Remember the armoire Shad (a.k.a. Templeton) got off of Craig's List for FREE! Honestly, when he first brought it home, I did not know what I was going to do with it, but after a week of looking at it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Here is the step by step of what I did...
Step 1: I lightly sanded down the armoire.
I knew I wanted to distress it in the end so I didn't sand too much. The rough patches make it prettier when it is distressed.
Step 2: I applied two coats of paint to everything but the inside of the doors where I only applied one coat. I'll show you why later!
Step 3: I constantly had to push crawling Collin away from the paint, and I seriously wondered why I started working while he was awake.
Step 4: After the paint dried, I got sandpaper and distressed like crazy!
Before I distressed it, I did not like the way it looked at all, but as soon as I took some sandpaper to the paint and distressed it, I started to fall in love. In this picture the left side has not been distressed while the right side has been distressed. I know the inside of the doors look weird, but I had big plans for them.
And now for the big reveal...drrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Chalkboard Doors!!!! I would really like to paint an entire wall in chalkboard paint, but for right now this is a great compromise for us renters!
Step 5: I applied 3 coats of chalkboard paint to the inside of the doors!
Step 6: The entire armoire except for the chalkboards got a coat of polyurethane.
I love how it turned out! (Have I said that enough yet?) This is just what I had pictured in my head before I started!
The old hardware did not work, and Shad saved the day when he said, "I have some old glass knobs." They were throwing out some old cabinet doors at his work, and Shad had the smarts to take the pretty knobs off of them before they were thrown away! He scored major points with me for that one!
Brandon could not be more excited about the new armoire, but please excuse me for one second. I need to take care of something.
Yes Mom, I know he has on snow boots.
Yes Mom, I know it's June.
Now that that's taken care of, here is a final picture of the view as I walk into my kitchen (air conditioner and all!)
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