves to the right side of the cupboard to make it more functional for storage. I don’t think too many people really need an armoire with space for hanging clothes, shelves seem much more practical.
Now this piece is perfect for clothing. You can keep your undies, socks, etc in the drawers and then stack your jeans, sweaters and t-shirts on the shelves. I keep my clothing in a cupboard with shelves and I think it’s much easier to find things on the shelves rather than in a drawer.
As you can see, I painted the inside of the cupboard in Dixie Belle’s Apricot. I thought it would be fun to have a pop of color on the inside. At first I was a bit worried that this would make it too ‘girly’, but then I realized that the lines of this armoire were a bit girly anyway so why not go with it?
And if you’re going to go girly, you might as well go all the way and add a gorgeous floral transfer right?
This is just about 1/3 of the Wondrous Floral II transfer from re.design with prima.
By the way, I added two coats of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat to the interior of the armoire. I wanted those shelves to have some extra durability.
Since my plan included painting the exterior in a shade of white, I decided to hedge my bets and add a coat of Dixie Belle’s BOSS to the outside first. BOSS will block stains, and that original exterior stain looked to me like it could be a bleeder. I did not use BOSS on the inside because it did not have the same dark reddish color as the exterior.
It only took two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth to cover over the BOSS (and I used the clear version, not the white version). It might be my imagination, but I always feel like the BOSS helps light colors cover better.
The Drop Cloth created a perfect neutral background for one of my old favorites, the Seeds transfer.
The front of this armoire definitely needed something to add a little interest. Without the transfer it was just a large, flat, white space. I finished the exterior with Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta.
If any of my newer followers are wondering about the dress form, I’ve shared it a few times here on the blog but here is the original post about how I decorated it. I have to say, it remains one of my all time favorite projects.
I’ve suggested this armoire would be perfect for storing clothing, but really it would provide excellent storage in any number of settings. It could hold spare bed linens, or you could use it in a large bathroom to hold extra towels and toiletries. Of if you’re super fancy, you could use it to store your painting supplies in your workshop.
What would you store in this cupboard?
This is normally the part where I mention that this piece is for sale and that you can check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details, but this one is already spoken for. One of my regular customers stopped by to pick up some other items and got a sneak peek at the armoire. It will be perfect for her granddaughter’s room. So yes indeed, I have given this formerly forlorn armoire a new life!
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the products used in this makeover!