Friday, July 24, 2009

armoire before and after

so i mentioned that i went to home depot last weekend and that i've been working on a project that i've procrastinated on for quite some time...
i got some paint and finally got to it...
when i bought this armoire from a friend 5 (or was it 6?) years ago, my intention was to get it and immediately paint it a cream or fire engine red. well, just shortly after i got it our marathon of moves started to happen due to the army... and after so many years we are finally sort of feeling settled here in the middle of nowhere.i used "behr ivory" and then with a power sander sanded the edges. the final step was to get a stain on it to give it the more dirty worn white look. i used the "american walnut" polyurethane stain.

yes i know, that would be the quilt that usually goes in my daughter's room. for now it hangs pretty here and the nine patch i just got back from the quilter is hanging in her room. i already know what i want to do for a quilt here...oh yes, the wheels are turning, i'll show you as it progresses.
i changed things around for more cheery colors. see there's one of my milk glass and of course my two most favorite prints in the world in hoops.

yes i think the white makes it a little more updated and i like how it brightens things up.
next on the list:
recovering my 12 and half year old couches...but it might just take me another good 5 years to get around to that big project...and by then, couldn't i justify new ones?

54 comments:

Contented Caroline said...

The armoire is gorgeous and I'm so envious of your beautiful home.

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you gave it a creamy white color! Looks so vintage, which is AWESOME! Very pretty. You just inspired me to paint our little wardrobe, which we use as a game closet in our living room. It's super cute, but needs color. It's a light beige wooden color, so would love to paint it like yours. You inspired me! Thanks! :)

Ashley said...

Looks amazing!!

Marrissa said...

What an awesome job you've done of it!!Feel free to come and revamp some of my furniture hehe! And your 'summer' banner is so sweet.. I'm 5 months preg and my craving has been summer in general but particularly STRAWBERRIES!! You've been teasing me a fair bit lately!
***Blessed Be***

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

It is stunning! You have such a stylish beautiful home I am envious and could only dream of such a place!
Collette xxx

Kathryn said...

I love it, it really looks amazing! THe quilt is perfect next to it.
I've been coming here for about a week and I love your site, not exactly sure which link led me here but I'm happy to have found your site!

Kathleen Grace said...

The armoir is beautiful, cramy white does just freshen and brighten so much. I love your home and I get so much inspiration here:>)

Andi said...

Love the armoir and the quilt too.
Andi :-)

Lois Grebowski said...

Love it!

Cheryl said...

I loved the aromoire in the before pic, but the creamy white looks fabulous against your quilt and the walls.
The couches look great from here...but I know what you mean. I am wanting to slipcover my chairs to a cream color just to make things lightened up a bit more.
Oh no, your wheels are turning to do another quilt to put in this room. I can't wait to see it. You inspired my with your pinwheel quilt that is in your bedroom and i am in the middle of cutting and piecing one togtether now.

ElegantHobbies said...

It's Gorgeous...

Noodle said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and your projects with all of us - I'm probably not the only one who feels a sense of satisfaction each time, as if I did the project myself. The world is a little brighter each day, because of you.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I Love the top of the armoire too!

Charity said...

Is your family still in the Army? My husband is thinking about enlisting, but I am scared to death about the lifestyle change that that would mean for us... just scared of the unknown really.

Charity

Robin said...

I love that armoire! The white makes it look so fresh...and I love that pinwheel quilt next to it!

Katy said...

oh gosh, that does look good. I have been procrastinating about doing the same with my little boy's dresser. Maybe when we move house I can finally say I'm ready to do it!

I love the photo with the kitty on the chair in the corner. A perfect home picture!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Very beachy looking with a country twist to the room... a happy place! Great job!!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

kwiltmakr said...

Good job, it all looks so nice.

everyday inspirations said...

Great job on the armoire and I love the view of the room - I can only imagine what the rest of it looks like - like a picture from a magazine, I bet :)

thanks for sharing - love it!

rachel griffith said...

oh i ♥ it!!!

amylouwho said...

See this is a perfect example of yesterday's post! White is so pretty and helps your walls stand out! Love it.

Sarah said...

Absolutely gorgeous Vanessa! I LOVE it! Thanks for naming your colors. I have to repaint my little girls table and it may make my time in front of all those paint chips a bit easier!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Beautiful. I like the other color too but the white makes the room more airy and clean. Gives me some ideas too.....Jenn

Needled Mom said...

