Armoire Transformation

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It has been awhile since I got a paintbrush out and transformed a piece of furniture, I had forgot how painting furniture makes me happy.  I decided to makeover a armoire, it was one of the first pieces of furniture my husband and I bought together 16 years ago. When we moved from our condo to our current home this piece of furniture that once seemed so huge shrunk in size. (Funny how that happens)  It now sits in the kids room housing lots and lots of lego’s!

Armoire transformation using americana decor chalk paint


Armoire Before

I decided to use the Americana Decor Chalky paint and I love it!
There is no sanding, no priming, just painting, you have to love that!


DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finishin the color primitive
Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax, 4-Ounce, Clear

Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, in the color relic

Americana Decor Chalky Waxing Brush


americana decor paint

First I removed any dirt and dust from the armoire and started painting.  I used a angle brush for the crevices and a foam roller for the flat areas.  At first I used just the primitive but realized I wanted something just a little darker.

How to paint a armoire

For my second coat I mixed the 2 colors together which gave me the perfect shade of grey. Armoire transformation using chalky paint

 Next I applied the Creamy wax. I have to say I loved this wax, it wasn’t solid like other waxes which made this super easy to apply. Using a soft rag I buffed until I got the desired look I was after.  Lastly, I distressed the armoire in certain areas that would naturally age over time using a piece of sand paper.Distressing an armoire


The boys love their new armoire and I loved that the Chalky Finish paint is so versatile and easy to work with.  I can’t wait to use on my next DIY project!Armoire transformation

If you missed the boys room in our home tour you can find more pictures here. Thanks for stopping in today!

Boys bedroom

Below is a handful of other projects I have completed using the chalky paint, so fun!

Painted Pots
Antiqued Pots
Armoire Transformation
Vintage Armoire Transformation
Painted Gift Tags
DIY French Antique Basket

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  1. Amazing job, Kristin! I also appreciate the recommendation for the “new to me” chalk paint! I’ve already researched where I can find some in my town. Thanks for the great posts!!!!

  2. It looks great Kristin! I love that your boys love it, too, and appreciate your hard work. Your boys sound really sweet and nice young men. I have not heard of this paint before. I’ll have to give it a try and the wax sounds fun to use. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Love the colors you used. And I like that you left the top wood…great contrast. I just used Americana Chalky Paint on a recent project, too. It’s good stuff.

  4. I love the gray you created when mixing! Do you by chance remember the ratio? I’m looking for a similar gray for my dining set and was trying to use Primitive and Yesteryear (holy purple undertones!!), and thought about Primitive and Relic instead. if you remember can you let me know?! Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Jillian- I mixed both of them together using the full amounts. With the chalk paint it is really easy to mix. Just keep mixing the paint until you have a perfect color you are happy with.

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