I bought this solid wood armoire on Craigslist for $40..including delivery!
Perfect for the kitchen pantry storage I need and don’t have in my small kitchen space!
Sorry I didn’t get a “before”, I was excited to get started, and forgot to take a before picture. All I’ve done here is prime the knots in the wood with Zinsser Primer.
I cleaned out the cabinet with vinegar and a clean cloth and let dry.
I then primed the entire cabinet, inside and out.
(Note: It took me about 4 coats of primer to cover the knotty pine. Even using a great primer such as Zinsser, which is a stain blocker! Don’t get discouraged, eventually, the knots will stop bleeding through, and Zinsser dries pretty quickly!)
Then I made some chalk paint with some leftover white paint. Directions for making homemade chalk paint can be found HERE. I did two coats of the chalkpaint, letting it dry a day between coats. (Although, this is summer in the very humid Key West, a climate with less moisture in the air may take less drying time!)
I sanded the edges with medium grit sandpaper to give it a lightly distressed look.
Wanted to give the back a pop of color. Started with the same blue used on my walls.
Added a pattern with a stencil. I purchased this one at Cutting Edge Stencils. They’ve got some great patterns, and they are super easy to use! I know this isn’t perfect, but hey, its hard to paint way in the back of a cabinet 30 inches deep!
And you can’t tell after I filled it in with all these beautiful vibrant colors!
I added some decorative shabby appliques purchased on eBay at Do It Yourself Chic. They have some really great appliques that will turn any boring or outdated furniture into fabulous! Highly recommend trying these out if you haven’t yet!
Always attach appliques on a flat surface using E6000. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s the strongest adhesive out there!
I used Satin Polycrylic Glaze to finish the cabinet, and added a mishmash of leftover knobs..
(It dries fast, and cleans easily. Another great thing about Polycrylic? It’s tintable!)
On one side, I added some S Hooks to give me a little more room for hanging pans..
And on the other, a lazy susan to access stuff on the back of the shelf.
I’ve got plenty of room for all my pantry goods now! No more trying to figure out where I stashed what!
Have even more storage on the top for some canisters and a bread bin..
I love how this came out! Functional AND pretty!
I added a pretty curtain between the wall and the pantry using a small tension rod to hide my mop and broom.. no closets in my little cottage!
Thanks for visiting!