Monday, March 16, 2009

Mi Armoire

So before we moved to Flagstaff almost three years ago I bought this armoire from a place that sells used hotel furniture - you know those places? Anyway it was a great price for a very large and very solid piece of furniture (so large and solid that anyone who has helped move it, hates it) I like the lines and such and planned on doing something to it someday. I new I wanted some kind of texture inside the molding on the doors.When I saw this armoire at anthropologie my heart skipped a beat. So I copied it.I really love my new armoire. I changed a few things, obviously. It is just the way I wanted it. How we did it:
we did not paint it, we sanded it and stained it with blue stain. This was a lot harder that it would have been to paint it, but the look we got was great and much more lasting than paint. What I thought would take a few days took over a week of sanding here and there. If we had a belt sander it might not have been so long, but oh well. Russ' brother made a stencil for us (not exactly sure how) and then I cut the stencil out if freezer paper. Ironed the freezer paper to the doors and then spray painted it cream, then we spray painted the molding cream also. I love it and I am 100% okay with the fact that I am a born copier. Like Laurie from Little Women said - everything we create is "just mediocre copies of another mans genius." Well said.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you Russ for helping me do this.


  1. way to go Debbie. It is gorgeous!!! I'm glad you are okay with copying...because i'm thinking that I'll have to copy that one day!

  2. I love it too. You are very creative and one day I hope to copy many of the things you do. :)

  3. It is completely gorgeous. I am so impressed!

    p.s. I'm such a copier. who isn't?

  4. Love it! Very impressed with your work ethic.

  5. Yeah, I feel better knowing that you had a bad day too:) I don't feel better about the fact that you got something productive done though! I think I was feeling sorry for myself because Nick didn't get home until 8 pm last night. By the way I think you guys did an awesome job on the armoire! Let me know if you still want to come visit sometime.

  6. That is awesome! Thanks so much for the link - I've been in love with that armoire for years. I'll have to be on the lookout for a Craigslist bargain that I can redo myself.



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