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Really Ugly Wardrobe Gets a Makeover

In our wee house in the hills between Rome and Naples, we had an accumulation of extremely ugly furniture sent from Edinburgh when space in our home there became very sparse. 4 young kids had seen to that! My mother in law had a thing about ugly wardrobes and couldn't bear to think they were being binned, so they ended up here.
Once the children were all grown and my mother in law sadly gone,
I felt a cull was in order, however when I looked past the extremely ugly golden veneer and saw that the shape was actually quite attractive, I thought "I'll give it a go and I can always get rid of it, if it doesn't work out".
This is what happened next.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $30 Difficulty: Easy
  • really ugly wardrobe gets a makeover
All I had to do to start was clean it with soap and vinegar and remove the brass-ware from the front of the wardrobe.
  • really ugly wardrobe gets a makeover
It was painted with a chalk paint that I mixed myself using some water based paint that I found here in Italy, some calcium carbonate and water.
I let it dry, gave it another coat, then contoured the edges and the fancy edgings with a dark wax from Annie Sloan.
Suffice to say I won't be binning it after all!
  • really ugly wardrobe gets a makeover
I got one of those key tassels from John Lewis when I was back in Edinburgh and brought it back to Italy to finish off the whole project.
Job done! It now sits in our hallway holding cleaning products in a much prettier way that they were being stored before!
  • really ugly wardrobe gets a makeover
Here she is, standing pretty!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Homemade chalk paint
  • Dark wax   (Annie Sloan)

Got a question about this project?

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G. Jamaica, NY
    on Jul 16, 2017

    You make it look easy! Beautiful!

  • Wendy
    Wendy Far Rockaway, NY
    on Jul 16, 2017

    I love that tassel detail, so elegant!

  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain
    on Jul 17, 2017

    Fabulous transformation. Thanks for sharing.

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