When my ridiculously cute nephew was born, I gave my sister a couple chests of drawers for the nursery. They fit perfectly in his room… but it left just one problem. Where would my clothes go? Well, truth be told… for the last 6+ months they’ve been on the floor in laundry baskets. Now you see why I never show you photos of my bedroom!
I’ve had this armoire in my shed for a while now, trying to decide what to do with it. I knew I wanted it in my room… and I knew I wanted shelves… but what I DIDN’T know was how to “non-invasively” add them. (I think I make up at least one word a day…) It’s a great piece with tons of charm. It still has the original mirrors and even a KEY to open the side door. LOVE! I wanted to give it a little more “me” though… new knobs maybe? Maybe something more?
After brainstorming with my Dad (who offered several great suggestions!), I decided to get some metal shelving strips from Lowes to make shelving on the right side.
- I bought 2 pieces of 6′ strips
- I marked each one dead-center
- Then I used my trusty hack-saw to cut them in half.
- GNAW might be a more accurate word for my hack-saw technique. (Don’t look at that step, Dad. You WON’T be impressed)
I measured from the top and marked where each strip should go. Then I just started adding screws! I used the smallest screws possible to minimize the damage to this great piece.
Next up…. the shelves.
I had plywood cut into strips at Lowes and then cut my individual shelves at home with a circular saw. (Don’t be scared ladies… circular saws are our friends!)
- I had 2 rolls of contact paper left over from my kitchen cabinets… might as well use them!
- I cut my piece and then carefully peeled back the contact paper.
- To be honest… the edges weren’t holding. Frown town. What did I do? PACKING TAPE! I just added a couple strips on the underside. Don’t judge… no one will ever see it. Unless YOU tell them to bend over and look!
- Tuh-Dah! All done!
For now I’ll have 4 shelves on the right and the cubby space on the left. Oh yeah… I also cut a piece of plywood for the cubby space. I wanted everything to feel so fresh and so clean, so clean!
I don’t have pictures of this next part… but it’s pretty self-explanatory. I carried all the drawers inside and lined them with the same contact paper. I also swapped out the knobs for some fun cast-iron knobs I found 50% off at Hobby Lobby. (…and for any purists out there, shaking your head that I removed the old knobs… don’t worry, I kept them in a zip-loc bag for safe-keeping!
………..and I did one other thing. That, if you ask me, is the ICING on the cake. The cherry on top. The pop that it needed! I used cast iron numbers from Hobby Lobby to give this piece a little more “me”. I hated to drill holes in the drawers though… it is an antique after all. So what did I do? 3M strips! I bought the small poster strips, but they were still a bit wide so I just trimmed them down. Easy breezy.
Ok… Time to spill it. I hope you love it! This first pic is “unstaged”… and then I started having fun throwing props (and a dog) into the pictures. Enjoy!
….and with a few accessories from around the house….
…a closer look at the numbers (my favorite part!)…
Well, What do you think?!
Hi Quinn! How nice of you to show up for the photo shoot. Funny how you have a way of doing that!
I hope you guys like the armoire. I’m still settling in. Can’t believe just how much storage it offers! I actually sold my headboard/footboard/big dresser/nightstand today… so I’m relying on this armoire to pack some serious storage! …and in case you’re wondering why I sold everything… well, I want to MAKE a headboard! The pieces I sold were a matching set and I’ve been craving more of a “found” look.
Can’t wait to show you guys the process along the way! If you scroll back up, you’ll see my mattresses in the armoire mirror reflection. They’re totally sitting on the floor right now. I don’t even have a bed frame! Eeep!
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I’ll be sharing a recipe I tried this weekend in the next day or so. It is tuh-die for. Melt in your mouth good and laughably easy.
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