Can you believe this DIY armoire makeover project started out as the old piece in the image below?!
I found this at a local antique shop for a price so awesome I had to grab it. I immediately envisioned a completely transformed DIY armoire makeover! This is exactly how I found it, while it looked rough, it had “good bones.” Meaning it is structurally sound and the important parts that hold it together are in good condition. My initial plan was to purchase, flip, then sell it. Does anything ever go as planned in life?!? Of course not, I liked it so much I kept it.
It took me almost a year to start this project, it is a huge piece. When I saw it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fix it up right away, but the deal was a steal so I grabbed it and let it hang out in my garage.
No matter where I have lived over the years, the front entryway has always been tricky for me to try to pull together. I have a hard time deciding how to place things that you would want to keep handy without ending up with a cluttered mess. Or, on the other hand, having it too bare and stark.
I like people… on most days, when anyone enters my home I want to give a warm welcome that invites them in to stay awhile. I knew when this piece was finished it would look perfect near my front door. I could finally have a complete entryway.
Here is a list of all the materials I used for this project:
Hand held sander / sandpaper
Sanding blocks in a variety of grit
WHY MAKEOVER SUCH AN OLD PIECE?
I know I could have found something similar that was reused but a bit “newer.” I hate the thought of throwing away the past, this could have been the staple in somebody’s grandmother’s house. Or somewhere that a child once hung all her new clothes for school. You know, back in the day when kids walked 10 miles through the snow up a hill to school.
Re-purposing furniture is eco-friendly right?! We aren’t cutting down more trees we are using the ones we already took down. I love finding things that look like they are hanging by a thread and giving them a new life. Re-purposing furniture is eco-friendly right? I feel like it’s polishing up the trees we already cut down.
As you can see this is solid wood, one of the best reasons to redo “old” pieces. This was a great piece with definite potential.
You can also notice some discoloration in some areas, which is why I chose a dark finish.
I removed all the hardware and was able to find hinges that were similar to the originals.
After sampling a few colors I decided to use an ebony black stain.
I kept the tiny mini closet bar (so cute!), lightly sanded it, and placed finish on it.
I decided to keep the original board that was an insert to the right side door. I painted it with chalkboard paint.
It was wrapped in some cloth so I simply removed it, and painted the smooth side. It was just a little scuffed up with “character.”
I also painted the inside of the drawers since we were not putting clothing inside them, they needed some love…and I spilled some stain.
I like them much better with a coat of stain. I basically covered any exposed wood with the finish.
I placed dark stain everywhere except the inside back walls. To brighten up the inside I painted the back areas with a few coats of grey stain. Once it was dry I decided to add an accent flower detail. I found a large stencil that to me appeared to be a peony since I love peonies!
Of course, while I was painting my husband walked in behind me and asked why I was painting cabbages on the armoire….farm-fresh theme? …..NO. Well, you say cabbage, I say peony…whatever.
I also added this stencil with glass etching paint to the small door above the drawers. I found a local glass dealer to make me an 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ piece of glass to fit in the tiny door. Once I had it I stenciled it then added it to the door.
We secured the glass with these corner tacks by placing them in the wood with a flat head screwdriver then gently tapped them into place with a hammer.
After the tacks, we found 1/4 inch X 1/4 inch pieced of wood and stained them to match, and nailed them in place. This secures the glass even more and looks nice.
Same Idea here, we used these tacks that fit perfectly to secure the board in place. Then on the opposite side, I went back to the same glass place and had a mirror cut to size for the other side. This was sort of like a picture frame. We placed the mirror so it would face out then placed the board with the chalk side facing inside and secured it all together.
Once everything was painted, hardware attached it was finally done!
I have to say that this Armoire makeover is one of my favorite vintage flips. At first, I wasn’t sure how a large piece of furniture would fit in a fairly snug entryway. The idea of a huge piece of furniture right where you walk in didn’t seem to make sense. Once in place it looks great and is very functional. I am glad I gave it a try, it has been fantastic. It gives the whole area a more complete appearance.
On our day to day daily routine, this armoire holds backpacks, musical instruments, lunch boxes, and the coat my kids want to wear the next day. The inside door is painted in chalk paint so I can write reminders. The outside of the door is a mirror for that one last check before you leave the house. It also gives guests a place to throw stuff as well.
Taking this piece from an old, dirty, and broken to a cleaned up functional piece of furniture worked out well. It’s one of my favorite furniture makeovers yet.