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Grey and White Armoire Makeover

I’ve got a lovely new armoire makeover to share today!


I found this armoire via Gumtree and jumped on it as soon as I saw the ad. I drove the 30 minutes to pick her up, only to find that I’d forgotten to check one little detail – her depth! Because she’s quite deep there was absolutely no way I was getting her in the car, and I’d forgotten all my ropes so I couldn’t get her on the roof either. Lucky for me, her owner was happy to wait for me to sort something else out rather than selling it to someone else. And let me  tell you – she had so much interest, she was getting calls while I was there trying to wedge it into my car!

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That afternoon she came home on the roof of the car, though it has taken me a little while to get on with actually painting her. It was all those wooden bars! I thought they would be fiddly, and they were driving me nuts! It ended up being one of those pieces where I just painted a bit and then went on with something else, painted a bit and so on.

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I knew I wanted grey and white, so went with Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Pure White. I love this grey and will definitely use it again – it’s just enough colour, and of course it has a little blue in it which I always love. I have left the original hardware – I like the contrast and decided that if it’s new owner wanted something a little more bling they could do that!

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The lovely lady who owned her previously was using the armoire in her bedroom with a little TV and extra blankets stacked on the shelves. I love the idea of tucking the TV away if you do have one in your bedroom. I also imagined it as a great storage cupboard for linen, kids toys, or even in a nursery for all those little bits and pieces.

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I’ve had a run of larger pieces lately, and I think I need a little break from them! Moving this one in and our of the garage to work on was a nightmare! I do have a dresser with mirror in the garage, and the child’s wardrobe, but I think I might work on something a little smaller for a while!

I’d love to hear what you think



I’m sharing at…

Miss Mustard Seed

Not Just a Housewife

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