Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Annoying Armoire Part 1

Oh what a pain this project has been!  This has been one of those projects where nothing works like I want it to.  It literally drove me crazy! But... I do love the outcome!  Today I will be showing you the top half.



Now this is the part where I would typically start showing the before pictures but I can't find them which makes me think that I never took them!  Sorry.  Let me explain though.  This was originally a cherry wood highboy armoire with brass hardware.  It was in great shape... it just needed to be shantied up a bit!

I removed the brass hardware.




and painted it with Rust-Oleum Hammered Brown Spray Paint.



That is the only before pic you guys get... :( Sorry!

I then painted the entire piece with Olympic Off White satin paint.  I had intended on spray painting but this baby did not take spray paint well.... yet another bump in the road.  The piece looked very similar to this one but it has doors on the front.




After that dried I replaced all my newly painted hardware and also found these really cute knobs at Hobby Lobby for the door pulls.




I lightly sanded the edges.  I wanted a slightly cleaner look for this piece so I passed on glazing... I know... Shock!  I used a 3M sanding block with 80 grit paper to do my sanding on the edges and love the subtle look it achieved...







So this is where it is parked for the moment... in my living room.  This is supposed to be upstairs but my hubby recently injured his back in a horse accident so now I just get to walk around it. (another bump)

I do love it though and I can't wait to show you guys the bottom half and the final piece put together.  I will share that with you soon and also show you where I will be putting it.  In the meantime, enjoy the top half!









Thanks so much guys!!

~Whitney


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32 comments:

Stephanie Saunders said...

You're so brave with paint! The thought of painting my real big people furniture (as opposed to something that I'm considering sending to Goodwill anyway) makes my heart start to race. Plus I think if I painted any of it, my husband would wet his pants. That's before asking me what the heck I was thinking, of course.

Tiffany said...

LOVE it...can't wait to see its bottom half!

Treasia Stepp said...

Very very pretty. I can't wait to see it all put together and done.

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

cute cute cute. I love what a little paint can do. I am more of a dark wood stain kind of girl but the painting thing is growing on me.

bec4 said...

It looks great! I had one of those this summer, a project that just about sent me over the edge, a table with 6 leaves and 8 chairs. Nearly sent me over the edge.

Heidi said...

I really love the top part with the scrolly look. (Is scrolly a word?)
I have a question...
How do you decide whether you want to put the antique glaze on something or not? I am so bad at making color decisions.

Gillian said...

Stunning... absolutely stunning.

Adrianna said...

I love the clean look as well as the glazed! You guys always do such a fab job. Congrats on the baby!!! That sweet pea is going to have one decked out nursery :o)

chair up said...

oooh can't wait to see it all finished! So far, so good.
Wow, 2000 followers, and I thought I was doing okay with 56,haha.
Angex

Amy Dalrymple said...

I think it looks like you put alot of hard work into it! LOVE it!!!!

Angex, your funny! I only have 1 follower.......for now!

Amy

miss Yelpington said...

love it as always,cant wait to see it finished. congrates on the baby,xxx

Resh Rene` said...

Looks great and I agree it takes guts to paint "the real furniture". lol And I love those knobs...I just bought the exact same ones for a cabinet in my computer room. They are sooo cute.

Great Job!

Sylvia said...

Hurry - I want to see the whole piece - it already looks awesome.

Chase & Rachael Skidmore said...

I love the knobs you chose. It's beautiful!

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Building The Nest said...

OOO, love the handles! Gives it some spunk!

~Crystal~ said...

Love those doornobs!

Tracy said...

Looks awsome so far! Can't wait to see the finished project!

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Hi , I found your blog today and I love it!. You are amazing, nice projects. This is simply beautiful, can't wait to see more.

Samantha2818 said...

This looks great - I can't wait to see the whole thing when it's finished. I love painting furniture and am currently painting two dressers for a friend who was going to chuck them away and buy painted ones for a million pounds each (slight exaggeration)from Laura Ashley. My dining table is never dressed nicely as it's always covered in bits I'm painting. My husband says he's scared to sit still for long in case I paint him too!

kenziekylanmom said...

I have a cherrywood one of these and wanted to move it to my DD room but it's not the right color and I wasn't sure about painting it but now I'm going to paint it and modge podge some zebra paper to the inside of it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kristi said...

Okay... here's a duh question:

Did you sand the piece before painting?

Our bedroom furniture was my husbands grad present from his folks and not my taste in color... But I think painting it would be fun. However, I hate sanding!! LOL

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

It takes a lot of courage to paint furniture. It did turn out great. I can't wait to see it placed in it's final home. You should post it on my Bedscape party every Tueday starting Feb. 9.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Whitney! Love the hardware you added. I have an armoire on my list to do and I'm not looking forward to it. I'm sure it will be, at the least, a weekend affair!

Allison Shops said...

Your armoire looks great. Love the door pulls.

mishebe said...

great piece and the white makes it look expensive. mishelle

Kammy said...

Lookin good !
Kammy

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

It's a pretty big job. So far so good! I need to paint my hutch and amoire. Waiting for better weather!

Looking forward to the finish!

Cheers!
Tina

C.J. said...

I believe we bought the same one, lol, I am so tired of my cherry furniture and want to do it shabby chic. My husband will kill me (well, not really, but he will want to.) wouldn't be the first time tho. He always loves how things I do come out but during the transition he is a pain in the a..

Sandra said...

That turned out really pretty and I love the knobs. Thanks for sharing...come say hi sometime.

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

It turned out great! Wish we had a HobLob here in Cali - those knobs are too cute.
And you used Olympic wall paint?!? Wow - I'm overthinking my projects waaay too much.
I have tons of wall paint and loads of salvaged junk/furniture. I need to just jump in and get painting!

The Critchlow Family said...

Love your blog! You do some real cute work. I want to redo our bedroom dressers. I was planning on painting them white and distressing them and then putting a glaze over them but I've never done this before. They are a honey finish right now. How come you spray painted yours brown first? Is that so that when you sanded the edges that is what you wanted to see? Also...If I want to do a glaze would I paint it brown, then white, then sand it/distress it, and then put the glaze on...or does the glaze go on before the sanding and distressing...I need help!! Hope to hear from you!

Amy
www.critchlowcrew.blogspot.com

Virginia's Looking Glass said...

Whitney-
did you sand the finish down on this piece at all before you painted it with satin paint? I am going to redo my dinning room furniture and want to do it right since my husband thinks I am completely crazy and swears I am going to mess it up! He has no vision of what things can look like Shantied up a bit!

 
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