Hello beautiful friends! This is my last reshare. I’ve actually been working on the rest of my Haul of Shame this week, so I’ll be back next week sharing what I did with those items!
Today I’m sharing this armoire, or more specifically…chifforobe, that I picked up at the thrift store for $75 a couple of years ago:
It was showing some age for sure, but I thought it was a steal at $75! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
I decided to reshare this one in particular because it shows that not everything always goes as planned!
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 had in mind when I chose to use milk paint. I felt so bad for doing this to this 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:
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.
I don’t want to feel angry when I paint. I love painting furniture, so that was pretty much 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?
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 it looks clean 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! A friend of mine actually ended up purchasing it from my shop!
Here’s the next piece I painted, inspired by this armoire:
See the makeover of this little cutie HERE!
See y’all Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure friends and a brand new makeover! Have a great weekend!!
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