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.
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

I added more "Summer Blue" paint:
Still didn't do it,
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!


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

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

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

  4. 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

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

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

  7. So very lovely and nice colors.

  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. :)

  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

  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

  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...

  12. Thank you all so much! I actually forgot that I had an all white phase pics though. haha. :-D

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

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

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

  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.) :)

  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 !!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

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