Monday, January 27, 2014

Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W

Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W

See this jewelry armoire in the completed master closet makeover!

Hi, everyone! I bought a great little jewelry armoire on Craigslist for the master closet a few weekends ago and I'm sort of smitten with this pretty little thing after painting it. Do you shop on Craigslist? I like the idea of reusing things instead of always buying new, and I really like the idea of paying a lot less than buying it new, and I really REALLY like the idea of getting your creative juices flowing and finding something that you can make your own. Maybe that's why I love looking for little treasures like this on Craigslist.

This jewelry armoire is replacing the birch Ikea malm dresser that was in our closet. We didn't really use the dresser as much as we thought we would since we already have the built-in drawers in the closet and now also have the blue dresser in our bedroom. Even though it looks pretty narrow for a dresser, it still takes up a good bit of space in the closet. Since I was piling more things on top of it than in it, I figured we should get something else in there a little smaller that I could really use, like a jewelry armoire to store all that jewelry laying around (fake jewelry, people, don't get all excited or anything).

Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W

This jewelry armoire was only $25 on Craigslist. I think I really made out on this deal! It's sturdy and the drawers are all lined with felt that doesn't even look like it was used. It's forest green felt, but whatever, I like green. It's got some minor scratches but overall it's in really good shape. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the color:
Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W
The armoire came with all its handles on it, I just forgot to take a picture of it until after I started to remove them for painting.
I realize some people might prefer the "before" photo since it looks like cherry wood, but it's a little too orangey for my taste and too "perfect" looking in a way that laminate can sometimes be. This traditional wood tone look is not my style, but I do appreciate that others may love it as-is. I've learned over the years not to be so concerned with what other people might think and like when it comes to your own sense of style. If it's in your home, decorate it how you love. That's what makes the world interesting - everyone has their own sense of what is beautiful and I love it when that beauty is joyfully shared rather than handed down to us as a rule everyone must follow. Now don't anyone get their knickers in a twist about me painting over this like it's sacred wood or something (sacrebleu!) because it's MDF with laminate over it, not real wood. Plus, I have been envisioning a small cabinet in black and white for our closet for awhile now so even if it was real wood, I'd still probably paint it since those nagging DIY visions stay with me until I follow through on them, and they usually work out pretty well for me.

After: Still with traditional lines but now more modern and dramatic:
Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W

For this makeover, I used a paint method I'm really comfortable with when painting over laminate: Oil based primer (like Kilz) + acrylic latex paint. You can use chalk paint too if you'd rather but I used what I had with Behr Premium Plus Interior satin enamel paints in "Beluga" and "Decorator White". I removed the hardware, removed the drawers from the dresser to make it easier to paint, then primed everything with primer. After the primer was dry, I painted the drawers white and the rest of it in black. Since it is acrylic paint, I let it cure for at least a week before putting anything on it since it tends to stay a little "sticky" for awhile even after it's dry. I have had good luck with this method - the key is letting the painted item cure for at least a week before using it.

I'm almost done with the master closet and this little beauty looks great in there! Stay tuned later this week for the MASTER CLOSET REVEAL!!! I'm so excited to be done and to share it with you, plus I've got a great giveaway coming up. Check back in later in the week! xoxo

Someone said this reminds them of a tuxedo. Yes, I like that! ♪ and as long as I got my suit and tie...I couldn't help another JT reference. Did you see last week's post about bringing sexy closets back? ;)
Craigslist Jewelry Armoire Makeover: Classic B&W
Maggie's black and white muzzle matches the new armoire look! Sweet old girl always wants to be where we are so she ends up in quite a few photos. Our furry little photobomber. :)
Aloha,
Sharon



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7 comments:

  1. It looks amazing - love the black and white!!

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  2. Maggie is such a trendsetter with her black and white fur! Looks awesome Sharon and what a great deal!! Looking forward to the final reveal.

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  3. I love it in black and white. That's a great deal! I know what you mean by our pets always wanting to be by us. Mario is my little shadow. When I walk up the stairs I wait a minute before shutting the door to my room because I know he isn't far behind.

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  4. awwww love maggie and the transformation great job

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  5. Great makeover!! And I am always getting 'right to it' and forgetting to take my pictures first! lol Glad I'm not the only one. ;)

    Nancy

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  6. What a sweet buy! Are you dying over having organized jewelry? I'm dying vicariously. So fun to be doing closets at the same time! :)
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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