French Armoire Makeover

I could not wait to transform this beautiful armoire that I picked up last week. Finds like these dont happen very often and I was so excited to bring this piece home. Originally black and yellow I have made it over using a gorgeous french blue and then dry brushed with a touch of white. Having the original colour black underneath made it perfect for sanding and destressing.  Some might have been put off as there were no doors but I could imagine all my eiderdowns in it or even in an office or bathroom filled with all your bits and pieces.

I could have taken the easy option and just paintd it white but I wanted to bring out the detail and give it that french scandanavian feel.

Painting the inside white gives it a nice contrast.

Now to decide if its a keeper or a seller – maybe a keeper for a little while.


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  1. Elyse says


    i saw the title of your post over at simone's blog roll and had to pop over. i just painted an armoire, too! yours turned out beautifully.

    loving all of the pretty images and am off to pop around your blog!


  2. chair up says

    I am sooo going to send a link of this post to the lady you out-tendered hahaha She will be amazed at this result!!!!
    Great job and the perfect choice of colour/treatment :o)

  3. High Street Cottage says

    That is a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the color you chose, and that it's open shelving instead of traditional doors. You really did a wonderful job, and I love all your pretty shabby chic comforters tucked away inside. Great job.

  4. Linda says

    Love it! The blue color is perfect! I would have never thought it would look great without doors…but it does….especially with the colorful bedding inside!

    You are amazing!

    Such an eye for beauty and style!


  5. Katherine says

    Well doesn't she just have the sexiest little legs. So divine.
    You have painted several pieces in the recent months with different shades of soft blue, and I love it. I have two pieces that are waiting for my attention, and you have encouraged me to paint them in a romantic blue.
    BTW – it is a keeper.

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  7. Becky C says

    Sandy, that is gorgeous! I love the blue :) And the contrast of white is just perfect. I'd be keeping it for a while, too…
    What a great transformation
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  9. Fiona says

    Not sure how I missed this post Sandy! Wow this is so stunning. You are so talented!! thanks for your lovely email and help tonight. Much appreciated. Cheers Fiona (lilyfieldlife)

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  13. LIL G'z Blog says

    I have a few questions if you could help me…I was wondering if you had a step by step for this armoire. I have a similar piece I am working on & 1 – wante to known of you did sand it down? 2 – then apply the white paint (if so – what shade)? 3 – then apply the blue (paint/stain, & what shade)? 4 – then distress it? & 5 – add just a stain over all to give it a more rustic look?
    I really appreciate it for I just have a love of revamping my furniture on a budget!!!
    thanks sooo sooo much for your help
    p.s. I look forward to hearing back from you :)

  14. Jon and Emily says

    I saw this armoire on pinterest and fell absolutely in love! After having 3 beautiful little boys, I am finally pregnant with my baby girl and have decided to design her nursery around this armoire. I was wondering where you find all your beautiful quilts? I really want a vintage/cottage look for her room with all the colors you have in this armoire…melon/coral, ballet pink, cream and french blue. I've noticed that your blog has a lot of items with these colors. Do you have suggestions of where to shop to find items similar for her nursery? If so, my email is Thank you. You are quite talented!

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