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How to take an antique looking jewelry armoire and give it a modern makeover. "Modern" solutions to store jewelry are difficult to find and expensive. This is an inexpensive and easy alternative.
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Step 1: Get a classic looking jewelry armoire

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Take an antique jewelry armoire, you can normally can find one at a thrift shop or craigslist. Mine was given to us by a friend (ours was missing a mirror on the inside top lid).

Step 2: Remove all hardware/drawers

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With a screwdriver, remove all the hardware (drawer pulls) and hinges. Pull out all the drawers.

Step 3: Cover the inside of the drawers

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With painters tape and paper (paper rolls found in painting section of your hardware store), cover the inside of the drawers. Most of these armoires are lined with a felt type of material, which I chose to keep in it's original color to keep the same texture/feel. Depending on the material inside of your drawers you can skip this step.
Personally, I'd never ruin an authentic piece of antique furniture for a project like this. You'd be better off to build it yourself and then paint it. This particular piece of furniture reminds me of the one that they sell at CVS for $39.99. They always have a good supply of them at Christmastime. If, instead, you did this to an actual antique just because it was missing a mirror, I wouldn't be happy about it. But hey, it's not my money. I think this would look pretty awesome if you painted the piece black and used a cool blue, magenta or even a white decal. Regardless, it's a good idea and your results look great. Thanks for the photos!
jmassiatte5 years ago
what website did u get the decal from?
Maurilio66 (author)  jmassiatte5 years ago, although you can find other places who carry it by searching google "audrey hepburn decal"
scoochmaroo5 years ago
This is great.
On your next project - make sure to take pictures while you're painting and transferring.  Or whatever it is you're doing. More pictures!  :D
Maurilio66 (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
Thanks! I'll do that next time. This was my first time posting a project and realized I hadn't taken picures once it was too late...but next time I'l document it better.
what website did u get  the pic from?
I totally get it.  I was impressed by the quality of your first project here, and want to encourage you to make even more!!!
I look forward to seeing them :)
linkyta5 years ago
 I want it I want it I want it!!!!!!!!!!
Lola19745 years ago
Looks so hot! I bet a Monroe one would look just as great!
elladan995 years ago
hi, great 'ible!:) how big is your decal and much did it cost?
Maurilio66 (author)  elladan995 years ago
it measures 14" wide x 22" tall...cost US $15.99 plus shipping..
StoryAddict5 years ago
Fantastic! Love it.
DIYDragon5 years ago
ohhh sweet! Might have to try this with something. Looks pretty awesome. : D
Great job, my sister would love it. Could you tell us where we might find a similar decal.  That picture works so well with the overall look.
Maurilio66 (author)  roccopeterbilt5 years ago
I googled "audrey hepburn decal" and found several sites. I used, because they specifically listed the dimensions of the decal and I was able to compare it to the size of my furniture piece.
AuntieRobyn5 years ago
I LOVE this instructable! I want to go out and find an old armoire so I can make this.
This came out *beautifully*. I especially love that just a hint of the decal continues on to the side. This adds great interest to the piece. Love love love. :]
sewmysoul5 years ago
 I love the way the armoire came out but the two hardest steps have to pictures making it hard to do the project. 
Maurilio66 (author)  sewmysoul5 years ago
I realize I don't have picturse for that. I apologize but this is my first project and to be honest I didn't know I was going to post this when I did the project. I hope the lack of photos doesnt discourage anyone from tyring this. I don't think photos of those final steps would have helped anyone too much. I just simply painted with spray paint (white primer first, then high gloss white) like you would anything else. Careful to use smooth even strokes. As I am a novice it took me longer than it should take most. But I simly applied a coat, let dry, and repeated. The decal was also pretty simple. I just lined up the decal. Once the positioning looked good, I removed the backing and starting from the top I slowly pressed it on to the wood. Please feel free to ask my any questions...
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Maurilio66 (author)  cerealkiller765 years ago
Easy there...Not trying to keep any "big secret" or become famous. I did describe the painting..if you are referring to the actual image of Audrey  Hepburn, that is the decal. Step Five mentions that. I just simply purchsed a decal online and applied it. Any decal you buy online will come with instructions on how to apply.
I like this idea... and what a great finished product... very professional... thanks for this instructable
adidame5 years ago
Cool!  I just got an old oak jewelry armoire that I wanted to make more modern!
geenahhh5 years ago
Wow thats so gorgeous!
Make me one! haha
ChrysN5 years ago
Nice, I love the decal!
pingeee5 years ago
 Very nice. Good job!