Monday, November 26, 2012

Armoire Amore

My first project when moving into the new house was to find an armoire that I could fix up. One of the only things I wish i could change at our new place is the size of the master bedroom closet. I had been spoiled being in newer homes the last two moves and had LARGE master closets. This one was going to force me to rearrange! So, I figured the bedroom was large enough to hold a nice armoire that would give me more storage. So off to Craigslist I went!
After a week or so of searching I found this armoire for $100, and negotiated the price to $80.
Nothing fancy, right? My main goal when looking for things on Craigslist are:
1. Is it solid wood? THIS is why I love old furniture. Everything seems to be made of particle board 
these days and solid wood is so much better!!
2. A classic design. I prefer straight edges and things that will look modern once painted. 
3. Function! Make sure all the drawers and doors work properly! Don't commit to buying anything until you see, touch and feel. Sometime people will tell you something is solid wood or functional when its not! I love Craigslist but you can't trust everyone. It's basically an online yard sale... So check it out before buying!

Ok, moving on. I used a flat white paint I had in the garage and just started painting. Let me remind you- I'm impatient, so I don't sand. So far, if you use the right paint- it works out fine! Here is it after the first 2 coats:

Moving along, I decided it needed a little something extra. I had some Uppercase Living birch trees that I had purchased for our last house (house #3) and never used. If you aren't familiar, Uppercase Living is high quality vinyl decor that once it adheres looks like paint. Basically, it's not the cheaper stickers you can get at retail store. Check out the link above if interested. There are pre-made and custom options.
Here is just one tree....

And here are the rest:

Project goal: More clothes storage space in the master bedroom.

Project in short:
Armoire $80
Vinyl Uppercase Living Birch Trees: $40
Total: $120

Pretty pleased! Let me know what you think!


  1. I think it looks fab! Great modern twist on a classic piece.

  2. As an Uppercase Living demonstrator I love what you did with this! Beautiful.

  3. I'm a UL demo so I'm biased, but I love that you used the birch trees you had purchased for a different home and they look so great on your one of a kind armoire. Great piece.

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