Procrastinator Party 'Reveal'

Tomorrow marks the deadline for the Procrastinator's Party projects. I'm done.
Finished on time, with a little to spare.
Here is my piece, before. An eight year old armoire
that I have wanted to paint for a while now.
Wanted it to be a bit more decorative. To pop. To be more
of a focal point for the room.

At first I thought I would go with turquoise but
ended up on a more subtle blue. Farmhouse Blue from the Martha Stewart
line at Lowe's. (MS307)
Unfortunately my camera doesn't capture the color very
well. It's actually deeper than what you see here. These photo's
make it look almost powdery blue, which it is not.

The photo's also don't show the distressing very well. To me, in the photo's
it just looks like a really sucky paint job. And maybe it is. Or a really sucky
distressing job. I haven't done much distressing
apart from edges so I went a bit beyond my comfort zone on this
by doing some minimal distressing on the flat surfaces.

My steps were: sanding, priming, first coat, another light sanding, final coat, distressing.

I decided to add an unexpected element by painting one of the inside inset panels with chalkboard paint. On a side note I'm really bothered by that right drawer handle sticking up. Excuse me while I go fix that.

Now I need to figure out what to do on top. The room this is in has two story ceilings. I have always had a hard time knowing what to do there.

The total work time on this project was probably 3.5-4 hours. But I worked on it over a few days. I left it right where it is now and just lifted the legs to scoot a drop cloth underneath. I did remove the drawers and the hardware on the drawers. I had hoped to find a knob for the doors to compliment the hardware on the drawers. Still looking.

Overall I am really happy with it. It is eye-catching, a focal point, it's decorative and I just love the splash of blue in our family room.


Denise Sabia said...


Kimm at Reinvented said...

It's beautiful! What a statement piece. I have a computer armoire in our den that needs a makeover, you've inspired me to get to it! :)

ButterYum said...

Fantastic... love the message inside - how fun!

cherry said...

I love it! The chalkboard was a wonderful addition. hugs, Cherry

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I was thinking about using a colour like that for my hutch thing, hmmmm. Great job, and a big one at that!

Katie said...

I have been flirting with the idea of painting an entertainment armoire in our family room. You are really convincing me to do it... That looks so good! I just don't know what color!!!!!!!!!

rita said...

What a surprise the chalkboard paint is! Very good idea. I can see my hubs using something like that to remind me to "Tape tonight's big game"

beth said...

I don't think it looks "sucky" at all. I think it looks nice. :) I just finished an armoire painting project myself, and I think it looks so much better! What a difference a little paint can make! :)

waldenhouse said...

Thanks Ya'll!
Elaine - my mother is planning to use the same color for her hutch. I think it will look great with the glass doors.
Glad ya'll like the chalkboard paint. I like it more each day.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, I love this. Such an improvement!

And you totally made me smile with the chalkboard message!!!!

Thanks for participating!! Glad you got the cabinet done!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful color on that armoire and I love the blackboard idea!! Nice job!

photomom82 said...

The chalk board was such a good idea! And I just love the color!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love it. I did one in robins egg blue by glidden- then distressed then hit it with ralph lauren smoke glaze - it took the newness edge off of it and made it look old. Fun isn't it? Also, we had a house that had high ceilings and I found an antique tricycle at an auction - very rusty and unusable. I put it on top of the amoire - it gave it height and tied in with me having 4 kids. At Christmas we added a tall sled with garland on it.

"m" said...

Turned out great! Love the chalkboard on the door panel.

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