Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pinterest Inspired New-To-Me Eclectic Jewelry Armoire

While I don't have a fail for you, I do have a success story for you, and it's from me!
About a year ago Chip came home with a surprise for me. He works for a furniture store here in town and they deliver, fix, put together and move all sorts of furniture. On one of his service calls a customer asked them to take away a few pieces of old furniture she didn't want anymore. In that pile of furniture was this jewelry armoire:

It's not the best picture (lighting!!!) but this is what Chip brought home ( he asked her first if she would mind if he snatched it up for his wife, she said "Go for it!"). I was IN.LOVE. However, it had some transformations to go through. I had seen a few things on Pinterest that I liked that had a vibe I was going for:
I love the idea of mismatched styles, eras, colors and sizes in the chairs in this pin. This gave me an idea for the knobs.
I originally saw this backsplash at a friends house and was hooked and then totally forgot about it, until I saw it on Pinterest again! Bonus, I found this "metal" (mines plastic) backsplash at Home Depot for cheap!!
You know that disgusting baby poop green/yellow (chartreuse) that everyone hates??? It is my FAVORITE THING EVER!!!! I had to do this chest in my icky chartreuse because it wouldn't have screamed Emilee any other way. AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! :D
So there are my Pinterest inspirations, here is the work in progress:
Bonus: there is a cat in this picture can you find her?? Curious little critter.

We had to take out all the drawers and pull out the original drawer pulls which was a pain! And then we had to take the tops of each drawer and drill new holes, put everything back together (which was also an adventure). I was contemplating using a primer, but the original really wasn't too bad, so I tested different numbers of coats on a little section on the bottom just to see what it would do. It was determined that we would be ok without primer and with two coats of paint. By the way, my mom came with me when I picked the paint and she couldn't hold in the giggles the whole time we were at Home Depot because she thought my color choice was just hideous, "Why would anyone like that color?? hehehe It's just so icky!" Oh I love her.
This project sat in my parents work shop for the last year or so getting picked at and dusty, and then picked at some more, but mostly dusty until this summer. We house sat for my parents for two weeks and I made a $20 bet with my dad that it would be done when they got back. He knowing my lack of finishing skills took that bet and I am glad to say, he had to pay up!!!
One year later, five trips to the hardware store and lots of work later, here is my new-to-me finished jewelry armoire!!! *Drum roll please*

I am SO happy with how it turned out! Originally I was just going to do the green, but it needed a little somethin' somethin', so I added the teal. The knobs are from all over, Hobby Lobby, Anthropologie, Home Depot, and World Market to name a few. I was slowly collecting a few here and there and my mom gave me a few as gifts a while back.
This is about 2 AM on a work night...I HAD TO FINISH IT!!! (I didn't have the knobs with me, but really it was done at this point).
It always feels great to finish a big project. What have you finished lately??
Happy Tuesday!


  1. I also love that "icky" green and I think you did a great job on your armoire makeover! I especially like the idea of covering the lid with backsplash tiles.

  2. It turned out perfect! I had no idea we are supposed to hate on this green, I love it.

  3. I love that green and teal together! It looks wonderful! I love really bright greens and bought a sample of some for a bookshelf and the paint lady couldn't even hide her disgust. It was annoying but funny.

  4. I'm not a huge fan of the green, but it's not for me is it? I think you did a great job.

  5. You did a great job....love the knobs. Not the colour but hey if you love it, that's all that matters! I have an unfinished jewelry armoire I got the year before I moved away from Washington and never worked on it. Maybe I should!

  6. That is just so much fun. I'm kind of jealous of all the crafty things that come from you :)

  7. Wow! It's funny how each persons taste differs. I don't love the green, but if you do then it's PERFECT for your house!

  8. SO cute! What a great project. I don't mind chartreuse (I have a shirt that color!), but I HATE fuschia. It makes me feel physically ill. Isn't it funny how we have color preferences?

  9. I love the color too. I am a chartreuse fan from way back. My bathroom has vintage blue and white tiles and I painted the top half of the walls "Hearts of Palm". It isn't quite so olive as your color, but still definitely a yellow green.

  10. I absolutely love it. Great job! My favorite part is all the different pulls.

  11. Beautiful finished project! I too love chartreuse and my mom hates it.


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