I LOVE armoires! I think they are pretty and interesting and offer great storage behind closed doors. I picked up this armoire for FREE from a school that was closing. Originally I was going to use it for supplies for a preschool I was starting. But we moved and the whole preschool thing didn’t happen. So I started using this as my craft cupboard. It’s perfect to hold all of my projects and supplies.
Well, the brown just wasn’t doing it for me, but I never got around to redoing it until now (a year after I first acquired the beaut). It was suppose to be a quick, easy paint job. But when is it ever easy? The paint started chipping and I had to strip her down to the wood. She had about four coats of various paint on her. Can I just say that I HATE stripping paint?! This whole process took way too long because I just didn’t want to do it. I started with a spray paint stripper, but it didn’t do very much. So I picked up this awesome gel type paint stripper.
It worked amazingly! Plus, it smelled good (perfect since I was removing the paint from this thing inside the house). Anyway, after lots of paint scraping and some sanding she was ready to be made over. Here she is primed.
I added crown molding to the top. She was just too plain jane to begin with. Then I painted.
And then I stenciled the doors. After that I painted and wiped off a glaze over everything and finished with a coat of poly.
And finally, I added some bling in the form of hardware. Phew! Just typing it all makes me tired.
My husband is thrilled that I am done. He’s not a fan of the mess I make with my projects (neither am I ). I’m thrilled that it’s done because I was getting tired of working on it and it looks sooooo much better then it did.
Here is the before and after:
That’s what I call an extreme makeover!
What do you think of their transformation?