Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wallpapered Armoire

Well welcome back to me !
I’ve taken an extra long holiday this year.  I took time off at Christmas to thoroughly enjoy the season and lots of family time.  BUT… I have been working on something the past couple of weeks.  So to make up for my absence, how about an extra long post?
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After repurposing  the previous armoire( seen here  in milk paint)  I came across another almost the same.  This armoire though, was larger and much deeper than the last.   Because I thought this piece would be too large for most kitchens or dining rooms to repurpose it like the last, it was decided to leave it as an armoire.
But I just don’t like mirrored door armoires.Eye rolling smile
Our before picture shows the Armoire  with one door already off.  I have to say this was in very good condition.  The inside was immaculate. The outside, although also in great condition was very shiny.  We all know how I feel about shiny.
In any case… off came the mirrored doors.
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The inside of the mirrored doors had a panel covering the back of the mirror.
I wanted to use this so we saved those panels and took out the mirrors.
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I found this paintable, textured wallpaper at Lowes in October and knew instantly this would be perfect for this piece.  This one roll would do for this cabinet.  (I’ve had this cabinet long before October.)
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I have to say how impressed I was at how easy this wallpaper was to work with.  It comes pre-pasted and if you follow the directions it goes on without a hitch.
Ok, back to the cabinet.  Since the inside was in perfect condition I didn’t need to paint it or work with it in any way.  All I needed to do was protect it.  We sealed it off with plastic until it was finished with paint. I’ve also learned through experience that painting the inside of anything that will house clothing might smell of paint for a long time!
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Remember that preparation is key to a successfully finished project.  Whether you are wallpapering or painting, you need to sand the shine of your piece to ensure proper adhesion.  Follow a good sanding with a wipe down and primer.  The paint color we used is Valspar Porcelain.
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And while we’re on the topic of sanding…
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I needed sandpaper in a pinch once and went to the closest Dollar Store to get some. While I am a huge advocate for Dollar Store items I have to say, never buy your sandpaper there.  I loaded the paper on my electric sander and within 27 seconds was loading another………..and then another ….
ah, but I digress.
The boards that came off the inside of the cabinet doors where given a good coat of KILZ primer, and then wallpapered.
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The dried wallpaper was painted with Valspar’s Porcelain paint.
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The papered panels now fit into the painted door frames.
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Just because I don’t particularly care for mirrored armoires doesn’t mean an armoire doesn’t need mirrors.  Instead of having the mirrors on the outside, we opted to use them on the inside of the doors.  We laid the mirror on top of the panel and trimmed it off.
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The picture below shows the cabinet with grey primer and a bit of  paint on the edges.
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and below, each side of the cabinet is wallpapered leaving about an inch border to trim.  The wallpaper is now painted with Valspar Porcelain.
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The edges of the wallpaper were trimmed with painted trim and any gaps/nail holes were filled and repainted.
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I mixed up my own batch of glaze with clear glazing medium from BEHR and an small sample size of Valspar’s Pine Bark (CI65), an awesome color.
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Now here is the tricky part.  Glazing this wallpaper was anything but easy and for this reason there are no actual pictures of me doing it.  I was too busy going from step to step to step to figure out how to get the look I wanted.  Bottom line is, I would add water to the usual glaze mixture.  This glaze needs to be very thin in order to work with it properly on this wallpaper.
Jumping ahead, here it is glazed and dried.   Despite the tough time I had getting it to this stage, I love the end result.
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The handles were replaced, not the hinges.wallpapered armoire 027a
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And now because you just cant have an armoire for clothes without mirrors, here on the inside nicely tucked away are the mirrors we saved from the outside of the doors.
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You can see how clean the inside of this armoire is.  Just beautiful.
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Well there you have it.  An armoire fit for a Queen.
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Thanks for stopping by


  1. I love it! So charming! ANd I completely agree about Dollar Store sandpaper! :)

  2. It looks great and what a lovely surprise to see the mirror on the inside. Happy New Year!

  3. Love it! I will be on the hunt for a good deal on wallpaper.

  4. Love it, as always, Lisa!! Looks a little like one I did with that same wallpaper:

  5. Gorgeous transformation Lisa :) I agree with your sandpaper tip it's waste of a dollar.

    You are one talented chick :)

  6. Stunning. So original and elegant!

  7. What a great transformation! Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a similar amoire my husband picked up and it is quite the ugly duckling. I might just give this a try. Although it has sliding doors, so I'll have to think on what to do about that.

