Upcycled furniture and decor add character, charm and style to many homes. They can also save money and keep material out of the landfill. We asked readers to share
their own rehabbed projects. As part of our ongoing Project Rehab series, we highlight the transformation of a nice, if somewhat plain, armoire into an artistic showpiece inside and out. Do you have a furniture makeover of your own? Please share it in the Comments.
Project at a Glance
Project: Rehabbed armoire
Who did it: Amy Vincze
Location: Oakland, California
Time: About a week
The hunt: Amy Vincze acquired the armoire with a purpose in mind. “A dear friend recently lost her grandmother, and after all the relatives had chosen the items they wanted, this armoire and several other pieces were left over,” Vincze says. “My friend’s mom, knowing I was interested in furniture makeovers, gave me the items. She said that she wanted her mother’s items to be loved and used in a positive way, not just sold. So I’m doing the best I can to fulfill that wish.”
Vincze started by taking apart the entire piece, removing drawers, doors and hardware. She patched the holes from the hardware and sanded the piece inside and out. To add visual punch, she used wood glue to attach appliqués to the corners of the doors and behind the knobs. She then left the armoire to dry for a few days.
Next, Vincze began the painting process with a coat of primer. “The first coat of primer revealed all the places I had missed with the sander,” she says. “I was super disappointed, mostly because it meant more sanding, but after that was complete, two coats of primer went on, and I was ready for some color.”
After first coating the armoire in a color that didn’t achieve her desired look, Vincze chose a turquoise-colored paint from Benjamin Moore that did the trick.
“I am very lucky to have a supportive husband who got me a really nice paint sprayer,” Vincze says. “It was a little intimidating learning how to use that thing, but it made a huge difference in the quality of the paint job.”
The next step was to add a glaze to give the armoire a distressed look. Though Vincze had never distressed a piece of furniture before, she eventually worked up the nerve to try it.
“I was thrilled with the results! It really gave the details some pop as well as some depth to the color.”
After the exterior was complete, Vincze tackled the interior. “I printed out a picture of poppies that I thought I could handle artistically since I’m not an artist,” she says. “I was so nervous that I would make a mistake that I think I had three panic attacks while working on those flowers.”
Once the interior was complete, the armoire required a few coats of polyurethane. Then it was ready to be reassembled and find a happy new home in her living room.
Hardware: $130 from Anthropologie
Paint and polyurethane: $150 from Benjamin Moore
The do-over: “I’m not very good at picking colors,” Vincze says. “I was originally interested in painting the piece a peacock blue, but the color I chose wasn’t even close to that. It actually turned out to be a weird dark green that was pretty hideous and needed to be covered immediately.”
The inspiration: “There are so many incredibly talented and creative people that have posted their projects online for people like me to gain inspiration from,” Vincze says. “I want to thank them all for sharing. I wouldn’t know half of this stuff was even possible if it wasn’t for those wonderful people.”
via Project Rehab: Colorful New Suit for an Old Armoire