Saturday, August 4, 2012

Old Ochre French Armoire

While shopping at the thrift store last month, I spotted an amazing armoire in the back corner for $35! I am just not capable of passing up a deal like that, even when my garage is full of furniture to work on. There wasn't anything wrong with the armoire, but a broken wood knob. The armoire was guilty of being an out-of-date yellow pine. Nothing a little paint couldn't fix.

Unfortunately, I was just too excited to start painting and I didn't take a before picture. I've been needing something to go in my front living room. I've tried other pieces but this was was just right. I am planning on using it for extra storage. My home doesn't have any storage space or basement, and all out closet space is already being used. This armoire is great for holding my sewing machine, extra blankets, sheets, slipcover, and out of season decor.

I repainted the armoire in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Ochre. This  is the first time I've used this color, I found it to be a bit more yellow and creamy than what I had seen on the website. It's still a beautiful neutral that could go with everything. I'm going for a sophisticated country look in my living room. I wanted this piece to look very old, dirty, and well loved. I think it looks awesome and I'm so pleased with the outcome.

I just have a few more projects and a little more painting until I'm ready to show my living room off.

I should be finishing up another armoire next weekend. This one might be my favorite to date :) Here is a sneak peek.


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  1. Boy-oh-boy! What a wonderful piece. I remember seeing those in the yellowish stained pine and it looks so good made over. Perfect storage! xo Diana

  2. What a find - $35!!! I love the Old Ochre and use it often. Great job - it looks wonderful!

  3. SO pretty! And I'm loving the sneak peak, too. Now following!

  4. Girl, I want to go to your thrift shop! Awesome Job, it looks amazing!
    Rachel @ Remastered Relics

  5. The armoire turned out great! What a good deal too. I'll be anxious to see your next project it looks great so far!

  6. Oh my, I LOVE this!!! :) I just came over from Miss Mustard Seed and I am so glad I found your blog! I am a new follower and look forward to seeing what you are up to next. Would you consider selling this armoire? Just curious! :)
    Have a wonderful evening!

    1. Lol. I don't think I can part with it just yet. I'm finally getting my living room together and the armoire adds so much character.

      I plan on painting many more spectacular armoires down the road.

  7. Oh my goodness...$35?! I want to shop where you shop! It is amazing the huge transformtion you can make with something that is pine. Love the remake--the chalk paint is gorgeous!

  8. it is seriously gorgeous and exudes such grandeur, yes?!?


    found you via MMS's party where i'm partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.


  9. I am dumbfounded that you got that for $35!!! It turned out great!