Thursday, October 25, 2012

ugly duckling

So this might be the ugliest piece of furniture I have ever bought. There is a chair I recovered that runs a close second to this armoire. But this definitely takes the title. It was so unattractive that is was hidden between 2 rows of armoires at Shelton's. So ugly I scored it for $50. 

But I saw this ugly duckling and knew she had great potential.

I love the bones of this piece. It has some great detail but some unfortunate wood patterns. Here is what a couple coats of paint can do for a sad little piece of furniture.

Extreme Makeover! I chose the color Stilettos from the Alan and Roth for Vaspar paint colors at Lowes. I love the deep green with hints of blue. It adds the perfect pop of color to my room. I only needed a quart to cover everything. The paint and primer combo made this so quick and easy!

To prep- I thoroughly cleaned, sanded, and repaired several holes with wood filler. Then to paint, I reused my small roller from the china cabinet project and a small brush to get in all the little nooks and crannies. I even found several magazines, notebooks, and cat pictures (no joke!) from the 70's underneath the bottom drawer so this unit has some character.

Here's a peek inside.

I searched online for some new hardware. I found the 3 inch ring pulls from Look in the Attic. These were pricey, but I searched and wanted something big and substantial for the doors. The the bottom crystal knobs I found at Lee Valley for a reasonable price.

Isn't she lovely?!


  1. I must go to this Shelton's place!

    Perfect transformation.

  2. I LOVE this!!! Come to my house soon and paint furniture with me!!!