green armoire

Lately I’ve felt like painting furniture using chalk paint. This is the most recent victim: it’s an upcycled armoire that used to house our old television and the Wii. It was a project that I was very excited about getting done, but one that didn’t turn out the way I hoped it would. Here is what the piece looked like. I had to use a flash for these before pictures, but it didn’t really look that brown, it looked more black. We hadn’t opened this cupboard more than a couple of times during the past year, probably just to replace the Christmas tree light bulbs when they burned out. Clearly I haven’t opened it since Christmas, because I would have moved the light bulbs to the Christmas box. Anyway, I decided we didn’t need this in our living room and that it could be repurposed into a craft cupboard. I have been wanting to organize and shrink my craft footprint in this house, and prepare for a future {in the next 1-10 years} in a smaller space. This seemed like the perfect piece of furniture to make it happen.

before armoire

before armoire with tv

I started by taking off all the hardware and labeling it in ziploc bags. I am the kind of person who might end up with extra parts if I didn’t do this.

armoire parts

Next I painted the armoire with a couple coats of homemade green chalk paint {one cup of flat green latex paint, 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout, and water as needed}. A few places got three coats.

green chalk paint armoire

Once the paint was dry I distressed to armoire with sandpaper to let some of the blackish brown show through from the old color. Then I gave it a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and buffed it out with an orbital sander.


Once I put it all back together {which may or may not have taken as long as painting the thing}, I moved it from the garage into the house. I’m pretty sure I was the neighborhood spectacle because this thing is heavy and I was home alone at the time, but I was really excited to get it inside to start organizing, so I rolled the front of it on a skateboard up our front walk. One of the doors fell off during the process, it tried to tip over a few times, it got hung up on our front bushes, the skateboard rolled into the planter a few times and I may have said a couple of inappropriate words. Luckily, I was going for the distressed look. After finally jostling it on its feet enough to get it through the front door I came to a very sad realization: I couldn’t get it around the corner or over banister in order to get it up the stairs to the craft room. After all that work it didn’t look like I would even be able to use it for its intended repurpose. I was crushed. I walked away from it for the rest of the day. When my husband and son got home they tried to lift it up over the banister and it was too heavy. They scraped the wall, scraped the banister, and scraped the armoire in the attempt. Good thing I was going for the distressed look, but only on the armoire, not on the house! My poor husband and son broke a sweat trying to make it work, but with no luck. So, here is the pretty green armoire, sitting in the same place it’s always been.

green armoire

green armoire

green armoire open door

green armoire distressed

It was going to look so cute with the chair that I posted about yesterday. On the top I was going to display these family sewing boxes from my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

sewing boxes woven chair

I’m resigned to keeping the this in the living room now. I guess it was fortuitous that when I chose the paint color, the sample I used was the inside of our jukebox. I downloaded an app on my phone, took a photo of the inside of the jukebox, then got color suggestions from the app.

inside of jukebox

So now, while I don’t have a craft cupboard, the armoire looks better and it matches our living room. Here’s what the armoire is facing:


green armoire

Now that it’s cleaned out of the prior contents, I’m not sure what we will keep in there. Probably nothing for a while.

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25 Responses to Upcycled Armoire

  1. This is too cool! Good for you on tackling the project. Also, umm, you guys have juke box in your house?! AMAZING.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Eileen! Yes, we have a 1953 Wurlitzer. My husband won it. I’ll have to share the whole story someday. We listen to records every night. :)

  2. Kim says:

    I love the color! Great choice! :)

  3. carissa says:

    soo much better! love the color.

  4. Jenn says:

    Love that color!

  5. Bonnie says:

    It looks amazing! I love the color :) I’m visiting from Sundae Scoop Link Party.. hope you’ll stop by sometime.

  6. Incredible: looks so much nicer! Great! ~ Rose

  7. Wow! I love this piece! Love the color, style, everything about it! Great job!

    I hope you’ll drop by I Dig Pinterest soon!

  8. Danielle says:

    Such a fun color and it really picks up the color on your pillow and that juke box is so cool. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  9. So cute! Love that colour. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

  10. […] I had white paint, so that’s the color I used. I followed the recipe that I used on the armoire project to make my own chalk paint. The thing that has me so intrigued with chalk pain is that you […]

  11. Leslie says:

    Can you tell me the name of the app you used that gave you color suggestions? Thank you!

  12. Amy says:

    Don’t know if this helps, but I decided to organize a lot of my craft supplies in a card catalog in our main-floor family room. This way I can do some crafting downstairs (which is cooler than upstairs) and in front of the tv if I want. What I had thought would be the upstairs craft room is now serving a different purpose. I love the way your armoir turned out.

  13. Stephanie says:

    What color and brand is this green paint? I love it!Thanks for sharing.

  14. Diane says:

    I love the straight back chair seat ! I think I’ll try that on an old “sewing rocker” I salvaged … Poor thing was on its last rock… I also truly enjoyed your armoire adventure ! It looks great and you sound just like me trying to get the piece into the house alone due to your childlike enthusiasm! As we know that can be disasterous! Keep up the ideas and stories! I’ll be in touch with my rocker experiment too! Thanks again!be well.

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