Friday, July 22, 2011

Country Gray and Old White Armoire

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 :

...and after

 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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Emily said...

I can't believe no one bought that! It is so cute. I love the color choice, too!

Sandy said...

I love your new store.... I wish you only the best with your new adventure. It looks wonderful... lovely things...great ideas....beautiful work....happiness for everyone.
Good luck to your and your partner.....Best wishes...and Congrats!
Your neighbor....xoso Sandy O

Unknown said...

Amanda - Beautiful as always!

Linda said...

Love what you've done with it! I'd buy it in a New York minute if I lived close by. Good Luck with your venture.

Jane said...

I absolutely love it. I can't believe your magic touch!! :-)


Just found you from P&P and love your blog! This project and your dresser are to die for! Love them both! I am your newest follower. :)

Unknown said...

wow what a great score, it turned out lovely!

casalegno farm said...

Gotta get Mr. Rubbish to come with you more often so he can keep making those awesome investments! Looks beautiful Amanda!!!

Mona Kay Gorman said...

GOR-GE-OUS!!!! Wow, she's a classy, pretty gal!

Amber and Brad said...

WOW!!! Simply Gorgeous!!!!

Love to have you stop by and link up at my weekly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Link Party

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I LOVE the whitewashed wire and handles. I always think it's the details that makes the big difference and that's SO true here. Gorgeous!

I've followed your lovely blog!

Thank you so much for linking up to my 'Paint, Please' link party.


Tammy @ Type A said...

love it! is country gray beige color? thanks.

Tamra said...


The Midwest Cottage said...

sweet find! love the result! Excellent color choice.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I hope it sells too! Who wouldn't want it?

Jenn said...

LOVE this! if i lived closer i would prob buy it!!



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Anonymous said...

is there a link i can click on to go to this store to see the price for this piece. and can you please give me some info on it the year ect.....


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