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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Armoire!

After the beautiful new (to us) dining room table, the armoire is the next in line for star of the dining room.  I had thought for awhile about doing something with this old, but full of possibilities piece.

It was pretty rickety.  Tom used it in his old office and it had mostly been in our basement ever since.  (My brother and sister in law borrowed it for awhile, but returned it to us.)   Because we had gotten rid of our old glass side tables as part of the dining room redo, we still needed something to store our stemware and other items.  I wanted to turn this into a hutch!

After researching the best ways to remove the mirror from the front panel, Tom actually determined that scraping it off was the easiest solution.

We drove WAY out of our way to find a store in the Denver area that carried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.   I had only heard of this product from other blogs and had never used it before.  The Denver store that carried it is The Little Black Chair.  They were so nice to us with all of our questions.  It was clear that we were clueless and had no idea what we were doing.

This is where we started...

First round of paint - pretty flat looking.

Then I added the wax like the nice lady at Little Black Chair showed me...

First round of waxing.  A bit uneven, but I can see the potential.

Tom was very proud of his handywork on the shelves.  He inlayed glass in each wooden shelves so that the interior lighting he would add would shine from the top to the bottom.  Although I thought this part of the project was a bit of overkill, I'm glad he did it in the end.

Look at the three pretty shelves!  (Avert your eyes from the crack in the wood in the back of the piece!) 

I found some great map themed wallpaper on ebay.  It was a remnant so the roll was around $12.

A little visual interest, but not overpowering.

After adding the wallpaper to the back and a few more rounds of buffing, it was looking fantastic!  I also repainted the hardware black.  It was really coming together!


Fabulous!  I love how there are still hints of the mirror at the bottom.  

Ain't she a beaut?!?   Now...for the final reveal (with Tom's lights on) I give you:

The Before......(to remind you of how far we have come)

The After!!!

We love how our armoire turned hutch turned out and she is a real show-stopper in the new dining room! 

This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint -- or any sort of paint on furniture for that matter.
I understand why everyone raves about it.  Yes, a bit pricy, but a great product for someone like me who is new to this and needs something to be forgiving!  We used French Linen and coats of both clear and dark wax.   Looks pretty good, eh?

Thanks for stopping by to see our transformation!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by to say hello.

    That armoire looks excellent! You've got your own creativity flowing!


  2. This is fabulous! It has so much more personality now, and it makes the display pieces inside really shine! Great job Lori!

  3. Great job on your first ASCP redo. I love the paint too and agree it's worth every penny! A beautiful hutch for your dining room! You should be proud.

  4. Nice job! I love how ancient it looks now. I love your mix of fabrics on the dining room chairs, too!

    thanks for your sweet comment on my project. I'm following back :)

  5. Hi Lori! thanks for sharing how you and hubby re-did the armoire into a hutch/china cabinet in your dining room. I used Old White and the dark wax to re-do a dresser from a charity thrift store (also with the help of hubby). I have also read some of your other favorite is the harlequin diamonds in the nook. I looked to see if you have the Google Friend Connect so I could follow you that way...did you decide not to have that on your blog? Have you heard of the newbie party at Debbie Doos? That is a great way to get to know other bloggers. She has moved her blog to WordPress but I think she she can be found at . Keep up the good work!

  6. What a gorgeous piece, Lori, love the colour you picked, and yes, the mirror on the back is just gorgeous, gives it such a chic look!

    Thanks for leaving me a comment over my blog, very much apreciated!!