Skinny Armoire Makeover

About a year ago I scored an old skinny armoire for $40. It’s a great piece of furniture because it doesn’t take up much space. Although I loved the dark wood, it felt a little ho-hum to me. After all the fun I had painting and decoupaging my desk (check it out here), I decided to apply the same technique to my skinny armoire, using a blue script paper from Michael’

The desk is in a different room so I didn’t think this would be decoupage overkill.


I snuggled it between my tulle and dropcloth curtains in the family room (which you can see here).


Hubby removed the door and hardware.
I brushed on two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.


Mod Podge was applied to the door insets and the paper placed in a haphazard pattern.


I added some French graphics from who else but the The Graphics Fairy.


Hubby likes this post card graphic best.
After all paper was applied, I spread a coat of Mod Podge over the top.
(Honestly, I didn’t even know about Mod Podge until just a few months ago. Love it!)


For the top, I decided to do something different and added a wooden applique from Lowe’s.
I used the same Pure White ASCP, applied clear wax followed by just a touch of dark wax.


I chose spray adhesive to apply it.
The spray adhesive allows opportunity to move it around as needed.


After the Mod Podge was complete, I rubbed Annie Sloan clear wax over the painted areas.
Just a few more things to re-do in the family room.
Working on another cabinet, a blanket chest, and a wall of vintage mirrors.
Photos of the finished room will be posted in the near future.

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  1. This is gorgeous! What a wonderful result. x Julie

  2. A tall cabinet to redo is on my wish list for this summer. I have a spot I always wanted a grandfather clock for, but I have given up on that.


  3. SO pretty! I love how you are using the script paper. I want some!!

  4. Love love love that robin’s egg blue script paper! It goes so well with the ASCP white. I’m in the middle of a bench redo and I’m afraid I’ve taken on too much…you give me confidence! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!


  5. What a cute cupboard! It adds a bright airy look to your corner just in time for spring.

  6. Nice! I love how it looks!

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    It looks so cute! I love how you used the scrapbook paper for the inserts, it really makes it pop.
    I totally forgot it was Flea market weekend. I went to Genoa for the day to some shoppes. Did you go, how was it? Have a blessed Easter.

  8. I love this mom! Looks so much better :)!

  9. What a gorgeous redo! I love skinny cabinets but I always have had a hard time finding them. I think you scored a winner!

  10. sweet look and you’ve inspired me with the French script! Thanks for sharing!


  11. That’s a great cupboard Jennifer! The blue script paper is so pretty too. You have such great ideas for transforming old pieces!!

  12. It turned out so pretty! I love the paper you used. Everything you touch turns out beautiful. 🙂

  13. Jennifer, your cabinet looks great! I have got to get my hands on some chalk paint. I just inherited a small maple desk, and I was thinking about using white latex, but white chalk paint would definitely be a better look. Love your decoupaging too!

  14. This is such a beautiful piece. I will be on the look out for a skinny armoire. Who knew it could be so gorgeous. It’s the perfect touch. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.


  15. What a beautiful job you did on this armoir. I like the pale blue script paper. Very pretty.

  16. Great redo! I did somthiing similar to an old armoire on my site Love your use of paper and script.

  17. I love the size of your armoire. It’s perfect for the corner of a room…something I’ve been wanting for my dining room for years. The makeover you gave it really gives it a fresh and modern look. Who would ever guess it originally cost $40?!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  18. An amazing find at a great price and an even better transformation!!!
    Happy Holy week!!!
    Blessings Lori

  19. This is gorgeous. I love your little cupboard.

  20. That looks amazing.I love this look.And fits perfect there too.

  21. Wow…love everything about this! The shape and size the white and blue, the blue paper….fantastic makeover!

    Visting from White Wednesday today.

  22. OH! How pretty. You did a great job.

    Happy Easter

  23. So pretty! Isn’t mod podge wonderful? 🙂

  24. Another excellent use for script paper!!!!!

  25. I love it-that looks gorgeous! What a awesome deal on it too. I could think of so many things to do with that!

  26. Jennifer…..this is gorgeous! What a creative way to make it pretty!!! LUV it!!!!

    Have a blessed Easter!!

    xoxo laurie

  27. Very pretty! I love blue and white! Found you from French Country.

  28. Love it! super cute…is the blue script background paper you modge podged too? Little Bit

  29. I love the look of this piece! It’s so romantic looking! And shabby chic!
    I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius Link Party! (New linky every Thursday). Here’s this week’s linky link:

    Happy Friday!

  30. SO pretty! Love all the layers of loveliness to it. I’m featuring your armoire in Domestically Speaking’s PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up & sharing with us!

  31. I can’t believe I almost missed this beauty! Thanks to Maryann, I saw you were featured from at POPP party. So pretty, love the mod podge effect. It looks wonderful.

  32. Love the piece and love what you did with it. I want one too!

  33. Fantastic job! I love the applique and decoupage. What a great idea.


  34. This turned out PERFECT! I love the extra love you put into making it so pretty! XO, Aimee

  35. Gorgeous! I have to feature this on Facebook right away!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing it at The Mother Lode linky party over at I Gotta Create!

    <3 Christina

  36. Very pretty. I love that pale chippy blue!

  37. Love love love!

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