My 3 Monsters: Chalk Paint Armoire Makeover

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4.16.2014

Chalk Paint Armoire Makeover

Hi guys!!  I've been working my heart out over the past few weeks to breathe some new life into our old entertainment armoire in the living room.  It's one of the first pieces of "real", substantial furniture that we bought {several years} after we got married.  In fact, it might be the first piece of furniture we ever owned that wasn't either a hand-me-down from mom and dad or purchased at Ikea.  I loved that armoire when we bought it.  It was a little pricy and kind-of a stretch for our budget, but I just HAD to have it.  You know the ones -- they were all the rage back in the day -- rustic wood, rusty metal hardware. 



You can see it in this awful picture that I took forever ago:

See how I had already given it a clever little makeover by staining the moulding pieces darker and lining the doors with rooster fabric.  {Remember the fun rooster design trend?}  We lived with it like that for YEARS and still I adored it -- even after almost knocking myself unconscious several times by forgetting the doors were there while standing up from playing on the floor with the kids and konking my head.  

Once I was good and sure the rooster trend was dead -- seriously, I clung to it long after most folks had moved on -- I got wise and gave the armoire another makeover.  I removed the pesky upper doors since we never closed them anyway, and painted the whole thing black.  And I loved the armoire again for several more years:



The doors we removed became a decorative accent in the kitchen and everything was great:


But we're a real life family who really lives in and uses our home, so eventually the black paint started to get scuffed and I was itching to do something else with my old armoire.  I was able to get my hands on some Americana Chalky Finish paint -- the latest and greatest furniture painting trend -- and I was super excited to try it out.  I really wanted to paint it navy blue this time around, but there wasn't a true navy blue color in the collection.  After researching it online a bit, I ended up choosing a charcoal gray color called "Relic" that has a  blue undertone and it looks exactly how I hoped it would!  

I love the names of the paint colors in this collection.  They remind me of the episode of Friends where Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, but Ross and Rachel love it so they keep buying Pottery Barn furniture and telling her that they found it at the flea market.  When she asks what period the furniture is from, they say things like "yore" and "yesteryear".  I think they may have asked Ross and Rachel to name these paint colors... 


This is NOT a sponsored post.  I am NOT receiving any compensation for singing the praises of this paint.  It's just really great paint.  Remember how I made my own chalky paint for my kitchen cabinets?  That worked pretty well, but it is nothing compared to the real thing!  To clarify, this is chalk paint, NOT chalk board paint.  I didn't turn my armoire into a chalk board.  This is simply paint that gives a really matte, really smooth, buttery-perfect finish.  The biggest difference between the Americana paint and the home-made version is the Creme Wax for finishing.  After the paint has dried and you have sanded it smooth, you simply paint on the wax {it's like a creamy liquid} then buff it to a perfect sheen.  It brings out so much life in the paint color!


This is probably the most accurate representation of the paint color that I could capture.  The thing is, it looks different in all different lights so in the morning it looks lighter and grayer, but in the afternoon it is a perfect greyed-out navy blue.  When I was finished painting I gave it some new knobs that I picked up for just a few dollars at Hobby Lobby.  The little yellow/green ceramic knobs above were perfect for the drawers and they coordinate with the more decorative knobs on the lower doors.


I decided to really make the armoire lighter and brighter this time around by painting the interior white -- Americana's "Everlasting".  I can't believe what a difference it makes.


All my little decorative accents stand out now instead of getting lost in the dark, cave-like recesses that were there before.  My new fabric covered books really pop against the white background, which is exactly what I was hoping for.  I'm already looking around my house for more furniture I can make-over with other colors of this great chalk paint.  I think my coffee table is just begging for it now!

This old armoire is like a member of the family.  We'll just keep making her over to keep her stylish for as long as possible.  I'm kinda' in love with her again now thanks to Americana Chalky Finish Paint!


Have a great day, friends!

Amy

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