Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover

This furniture makeover has been a long time coming! Let me explain…

About 18 years ago, for a short period of time, Home Depot carried a furniture collection of “raw” furniture. The pieces were natural wood – mainly pine and they were very affordable. We purchased this armoire for Jennifer’s bedroom and it housed her books, games and eventually a television. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover - using homemade chalk paint color matched to ASCP Old White, distressed, waxed and glass knobs added

When Jennifer left for college, she took the armoire with her and used it in various rooms for the next four years. This is such a great durable and sturdy piece – it served as an entertainment center, a spare closet and for extra storage. When she graduated the armoire came back home with her and somehow ended up in our basement for the next 8 years.

Chalk paint galore. This is a chalk painted armoire makeover.

I have been wanting to paint this armoire for quite some time now. The problem was, I couldn’t carry it up from the basement by myself. Plus, truth be told a bunch of crap other items needed to moved and shifted in order to get the armoire out. I finally made the time to move everything around and Jenn took pity on me and helped move the armoire up to the garage.

My next great idea, much to Honey Bee’s chagrin, was to take this armoire to the lake for our bedroom. I’m embarrassed to tell you how long our television has teetered on top of a very tiny plant stand table. I knew the armoire would look great in the bedroom at the end of our bed.

So, before the holiday Honey Bee and I lugged the armoire out to my SUV and to the lake. One great thing about the bad weather that we experienced was that it made for a great time to paint indoors :) I was so excited to get started and banish the yellow/orange finish of the pine and to try and create a more French feel.

Sometimes even great pieces of furniture need a makeover. Using chalk paint helps transform any piece.

I used our Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe color matched to Annie Sloan in Old White. I know we’ve said it before but we love how quickly this paint dries. By the time the first coat was applied we could start painting the second coat.

This after picture of the chalk painted armoire makeover is amazing. Such a transformation.

I used 80 grit sandpaper to distress edges and areas that would have natural wear and tear. Clear paste wax was rubbed onto the entire piece and buffed with a soft lint-free cloth.

This Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover goes great in the bedroom. Love this transformation.

The wooden knobs were changed out for pretty glass knobs

Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover. Distressing a piece of furniture is always a must.

I can’t exclaim loudly enough how happy I am with the results of this finished armoire!

Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover with glass knobs. Amazing furniture transformation.

You may have noticed I have a love affair with vintage wicker pieces. Old wine casks…

Added height on the painted armoire with a vintage wicker wine basket. Chalk painted armoire transformation.

…and an assortment of baskets. You can find one similar here.

Chalk painted armoire makeover with vintage wicker baskets. Brings warmth to the room.

I highly encourage you to paint a piece of furniture if you haven’t already done so. The transformation is amazing and so easy to achieve a new look.

Chalk painted armoire makeover with white homemade chalk paint. Also used glass knobs and distressing.


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  1. says

    What a transformation! Isn’t it great when you can use & reuse a piece, giving it new life each time? The moving & painting efforts were soooooo worth it. Beautiful results! {trying a comment from my phone ~ hope it works} Bwg ~~~

  2. says

    Vicki……WOW …..what a difference. It looks wonderful and I love the way you distressed it and the pretty crystal knobs. You are the painting queen lately. It looks fantastic. have a great day, Lisa
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  3. Bobbi says

    Did you sand the piece prior to painting? I have heard that the color or knots of pine furniture sometimes bleed through paint.

  4. CC says

    I love the chalk painted armoire! By any chance, can you share the wall color behind the armoire in the “after” photos? Thank you so much!

  5. says

    Could you share what color you ended up using? I found a comparison chart of ASCP colors to Sherwin Williams and Behr, but Old White AS does not look the same as the colors they suggested. Thanks!

    • says

      Hey there…pigments are definitely hard to match. Being that we usually distress and wax our pieces we try to match up the paint colors as best we can. Our painted armoire was done in Behr Swiss Coffee – flat finish. We were very happy with the results. ood luck to you!