My Blue Armoire

This post is long over due.
I have shown my blue armoire on the blog several times, but have never gotten around to
doing a full before and after post.



Here is a picture of it in our old house after I brought it home from the thrift shop.
They were having a half off furniture day so I scooped up this beauty for about $70.00.
I love the arched top and doors and the curvy legs.
BTW: Maybe I should call this piece a high boy because of the legs ?
I'm not sure, so I'm going to keep calling it an armoire. 



I painted the piece with Duck Egg Blue chalk paint.
It took three coats since the wood was so dark.
You can see here a lot of the brown is still showing through.



After three coats of paint I sanded down all the edges and places I wanted to highlight.
I then waxed and buffed the piece.
I truly love this armoire!



The inside was made for holding a T.V.
We tried to find a small one but none of the flat screen televisions would fit inside.
I just use the piece for storage.



I painted the inside of the doors for fun.
I may get around to painting the rest of the inside some day.
 I've also toyed with the idea of decoupaging map pieces to the inside.
I'll let you know if I ever get around to that. :)



The one thing I don't care for on the piece is the hardware.
Unfortunately it is proving very difficult to replace.
See these handles on the door?
 Well the round knobs come off, but the long metal part seems to be glued onto the doors. (boo)
The handles on the drawer are not a standard size so if I want to replace them I would need to fill in the holes and drill new ones.
That sounds like a lot of work to me!


What I decided to do (for now) is use silver Run N' Buff on the hardware
 and then white wash on top to soften it.
When I white washed the piece it took off a bit of the Rub N' Buff (as you can see).
 But I can live with it for now.
Some day I'll figure out a solution to the hardware issue.



Did I mention how much I love the arched top on this piece?
I really, really, do!



I found out something new about this piece when we moved to Texas....
My husband doesn't like it! He thinks it's ugly.
Silly, silly man. ;)
I keep it in the living room which is my play room.
He never goes in there and I can enjoy it to my hearts content.

Linking Up To:
Before and After party @ Thrifty Decor Chic
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Ranch
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Open House @ No Minimalist Here



53 comments:

  1. It was a pretty piece before, but it is amazing in the duck egg blue! Love it!

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  2. I LOVE it!!!
    BTW - Annie Sloan paints all her handles as she goes - and then just distresses them ( I do it often now too )
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  3. Stunning!!!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful piece with us.
    Jeanette

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  4. Beautiful, as always, Lisa! It was great meeting you this weekend!

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  5. It's absolutely beautiful!! I love the inside as well!! ~ Lori

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  6. What a beautiful piece!! You did a great job on it.

    ~Michelle

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  7. He is a silly, silly man because it really is a beautiful piece. Love what you have done with it. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  8. It's beautiful, Men what do they know.

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  9. I am so excited to see this post. Do you remember that you sent me a before picture (at my request)? It was probably over a year ago...since then, I have been checking Craigslist almost daily for a long, long time trying to find something just like it. I have not given up...and will keep looking. Wanna know something, my husband probably won't like it either. (Tee hee hee) They just don't have an eye for beauty...except for loving us ..... of course.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  10. Wow Lisa! Duck Egg Blue was the way to go! Your armoire looks gorgeous!
    Susan

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  11. how can he not like it? it's beautiful! what a steal for $70 and the colour is perfect. I like what you've done with the hardware :)

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  12. I love everything. The shape, the legs, the colour. You did a great job.

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  13. Such a beautiful piece. I love the style, so graceful. Hugs, Marty

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  14. It's beautiful and I love it in that little nook. The way you painted the hardware turned out really pretty.

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  15. Lisa it's stunning!! I LOVE the whole space...beautiful!

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  16. I love that armoire and the color you painted it in is so pretty! I would use it for storage too instead of getting rid of it. I was going to suggest you paint the hardware and lo and behold, that's just what you did. It turned out great. Love that black and white subway art too. It's huge!

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  17. I love everything about this piece. I would consider making it a bar/beverage center for entertaining or or leave the doors open and face that chair to it and it would be an adorable writing table. You just need to turn that drawer upside down so you have a platform instead of a drawer. Love, Love the piece. Good job!!

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  18. I'm not a bar/alcohol kind of gal...but I love the idea of turning the armoire into a desk/office. I'm going to have to put my thinking hat on and see if I can do it. Thanks for the great suggestion! Why are you anonymous?
    :)

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  19. What a great piece Lisa and such a great price too! LOVE this color!What's not to like it gorgeous! Sometimes they just don't get it LOL!
    xx
    Anne

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  20. You did a wonderful wonderful job painting this!

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  21. In love with it! Great find, great job!

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  22. Men. Whadda they know anyway?? It's BEAUTIFUL! That's my favorite color, and it looks perfect on that armoire :)

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  23. I need an armoire for fabric storage - and that one is adorable! Love how you could slide a basket under it for even more storage! If you decide to get rid of it... :)

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  24. It amazes me how much the lighter color totally revitalizes the piece. It has great legs. I like what you did with the hardware. Anyone can have a plain old knob. And, so much storage!