  8. Looks fabulous! Great tutorial too.

    New follower! !

  9. I used this paper as a back splash in my kitchen and I have to say it held up very well. I glazed it like you did but got tired of it after a few years. I really like it on the armoire and might consider doing that when I am ready to paint it.

  10. Though I love what you do in the makeovers (fabulous work), I'm just not one who wants to paint over gorgeous wood.

  11. Wow, absolutely gorgeous armoire! I never would have thought of glazing the wallpaper -- now I want to try it. Thanks for a great post.

  12. Thanks for the great tutorial! It looks fantastic. Love your blog...
    XO Cindy

  13. Hi Lisa! Glad to have you back :)
    I think the armoire looks charming especially with the glazed finish. It is amazing how clean the inside looks!
    I went back to read the post about milk painting the other armoire...I LOVE that one. I think I read somewhere about repainting over milk paint is a bit of a dilemma. Have you tried to do it and have you had any problems?
    I can't decide whether to make my own chalk paint or do the milk paint. :/

  14. This looks absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of using printable wallpaper! The color choice is so lovely. Great job! You have a great eye for design! I am your newest follower!

  15. Love that look. I have the same wallpaper, and yes, it is great to work with. You did a fantastic job.

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  17. Wow, what a cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

  18. You did another fantastic job. Thanks for the great showing' & telling' !
    Smiles, Alice

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  20. Love it! I've been wondering how to use the paintable wallpaper with furniture! I'll definitely be using your armoire as inspiration!


  21. Love it! I've been wondering how to use the paintable wallpaper with furniture! I'll definitely be using your armoire as inspiration!


  22. wow!! this is fabulous! I am in the process of refinishing my mom's old armoire!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I found you on Transformation Thursday!


  23. simply stunning!!! i have a couple of armoires that i'm thinking of updating. hmmmmm.....
    visiting from the shabby creek cottage link party.

  24. I absolutely love this, wonderful job, Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

  25. Wow! I cannot believe how great that turned out! Beautiful job!! Thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Hope you have a grand day! Toodles, Kathryn

  26. Really amazing transforming! It's hard to believe that piece originally looked like it did. Nice work!

    We'd love to have you link it up at our {very first} link party over on One Project Closer {link here}!

  27. i love it--it's awesome.

    visiting via french country cottage and hope you'll enter my kate spade & bling giveaway:



  28. Lisa, this is gorgeous! Love the paint treatment on the anaglypta paper! Though, I have no idea how you did it! lol It is gorgeous!

    I knew you had been up to something amazing...

    Lou Cinda :)

  29. This looks so much better! Who knew the original armoire had so much potential? Great job!

  30. Well hey! Thanks for Linking this up at our Party! Hope we'll see you back next week with another project too :-) !

  31. Visiting from Oak View Cottage! I love the way you added the texture with wallpaper! Great inspiration.

  32. What a great piece you have now!! Sharing at tonights party~ thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  34. When i read wallpeper i wasn't sure about it but that looks fabulous!

  35. Your armoire looks amazing! I particularly loved the other one you did too, with the shelves and screened doors. I just discovered your blog via Cindy at Oakview Cottage! I'll definitely stick around!
    ~Joanna @ To a Pretty Life, another proud Canadian!

  36. Hi Lisa,

    You are so crafty and talented, I simply love what you do (even when it's not yarncrafting!). Keep on inspiring!

    Brandyce P

  37. So charming! Love it!
    I have a surprise for you!!

    Check it out! :)

  38. Amazing....I lose you for months and find this when I find you again. Hope you are well :) Your use of the wallpaper is total inspiration Lisa!

  39. I love what you have done with this piece. I'll admit I'm always hesitant when it comes to redoing furniture. But I think the next time I have some long term time off, I'll be taking on a project, even if it's little! Great tutorial! Thanks -Kate

  40. You are truly talented Lisa. Earl and I are both new fans of yours!


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