May 07, 2012

The Newly Painted Faux-Armoire

So I did it.  I painted the faux-armoire.  This is what it used to look like.


This is what it now looks like.


Here's how it went down.  We removed the doors.  


I sanded it down with 220 sandpaper, making sure that it didn't shine anymore.


Then I used Glidden's Gripper primer and gave it two coats.



Then I painted it what was supposed to be the final color and guess what - I hated it.  Bummer.  I was thinking a pale grayish-tan would be nice, but it was super pale and almost felt white.  It wasn't that far off from the primer.  I decided it needed more contrast.


The good thing was that I didn't have to go through all the steps again.  I just added a layer of a darker color and called it done.  The paint has a satin finish, which should allow me to wipe to clean when necessary.  I did not do a coat of poly over it nor do I plan to.


The actual painting was done with a Purdy brush for the recessed areas and a foam roller for the rest.  I wish I could have sprayed it, but taping off that whole area would just be too much.  It turned out pretty well though.

Here's the wide view as you enter our home.


And if you're just joining my blog, here are links to the other things you see in the picture:  faux armoire explained, stenciled wall (with a stencil from Royal Design Studio), grass is greener sign, aqua pew, front room reveal.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a few fun announcements tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

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18 comments:

  1. It looks really light and fresh in there now!!! it was beautiful before but you really made it even better with that stencil. i love the dark grey on there!!! awesome job!!!

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  2. I just love it all in these lovely light colours!

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  3. Beautiful! It makes the whole space feel bigger and lighter!

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  4. I love the color. It really is so much brighter than the before. :)

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  5. Cheri,

    Hmm, I don't know which way I like it better the old or the new. With the changes in the piano room (area?), I can see why the paprika color on the walls was NOT working and the armoire was too dark. You have made everything completely opposite from how it was before - colors, tone, feel... Are you happy with it? It does look all fresh and clean. Did you know that you have great taste is picking out color schemes? A standing ovation for you.

    Maureen

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  6. Beautiful! I love your transformation!

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  7. I would love to know the paint color on the door and the color in the room in the background!

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  8. Just when something doesn't look like it needed improving, you go and surprise us. Looks great!

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  9. What a cool piece of (fake) furniture! I love it! Did it come with your house?

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  10. Love it! It lightened every up so much and looks fabulous!!! You always have the best ideas Cheri!!

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  11. Cheri,

    Checking over this post again, I know now what I couldn't put into words yesterday. You need new handles on the doors and drawer. The ones on there now fade into the paint job. I know I'm spending your money but if you can afford new black metal ones the overall affect would be better. This being said, I don't have your advantage of seeing your changes first hand. It may look great to you or you are completely satisfied. Anyhow, I just wanted to tell you again that I like the colors you picked out and I need you to come to my house and help me. Up for a trip to Pennsylvania? :)

    Maureen

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  12. Love everything about this whole room make over! Great job!

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  13. This armoire is seriously the coolest thing. I love it. Love the new color, too. I can't wait to read more about the armoire and the cute pew in the front! :)

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  14. Couldn't have turned out any better! I love it.

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