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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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37 Comments

  1. 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.

    Bliss

  2. 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!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

  3. 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.
    xoxo

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  6. 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

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

    Visting from White Wednesday today.
    Roselle