Have you been wanting to know how to upcycle an armoire using chalk paint?
Today is your day, you can follow along with a project I did for our master bedroom and learn all the ins and outs.
I’ve been looking for a piece to replace my husband‘s dresser that has been falling apart for years. I checked Craigslist and really couldn’t find something that I loved.
I had to be really careful with the size of this piece because it fits between two windows in our bedroom.
It also needed to be big enough to handle the pieces that he needed to store.
Needless to say, it’s been on my list for a while with no real success.
Then, out of the blue my husband’s grandma said that she was moving out of her home and in with family. She, of course, was trying to downsize her furniture, which was a dream come true for me.
She had this armoire that was just sitting out in a moving trailer and would probably have ended up at Goodwill if I hadn’t taken a peek at it.
Instantly, I was intrigued with it even though it was very simple on the outside.
I told her that if I took it there’s a really good chance I would alter it somehow. I would take off the doors, I would add shelves, I would paint it.
Who knows what I would come up with.
I come from the belief that it is better to alter an antique and let it live on and be loved then to let it just fall apart and not be used because it doesn’t fit your current style.
Normally, I like our furniture to be a lot more ornate or a lot more rustic.
Truth be told, this one is a little bit more modern than my normal go to.
I’m not sure what decade it came from but it is pretty simple on the outside. My kids keep calling it a refrigerator.
Ha! I WISH my refrigerator was this cute!
But here’s the deal. I have a lot going on in this bedroom. It’s a large room with great focal points.
The bed is a great focal point, the fireplace is a great focapoint. I don’t need everything to steal the show, I needed a piece that would play a secondary role in the whole design scheme.
I also have tall closet doors on the opposite end of the room in this light gray color. Good design should be repeating itself throughout the room so I needed something tall and simple.
It was a given that I would be painting it the same light gray as the closet doors.
The other thing that I really appreciate about this piece is that it does have a nice curved top. Looking throughout my room there’s a curve in my desk (it almost looks like a kidney bean).
There is a curve on my antique desk chair and curves in the two upholstered chairs in the sitting area.
The headboard and footboard of my bed are curved.
So, I was fine repeating some soft lines and decided this piece was going to be perfect.
The inside is extra cute, too. It has several cubbies, a vintage mirror and some little glass doors. Lots of character and vintage charm!
For the inside I decided on a darker gray, I love that it is a two-tone piece of furniture!
I recommend this for fun surprise when you open an armoire.
I had done a informal survey on my Instagram stories and had my followers help me choose a paint color.
We landed on the Annie Sloan French linen chalk paint for the interior.
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So, there you have it, how I upcycled an armoire using chalk paint!
I added some Ikea baskets, replaced the hardware and we were good to go!
Let me know in the comments below if I missed anything. Thanks for joining me each step of the way as I give this bedroom a full makeover!