Jewelry Armoire Makeover

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This oak jewelry armoire was beautiful in its day, but came to me in bad need of a makeover.  It belonged to my niece, but she was moving to a new apartment and decided to part with it.  Between the missing (and I found out, broken) hardware and the dirty fabric lining, I had to come up with some creative solutions.

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The Crazy Cinnamon Technique

To start, I washed it well with White Lightning, and vacuumed out the fabric interior.  Since I was replacing the hardware, I also filled the holes with Dixie Belle mud in brown. 

I had seen another furniture painter do a technique, which I dubbed “the crazy cinnamon technique” in my head and I couldn’t wait to try it myself.

For Katy Scott’s original Youtube video, check it out here.  For my version, you can check out the Facebook Live video here

I started by painting a coat of In the Navy all over it, including some of the interior.  Once it was dry, using a chip brush I pounced some turquoise paint (The Gulf) around the edges of the top.  I then did the same thing with a burnt orange paint (Rusty Nail).  I came back over it with more In the Navy, blending the wet colors together a little bit, but still with a pouncing motion.

Then came the texture and the delicious smell!  I dipped the brush into some cinnamon and pounced that right over the paint.  It was very easy to achieve an industrial vibe with these products and technique.

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Adding a Transfer & Gilding Wax

Since this was a feminine piece being for jewelry storage, I wanted to play that up and add some florals.  That’s partially why I left the center areas of my sides and doors smooth.  I chose leftover bits and pieces of Imperial Garden and Rose & Rouge and applied them on the sides and front doors by rubbing them on.  I almost always cut up my transfers, so I can make a more custom look versus using the whole thing as one big picture.

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By this point, I was loving the industrial and feminine combination for this jewelry armoire.  I chose a gilding wax in copper to accent the trim and hardware, and really pop against the navy.  I applied it with a little artist’s brush, and it didn’t take long at all.

To seal everything, I painted on a coat of Clear Coat in flat finish. 

On the drawers, I added these little catalog pulls from D Lawless.  The door hardware was a bit of a nightmare.  The knob on the right side door was missing when I got the piece, but when I went to screw in a new one, I found out the old one was actually broken off inside the door.  Luckily my husband was able to drill it out, and I had 4 somewhat matching tiny knobs in my stash.  I gilded them with copper as well before screwing them on.

Lining the Drawers

The fabric-lined drawers were still pretty stained and dirty even after being vacuumed, so I pulled out the fabric on some of them.  I needed to replace them with something pretty thick, since glue and texture were left behind. 

I’ve had a textured wallpaper roll for years, thinking I would find some awesome use for it, and now I finally have!  I cut the paper to size for each drawer and painted them in various colors I pulled from the floral transfers – Apricot, Tea Rose, and The Gulf.  This was easier to do before it was installed in the drawers. 

I stuck the paper down in the drawers and bottom shelves using Gator Hide as the glue, painting it on both the drawer bottom and the paper bottom for a good bond.  You could use Mod Podge instead if you prefer.

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Here are the products I used.

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If you like this jewelry armoire makeover, you might like this out-of-the-box technique as well.  Leave me a Comment and let me know if you like this industrial feminine look or have any questions.

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3 thoughts on “Jewelry Armoire Makeover”

  1. I loved every little thing that you did to revitalize that piece of furniture, amazing! I’m a big fan of flowers also and I loved your idea of cutting them apart and making them your own. What a beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing.


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