Today, we’re sharing how to transition a TV armoire to a functional wardrobe makeover.
Several years ago, I decided to take an unused TV armoire and turn it into a wardrobe as part of the Master Bedroom Makeover for the One Room Challenge.
At the time, the mess (not mine, of course ?) was really getting to me. I value organized spaces as much as I value chocolate cake.
I knew there had to be a way to give the armoire a new purpose and make it fully functional though.
Besides, almost every morning I would hear some version of the following questions:
- “Have you seen my keys?”
- “I swear I just had my phone, have you seen it?”
- “I’m running late, help me find my backpack, wallet and security badge, ok?”
Transitioning a TV Armoire to a Functional Wardrobe Makeover
The TV armoire was in great shape, but the woodgrain was very dark and no longer fit our style. It also matched the rest of the bedroom furniture and as you guys know, one thing always leads to another and
So, we decided to give it a budget friendly makeover by painting it in Valspar English Tea Party.
Then I took everything out and organized the TV armoire into a functional wardrobe with baskets and boxes.
I also reorganized the bottom two drawers and made them into a one-stop after work dressing station by housing the most comfortable clothes there.
In addition, I placed a large basket inside the wardrobe for dirty clothes which made it super easy to take to the laundry room.
This system worked really well for years.
That Was Then, This Is Now
But once we decided to give the master bedroom a refresh, I knew the TV armoire we had turned into a functional wardrobe as well as the matching nightstand would have to be painted.
We chose the color Primitive Chalky Paint by Americana Decor. But before we started painting, we had to use 2 coats of Zisser 123 Primer first.
I’ve been painting furniture for years now, there is always a point where I wonder if I’ve seriously messed up though.
This would be that point ?
If you’re new to painting, you might feel that way too so, here’s a post on chalk painting furniture 101 that might be helpful.
2 coats of Primitive later, the transitioned TV armoire to a functional wardrobe makeover had a fresh new look.
Next I replaced the hardware. I chose the same knobs we’re using on the desk in the bedroom office space. They were on sale from Hobby Lobby and very affordable.
While I was at it, I also decided to lighten up the inside of the armoire too with the same shiplap inspired paper we used to update the display cabinet.
While this is not a long-term solution, it was a simple refresh that made a fun difference.
Since I first transitioned TV armoire to a functional wardrobe a few years ago, our organizational needs have changed a bit.
Yet the basic system for this piece hasn’t changed much at all.
We’re still using a mix of boxes and baskets for things like receipts, grab and go masks, a place to hold random (but necessary, I hear) computer cables, jump drives and sentimental items like birthday cards.
Things to Keep In Mind When Transitioning a TV Armoire to a Functional Wardrobe
If you’re considering doing something similar think about how you can make things as functional as possible.
For example, if you were to stand in this spot in the afternoons or after work, you’d be able to:
- find a place to empty your pockets
- keep everyday items organized
- find things that are easily lost like earbuds
- utilize a charging station
- have a designated spot for your laptop and tablet
- change into comfortable clothes
- have a spot for dirty clothes
I think sometimes we think organization has to be complicated or expensive.
And while, at times that might be true, I hope this transitioned TV armoire to a functional wardrobe makeover helps you to look at your organizational systems and the pieces of furniture you already have at home differently.
There are lots of ways to keep the spaces in your home neat and tidy. You just have to think out of the box sometimes.
Let us know if you’ve painted anything recently and how you’re organizing things at home!
*This post was updated on May 13, 2020; Original post date May 2017)
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