Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ellison's Armoire Is...Finished!


I am so happy to be able to say that this project is complete!

But, if I said that the painting portion was "easy", I would be lying.

Nothing easy or quick about it, but in the end, totally and completely worth it.


Let's go back to the beginning and remember where this project started...

In my never ending desire for change, I needed to find an answer for where I could use the top of my hutch that previously sat in my kitchen. After owning it for 10 years, I decided that I wanted to use the base as a stand-alone sideboard between our family room and kitchen.

The answer came in the form of creating an armoire in Ellison's room, using her existing dresser as the base and placing the top of my hutch on her dresser.

The look of the two pieces together certainly wasn't pretty, but I couldn't beat the functionality of the overall piece...


Originally, the hutch came with glass doors. Perfect for displaying all of our stemware and dishes in our kitchen, but not so pretty when I turned it into my "linen closet"...


I'm sure that eventually this will hold more of Ellison's ever growing wardrobe, but for now, all of the kids' clean bedding is in one out of the way and easy to store space. I just needed a way to conceal it all from view...

The glass in the doors was held in place by these...

and I noticed that the thickness of the glass seemed pretty close to the thickness of beaded board. Lucky for me, we had just enough beaded board (left over from a previous project out in the garage) to cut and place in each door of the hutch, and insert into the door of the existing dresser.

Seriously - I love it when that happens!

We measured and cut the beaded board using the glass as our template...

and then put each panel into place.

This part was easy!

Perfect!

Everything tucked away behind closed doors.



On to the painting...

I put two coats of primer on the hutch and one coat on the dresser. I figured that the closer the two pieces were to having the same color of base coat, the easier it would be to paint the whole piece overall. It was definitely the right choice. I let the primer coats dry overnight before moving onto painting.

The first coat of paint took 3 solid hours to put on. There are so many nooks and crannies, angles and grooves that it just made for a long process. There was no way around it.

The second coat took two hours and I was hoping (*hoping-hoping*) that I wouldn't have to do a third.

Will and I took a good, hard look at it after the second coat had dried and were pleased with the results!

Out of two old pieces of furniture, we now have one brand new piece of furniture...




We removed the original hardware from the hutch doors and added the same knobs that were on the dresser. We sprayed all of the knobs and pulls with a few coats of "Candy Pink" spray paint and now this "new" piece of furniture feels right at home in our little girl's room...






I love the idea of Ellison having a vanity in her bedroom. A spot where she can look in the mirror, brush her hair, put in her clips and bows and be a girly-girl. I think the space between the hutch and the dresser makes for a perfect vanity...







We are so happy that:

1. The project was a success.
(We both had our fair share of doubt)

2. We were able to save a piece that was no longer usable for us in the way that it had been intended, and instead of getting rid of it, fashioned it into something new that we will be able to use for many years to come.


Like I said, it was a lot of work in the painting department, but absolutely worth it.

Sometimes thinking outside of the box can result in some of your best project ideas!


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74 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Looks fantastic!!!!

suzanne

The Real Estate Talker said...

I just happened upon your blog, and had to see this transformation. It is to die for, I love it, what a great idea. I love when someone re-creates a piece of furniture. Very very clever

Allie and Pattie said...

This will look wonderful and function beautifully for years! Great job!
xoxo Pattie

Sarah said...

Ellison's armoire is beautiful! Congrats on a job WELL done!!!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Photographing Mom said...

And once again, it's a beautiful job!!! You amaze me, niece!!!!!

Kristin Kneupper said...

gorgeous!!!!!!!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

It turned out so well, Karla! Both your work, and all that painting, was definitely worth it. With three guys in our home, I'm sure enjoying all the pink in your little girl's room.

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

wow! it looks so awesome! so girly! I love it. I want to marry two pieces, but have yet to find the right match!
great job!
gail

Mari said...

Love love love it. It is so pretty and I love the pink accents. So uber cute. You did a great job.

Leanne said...

So, so, so cute! You did a great job. I bet she loves it. It's just beautiful.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

This turned out fantastic! Looks like a lot of work but well worth it :).

Jamie said...

I knew this was going to be nice from your progress posts, it turned out amazing! Love the pink hardware.

TheVirginiaHouse said...

You guys did great! I bet she loves it!

McCarty and Company said...

That turned out adorable. What a lucky little girl. You did a fabulous job on this vanity/armoire. Love it!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Just Brilliant!! I know there just had to be a "I told you so" somewhere along the progression of this project. You had great vision with this one...Janell

Arlene said...

I love it. I have four girls so I can understand how excited you are about this project. Very clever repurposing. I love the beadboard and pink handles. So girly!!!!

SILVIA said...

beautiful..

Nancy Thomas said...

I think it looks great and definitely work all that hard work!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, it's beautiful!! What an amazing repurpose. Love it, thanks for linking up!

Anna said...

it looks so good, great work with all that painting!

Sabrina said...

This is crazy good and what a dream piece for a little girl! Wonderful!

Tracy said...

Oh.my.goodness! That turned out amazingly well! I just love it. The perfect, charming touch for your daughter's room. = )

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

That turned out sooo great! I seriously love it!

Mama Thompson said...

Not surprising:)...it is gorgeous...I love the little pink knobs...and I am jealous that Ellison has a vanity and I don't:(...

kermiefrg said...

It looks amazing! You did such a great job!

Caroline said...

