Monday, October 1, 2012

A Painted French Armoire

Hands up if you love a French armoire!  (both mine are up and waving!)

I am absolutely in love and swooning over this latest furniture makeover in my home. I have wanted an armoire in our house for the longest time and I was lucky enough to pick this this beauty at auction.  It was in desperate need of painting as it was a mustard colour. Some time ago it would have been painted a cream colour but the alkyds in oil paint discolour over time. I thought for a while I may just paint it white but wanted a more classical French country look.

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

This is an awful room and almost impossible to take photos in so please excuse the quality.  The floor isn't even level in this room so that's why there is bits of wood under the front on the armoire to keep it level. This is one of the rooms that will be gutted when we renovate. 

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

I decided on a lovely putty colour with white for the raised mouldings. I have just used clear wax as a top coat but I may add some dark wax for detail and added patina.  To get the putty colour I first checked out all the paint desk cards at the hardware shop and finally decided on a Taubman's taupe colour but in this room with it's low light the contrast with the white mouldings just wasn't the effect I wanted so I did a little paint mixing with colours in my shed and came up with this beautiful putty colour.

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

I love how the white details pop against the beautiful french putty colour.  I painted the whole armoire in the putty first and then with an artists' brush I painted the raised mouldings.  It actually was time consuming and hard to get neat. or maybe it was just that I was doing it at 1am the other morning to have the armoire finished for the magazine photo shoot.

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

here's the before photo. super shiny and mustard.

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

and this is the before photo of the matching chest of French drawers just to show you the disgusting colour.  This has been white for a while and is in my daughter's bedroom. It is such great storage especially for a little girl who changes her outfit five times a day.

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

 and now

french country painted armoire by Lilyfield Life, Sydney

I'm super happy with the kids' bedrooms now - I'll blog later in the week about the changes. So nice to have the house all tidy - although with it being school holidays and all, I'm sure it won't last long.

Check back tomorrow for another furniture makeover. Another keeper, for sure...

So what do you think: Do you love armoires? or do you prefer a built in wardrobe?

Would you have painted it white or two toned?

Fiona xx

16 comments:

  1. Oh Fiona, I just love it!and I love how you have painted it. Very French! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!
    Hope you are feeling better
    Steph x

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  2. Looks gorgeous Fiona, love the colours. The mouldings are similar to the mouldings on the sideboard that I painted blue and white. The handles also look the same. I also painted the base colour over the mouldings before picking it out in white, but I wasn't terribly neat with mine because I distressed and clear and dark waxed it, and I felt that the less than perfect picking out of the mouldings would add to the overall effect...thankfully it did. I'm very very tempted to go two-tone on that console I have that is the same as yours! Itching to get started on it actually!!

    xx Karen

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  3. What a gorgeous transformation - and just love the chair beside it!
    XOX

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  4. You've done such a great job! It looks amazing! Mx

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  5. Nice work. I even like the brick walls and the chair railing in the room...the room is not that bad! (maybe just floring is all-easy fix.)

    Thanks for sharing. QUESTION: I like the layout of your blog. What was it created in? Or was it custom? I need to redo my blog format and trying to figure out what format I like best.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  6. A perfect transformation . It looks fabulous and I love how you have done the mouldings in white. They look gorgeous. Well done
    KL xx

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  7. That's just beautiful! I love the contrast, the moulding really makes it.

    PS - I love that you're showing us this beautiful piece in reality, a room that still needs renovating. Sometimes I look around my house and think it's all just waiting for attention, it's nice to know that other people have work still to do too!

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  8. oh my lord i love love love it!!! oh that shape and you painted it the perfect color!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. Love it! Over from Homemaker on a Dime and I'm your newest follower.
    Tuula :)

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  10. it's perfection, Fiona! You must have a steady hand as it's all very neat. I love your colour combo.
    xx Kirrily

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  11. Yes I have both hands in the air, love that armoire!!! Perfect color.
    Anne

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  12. The color is just right. What a great job you have done!

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  13. Love the armoire and the dresser! You've given them a whole new life!

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  14. I live by the beach and have fabulous lime washed blue walls and white furniture so I was interested to see your new look room.

    I think with the strong Aussie sunlight especially if you have an East facing bedroom like myself that a colour other than white is a great way to decorate as it absorbs the light and gives one a darker bedroom which is great for getting more sleep.

    So, I prefer the blue and white room over all white. I am trying to decide what colour to paint my walls now as I feel after 10 years that I need a change but to what? My choices are duck egg blue, soft muted bluish/green or a shade of stone/putty?

    Great to see your rooms especially the revamp of the old furniture.

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