Do you guys remember that armoire I kept putting off? I had been meaning to paint it for almost 3 weeks but there was something about the paint color on the weathered nightstand that wasn’t jiving with the rest of the room. Anyway, it made me put off repainting both pieces. Well, this past week inspiration finally struck and I was able to get them both finished. Here’s a peek at how we transformed an armoire meant for the TV into a one stop wardrobe and solved an ongoing problem along the way….
Almost every morning I hear some version of the following questions, “Have you seen my keys?” or “I swear I just had my phone, have you seen it?” or “I’m running late, help me find my backpack, wallet and security badge, ok?” I’m hoping some of you can relate because despite my best efforts to keep an organized entry this is my reality and I’m wondering if it might be a reality at your house too.
I think I may have found a solution that’s going to solve a lot of these questions though. This is the armoire that I’ve put off painting for the past few weeks. It’s actually a TV cabinet and it matches the rest of the bedroom furniture. We’ve decided to use a different TV and media cabinet in the bedroom so I thought the armoire would make a really cool place to keep for all those items that seem to get lost on a daily basis.
The first step was to paint the armoire in Valspar’s English Tea Party so I used my favorite chalk-like paint recipe to make that happen. English Tea Party is a pretty brownish/grayish color. Despite the espresso stain it still took 2 coats to cover the entire armoire completely.
Next I replaced the hardware. I chose the same glass knobs I’ll be using on the night stand which were 50% off from Hobby Lobby for the top
and I used the DIY Rubbed Bronze Technique for the existing hardware on the bottom drawers.
Painting the outside came together pretty quickly and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. But painting the armoire only solved one problem, right? Remember in Week Four of the One Room Challenge when I was totally obsessing over the color of the nightstands? Well, I was equally as determined to create a one-stop-wardrobe that would organize keys, wallets, badges, phones, receipts and work clothes ready for the laundry. Let me just tell you, all of this stuff was in that armoire. I know! What the what!
As it turns out there was a ton of storage options once we got everything all cleaned out. I mean look at all this space…
I chose these cute jute baskets from Hobby Lobby ($7.99 and 40% off) to keep the wallet, badge, phone and keys organized.
The TV left a pretty big hole to fill but I knew it would be perfect for a large laundry basket. If you have someone in your home that changes out of their work or school clothes almost immediately after coming home you may want to consider this option too.
I’m not even going to lie to you guys sometimes the struggle with paper clutter can be so hard especially when the receipts start piling up like crazy. We use a similar box system in our kitchen desk area and it works out great for us. We keep all of our business receipts in these boxes and go through them every month which makes it so much easier if our accountant has any questions throughout the year. I mean how convenient is lifting the lid and emptying the receipts from your pockets right? #noexcuses
The drawer holds things like remotes and electronics like an all-weather radio and a host of random gadgets I don’t understand.
This basket will be used for important meeting reminders, notes or cards that will be mailed.
The bottom drawers used to be filled with seasonal sweaters but we changed them out for comfortable clothes to change into after work like threadbare tee shirts and shorts that have probably been around since college.
I can’t wait to see how this TV armoire to wardrobe transition works out long term. I think it’s going to be great.
For now, I’m just excited not to have to spend the morning scrambling to find security badges and keys and phones.
You guys know my keys are in the pocket of my purse which is hanging on the hook in the entry because that’s how I roll…just saying…he he. I think I may have time for a second cup of coffee now!
See you guys back here tomorrow. You know those console tables that are covered with a weird orange pine stain? Well, my mom found one for the bedroom and I can’t wait to show you how we gave it a fresh new feel. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.