Hey there sweet Friends! I am back today with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls, and we are all sharing furniture flips! I am excited to see what my friends have transformed. Look for their projects at the bottom. 🙂
I’m sharing an armoire I picked up at the thrift store for $75 a couple of months ago.
You may remember this photo I shared on my Facebook page when I found it:
It was showing some age for sure, but a steal at $75!
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I thought this might be the perfect piece for milk paint. Wouldn’t it be so pretty with a perfectly authentic looking chippy finish that milk paint is so famous for?
What? You don’t like it?
Ah milk paint…I love you and I hate you. These were photos I sent to my Mom while I was working on it. It continued to flake off way more than I liked.
This definitely was NOT the perfectly chippy finish I was imagining in my head. I felt so bad for doing this to my pretty armoire. It was also bleeding through and just looked old and dirty.
So I sanded the doors back down:
Then I coated them in spray shellac, and pulled out my perfectly predictable chalk paint instead:
Ah better. This is Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen mixed with about a third of Pure White.
I have very mixed emotions about milk paint. Although I do love the subtle chippy look it can create and I really wanted for this piece, I just don’t like the unpredictable nature of it. I may have cursed while painting this. Ok I did curse. A lot. (Don’t tell my kids.)
I don’t want to feel angry when I paint. I love painting furniture, so I think that’s the end of me and milk paint.
I painted the decorative details on the doors and the legs in the front white:
I sealed the outside with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. See my tutorial for painting furniture with chalk paint HERE.
The inside of this armoire is my favorite:
It was in beautiful condition, and had absolutely no odor, so I just gave it all a quick spray of shellac to freshen up the finish.
Then I painted the drawer fronts.
I love the contrast. Wouldn’t this be great in a guest room so your guests could have a place to unpack their suitcase? (Me: Wouldn’t it be great to have a guest room??)
I decided to sand down the top and stain it in Minwax Dark Walnut to match the inside…
(See more on how I stain wood HERE.)
I reused the original hardware. I gave it a coat of chalk paint and sanded, then waxed…
It may not have the delicate chippy finish I was longing for for this piece, but it looks pretty and well-cared for now.
One more peek at the inside…
It ended up being more work than I bargained for, but I’m really pleased with the results!
Here’s what my friends are making over today…follow the links below the image to see the afters:
Can’t wait to see them myself!
Check out all my previous Furniture Fixer Upper posts HERE.
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing the makeover of this sweet little piece:
Have a great Holiday weekend! 🙂
UPDATE: Bam! No need to wait…check out the makeover of this little cutie HERE now!
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