I’ve been holding on to this old, cheap, laminate armoire that I’ve had since I was about 15. It’s moved from place to place with me and I always seem to find a place and use for it. When we moved to the farmhouse, I had nowhere to put it and it has been sitting in the shed for a year now, probably making a really nice home for spiders and other creepy crawly things. I had every intention of throwing it away, when I discovered yet another use for it in the new guest room.
I have a linen closet, but it is in the bathroom downstairs. It’s a great closet, but all of the bedrooms are upstairs and it would be so much handier if the sheets and extra blankets could also reside upstairs. Unfortunately all of the closets upstairs are already spoken for. If only I had an extra piece of furniture that could double as a tiny closet…..oh, wait I do!
This armoire had doors on it, but I got so excited about this project that I went ahead and removed them before I got any pics. I would have liked to keep the doors, but after years of moving this little guy around, the doors weren’t quite hanging right anymore and one would not stay shut. It would just randomly swing open by itself and scare the bejeezus out of me.
I wiped the whole thing down with a water and vinegar mixture to remove all of the dirt and grime and also any musty smells from sitting in storage for a year. After wiping everything down, I used Rustoleum Spray Primer and gave it a good coat. I hate priming, but using a spray primer makes the whole process quick and painless. Laminate furniture like this, really needs a good primer for the paint to stick to.
I decided on a fun, coral color for this piece. I love coral. I really wanted to paint a whole room this color, but the hubby wasn’t too crazy about the idea, so I compromised and used it for this instead. I like how it pops in the green guest room. It took about three good coats to get everything covered well.
Hollis decided to add her own artistic twist and put a footprint on one of my shelves while it was drying. She’s lucky it is such a sweet little footprint. The drawer on the bottom holds our extra sheets and pillow cases. I love that guests can easily see and access extra blankets as they need. If I ever find a nicer armoire for a good deal, I will probably replace this one. For now though, I’m really liking this one and being able to give it purpose for a little bit longer. I feel like I definitely got my $40 worth that I paid 18 years ago!