Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shabby Chic-ing my TV Armoire

One of the first things I did after I started my blog a couple years ago was to buy this TV armoire from Craigslist.  I loved it then and still do, but the heaviness of the furniture in my living room was starting to get to me during the long dark winter.  So I decided to paint it.

I've painted several things white so far, and while it still takes forever to do, I am getting better at it.  I invested in a power sander and using it made a big difference in my prep time.

I used Sherwin Williams "Creamy" which is a popular choice of Miss Mustard Seed.  I actually used SW "Marshmallow" on some other pieces before I ever heard of her, and it's almost the same color.  I sprayed the hardware in Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze, and I like the contrast and patina, it's kind of a cast iron look.

I removed the doors, the inside shelves and all the hardware to paint it, and that took nearly as long to do as the painting part.  Putting it back together took even longer, but I only had 2 extra screws, so I don't suppose it's going to fall apart. I hope. :)

I did a minimal amount of distressing on it, and I intend to give it a couple coats of wax when I get around to it.  I thought about a glaze or stain, but I really like it the way it is now.

One problem is that I can't get the doors adjusted properly and they don't exactly line up.  My dad is making me a shelf for dvds to put in behind the TV, so maybe he can come by and help me out with the doors too.

Overall it really lightens up the room and looks fresh and spring-y.  I'm ready for as much spring as I can get!  I also just love to change things up from time to time. Maybe next year you will find me stripping it again (or not!)

I'm joining up with Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday.  Have a great week-end!


Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

Lovin' it when it became white. Although the look of natural looks better too but sometimes the dark color makes a room feel gloomy.

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Mel said...

It's grand! What a big job you've tackled Tracy.
It is definitely looking better in white. I'm not a huge fan of the overly distressed look, but I think waxing it would be wonderful.

Blondie's Journal said...

Tracy, I think you did a wonderful job. It's just beautiful!


Pen Pen said...

You did a great job. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets white and hubby keeps saying no. I just love your place and everything you do.... Your "style" is what I am after!

Lisa @ akawest said...

Everything you touch turns out gorgeous!

Mariaelena said...

Hi Tracy,
nice to meet you. I found you over at Miss Mustard Seed....Your project is great. What a nice transformation...
I recently started a blog and would love it if you'd visit.
Thanks, Mariaelena

Norman Carl said...

Here are the FURNITURE known for their simplistics lifestyles... ‘.
Shaker style furniture .

Frauke Klinkforth said...

Please, tell me, which kind/art of paint do you use. Oil or acryl...? I also have some furniture, which I could paint over. I would like painting in acryl, but is it good?
Thank you for your answer and best greetings from Germany
Frauke Klinkforth

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh I like it white and distressed! I painted my kijiji armoire blue, and I'm still tempted to paint it white.

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