Flea Market Fix Up – Redoing an Antique Armoire

I found a fabulous vintage armoire circa 1930 at a local antique shop for $40 last winter. I thought it was such a steal! And a great project for cold and rainy days. I wrote last week about my new love affair with chalk paint – had I known 6 months ago that it did not require any initial sanding and priming, I’d probably already be done with the Great Armoire project – but alas, one cannot know the things one does not know and so I have made this project all that much more difficult. I first began by attempting to sand away the front doors –but I quickly realized what I thought was wood, was actually a veneer paneling made of particle board. It easily peeled off in some areas – and not so easily in others. I was able to fully peel off one whole panel for the left door but the right door continued to be a trying effort. Discouraged at how much time it was taking, I kept putting off and putting off the project. After my recent discovery about the miracles of chalk paint, I became more enthusiastic about scraping off the remaining particle board on the right door. To my surprise (and likely due to the recent humidity), the remaining pieces of particle board that wouldn’t budge all winter, came off completely in one weekend without nearly as much effort as I expected.  I bought two new pieces of particle board to replace the old pieces I’d scraped off and now after I glue on the new pieces of particle board to the door panels, I will be ready to paint (finally)!!

Now I just have to decide on color – green, blue or pink?!?! Which color would you choose?

Here is my armoire when I first bought it, with the paneling scraped off and below that, some gorgeous inspiration photos, mostly from the online shops The Painted Cottage and Forever Pink Cottage Chic.

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Things I’m Obsessed With This Week

With Spring in the air, colors are coming out everywhere and I’m looking for ways to bring them into my home. Right now I’m looking into ways of adding some light and fun into my bathroom and I am loving pale colors mixed with summery brights, like coral with grey or lilac with teal. My favorite of the pales right now is a soft ballet pink. Look how different it can look paired with alternate colors in these inspiration photos I found to recreate a Glam Parisian Rococo style bath.

Looking for more inspiration photos like these? Check out the new function in Google Images to be able to search for Visually Similar images by a single photo. I am Obessed! Go to Google, click on Images. An icon of a camera will appear in the right side of the search bar. Click on the camera icon and then upload your image. Watch and see all the beautiful images that transpire before your eyes.
 Try it yourself! Take any of the images from my post, save them to your computer and then upload them into a search in Google images to see more inspiring photos for your next decorating project.