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Annoying Armoire Part 1

Oh what a pain this project has been!  This has been one of those projects where nothing works like I want it to.  It literally drove me crazy! But… I do love the outcome!  Today I will be showing you the top half.
Now this is the part where I would typically start showing the before pictures but I can’t find them which makes me think that I never took them!  Sorry.  Let me explain though.  This was originally a cherry wood highboy armoire with brass hardware.  It was in great shape… it just needed to be shantied up a bit!
I removed the brass hardware.
and painted it with Rust-Oleum Hammered Brown Spray Paint.
That is the only before pic you guys get… 🙁 Sorry!
I then painted the entire piece with Olympic Off White satin paint.  I had intended on spray painting but this baby did not take spray paint well…. yet another bump in the road.  The piece looked very similar to this one but it has doors on the front.
After that dried I replaced all my newly painted hardware and also found these really cute knobs at Hobby Lobby for the door pulls.
I lightly sanded the edges.  I wanted a slightly cleaner look for this piece so I passed on glazing… I know… Shock!  I used a 3M sanding block with 80 grit paper to do my sanding on the edges and love the subtle look it achieved…
So this is where it is parked for the moment… in my living room.  This is supposed to be upstairs but my hubby recently injured his back in a horse accident so now I just get to walk around it. (another bump)
I do love it though and I can’t wait to show you guys the bottom half and the final piece put together.  I will share that with you soon and also show you where I will be putting it.  In the meantime, enjoy the top half!
Thanks so much guys!!
~Whitney

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32 Comments

  1. kenziekylanmom on January 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I have a cherrywood one of these and wanted to move it to my DD room but it's not the right color and I wasn't sure about painting it but now I'm going to paint it and modge podge some zebra paper to the inside of it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Samantha2818 on January 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This looks great – I can't wait to see the whole thing when it's finished. I love painting furniture and am currently painting two dressers for a friend who was going to chuck them away and buy painted ones for a million pounds each (slight exaggeration)from Laura Ashley. My dining table is never dressed nicely as it's always covered in bits I'm painting. My husband says he's scared to sit still for long in case I paint him too!

  3. LeeHillPrimitives on January 28, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Hi , I found your blog today and I love it!. You are amazing, nice projects. This is simply beautiful, can't wait to see more.

  4. Tracy on January 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Looks awsome so far! Can't wait to see the finished project!

  5. ~Crystal~ on January 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Love those doornobs!

  6. Building The Nest on January 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    OOO, love the handles! Gives it some spunk!

  7. Chase & Rachael Skidmore on January 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I love the knobs you chose. It's beautiful!

    http://www.itssimplelove.blogspot.com/

  8. Sylvia on January 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Hurry – I want to see the whole piece – it already looks awesome.

  9. Resh Rene` on January 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Looks great and I agree it takes guts to paint "the real furniture". lol And I love those knobs…I just bought the exact same ones for a cabinet in my computer room. They are sooo cute.

    Great Job!

  10. miss Yelpington on January 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    love it as always,cant wait to see it finished. congrates on the baby,xxx

  11. Amy Dalrymple on January 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I think it looks like you put alot of hard work into it! LOVE it!!!!

    Angex, your funny! I only have 1 follower…….for now!

    Amy

  12. chair up on January 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    oooh can't wait to see it all finished! So far, so good.
    Wow, 2000 followers, and I thought I was doing okay with 56,haha.
    Angex

  13. Adrianna on January 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love the clean look as well as the glazed! You guys always do such a fab job. Congrats on the baby!!! That sweet pea is going to have one decked out nursery :o)

  14. Gillian on January 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Stunning… absolutely stunning.

  15. Heidi on January 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I really love the top part with the scrolly look. (Is scrolly a word?)
    I have a question…
    How do you decide whether you want to put the antique glaze on something or not? I am so bad at making color decisions.

  16. bec4 on January 27, 2010 at 4:59 am

    It looks great! I had one of those this summer, a project that just about sent me over the edge, a table with 6 leaves and 8 chairs. Nearly sent me over the edge.

  17. Goings on at the Glenn's on January 27, 2010 at 4:25 am

    cute cute cute. I love what a little paint can do. I am more of a dark wood stain kind of girl but the painting thing is growing on me.

  18. Treasia Stepp on January 27, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Very very pretty. I can't wait to see it all put together and done.

  19. Tiffany on January 27, 2010 at 4:17 am

    LOVE it…can't wait to see its bottom half!

  20. Stephanie Saunders on January 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

    You're so brave with paint! The thought of painting my real big people furniture (as opposed to something that I'm considering sending to Goodwill anyway) makes my heart start to race. Plus I think if I painted any of it, my husband would wet his pants. That's before asking me what the heck I was thinking, of course.

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