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Friday, August 20, 2010

Armoire, with a twist!

I got a killer deal on this solid wood armoire off of Craigslist.  I actually had to write the lady back and make sure it wasn’t a typo.  “Just to be sure before I drive half an hour to and from picking up this sucker, it is $15?  Right?”  “Yes.  It’s missing the doors.”  “I’ll take it!”

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I got some MDF cut to size for the doors.  I had picked up some doors from the Habitat Re-Store that were exactly the right height, but a smidge too wide for this application (on top of having some cheapo pressboard for their centers.)  I used the moulding, cutting down the widths with my miter box and saw and attached it to the MDF with nails and my all-time favorite, gorilla glue.

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I painted it a not-quite-white, spray painted the pulls with some trusty ORB, and here she is:

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Now, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I (almost) never play it completely straight and expected.  There’s always a little bit of a twist, something unexpected, and this project is certainly no different.  It’s a mild-mannered-but-never-the-less-lovely armoire, yes.  But this little lady has a wild side as well.  Wanna peek?

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Oh, don’t be a tease…

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I got a couple of sample pots of Behr Gem Turquoise when I attended the Arizona Bloggers Tour de Thrift a while ago.  I used almost one sample pot on this project.  It has phenomenal coverage, even for being such a vibrant color.

I used the same technique I did on the Apple Green Chalkboard Desk’s top to do the scallops on this piece.  I just cut some blue painter’s tape in half in a wavy line, used half on one side and half on the opposite side like so:

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Phew!  Was that enough pictures for you?  ;)

 

Linking to:

Tatertots and Jello, Life in the Fun Lane, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, I Heart Naptime, Cottage Instincts, Domestically Speaking, My Backyard Eden, Somewhat Simple

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58 comments:

  1. This is absolutely fabulous! You do such awesome work...I just adore this piece.
    Peace & Love,
    ~Barb~

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  2. What a transformation! I really liked it when it was just a white armoire...but then when you opened it up to reveal it's sassy interior, I fell in love with it!

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  3. omg. i have no words. that was just awesome! love it love it love it! :)

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  4. I love it! It turned out very pretty. That was a bargain too!

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  5. I love this piece! How fun! I would keep the doors open all the time. You are so creative. Fun, fun armoire...love it!

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  6. Absolutely, beautiful. Love the inside.
    Brooke

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  7. This is TOO MUCH!!!! I love it! What a wonderful surprise behind the doors! :)

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  8. Lovely as usual! I cannot believe you will able to match up new doors. And the drawers on the bottom have such a fun shape. The inside is so whimsical and fun. Great job!

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  9. Oh! This is SO gorgeous! I want, I want! (sigh) Again, dreaming about having my own place so I can fill it with your furniture...

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  10. Ok, I'm pretty sure I am in love with this:) I may have to try it with yellow on the inside and a damask stencil? So pretty!

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  11. beautiful!!! I love how you did the doors. I so need a miter saw...

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  12. Girl, you are amazingly talented! I would never have thought to make my own doors. And the inside art - fantastic!

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  13. I love this blog! The day you posted about the nightstands (the white ones with the stained top) I browsed craigslist, and found 2 nightstands, 1 headboard, and an armoire for $40!! I grabbed it and have been working on it a little at a time (3 kids under 7).

    I have a question. your painting is SO smooth! Do you spraypaint? Oil base? Any tricks you're willing to share?

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  14. That is F-A-B! I bet the doors that were on it at some time wouldn't have looked as good!!! Great job.

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  15. only you would MAKE new doors! you are so talented!

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  16. Oh my gosh! So cute!!! We have a massive armoire that is made for electronics... the other day my husband says to me 'when we move I think we should get rid of this'

    I nearly died. No way. Now I know for sure I'm not getting rid of it.

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  17. I was looking through the pics thinking, wow what a lovely paint job and then BAM you showed the interior. Wow is all I can say.

    Oh yeah, and fabulous.

    :)

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  18. Beautiful!! I love that pop of color! -shaunna :)

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  19. What a great find, and an awesome makeover! :)

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  20. That is Fan-freakin-tastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

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  21. Holy cow!
    Love it!
    And such a steal!!!

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  22. GORGEOUS!!! What a remarkable transformation!!

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  23. What a COOL and THRIFTY makeover...I soooo LOVE the inside!!! Hop over and enter my GIVEAWAY…I think you will like it!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. there are no words good enough for this piece! thats all i can say!

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  25. So glad I found you through Tatertots and Jello!!! I'm just getting started painting furniture and there is such inspiration here. Beautiful. Beautiful!

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  26. Hi, I linked over from Tatortots & Jello. This is so beautiful & impressive! You're genius! I'm becoming a follower on my first visit.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  27. LOVE the peak-a-boo inside & the wavy painters tape is just brilliant!

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  28. Fabulous piece. You did a great job with the doors. The stenciling on the interior is such a nice touch... makes it even more special.

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  29. wow this looks amazing! LOVEEE the color choice!! I'd love for you to link it up at sundae scoop! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

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  30. It's beautiful!! I love the blue interior - it makes the piece even more special!

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  31. Amazing piece! Amazing price! You worked wonders with it. Love the drawers. Very creative inside too!
    Thanks for dropping by today.
    Lisa

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  32. And I thought the outside was beautiful...love, love, love the inside. What a transformation!!

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  33. LOOOOVE this! It is absolutely gorgeous! What a sweet surprise you get when you open it up, too! Great job!!

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  34. WOW!!!! You have such a gift, Ann Marie! Absolutely gorgeous and unique.

    Jami

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  35. I love the unexpected touches you add to your pieces. They are a work of art!

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  36. Wow that's beautiful...and I love the design on the inside!

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  37. Loving this! What a great piece for a girls room no matter what her age! My teenage dd would totally love this.

    So glad you could Mi4M!

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  38. I love the armoire! You did a great job, it turned out beautifully. I am glad to find your blog!

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  39. that armoire makes my heart beat faster! i l-o-v-e it! you did a fantastic job on the doors too! love the inside/wild side!

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  40. Wow, That is a great job. I love the armoire. What a great surprise inside. I also love that the drawer on the bottoms is also curvy.

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  41. This is awesome & what an amazing deal! You definately scored on this one! Great job!

    found your link on My Backyard Eden link party
    Rachelle S.
    www.chelstamps.blogspot.com

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  42. I tried you scalloped painting technique on my daughter's dresser and I just *love* it!! I shared it on my blog today :)

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  43. I love the whimsy design--what an adorable project. Great job and thanks for entering the DIY Club.

    I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

    Cheri

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  44. Ooooh, how fun! & Pretty! I love the blue that you snuck in to the project!!

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  45. Wow! You did an amazing job and I love her wild side! :)

    Roeshel

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  46. I love the classic outside -- with colorful inside!

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  47. It turned out great. I love the surprise color on the inside. Fantastic!

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  48. It's absolutely fabulous! Love the split-personality that you gave the armoire! :]

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  49. I love this! What a great idea to make it really pop!

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  50. This is absolutely beautiful! Oh, that interior....it's to die for! You are a freaking rock star!

    Corinna

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  51. Love her without the turquoise, love even more with it! Great re-hab!

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  52. Wow, that's gorgeous!!
    Visiting from the CSI Project link-up...

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  53. o my gosh !Awesome! Love the white and the surprise inside...

    BTW. Arizona Bloggers Tour de Thrift?
    I livein Phoenix, am a new blogger, and this sounds awesome. I hope its every year..

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  54. I love this. Oddly enough it kinda reminds me of the armoire in Beauty and The Beast

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