Robin Pryor
Robin Pryor
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Asked on Jul 18, 2013

Jewelry Armoire Redo

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I have this fantastic jewelry armoire that I'm dying to redo. I already have it disassembled and sanded, but am torn on what to paint it. I'm kind of obsessed with trying that glazed metallic look, and think that technique would make this piece spectacular. Thoughts??
Jewelry armoire up for redo!
Jewelry armoire up for redo!
22 answers
  • Robin Pryor
    on Jul 18, 2013

    I want to. I guess the worst that can happen is that it looks awful, and I just re-sand and repaint it, right?

  • Rachel @I'llJustPaintIt.com
    on Jul 18, 2013

    Post after pics! You're right! It's just paint!

  • Lgsmith
    on Jul 18, 2013

    I agree; try it. If you don't like it you can always re-do it. Maybe a milk wash..

  • Anna Marie A
    on Jul 18, 2013

    Only a opinion and suggestion Robin, I have a jewelry armoire and i was thinking that maybe a distressed red, or distressed olive green.

  • Robin Pryor
    on Jul 18, 2013

    I did think to do red. Especially with the cherry base, it would look really nice...

  • Mary Insana
    on Jul 18, 2013

    I have a similar jewelry armoire in light oak with long legs. I don't use it for jewelry anymore and I recently moved it into our master bathroom to hold a lot of the little things like face creams, bandaids, deodorant etc. The golden oak doesn't match but I like the added storage. Everytime I go in I thing about what I'm going to do to it.. I was thinking an off white milk paint for the chippy look. I've never used milk paint before though. I may experiment on old pieces of wood first.

  • Decor 8
    on Jul 19, 2013

    If you use chalk type paint, it will look fantastic and there's no need to sand or prep. The paint has "tooth" and will adhere to almost any surface. It distresses easily with water and/or a light sanding. You will love it.

  • Gloria Duy
    on Jul 19, 2013

    If the metallic looks too gaudy when done, paint a light coat of black over it and sand enough to let some of the metallic show through. Or another color or you could rub it with that tinted wax.

  • Gloria Duy
    on Jul 19, 2013

    I would also spray paint all of the hardware black.

  • Allison Ulm Strovas
    on Jul 19, 2013

    I have a tall narrow lingerie armoire similar to that. It was an ugly kind of cream/beige color and the edges were all painted metallic gold. I painted it a really pretty soft aqua, then lightly sanded over the edges to let the gold show through in the distressing. It came out SO great and I get compliments on it all the time. Painting a small piece of furniture a popping color is awesome because it's not overwhelming in the room but adds some fun and life. Good luck! Would love to see after pics!

  • Beloved M'Beloved
    on Jul 19, 2013

    Can you remove the drawer pulls?? If so .. sand em up and spray paint them ! Love metallic paint look ! Can do matte paint on the outside with high gloss or metallic paint on the trims and drawers !!!! Just throwing some ideas out !

  • Cynthia
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Love the metallic paints~! Can't wait to see a picture when you are done.

  • Robin Pryor
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Wow, thanks for such an overwhelming response! This is great for a newbie to the Hometalk neighborhood! I have also thought of an ombré effect...hmmm, decisions, decisions...

  • Rachel @I'llJustPaintIt.com
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Handles could be sprayed rustoleum's oil rubbed bronze. That's a great color and looks good with many colors v

  • Mary Insana
    on Jul 20, 2013

    The hospice where my husband works was having a fundraiser and I painted a small end table with homemade cream colored chalk paint for the sale. I wanted it to really stand out so after the chalk paint was dry I mixed a color called champagne gold paint into clear wax. It turned out beautiful. The champagne gold was the small bottles you can buy at a craft store. It wasn't as yellow as a true gold more like a soft creamy gold. Something like that would look nice if you're on the fence about metallic.

  • Robin Pryor
    on Jul 31, 2013

    I think @Anna Marie A talked me into the red. I'm gonna glaze it with a thin coat of walnut stain and get new hardware, because one of the small handles is broken. I will most definitely post after pics.

  • Anna Marie A
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Can't wait to see her done. Have fun.

  • Cynthia H
    on Nov 8, 2014

    This is the link to a unique approach to the http://www.thriftdiving.com/make-a-diy-craft-organizer-from-old-jewelry-box/type of piece you want to do.

  • Cynthia H
    on Nov 8, 2014

    The link takes you to a page where you go down a few of the posts listed and use the one for jewelry box. Here's the actual link again, hope it saves correctly this time! http://www.thriftdiving.com/make-a-diy-craft-organizer-from-old-jewelry-box/

  • Barbara R
    on Jan 29, 2015

    I have one that the pulls will not come off...if you redid them, can you tell me if they have to be pryed off, they won't unscrew. Some are broken and I bought replacements but can't put them on until i can take the old ones off,,,help!

  • Sherman
    on Feb 2, 2015

    If it is solid wood don't paint it! What is this obsession with painting. If you ever had to restore a piece you would never paint again!!!

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