About six months ago I called my husband and told him to pick up this beauty on his way home from work. As you can imagine, this is not his favorite thing to do. I am always sending him to people’s homes to pick up furniture that we don’t have room for. Anyway we have limited closet space in this house so I had been looking for extra storage. I believe in found furniture soulmates. I know that sounds ridiculous. Have you ever pictured that perfect piece for a space…you spend over a year looking for it and then suddenly there it is. The dimensions are perfect and the detail far exceeds your expectations. Yes, true love CAN be found on Craigslist.
Nothing in my house is safe when I have chalk paint and a paintbrush in hand. With that said – if this piece was in good condition I would have left it with a wood finish. Unfortunately, it was not in good condition. The water damage was extensive and in some places the wood was lifting and peeling.
For this project I used:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Chicken wire (pictured below)
Tin snips or wire cutters
A staple gun
The last three items can all be found at Home Depot or Lowes and if you’re local you can find Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at Suite Pieces or The Dusty Attic.
For very detailed posts on how I use chalk paint you can refer to these links:
Chalk Paint & Wax Part I
Chalk Paint & Wax Part II
I started out by cleaning the armoire in order to remove any excess dirt or dust. Then I removed the glass. The glass was actually in pretty good condition but I wanted a different look for this piece. I also had this horrible feeling that I would smash into the glass one day while getting out of bed!
I usually start with a little bit of chalk paint on the brush when I start a project. Not with this old gal though. This piece of furniture needed a lot of paint and I actually applied two coats. When I finished painting the entire armoire in French Linen I let it dry for the night. Chalk paint usually dries very quickly but when you apply two coats I usually wait a couple of hours before moving on to the next step or applying the wax.
The next step in this process for me was detailing. I used the Pure White and a small brush to make some of the details really stand out. Then we used the tin snips/wire cutters to cut the chicken wire. Once the chicken wire was cut to size my husband and I stapled it into the frame of the door. I don’t trust myself with a staple gun, so I needed to call on Derek for some assistance!
After I finished detailing with the white paint I waited for about two hours. I applied clear wax to the entire armoire. I used a paper towel to smooth over the wax to get rid of any “globs” or excess wax. If you use a paper towel or rag to do this it is important that you don’t wipe off the wax or remove it. I only use the paper towel or rag to make sure it is evenly applied.
I used sandpaper on the knob for a slightly distressed look. I also used a very small amount of pure white over the chicken wire. I used a paper towel to remove any of the extra paint.
One of the things that I love about this armoire is the fact that I could use it for so many different things…
A linen closet in a bathroom, storage in a little girls room, or maybe a home for some antique dishes?
How would you use an armoire like this in your house?