Armoire Rehab

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I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.

I'm so glad I did!

First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.

After a quick sand with 220 grit, I washed it down again to remove all the dust.

I decided to use this milk paint I'd had for years, Rustoelum. I was very happy with the result.

First coat went on so easy and the coverage was great. No primer, just paint.

Two coats later, it was fully covered. The finish has almost like a chalk paint feel but with grit. I sanded a small area to see and it was easy to smooth it out with the 220 grit lightly. I didn't do this to whole thing though. I was on a mission to just get this done so I could put linens and such inside and move on!

Once I finished the second coat, it looked good but still was lacking something. I started to sand small areas to make it look distressed and it seemed to work. This was the first time I had done this so it took some time. A lot of sanding a small area, stepping back and looking, back to sanding..etc.

First small bit of sanding...

Once I was happy with the outcome, I gave it a coat of protective clear finish that I had for chalk paint.

I decided I didn't like the silver handles that came with it so that's when I turned it over to my hunny and told him to fix it.

He sanded them down, just here and there, to make them look older. Next he sprayed them black.

Once dry, he then dry brushed silver paint sparingly, only a little at a time.

I just love how they turned out!

The finished product is more farmhouse vibe then beachy but all in all I'm very happy with the outcome!

Maybe I'll get around to tackle the inside one of these days....

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