Meemaw's Jewelry Armoire Got Pretty

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I've had my mom's jewelry armoire since she passed nearly 3 years ago in my walk-in closet, holding all of my essential oils and all the accessories. Yes, I have that many. What can I say. I love my oils!

It needed a change and I wanted to play with some of the many options we have these days for updating our furniture. So out came the Old Fashioned Milk Paint and an IOD Transfer.
The transformation was amazing.
The "before" is pretty typical - all wood, many drawers, etc. It looked just like the one I already had and needed to be spiffed up to hold my essential oils. Steps one and two - clean, sand just a bit, remove hardware and mix paint. I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint that comes in a powder. Steps three and four - paint two coats of OFMP Salmon and one Marigold Yellow. Don't completely cover with the yellow so some salmon shows through.
Steps five and six - Distress some more and add IOD transfer. Oooo la la!
Step seven - topcoat with Modern Masters flat varnish. I had a fail before this step - go the the blog post link listed at the bottom to read more details and see my fail with wax. Lesson learned!
The change was amazing and since I typically paint in neutrals, this is a new look for me. This baby is going to hold my essential oils and make me smile every day I walk by it. She's named after my fave aunt, Nancy.
Tips:       When you lay down your transfer, be careful because it may stick in a couple of places right away and you will not be able to re-position it. Do your measuring before you pull off the backing to get an idea of where to place it.   After you get it rubbed onto the surface and take off the plastic, lightly rub your clean/dry finger over it to make sure it's all stuck down. But be gentle, the transfers are very fragile.
Since I'm a gardener, this IOD transfer (Iron Orchid Designs) really fit the deal But don't buy it on Amazon like I did and pay twice the price. Go to Scrapbook(dot)com and get it cheaper. It was a fun project but be sure not to do what I did the first time (I tell all about it on the blog post).
I do love Nancy. For more tutorials, tips and project inspiration, go to We also have a great learning group on Facebook: Furniture Flipping Forum of nearly 30,000 members. It's a great place to chat with other furniture flippers. This was a sponsored post.
Suggested materials:
  • Old Fashioned Milk Paint   (
  • Modern Masters flat varnish   (
  • IOD Transfer   (Amazon)
Val Frania {Love My DIY Home}
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Hel12186389 Hel12186389 on Oct 27, 2017
    Where did you get the transfers? What online store?

  • Andrea Andrea on Oct 30, 2017
    This is beautiful. I have one sim, my problem is a few of the draw pulls have broken, do you know were I could find replacen hardware?

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