Thursday, April 18, 2013

Armoire in Blue

Do you remember this 90's Armoire?
At one time I really liked it...oh brother!
I didn't even purchase it like this;
I actually did this to it.
I purchased it second-hand over 15 years ago and white washed it.
What in the H-E double toothpicks was I thinking?

Well, thank goodness it's been up-cycled a couple of times since.
Whew!
So here's the history
(after the initial white wash):

 First it was jazzed up to this:
It was better....
although those blue blobs and bright green knobs were
not quite right,
to put it simply, it was not doing it for me
so,

I added more "Summer Blue" paint:
Still didn't do it,
so
I added some handy dandy carved wood pieces from Hobby Lobby,
the pieces match the pieces in our hallway entrance,
(random insert.)
and my favorite part:
new hardware from The Home Depot.

I must have tried half of a dozen different styles before I found just the right one. 
The most time-consuming part of this project 
was running back and forth to the store with returns.
(My least favorite part.)




And now it's up-cycled to this:
I like to call it my "Scandinavian-French" style.
 What do my Scandinavian friends and French friends think?
Oops, I have only one French friend. ;-)

Here are the phases in a nutshell:
Perhaps, I could learn to stand in the same place, 
at the same time to get good comparison photos, haha - 
oh well, you get the gist of it, right?

Have a great rest of your week and weekend
and may your white washed items be up-cycled!

22 comments:

  1. It's lovely! I love that 'country style'!

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  2. Wow, it is fantastic. I would put in all my wools and fabrics!!!

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  3. Very pretty, Astri (and the armoire is nice, too, heehee!) Love from Worcester UK x

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  4. It's beautiful Astri! great job!

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  5. What a lovely project! It's those wooden carvings that make it somehow - you have a wonderful eye Astri! And it's always satisfying to up cycle something like this. E x

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  6. Hello Astri, It is amazing what a little bit of paint can do... Love the hardware.. I love the new look.. Fantastic. Hugs Judy

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  7. It looks very pretty, Astri! You have done a great job:)

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  8. It's gorgeous - I love the blue on white. Great work on the up-cycle.

    p.s. I laughed when I read 'H-E double toothpicks' - I haven't heard that in a long time. :)

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  9. I love it. The wooden appliques on the front add so much! I put a wooden applique on the bathroom cabinet when I painted in there, and it adds such a nice detail! Good job!!!
    xo Kris

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  10. Its gorgeous. I am changing colors all the time too, much to the "what are you doing now" confused look from my husband. Love, love the blue and white.
    blessings, jill

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  11. Well done for keeping going it is the best ever, I love it. Jo x
    Check out my blue dress which is finished here...
    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hooray-party-dress.html

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  12. Thank you all so much! I actually forgot that I had an all white phase too...no pics though. haha. :-D

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  13. Vakkert skap- absolutt vellykket makeover! :-)

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  14. It's looking very smart and exceedingly elegant Astri, it will also go with your blue roses haha, have a great weekend :)

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  15. Fantastic Astri!! Always great fun choosing handles lol

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  16. Ah well, I suppose we all went through a pickled-oak phase at some point ... those of us who lived through the 90s I mean....

    It's perfect now - just the right balance of colours. Did you dither about whether you should paint the carved wood pieces white? (I would have agonized over that.) :)

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  17. J'adore l'évolution de ce meuble, il n'a rien perdu au fil des ans, tout le contraire. Il s'embellit, c'est une merveille, j'aime vraiment beaucoup.
    Bon week-end à toi aussi !!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Dear Astri,
    this is Wonderful,like the colour!
    Please look on my blog,you became an award!!!
    Happy weekend,Ulli

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  19. Oh such nice comments. Much gratitude y'all!

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  20. I like the last version best of all. I'm partial to blue! :) Best wishes, Tammy

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