Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A "New" Armoire for $15

Patience isn't usually my strongest attribute; I will say it paid off in this circumstance!  I had been looking for an armoire for months, but they were always so expensive.  I found this at Goodwill for only $15!

Even the lady working there didn't believe it was only $15... she thought the sticker must have said $75 so she looked it up in the computer system.

Yep!  $15!!!  Now, it didn't start out looking like this.  It was a crazy light peachy colored wood; I just knew it would need to be painted.

I don't have any before pics (they were all lost on the great external hard drive wipe out of 2012).  You'll just have to trust me that it was UG-LY!

I primed it and painted it with a light gray.  Then I glazed it with an espresso-colored glaze and sealed it with Modern Masters dead flat varnish.  That stuff is the best!  It completely knocks down the sheen yet makes the surface durable (and washable).

I contemplated changing the hardware, but I ended up liking it after living with it for a while.  Maybe one day I'll switch it out

Are you ready to see the inside?  It isn't pretty...

I told you.  But for $15, it will do for now!  AND we just got a new TV so we took the sad little guy out of there.  You can hardly see the gaping hole in the back now.

Here are a couple more pics

you can see the paint coming off a little here from wear and tear over the course of the last year, but I think it gives it more character

See?  I told you that peachy color was bad.

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  1. What a find! And what a great job you did! It looks so beautiful!

  2. it looks fabulous, jamie! nice job and great deal! :)

  3. I had no idea you only paid $15 for that AND that you painted it!! Looks great! Goodwill is so random with their prices.

  4. Looks like it turned out great! And that's why you have those things, so you can hide little dinky TVs (well now you got a big one, it doesn't matter but...it can still hide all your other junk) :)
    I really like the color you choose too!

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  5. I love your blog so much that I decided to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Stop on over to pick it up! Great job, and keep up the great work!

  6. Just add thin sheet of plyboard to the back of the unit~ you can even cover it in a cool fabric or wallpaper for fun!

  7. That is so awesome. A great deal is not wasted on a great person! Your shot of the small tv in the armoire showed the original color, you're right u.g.l.y.. But now it's g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!

  8. what a great buy! It turned out beautiful. I love the color you used!

  9. Wow, this looks great! A friend gave me this exact cabinet and I was planning on painting it but then I found another great piece that a friend was selling so I gave it to someone else. Maybe I should have kept it! ;)

  10. You got a steal!! I've never seen an armoire that cheap. And your makeover is beautiful!

  11. You got sooo lucky...Im searching for armoire for months now I never found one less than 170$ and you did an amazing job

  12. What a brilliant bargain! You are the bargain hunter supreme, it looks just fabulous!

  13. Man, $15!! That is awesome! I love the color you chose! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius Link Party!

    Happy Thursday!

  14. I can't believe the deal you got at Goodwill! The transformation looks great!

  15. Great find and great transformation, Jamie! Love the color!

  16. I really like the refinish job - love it!!!!

  17. You got a steal! The color is beautiful. Nice job!

    Have a great weekend!

  18. Shut the front door! Fifteen dollars?????? WOW! THAT is the best deal I've EVER heard of, Jamie!!! I, too, have been looking for an armoire like this for my studioffice to store my craft supplies in. Guess I'll have to keep an extra close eye on my local GW!!! Beautiful job on this!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  19. I can't believe it was just $15! That is crazy! At my thrift store here, it would have been easily 100 even if it was really ugly! You found a great piece and it looks awesome!
    I would love if you came by my Creative Inspiration linky party happening NOW to link it up!
    I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. That looks like a cabinet I saw at back in the '90s. It was a honey pine color, so an orangy color, that was really popular back then. I always regretted not buying it, because the shape was so nice... I had forgotten about it, but now I'm regretting it again after seeing your fantastic makeover of it!!!! LOVE!!!

    Loribeth @ small-moments-blog.blogspot.com

  21. what an incredible find!

    hope you'll stop by my blog where i'm hosting a great giveaway:



  22. Wow, what a great makeover and practically free!
    I love it. I'll have to try that varnish.
    Came over from Funky Junk.
    Have a great Easter,

  23. Love the color, the grey is just perfect. Thank you for sharing! -K

  24. Amazing deal! Now it looks like a million bucks. :)

  25. Gorgeous! It's going in the Spotlight at the PoPP this weekend. LOVE the gray you picked & $15... wow!

  26. If only I could be that lucky. What an amazing find. Secondly, you did an awesome job transforming that beautiful piece. Even the armoire looks happy. I just read on another blog where they found a cabinet that did not have a bag and added bead board then painted it a contrasting colour (If you are looking to close it up) and really was lovely. This is such a wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.


  27. WOW! Great find, great price, great job on the makeover!!!!

    btw a girlfriend of mine used a piece of fabric to cover the missing back of a cabinet she found. It looks awesome - you could try burlap or something like that as a temporary fix.

    Love your new piece!


  28. $15?! Wow! And your transformation, as always, is amazing. What a great find!

  29. What an amazing find!!! And...you did a great job with it as well! As a co-host with Ginger @ Ginger Snap Crafts I'm doing a feature post, and I'm featuring your armoire if you wish to check me out @ http://chronicchristiancrafter.blogspot.com.

  30. What a BEAUTIFUL job...and what a great find...love those kind of deals and what you did with it is amazing

  31. What a stunner and showstopper :) Very nice restyle!

  32. $15?? I would have snatched that up too! Great find and even better re-do.
    What kind of glaze do you use? I love the look it gives. Great job!

  33. This was so great I had to feature as part of my link party wrap up . Please feel gree to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like.

  34. What a great transformation. GREAT job!

  35. $15!!!!!!!! I can't believe that!!!! Great find and great redo!

    Robin @

  36. This is beautiful! This is probably the best deal of the year!

  37. Wow! What a great find AND a great paint job. It looks great!

  38. whoa! great price on your armoire! nothing is ever that cheap around these parts! You did a fabulous job, glad you held out for the perfect piece.
    thanks for sharing at catch as catch can.

  39. Great find! I am on the lookout for one too. So much you can do with them. Love your paint finish choice.


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