From Bland to Grand: The Dramatic Transformation of a Painted Armoire


It is time to take my storage armoire from bland to grand: the dramatic transformation of a painted Armoire.

Have you ever walked past a piece of furniture, seen its potential, but sigh at its current state? That’s exactly what happened with this armoire. A functional piece of furniture with no personality and did little to elevate the space.

This tobacco color armoire has been in my home for many, many years. It is such a well-built piece of furniture.

Before photo of a wooden armoire before painting.

I have been working on creating the perfect craft room for myself. The room has been painted. A small section has been wallpapered.

It has all the furniture and art work. The only project left is this armoire. I want to take in from bland to grand with a gorgeous color in Dixie Belle Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint, Mirage. What a beautiful teal color!

Before photo of a wooden armoire before painting.

It piece of furniture had good bones. It was heavy, solid wood and would be wonderful for craft storage.

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A clean surface will allow the paint to adhere better. If your item has been in the garage, basement or found thrifting, you will need to give it a good cleaning. Pristine Clean is great to use to clean up items that have been stored and dirty. Cleaning will make sure any dust or greasy little fingerprints are removed. This quality cleaner will de-grease and remove all debris from the surface of your piece.

You should remove the drawers, door hardware and knobs. Set them aside for painting.

Why Silk line of paint? This paint glides on for a beautiful smooth finish. This remarkable paint combines a primer, paint, and topcoat into one formula, streamlining your painting process. With its self-leveling properties and exceptional durability, Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint delivers a flawless, long-lasting finish that stands up to the rigors of daily use.

This project will need two coats of paint. I am using Dixie Belle’s Mini Angle Paint Brush to get into all of the nooks on the doors of this armoire. You should follow the instructions on the paint jar. Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely.

The second coat will provide the final coverage that you need. It will fill in any spots that the previous color may be peeking through or that you may have missed.

Second coat of Dixie Belle paint color Mirage.

The wonderful thing about the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint is the built-in topcoat. There is no need to apply wax or a topcoat. I would recommend that if you paint a table or chairs that will get a lot of use. You can add additional protection to your projects with Extra Coat. It is a water repellent clear coat with a dreamy, satin finish. Extra Coat is a water-based polyacrylic for high traffic areas on your Silk Paint projects!

To finish it and add a wow factor, gold gilding wax was perfect to paint the knobs and hardware of the armoire.

Gold Gilding Wax used over Dixie Belle Mirage.

Be sure to remove the hardware and knobs. The hinges were left attached to the doors. I was able to use a small artist paint brush to paint all of the hinges.

The knobs and drawer pulls got a coat of gold gilding wax. It is very easy to use.

After the second coat of paint had dried, the hardware was reinstalled.

Try applying Gold Gilding Wax the the inset of the armoire doors. It will give your piece of furniture a touch of elegance and the gold highlights the doors.

Armoire painted in Dixie Belle Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint, color is Mirage. Gold Gilding wax was used in the inset of the doors and hardware.

Here it is from bland to grand! It looks beautiful against the aqua walls in this craft room. Honestly the photo does not do this color justice. It is such a gorgeous rich teal color.

Wow! Look at this armoire a little paint, some creativity, and a touch of elbow grease, this armoire went from bland to grand. The new color pairs great with the teal sofa in the room.

Teal sofa with aqua and pink pillow to match the draperies, faux fur throw and dress form in the background in a craft room.

The armoire coordinates perfectly with the custom painted table. You can read about the custom color using Dixie Belle’s color lab for the table here.

Makeover an old table with paint

The colors in this craft room have a surprising impact on my creativity and mood. A fun space to bring ideas to life.

Acrylic drawer containers with dividers are perfect for inside the cabinet and drawer to organize my supplies.

Wow! From forgotten piece to a captivating focal point in this craft room. This armoire has undergone a dramatic transformation. So, many compliments on this stunning armoire.

This project proves the power of paint and a touch of creativity. Now the armoire is a conversation piece that adds function to the craft room.

Have an amazing day, sweet friend!

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