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Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover

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This chalk painted armoire 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 partially natural wood – some pine, mostly cheap plywood 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.

Painted Furniture - Chalk Paint

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  1. Wow, total transformation ladies! Love the way this turned out. It’s gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much CoCo! You know this is a project that we’ve wanted to do for a long time. It was definitely worth the wait!

  2. It’s beautiful!! I love the white wth the vintage baskets. We need to see a lake house tour soon! 🙂

    1. Hi Angie – You know…that’s a good idea! We will need to make that happen. Enjoy your birthday!

  3. This does look really good! Great job!

  4. 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 ~~~

    1. Hi Bobbi – you are so right! Patience definitely paid off 🙂 Thank you so very much!

  5. Why is it that I want to chalk paint everything! Love the transformation of your piece. I will have to try your homemade chalk paint recipe.

    1. Hi Diane – We know exactly what you mean! Thank you so much for liking our transformation!

  6. 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

  7. Love the transformation. Those seemingly oversized pieces were bulky but so functional to the point of almost irreplacable! But now…oh so pretty.

    1. Thank you so much Linda! Yes, the bigger furniture pieces are big and bulky but make for the best painting makeovers!

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

    1. Ho Bobbi – No sanding was necessary. The chalk paint covered the armoire beautifully and there is no bleed through where the knots are.

  9. Hi Vicki….Wow. What a gorgeous transformation. I have some furniture items I am dying to try chalk painting. You have inspirated me to get going. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Bonbon – Thank you so much! Your painted furniture is stunningly gorgeous! You won’t have any problem with chalk paint.

  10. I remember these at Home Depot! I have one in my office, it has a pull out keyboard and the bottom has a file drawer 🙂

    ps. and it’s full of crap

    1. Hey Debbie – Girl, you crack me up! You notice, I didn’t show you the inside of the armoire 🙂 I wish Home Depot still carried furniture. It was so affordable and you could make-it-over anyway you wanted to.

  11. Samantha M says:

    Just beautiful! I noticed the hinges are white too. How did you do that?

    1. Hey Samantha – We just painted right over the hinges with the chalk paint. Have you ever used this type of paint? It covers everything…even metal hinges!

  12. 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!

    1. Sure CC! We don’t know if they showcase this color anymore but it is “Quietude” by Sherwin Williams. Good luck!

  13. 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!

    1. 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!

  14. How much chalk paint did you need for this project? I have an almost identical armoire I want to do this to!

  15. Sarah Thiewes says:

    Your armoire looks amazing! I have almost the same one and I’ve been waiting to have some time to paint it…it’s been a few years! I was wondering if you took the doors off or if you just painted over the hinges. I think they look great, but was going back and forth on whether to paint them. Any advice would be so appreciated! Thanks Sarah Thiewes

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