Nice job. It looks gorgeous now.

MiriamR said...

It looks fabulous! I love white distressed furniture.

smallgrapes said...

I think it looks perfect! Love the quilt, too.

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I LOVE it, and your daughters quilt is PERFECT hanging next to it!

Heather said...

I love everything!!! your home is so inviting and I love the white armoire - very fresh!!!

Marci said...

it looks awesome miss v! i love your couches by the way...they look very cute just how they are.

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

The armoire looks awesome. You did a great job. And that quilt is beautiful next to it. Great colors too. I love your green walls. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Blessings,
~Ana♥

Kim said...

What a great piece of furniture and it looks so comfortable in your home with the quilt hanging next to it! I love the new color.

Blue is Bleu said...

I love that your armoire doesn't look freshly painted! Very nicely done :) And that quilt is just gorgeous.

Calico Road said...

Awesome job! I've done the sanding edges trick, but never did the stain over the paint. Was it flat paint you used? How does the stain stick to the paint? sorry, kind of dumb questions.

Michelle said...

I love the way your project turned out, and your room looks so inviting and comfortable.
Good job!
be blessed,
Michelle

Sherri said...

Wow...it's gorgeous! I love it! And the room looks so wonderfully cozy! Can't wait to see the new quilt...

lambie-pie said...

I love the way the armoire looks, do you use rub on stain over a flat paint? It looks like you didn't use too much so I was just wondering a bit about the details of your process. You have a lot of color in here but it all blends really well!

patsy said...

I finished my version of your katie quilt today!!!
http://sixandholding.blogspot.com/2009/07/seeing-dooble.html

thank you- thank you for the tutorial--- I made two for my daughter's two twin beds (she's 12) I love, love, love them!!

ps. great post here!

Kelly O. said...

Lovely!
Thanks for showing off some of that milk glass...:)

Adrienne said...

like it! aLOT!! pleeeease don't give up all of your wonderful color :)

Samantha said...

Love IT! Can I copy? My armoire is so blah. Yours is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Elise said...

Oh, I love it!! Great change!!
Elise

Laura said...

Love the armoire! You did a fantastic job! The print that you love that's in the hoops - my mother has a set of sheets in that green print - must be from around the '70's? I've always loved those sheets - they're in excellent condition - I may have to "borrow" them!

Mimi Sue said...

I have at least a dozen projects that I need to do. Some of them have been around for 10 years. Your armoire looks great. Mimi

forever folding laundry said...

OK, is there anything you don't know how to do? It's amazing!

~Keri

Julia said...

I love the "NEW" armoire! You did a stupendous job on it! I have a beautiful Oak Armoire that I'm dying to strip and paint, but I paid so much for it (when "oak" was "IN") that I'm afraid to touch it!! I'm scared I'll ruin it!!

Wendy said...

Looks great in white!

I am looking for something new for our tv, or trying to convince DH to build one, since he has the skills! I am very tired of our huge, particle board entertainment center!

Sandy said...

Looks great!! Whenever I try to make something look shabby chic in a cool way, it looks just shabby in an old way. So I'm really impressed!

As for the couches...two words for you: Sure Fit

:)

Jennifer said...

Loving your pics, V! You are inspiring me to decorate my home more! We are in the Air Force, so you know how that goes! I'd love to be able to settle in someday! ;)

Amber said...

Looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

What kind of paint did u use - I know it's behr ivory but is it flat, satin, eggshell......... I have a project in the works but have never painted anything so need to know what finish to buy. Thanks (sarah33mike@yahoo.com)

amandajean said...

it looks amazing white! nice job! but i can see why you put it off for awhile. that's not an easy job. esp. with kiddos around.

Spencer Family 6 said...

LOVE IT!!!!! You did an awesome job with the antiquing!

Rachel said...

This looks amazing! Can you maybe give a little tutorial as to how to exactly do something like this? I'd LOVE to try, but I haven't a clue as wear to start!

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Vanessa. :o)
I know I am digging way back here, but I have a black bookcase and black armoire in my sewing room that desperately wants to be white! :o) I was curious if you did anything special to your armoire when painting it? I saw a liquid sander I am considering. I also know that kilz makes a new (new to me) product called clean start. You are suppose to be able to paint right over the surface.
Wish we lived closer!! :o)

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