Saturday, September 15, 2012

Another project finished

Hello, everyone!
Ok, I have to admit, this one has taken me a long while to finish, 
specially, because I had no idea what I was doing.

We have this armoire that my husband built back in the 90's. No joke!
It is one of the first pieces of furniture he ever built for our home when
he started woodworking and it sure has served its purpose!

 It has been used as a dresser, used it to store linens and after that, it became the
TV cabinet for our old family room.

It is solid and it took five men to bring it upstairs when we moved into
 this home, so, it is there to stay. 

When we transformed the game room into a bigger bedroom for
our daughter last Christmas, she decided to keep it to house her TV and DVD collection. 
Thank goodness!!!
We had nightmares about how to go by moving that thing out of there.

Of course, it did not match with any of her furniture and it sure needed some updating,
 so I knew I was going to have to do something about that.

Keep in mind, this is my first time ever doing this.
First thing I did was to choose a color that would
go well with her existing linens from Pottery Barn. 
I used Green Water by Valspar, in satin finish.

I apologize about the color of the pictures.
No matter how much I tried, I just could not get it right.


This the before

And after

After I primed and painted the whole thing, I wanted to give it a bit of a different look,
so I bought clear glaze and mixed it one cup of glaze with half a cup of
Delicate White paint, also by Valspar.

I already knew I wanted to stencil it, so I have been looking around for
a nice one for weeks now.
I finally found the one I liked at Michaels and was able to use
a 50% off coupon, so it worked out just fine!
Thank you, Martha!:)

I also used the same hardware for now.
First, I sprayed painted all the handles in silver, but did not like the look much, so I redid them all in white.

In the next two pictures, you can see how well this color goes with her bedding

And here it is, before, just painted and with glaze and stencil.

Don't know how long it will stay like this, probably until she takes another trip to PB and
see some other new bedding she just has to have! LOL
I am just glad I was able to do this for her.
I know it could be better, but I am still learning! :)

Thank you for coming to visit!

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  1. Oh my gosh! Your husband built this?! The armoire is beautiful on its own; and you just enhanced it with your wonderful paint job! What a lovely sentimental piece for your daughter to have. This will surely become a family heirloom. I love it!

  2. Oh wow, Maria Elena! This is gorgeous! First, I'm amazed that your husband built this beautiful piece of furniture (and one of his first pieces, too!) Second, you did such an incredible job painting & stencilling it. It is really lovely & looks pretty with your daughter's bedding.

  3. Wow! Great job on both your parts...husbands building and your painting. I love how it turned out.

  4. That is a very impressive piece of furniture! Very special that your husband built it!!
    XO Kris

  5. Wow! What a great piece of furniture your hubby built! And you said its your first time painting and stenciling?! You guys have a good team! I love how well it goes with the other elements in the room!

  6. Looks GREAT!! LOVE the color. You and hubby BOTH did an awesome job!

  7. Oh my gosh, Maria Elena!! I can not believe this is your first try at painting furniture. It's GORGEOUS! You and your husband have created together what I'm sure will forever be a treasured family heirloom. All the care and love that's gone into this piece is truly inspiring. The colors, glazing, and distressing are perfect. You just knock my socks off, and I'm so impressed by your creative talent.

  8. Unbelievable achievement for a first timer!!! Gorgeous makeover - and that your husband actually built this piece is totally amazing
    Definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time :)

  9. Wow, Maria!!! I can't add another comment, these bloggers have covered everything I was thinking as I read this. OK, I still have to add that your daughter will always have this great work done by both parents. Your husband is a first class craftsman and brilliant to be able to make such a beautiful piece as this. I don't know how I missed this, but glad I could not sleep and found it. Gorgeous!

  10. This is beautiful. I would love to try this. Love the color. Just love everything. Am a new follower. Come and visit me.
    Thank you,

  11. You did an excellent job! What a beautiful home as well.

  12. Wow! That is one beautiful piece of furniture, Maria Elena!!! Your hubby is one talented guy! I love the color you chose for it, and the stenciling is just gorgeous! GREAT job, girlie! :)

    xoxo laurie

  13. what a lovely piece of furniture and you've really given it a nice new look.
    please consider sharing your post with Repurposed Ideas Weekly at

  14. Oh what a beauty! Love, love the color and it goes so well in the room. First time, hey girl you look like a professional. Seriously you did a great job. Love the glaze and the stencil. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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