I absolutely love this jewelry armoire and use it daily!
Check out the Before and After!
Step 1: Scavenge a Piece!
It began on a beautiful Yard Sale Saturday.
I picked up this guy for $9...after quite a bit of talking them down. It was in poor shape and would need a lot of work, plus, it's laminate...
I have scavenged similar items off the side of the road or free listings.
Keep your eyes peeled, even if it's laminate--you can fix it up!
My husband quickly set to work, so there are some "how to take drawer fronts off" pictures missing. We used a chisel and a hammer and just a couple of careful taps took the fronts off clean.
They were held in place with just 2 daubs of glue. We labeled the drawers and the fronts so we could get them back on easily.
It wasn't until THIS point that I realized that this vintage dresser was
laminate...not full wood for refinishing. blech!
But have no fear...laminate can be spray painted!So, instead of hours of sanding...
Step 2: Priming!
I laid them out on some cardboard and primed them with white spray primer.
There were some scratches. I just went ahead and left them...but some wood filler would do the trick.
I taped off the drawers, the inside velvet and
sprayed the armoire and the fronts.
Once the primer dried, I sprayed everything with my favorite go-to color:
Let dry completely...I waited overnight.
(side story: I have painted so many things aqua...that every time I bring something new home, my husband says
"are you going to paint that blue too?"...)
Step 3: Glue and Knobs!
Then I used regular old Elmer's school glue and glued the fronts back onto the drawers.
You could use wood glue...but I find it's not necessary.
Next I went knob shopping!
Knobs are usually the most expensive part of a redo project like this... but they make ALL the difference!
5 crystal knobs were $2 each from Michaels, the 8 silver knobs were $2.47 each from Home Depot.
I love how the crystal knobs sparkle!
I left the pink velvet lining in all the drawers and just
scrubbed them with a hot damp cloth.
Step 4: Enjoy!
I love it!
It houses all my jewelry perfectly! When we moved last, I sold nearly all my furnishings...I just knew we didn't have space. But this guy, I kept! It's my favorite!
Painting laminate furniture is the best way to reuse an old piece!
I hope this helps you look at furniture pieces differently!
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