This armoire belongs to sweet Lily and she is waiting patiently for its arrival in her newly decorated tween room. The piece was already very charming but it did have a few issues. One was a lot of chipping paint. I am a fan of the chippy look but it is hard to paint over. It also is missing parts of its original detail. However, both issues are part of its charm. It is old, and aged, and absolutely “perfectly imperfect”. I wanted to celebrate its age and charm and give it new life while not erasing its old.
With that in mind, I wasn’t about to sand it all down to the wood and try to make it look new again. I sanded back the chipping paint and used wood filler in places in order to create a smooth finish to paint over. The underlying old finish gave the piece a lot of dimension when I layered coats of paint, as it popped through beautifully. For this piece, I used a base coat of General Finishes chalk based paint in the color Limestone and then two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.
I also applied both Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes on this piece (video tutorial here). First a coat of clear, then dark in places such as around the drawer edges and sides, and then clear again. I mixed a little bit of the French Linen into the clear wax to apply it in places. I just played around with it.
The detail is also highlighted with a very light touch of gold, dark wax, and a final touch of Annie Sloan Old White to make it pop out a little and lighten it up. I like the white against the darker gray, especially for a young girl’s room. The interior drawer fronts were painted in a fun pop of blue, General Finishes chalk style paint in Stillwater Blue.
Absolutely stunning! What a lucky girl to have such a beautiful piece of furniture from her Mom. A true labor of love!
Hi Laurie, It actually is for a client’s little girl but yes, she is very lucky 🙂 Thanks!
Thank you so much!
Oh that’s so pretty! And timeless! Love the French Linen!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
Lily is one lucky girl! Very pretty makeover and loving the pop of blue inside but what I love the most is how you embraced its age and imperfections!
Thanks so much, Marie!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
Now isn’t Lily lucky to have such a clever and creative mother?! The cabinet is beautiful, Suzanne. That tiny bit of gold is perfection. Thanks for sharing another video…off to view it right now! 😀