Painting & Distressing a Jewelry Armoire

And the winner of my face book “What color should I paint the dresser contest?” goes too…This was so easy…I hope you will try it with any piece of furniture you hate the color of. So many colors to choose from!!  Easy steps found below…


You can see before it was orangy wood.  I hated it the day I bought it, but I couldn’t find one I liked, so I settled.  They weren’t so popular back 10 years ago so I was worried I wouldn’t find one as cheap.I decided on antique white because I am so familiar with it after using it in our kitchen.  I also love the distressed look on white.  I kept the knobs, but used a little white paint to make them look distressed as well.


Me being very brave w/ only rags as drop cloths…I’ve done so much painting…I’ve earned the no drop cloth award.
See…I really do do my own work!  First I used the left over paint from the kitchen which has a primer in it and put one coat on.  The next day I spray painted it with 2 coats of a similar color.  What’s cool is that when you put oil spray paint over latex paint, it makes a cool rippled effect that looks crackled in spots.  My hubby shared that info with me after I did it.  Worked out well.
Make sure you use a mask when ever you spray paint, or sand anything!!!  It is best to spray paint outside.  I do it in my basement occasionally with a door open, but usually outside!
After it dried for 2 days, I had muscle dude Rick bring it up stairs so I could distress it.  I decided to try something different and faster than sand paper…I used an old knife.  Carefully!  Oh my, it was a cinch!  Not kidding!!!
If you try this…use the corners and moldings as a guide.
Just rough it up!  So fun to do…

Dab on a little for the knobs and wipe to what you like!
She’s ready for her jewels!
Since Mother’s Day is coming up…this ones for you Mom!
I love you!Do you remember these beautiful costume/fashion jewels your Mom (my Nano) wore to your wedding?  I will keep them safe for Daphne & Valerie I promise.

I thought my Grandma’s costume/fashion jewelry would look lovely on my husband’s Grandma’s tray.  Combining our everlasting love 🙂

You never know what you can come with if you just go for it!  My little Val helped me discover that the costume brooch can fit on the handle.(note:these are not real diamonds)
Very inexpensive way to pretty up any piece of furniture!
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4 Responses

  1. I love it, especially the bling on the knobs. Gorgeous, dahling!

  2. This came out absolutely LOVELY!! I love the Functionality of these Jewelry Armoire’s but not so much the look. I will be re-thinking that now!! LOVE it and the added Bauble to the Top drawer. 😉

  3. charlotte says:

    Beautiful work. Love the bauble knob, great ideas!

  4. Sherri says:

    I hope u can help me …. I am doing my very 1st total make over, I found a beautiful antique 5’ ( w/ top open) jewelry armoire @ goodwill and thought $6 it needs help but in my mind I can make it amazing.. It was missing a couple knobs and 2 handles so I tho I would fix it up but I ended up for my first project ever overwhelmed I hate this is long I’ll try to cut it back to the pony I took it all apart ( all hardware everything had to come out of the 9 total drawers and be sanded down and the replacement handles hav been obsolete apparently to had to wood fill holes the 2 side necklace openings were stained so I am at the pony to paint ) well started watching DIY videos and now since my first ever there r so so sooo many different colors, kinda of paints ( spray vs paint brushes) then transferring and what the name is u can do to the side of the inside drawers.. Lol sorry like I said it’s my very 1st piece but my problem is I don’t know how to get what’s in my head onto the wood or the best way and best or kinda of paints or transfers to use or how to do it plz any suggestions is greatly appreciated even if it’s donate it back to goodwill and cry …. redheadcandecorate from sooooovwryoverwhelmedoroutofmind…..Thx

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