Great work! Kudos! C

courtney said...

you guys did a great job. what a vision to turn that into an armoire. and i love the pink bin pulls on the drawers.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I just think this is so creative and it turned out just gorgeous. Love it, and what wonderful storage. Great job. Hugs, Marty

paisley penguin said...

This turned out so great. Awesome job thinking out of the box!

Amber said...

I love it! It's such a unique piece. And I love the little nook with the mirror and lamp. Very cozy. The pink pulls are awesome, too! Great job!

Paula said...

This piece adds the perfect touch to your daughter's bedroom. I especially love the pink hardware.

Laura said...

That is so pretty! I like the little pink touches you've added to make it more girly. You were clever to add the wood to the bottom to make it fit. I would have never thought of that!

Jessica said...

Oh, how cute!! Your little girl is very lucky. :-)

Julie said...

Totally inspirational! Looks fantastic!

Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

That's beautiful- You have great vision!

All Things Cherish said...

Great job! I love all the finishing touches.

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

Great job of putting these two items together. The painted hardware really ties the whole project together. I love how you replaced the glass with the bead board. And you got to do it together.
Thanks for sharing.

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

It looks fantastic!! The pink hardware really adds the perfect finishing touch.

Heather said...

That turned out wonderful!!
Great job!

Leen said...

I LOVE it! I am so impressed that you saw two pieces of furniture and thought to make them one. You are so FAB! :)

FrouFrouBritches said...

OH MY GRACIOUS! You are so smart and that piece is....STUNNING! I love it!

Room to Inspire said...

What a brilliant solution - and it turned out great! All the details are perfect. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!

Chelsea

Frugal Home Designs said...

Amazing as usual. Your stuff is always so beautiful. Great job.

Sabrina C. said...

It looks Amazing. You did a wonderful job! I love your blog.

Lee Laurie said...

Beautiful! What a great idea. I love that you painted the handles too. So pretty in pink. I know that she just loves it.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Joy@thiftyparsonageliving said...

I love what you have done!I am always a fan of girly things, what a great makeover.

Denise said...

Fabulous job!!!!
Following you over from Shabby Chic Cottage!
I am a follower!
Please stop by!
http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com/

fawnda said...

WOW! I am so amazed at how you took 3 pieces and made them into one really awesome piece! Great job! I love the bead board!

Nic said...

Amazing! True inspiration right here! I want that in my room to be a girly girl. Great, fantastic job!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, Karla!


That is incredible! Stunning. And will be treasured for so many years! Wonderful job! That is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday and sharing this week! I hope you will come back to visit me soon. If you haven't already, be sure to enter the giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend.
HUGS!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Joyce said...

this looks absolutely amazing!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Amazing! I bet she loves it!
I'm visiting from Tip Junkie!
~Liz

Jenn Miyamoto said...

It's beautiful!
Jenn

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What a fabulous, special and oh so yummy piece! Thanks so much for linking up!

Lisa said...

Beautiful Job. Well worth the hard work!

Lori said...

What wonderful job!!! Well worth the hard work. I love the knobs.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Pleas join me next week for another great party.

Lori

vignette design said...

I love it! This turned out great. You did a fantastic job.

Heather L. said...

That is AMAZING! Wow, great job! What a lucky little girl =)

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a beautiful job! I love that is so girly & that candy pink paint is PERFECT... both my daughters would LOVE having that lovely piece of furniture.

Jenn said...

You are a genious!
Have a delightful weekend!
Jenn
{redberrybarn.blogspot.com}

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

GREAT job - it looks simply amazing and yet sooo girly! The pink hardware and gerbera daisies add just the right touch!

-Ann Marie
http://whitehouseblackshutters.blogspot.com

Funky Junk Interiors said...

It's beautiful, Karla! The light is the icing on the cake for this one. How clever are all those components fitting together like a well built puzzle? Lucky little girl. :)

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

AWESOME job! I love it!

Denise said...

Awesome! Following you from Funky Junks Saturday Nite Special!
Come by for a visit!
http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com

Down Bedding said...

Looks so good - great job!

Andy Porter said...

GORGEOUS!!! That's all I can say!!!!

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

Wow! You did an AMAZING job. The beaded board, the color, the little extra touches....oh I just love it!!

Andy Porter said...

I'll be featuring this post on Creative Cats this Friday on Poppies at Play!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

You married the two pieces beautifully! What a great addition to your daughter's room!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

This piece looks so great! What a creative idea to put all off those components together. I bet it was a beast to paint, but it turned out so cute. I also like your choice to put the beadboard in the doors. I love the idea of glass doors, but that means everything you put in there has to be pretty and organized. This makes the piece much more functional storage.

Kendall said...

Wow! It turned out so beautiful. What a lucky little girl! I absolutely love that you painted those metal pulls pink. It really makes the piece. Awesome job and thanks for linking up to "Shop The House Sunday"!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Bee-You-Tee-Full! ...and pink to boot!!!! I am so happy that I stumbled in while hopping around Blogland and have become a follower. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon when you get a moment. until then...

Cynthia@BargainBellissimo said...

Very pretty!! Having 2 girls, I am becoming very acquainted with pink.
I even loved the glass ball jar with glass beads & pink gerber daisies! I'm still new to blogging but this adventure is fun! Glad to have dropped by...will be following too :)

Twin XL said...

So cute - love it!