Gretchen Armoire

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Gretchen Armoire


I didn't take any :(  You know the moment when you start painting a piece of furniture and realize only after taking it completely apart or sanding it down, that you forgot to take a before pic?  Due to my excitement over getting started on the thing, I just forgot completely!!! So I need you to use your imagination on this one.  

Please picture a very ugly armoire with...

*cloth covered doors (with 3 layers of fabric on them)
*terrible patina style paint job
*maroon interior
*back panel coming off the armoire
*and a price tag of $50 for the beast
*a husband asking me why I'm buying it because it's truly ugly and he can't imagine it any other way


This is a photo of the finished armoire in the shop at Amity Pottery.  
I'm still staging things and getting things ready for the grand opening.

 I installed chicken wire where the fabric covered panels were previously on the doors.  The fabric had been covered 3 times so there were a LOT of staples and it was messed up pretty bad.  Chicken wire is a little tricky to work with.  Give yourself a little time to let it flatten out before you try to cut it.  I used a piece of plywood to keep it flat for a day before I started working with it.

 I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this piece... "Old White" on the outside and "Coco" under the distressing and on the inside of the armoire.

Before painting a piece of furniture, I visualize it in my own home.  I do not enjoy refinishing pieces unless I have a certain place for them and a plan for them.  I sometimes HATE to give things up and this was definitely one of those times.  If it doesn't sell, I have the perfect place for it upstairs.  My husband fell in love with this piece too and didn't want me to sell it.  I love it when that happens.  It is for sale... by the way... at Amity Pottery.

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  1. Very nice, Nicole! There are so many cool ways to use chicken wire! I love what I did with it in Logan's room. Congrats on getting all of your awesome furniture pieces in the new shop! I drive by there every morning after taking Noah to school. I will have to stop in after the grand opening!

  2. Nicole, I love it! Love the white, love the distressing, love the chicken wire. I LOVE everything about it. Fantastic job.

  3. Love this Nicole, congratulations on your furniture going to a new shop! Very exciting for you!

  4. This turned out absolutely gorgeous!!!
    I love using chicken wire and have a piece in my kitchen ( although hubby keeps complaining that the edges JAB him whenever he opens it lol ) have to work on that a little more I guess tee hee
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by when you have the time and follow back
    Big hugs,

  5. Great price and beautiful after. The prices around here are ridiculously high. If something gets listed at a great price it is snatched up before the day's end. I couldn't part with that peice. My husband is the opposite he would say SELL IT!!!

  6. Love it!!! This chicken wire looks great! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  7. So pretty! What a great curvy shape and I love the addition of the chicken wire!

  8. That is gorgeous! Love the transformation even without a before pic :o)
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Hope to see you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. I love it, so I'm pinning it.


  10. Love how it turned out~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!