I purchased this armoire on Craigslist for $125 about 2 years ago. I had just started looking at Craigslist and now that I am a more "seasoned" buyer, realize that I paid too much but you live and learn!!
I really wanted the finish to look more like this picture I saw over at Frugal with a Flourish. I had saved a different picture almost 2 years ago in a Word document but couldn't figure out how to get it on here!! This is the closest I could find to it. Anyway, I wasn't sure how to get this look but here is what I did!
I did a rough sand just to get some of the waxed finish off. I then mixed some paint I already had together. A dark brown with a little raw umber color along with some water. Mixed it up and did a test on the very top, where no one could see!! It wasn't the right shade so down to the basement I went and found some black paint from the front door!! I added some until I got the color I wanted. I then brushed it on and let it dry. Because it is more of a paint wash, you can get the color but the wood grain is still showing through.
Once it dried overnight, I gave it one coat of the satin rub on polyurethane. It gives it the oil rubbed look to me. I really liked it but then had to do something with the inserts of the open doors.
Because I have three "men" in this house and the TV sits in the armoire, the doors are open more than they are ever closed! I wanted to make them stand out. I found some textured paintable wallpaper that I had used at my in-laws house. I cut a piece to fit in the opening and applied it to the doors. After it dried 24 hours, I painted it the raw umber color from above.
I let that dry for 24 hours. I wanted it to look a little like copper so I then painted with some Renaissance Brown metallic glaze that I learned about from Kim over at Savvy Southern Style! I think it really looks good and gives added texture to the room!
And now here is the finished look with my accessories back on top. I just love how it turned out and hope this inspires you to take a chance and do something that you have no idea how it will turn out!
I am now off to my next project!!
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