Tim, my brother, and part-time picker spied this jewelry armoire that had been set out for trash pickup by one of his neighbors. This is a really nice one and must have cost a pretty penny when it was new. It actually had all the knobs on it but I almost forgot to take a before pic when I started working on it so I had already removed a few of them. She was just a plain jane that just needed a make-over…
I had purchased this design transfer for another project but I still had the parrot portion of it leftover and I thought it would really jazz up this jewelry box! If you saw my post on the Repurposed Vintage Door, you know design transfers can be tricky but I was determined to keep trying until I got it right and I think this turned out pretty great!
I cleaned the whole armoire, scuffed it with fine-grit sandpaper for better adhesion and then applied three coats of Rustoleum Chalked in Patina. I felt like the side panels needed something to tie into the tropical design transfer so I mixed some of the Patina with some Home Decor Chalk white texture paint to thicken it up a bit. Then I used a DecoArt stencil to apply a raised floral pattern to the sides. Since the Patina was mixed with the white texture paint the raised design is slightly lighter in color. I used clear wax on the stencil design to seal it and white wax on the rest of the piece to emphasize the carved detail on the front.
I trimmed the transfer so it would just cover the drawer fronts. I used a box cutter to slice between the drawers and then applied each section of the transfer to each drawer separately. After the transfer was smoothed out to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles, I took the drawers out and sprayed them with a matte sealer to help protect the transfer.
I used Rustoleum Metallic Accents in Soft Gold for the beaded detail on the doors and on the knobs. There were no handles on the doors of the armoire and they were really hard to pull open. They had magnetic closures that were so powerful I almost pulled the whole thing over a couple of times trying to open it! I took those off and applied less powerful magnets. I also purchased two little jewelry box handles at Hobby Lobby to attach to the doors and painted them with the Soft Gold.
- Rustoleum Chalked Patina
- Rustoleum Metallic Accents Soft Gold
- Home Decor White Texture Paint
- Home Decor Clear & White Wax
- Prima Redesign transfer – Boho Birds
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Here is a preview of my next project in the works:
Paula’s Farmhouse Desk
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