This summer while I was out shopping at garage sales I found this $20 armoire. Even though it was a little rickety I thought it was a pretty good deal so I bought it.
To help give it a little more stability my dad helped me put wood glue in some of the gaps and clamp everything together. I also removed the cardboard-like backing on the armoire and replaced it with a piece of hardboard. Some of the screws for the drawer slides weren’t flush or tight enough which was preventing the drawers from sliding smoothly, so we fixed those too.
I wanted to give it a facelift and I considered painting it different colors or maybe white-washing it so the pine grain would still show through the paint. If you’ve looked at any of the other furniture projects I’ve done you know that I like painting things white. Since I already have way too much white furniture I thought it’d be fun to go with red. I didn’t want it to be just a solid red though, I still liked the idea of a white washed effect, just with red instead of white.
I started by picking up a bunch of different red paint swatches and held them up to wall colors, furniture, curtains and more to see which I liked best. My final choice was called “Fire” from Valspar’s Eddie Bauer line of paints at Lowe’s. I got a quart of this in the interior latex semi-gloss.
After lightly sanding the armoire and wiping it clean I poured some of the red paint into a cup and added water to it. The ratio for this was about 50/50, but if I did it again I think I’d do more paint to water – probably 75% paint, 25% water.
I got a brush and started painting the watery paint mixture on the armoire. At first I tried lightly wiping it off after I brushed some on, but this left very little of the paint on the furniture. Instead I ended up just brushing the watered down paint on in three coats to achieve the level of opacity that I wanted.
This process was a little messy, as the watered down paint was very runny. I probably should have worn gloves, but I didn’t and my hands ended up looking like this:
No worries though, it washed right off.
I chose not to paint the inside of the cabinet (mostly because it was just more work than I wanted to do), but I did paint the inside of the armoire doors.
In case I decide in the future that I want to put a TV or something else in the armoire, I drilled a hole in the back of the hardboard for electrical wires to run through.
The armoire was finished with a couple coats of water-based clear semi-gloss polycrylic to protect it, but I think I would’ve preferred a satin finish.
The red armoire is now (temporarily?) sitting in the family room at my parent’s house, adding a much needed pop of color.