Tuesday, April 19, 2011

An Armoire Awakened

Hello everyone!

Well, in the last week I've managed to get quite a bit done around here. Unfortunately, that means I've been somewhat neglectful of the blog, but I hope you'll think the lack of posts was worth it when you see what I was working on.

In my quest to rid the side porch of furniture detritus projects, I finished a Craigslist armoire that will be going in my office as a much-needed storage place for crafting and sewing materials.

The armoire is from the 1930s and I immediately fell in love when I spied it on Craigslist.  The curvy lines on top are so pretty and feminine. And the little drawer! How adorable is that?

'Scuse the tight crop...I was trying to hide my porch of shame. Also, you are seeing shadows cast by a tree on the front of the armoire. As a friend from Arizona said when she visited me for the first time: "You live in the forest!"

The armoire orginally belonged to the seller's mother and had been painted yellow at one point and then stripped, so the wood was bone dry.

Before I could paint, veneer repairs were needed. The door fronts were particularly chipped in several places so I used Kwik Wood and carpenter's wood filler to smooth out the imperfections. I did a decent job of leveling it, but then I noticed the wonkiness happening on the left door. (See the gap at the top?)

Once I noticed this, it seemed like the gap got bigger and bigger each time I looked at it....grrrr. I proceeded to remove both doors and see if fiddling with the hinges would right the problem. However, once the doors were off, I realized I liked the armoire quite well without them.

Fickle, aren't I?

My rationalization behind leaving the doors off was that they didn't really add any visual interest with their flat fronts. And if I decided to antique the piece, the areas of repaired veneer would reveal themselves to be decidedly imperfect.  A little too imperfect for such an elegant piece.

Since I knew I needed to conceal all my crafting junk, but didn't have proper doors, I got to thinking about the pretty Tanya Whelan fabric I ordered in February...particularly this fabric, called Amelie, from the Delilah collection.


So after painting the armoire in Big Chill by Sherwin Williams, I whipped out two yards of Amelie and this is what I came up with:

She looks so British now with that light grey paint and Cath Kidston-esque fabric!

Basking in the spring-time light...

But wait!

Let's take a peek behind those curtains...

Well, well, what do we have here? <cheeky grin> Yellowed, vintage book pages and newspapers were decoupaged to the interior because I didn't feel like painting anymore for an element of surprise. This is truly a multi-media armoire!  Paint, fabric *and* paper...

By the way, save your money if you've been buying Mod Podge to decoupage. I mixed 2 parts white glue with 1 part water and it worked like a charm. For added protection, the paper is sealed with a single coat of leftover Polyacrylic. 

And all that time I spent repairing the doors I ultimately removed won't be for naught. My husband is going to make shelves of them for the inside, then this armoire is going into service!

Take care,

P.S.--I'll be back later this week with a proper introduction to my flock of hens. Until last week I had six, then we added two Polish Silkie youngsters over the weekend, and another laying hen will be coming in a few weeks. Is there such a thing as being a crazy chicken lady?  If so, I think I'm becoming one...

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  1. The amoire is adorable and the print on the inside is quite a pretty surprise. ;-)

  2. that is so gorgeous! I'm so glad you finished it up, way better than the original! you are so amazing!

  3. WOW!! It's so unique and soooo cute!

  4. Oh how fantastic! Once again you have done an amazing job. the paint color is so prefect with the pretty fabric you used. Well done girl!

  5. Love the curtain idea. So freh and pretty. Visiting fr Prim and Proper.

  6. that looks adorable! if i were a single gal, i would love to have a wardrobe like that. it would make me feel pretty and wholesome all at once, and it certainly would make me smile every day. i hope that makes sense and doesn't sound strange!

  7. What a beautiful piece of work! I love the fabric! As the British would say...this is brilliant!


  8. Hi Erin! I'm your newest follower, over from Cassie's blog. I love this project, so fresh and clean looking! Come on by Flea With Me if you get a chance :)

  9. Erin, great job and great piece! Love it :)

  10. Oh Erin,
    This is just gorgeous. I love this fabric too. What a fantastic job you have done. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
    Donna xx

  11. I truly love it without the doors and with the fabric! I am visiting from FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY.

  12. this is seriously adorable! what a great job you did. i love the inside!

  13. great job here. i like the dainty fabric:)

  14. Looks great! I am lining some drawers this week with sheet music and will try the glue!

  15. This turned out so cute! Love the fabric you used. And the paper inside looks great too.

  16. Oh, I am loving the way this looks! Super cute! Also, I have been looking for a fabric just like that, so thank you, thank you!

  17. I was thinking of using fabric like this on a shelving unit I bought! glad to see how it worked for you!!

  18. This came out so shabby darling~ love the fabric and the inside papered! Thanks for sharing at FNF!! :)

  19. Hi, Erin! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? The link is at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-042411.html.
    Thank you so much :)

  20. Beautiful! Featured this tonight. ;)

  21. Found your blog from freckled laundry.loved the way you mixed wood, paper (glue) and fabric to make something new and great for storage.
    - Joy

  22. super cute! i like it better with the fabric... be happy the doors didn't work out! : )

  23. Ohmygosh, I love it! I got a craigslist armoire with no doors! I thought, what about shabby curtains to hide my TV? So, I googled curtains armoire, and your photo came up. Love it. Thanks for posting, so I didn't feel crazy!

  24. I love the way you've used fabric here. It completely changed the whole piece! Gorgeous!


  25. I love the drapes you put on it. You made it from cute to adorable with those drapes.



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