All It Needed Was Paint

I know I’ve been talking about it for a few days now, so I’m excited to finally reveal the makeover I did on my jewelry armoire.  Let me first give a little background on this piece.  I had been wanting a jewelry chest forever, so when I was casually browsing Craigslist a couple months ago, I saw an ad for one for $20.  It took me about two seconds before I called about it.  Luckily, it was still for sale so I asked the normal questions, you know: “How old is it?” ”What kind of shape is it in?” “Has it been around smoke?”  It passed that test so we drove over to take a look.  The cutest little lady said that it had been her daughter’s and it was now wasting space in her garage.  It was in great shape, as in, she hadn’t even put the top piece on yet (the piece that opens up with the mirror). 

I brought it home and here she is:

And here she is now!

The blondish wood just wasn’t working in my girly room and I knew I wanted to paint it as soon as I bought it.   So the first thing I did was remove the handles and give them a coat of white Valspar spray paint primer.

While the handles were drying I primed the armoire with Kilz Oil Based Primer.  This step was absolutely positively essential because I didn’t do any sanding so it had that glossy sheen.  Glossy sheen = paint won’t stick without primer.

Then I decided to make my own color for the armoire.  I mixed the gray that I used on the walls in this room, which is Glidden’s Granite Gray, with the off the shelf Glidden white in eggshell that I had left over from our dining room revamp.  I also added some Floetrol, which is a paint conditioner/thinner that helps reduce brush strokes and dries a tad bit slower so the paint stretches a little further before it dries.  Below you can see my mixture is a lighter gray than what’s in the can.

I didn’t take a picture of the next two steps, but after I primed the handles I spray painted them Rustoleum’s Satin White.  I painted the whole armoire the paint mixture I made.  I put the handles back on, and oops, I forgot about the screws!  They are still bronze.

So I opened back up the can of Glidden of the shelf white and with a tiny brush, I painted the screws.

And here’s the after!! I love the soft gray with the white handles!!

I even painted the inner lip for a complete look.

It looks more feminine now, and it works perfectly in my shabby chic girly room.

What do you guys think?! Do you like the new look or do you prefer the original wood?

If you want to see the complete room transformation, you can check out how it went from blue to pink, and then I painted my vanity chair, and then added some glam here and here.

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17 responses to All It Needed Was Paint

  1. Tiffany

    Do you know who made the jewelry armoire?
    I used to have this one and I can’t find it. Does the lid lift up with a pull out mirror?
    Thank you.

  2. Gail

    I love it. I have the exact same jewelry chest, but mine is a very dark brown.. almost black. I am wondering how you got the handles off. Mine are attached behind the felt. I plan on painting it, but have not decided on a color

  3. Lauren Sargent


    I know this was posted quite a while ago, but I wondered if you could help me out. I have been looking for this exact piece of furniture everywhere! I know it was made by powell, but I have no idea of a name or number or anything.

  4. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to finish my armoire! I’m going to replace the fabric inside of it, so it’s going to take me a few days….it’s going great so far though!

  5. Pretty! I love the color you picked. It looks great =)

  6. Bonnie Burbrink

    Your changes are a great improvement, Whitney. It would have been so hard to paint it if you had paid full price.

  7. You have the best taste! I think it turned out beautifully. Great job!

  8. I had not heard of Floetrol before? Is it similar to glaze? Does it thin the paint out and that’s why it reduces brush strokes? Thanks for the great tip!

    • Yes it thins the paint out. It works really well, just make sure you mix it up for several minutes before you paint!! I’ve never used glaze, but don’t you apply glaze after you paint?? With Floetrol, you mix it in with your paint. Hope that helps!

  9. That is stunning!!! I love it! Great work!