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  25. Simply stunning!!! I have literally painted everything in my home that color! Isn't it the best?!? Hope you are well, beautiful!

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  26. Very pretty! I love Duckegg! The lines are so nice and just beg to be painted with ASCP. Great find!

    Peggy @ southscapedesigns.com

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  27. What a transformation with that pretty Duck Egg Blue! I love the lines on that piece and what a steal for only $70. Thanks for sharing how you achieved such a great look. I saw your post over at "Miss Mustard Seed" blog.

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  28. Love this! I actually love the hardware, but trust me when I say that filling the holes won't be that bad of a job -- especially since you have a weathered type of finish that doesn't have to look perfect. Such a pretty piece!
    xo, Andrea

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  29. Stopping by from The Shabby Nest. I love Duck Egg and this looks absolutely beautiful! I'm your newest follower. :)

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  30. what a beautiful transformation. Featuring in my weekly wow's on Saturday.

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  31. LOVE IT! and i love the color it's perfect for the piece, i would love ot feature it, if that would be ok please let me know.
    lauren

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  32. Thank you dearly for taking the time to visit my garden planter box.

    Your armoire is a piece to love, and you added the right kind of rightness to it making it a dramatic piece to stage in that perfect place.
    I have been keeping my eyes pealed for that perfect armoire that I could turn into a kitchen piece that would hold all my dinning and linen needs and wants :)
    You could add more shelves to it making more places to store and display, you have a piece you could inspire any place in your home with beauty.

    A perfect weekend to you, lots of spring inspiration.
    Xx
    Doré

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  33. I am loving the paint on the inside of this piece. A sweet little surprise :) It turned out lovely!

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  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your highboy, Lisa!!! The handsome arch, the curvy legs...and the color is just perfect! Duck Egg is about the most perfect color blue ever made, isn't it? GREAT job, girlie!!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  35. This piece turned out gorgeous! I love it. I have an armoire to paint that has been on my to-do list for way too long. You've inspired me! Beautiful job!

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  36. I think it's fabulous! Love the color and the shape of the piece.

    Found you through The Scoop. (I'm a Houstonian, too!) Small world, this blogland.

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  37. Such a great deal on that High Boy! You made it look amazing with the 3 coats of chalk paint.

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  38. Oh what an awesome transformation!! It is just beautiful!!

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  39. I love it! The color is perfect and I have just the spot for it, when can you bring it over, giggle. Hopping over to your sweet blog to follow along. Hugs

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  40. This is so gorgeous! I have an old oak armoire being stored at my sons home which is our previous home. I just got off the phone with my son and told him that I may want it to paint for my soon to be craft room. Afterwards I was responding to a comment on my blog and found you through Poofing the Pillows. Meant to be for sure! lol! Great color and I love the handles painted. I have a link pary, Share Your Cup Thursday. Would love if you shared.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Oh my goodness!! I love that armoire! It's gorgeous! What color and kind of paint did you use? I love doing furniture makeovers...you should check out my blog! My hubby didn't like the chicken wire cabinet I did at first, but I think it grew on him! :) I'm doing a giveaway at my blog this week, stop by and enter!!
    I love your blog, I'm a new follower!

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  42. it looks so pretty in duck egg! fabulous job!

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  43. What a stunning transformation! Gorgeous piece!
    Susan

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  44. It's lovely and I was so glad to see it since I have a highboy I really want to paint. It's my hubby's so he isn't so keen on the paint idea. I guess men just don't like paint.

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  45. Wow, Lisa, looks beautiful! I always wondered about that color, great visual:). I bet you love it, it is so bright & happy. It is right at home with the rest of pretty decor. Have a great week, Jen

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  46. Lisa, I have to say that may be the prettiest piece of furniture I have ever laid eyes on! I love the lines...and the color you did is just beautiful!

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  47. I just LOVE all of your beautiful bright painted pieces! Your house looks so fresh and cheery. Beautiful Easter decor!

    I hope you'll come back to the Farmhouse Porch and link this up at my linky party this Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment♥

    Linsey

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  48. What a stunning transformation! I love the egg blue. Please share this on my linky party http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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  49. Really beautiful! Love the color.
    Kelly

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  50. I found it! I'd like to tell you a little about this piece that will make you even more giddy over the $70.00 price tag. In the late '80's/early 90's I worked in a furniture store that specialized in antique reproduction furniture and accessories. We sold the entire collection that this piece is from. There was a beautiful bedroom set and I believe some dining pieces as well.
    If I recall correctly, the manufacturer was Lexington Furniture (I believe a subsidiary of Pulaski Furniture) and the collection was called "Chez Michelle". Solid maple with a cherry stain and some cherry veneers. This entertainment center armoire (which was a fairly new idea at that time!) sold in our shop for almost $1000.00. Even with my employee discount, I payed almost $900.00 for mine! As I mentioned in my other comment, although I've debated about painting it for years, mine remains unpainted. I have changed the cabinet handles to crystal ones.
    I hope all this isn't "too much information"! I've never seen another like it online, so it was pretty exciting for me : )
    It's a nicely made piece of furniture and $70.00 was a steal! Love the pretty blue you chose, too!

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