A few weeks ago, on a rare occasion that Mr. Rubbish went to an estate sale with me, we found this French provincial armoire. I usually only buy inexpensive items at estate sales, but Mr. Rubbish surprised me and bought this armoire. He said that it was his investment because he knew I could fix it up and sell it for more.
Mr. Rubbish called the estate "the barbie house". Not only was all the furniture cream, gold and pink, but the woman who had lived there had hundreds of, what looked like, barbie shoes; all vintage, all size 5 and all in their original boxes. If only I wore a size 5!
The armoire has a great shape and the insides of all the drawers are in pristine, like-new condition! It is a Thomasville and is so well built and solid too. I love the arched top and the metal wire in both doors.
I was not liking the gold and cream color scheme, circa 1970.
So, I just updated the color scheme, but kept it two-toned. I used Country Gray and Old White Chalk Paint, so it matched the dresser I just finished.
The armoire went from French Provincial to Paris Chic!
Here is another before shot of the doors :
I love that Chalk Paint adheres to metal too. I mixed the Old White with water and whitewashed the metal wire and all the hardware.
I used a tiny brush to apply the old white on the trim and then applied wax over the entire piece to protect the finish.
The armoire has not sold yet, but a lot of customers commented on it in at Loot last weekend. I hope it sells, so that Mr. Rubbish can make a return on his investment :)
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