Saturday, May 21, 2011

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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58 comments:

The Pink Poodle said...

Dear Sandy...

YOU ARE A LEGEND!!~~~

I just ADORE IT...

xxx andrea

Ange @ A Cream Cottage said...

Just beautiful Sandy. Love the blue as well. Ange

beachcomber said...

gorgeous! & love it with all the beautiful quilts inside.
cheryl x

Pablo said...

=O =O =O It is absolutely AWESOME! =)

The Green Pea said...

It is a keeper! Great color, nice fine.

Plushpussycat said...

Oh, it's really lovely! I love what you did with it! :-)

Karen said...

That is gorgeous just yummy! I would love to have it. To bad I live so far away.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Oh I love love love it! You did a wonderful job, it's so pretty!!!

BeachVintage.com said...

Sandy, I never thought I could drool over a picture so badly...this is pure perfection.

rachel @ gilly grey said...

OMG! What a stunning transformation! And I absolutely love it with the floral quilts tucked on the shelves.

Rachel
xoxo

Samantha said...

Hi Sandy, what a fabulous find. It came up beautifull, love your pics.

Elyse said...

hi!

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!

xo
elyse

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

This is a beautiful piece. How wonderful that you found it. I love the blue.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

chair up said...

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)
Angex

Leave a Trail... said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Gorgeous! Love it and all you do :)

Margo said...

OH! Well done well done indeed!!

The Painted Parlor said...

Aw, I love it! I would wanna keep it too! It's beautiful!!

stormygirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Well done, Sandy, definitely a keeper!

Raine and Sage said...

What a find - beautiful!!

Restyled Vintage said...

Gosh Sandy what an improvement, it looks gorgeous!

xx Karen

Down that Little Lane said...

So stunning, love the colours x

High Street Cottage said...

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.

awal.ny said...

The colors you choose are just beautiful. I just wish I could do blue.

Vlaďka said...

ÓÓóhhhh
It´s BEAUTIFUL. Your work is amazing. I love your renovation.This shade ob blue is perfect.
Bye Vlaďka

Linda said...

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!

Linda

Katherine said...

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.

Comeca Jones said...

Its beautiful

lisaroyhandbags said...

oh my! that would be a keeper for sure!! gorgeous!

A Cottage Muse said...

whistle...whistle...she looks gorgeous!

Tynk said...

I'd keep that one too! Wow! Just gorgeous!!

bibbitybob said...

Oh that is gorgeous, I'm so jealous! x

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Becky C said...

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
Blessings
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

Jenny said...

Nice work Sandy, it looks amazing! ;-)

The Design Notebook said...

It is absolutey gorgeous!!!

Lavanta Bahçesi said...

OMG! Adorable!

Ahu

Anna Patricia said...

It's a very pretty shade of blue :)

Suzanne said...

Keep it for a while and enjoy it. You will find another piece to replace that you can't live without. It happens to me all the time.

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Southern Shop Girls said...

Sandy,

This piece of furniture is absolutely stunning! I love it. Looking forward to looking at your blog - it looks great!

Paula

Sheer Serendipity said...

This armoire turned out gorgeous, I love the blue with the white inside. Great job distressing it!

Stripes by the Seaside.. said...

I love it Sandy..you sure do find some treasures and happy to see a few eiderdowns there from my stash lol. You are very clever in transforming these pieces, just wish i had room for it. Mel xxx

Fiona said...

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)

Passionate for White said...

You wanted to give it that French Scandanavian feel and you SURE DID...perfect!

Deborah said...

Adore it Sandy!!
Oh I would have the hardest time parting with that!
Why not keep it...you've made it so gorgeous!!!

Deborah xoxo

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

You did an absolutely beautiful job, it's so good it's making me think that I'm beginning to like shabby chic. Lovely post, I enjoyed my visit.

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Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Amazing transformation!

Mapiurka said...

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Peony and Thistle said...

Love what you did with this!

LIL G'z Blog said...

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
heather
hezzer17@yahoo.com
p.s. I look forward to hearing back from you :)

Jon and Emily said...

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 estones@comcast.net. Thank you. You are quite talented!

Gartenmalereien said...

soooo......beautiful!
greetings from Switzerland
Stephanie

pinkelefuntz said...

Saw this on pinterest. I would love to find a piece like t hat.

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