Sea Blue Armoire Chest with Black Glaze – Before & After

Armoire Chest in distressed Sea Blue with Black Glaze - Before & After. From Facelift FurnitureThis armoire chest is upstyled with paint, glaze and distressing.  It was spray primed white, and painted Sea Blue.

Black Glaze accents the detailed areas, with distressing revealing the primer and original wood tones.

The original pulls were spray painted black.

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Off White Chunky Clothing Armoire – Before & After

Off White Clothing Armoire Before & After

When this clothing armoire first caught my eye in a thrift store, I was reminded of how out-dated and undesirable a piece like this can appear. There’s not doubt this armoire was made with style in mind, but 30-40 years later, the dated appearance betrays that it’s best days are over.

Unless of course, you let your imagination go in an entirely different direction! I asked myself how it would look painted, glazed, and distressed. Was there a way to create a whole new look off of all the chunky and ornate molding? I decided so, and took the risk.

I refinished the armoire in Off White Tobacco Glaze was used to accent all the molding and ornate areas, and provide a weathered look to the entire piece. Glaze does wonders with bringing out the best in an old piece, and that certainly was the case with this armoire.

I kept the original vintage pulls, letting them provide a throw back to the piece’s original design.

Off White Chunky Armoire Top


Off White Chunky Armoire Side


Chunky Clothing Armoire – Before & After

Half the fun with upstyling old, dated, weary and worn furniture is seeing the potential.  A recent customer saw what could be done with this clothing armoire, and here are photos to show its transformation.

The armoire was painted Off-white, distressed, and with tobacco colored glaze accenting the detailed areas.  All original hardware retained.

More photos below…

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Distressed White Clothing Armoire

Distressed White Clothing Armoire. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.Tiffany & Ben purchased this great armoire on craigslist.  In place of the natural pine finish, they wanted it custom painted white with light distressing–which accentuated all the great detail.  An additional shelf later placed in the upper storage area provided even more storage.

The original hardware was also spray painted white.  The armoire is now part of their girls’ bedroom.  You can also find the finished armoire featured at That Village House.


Custom White Clothing Armoire open


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Custom Distressed Black Armoir

Last week, I finished up this custom armoire for friends who wanted extra toy storage for their children. Selecting from a piece we had available for custom painting, the large armoire cabinet was transformed from a light brown oak finish to satin black, both interor and exterior, with light distress marks.

The larger middle cabinet has a roll out shelf formerly used for a TV. The backing in this area was damaged, so we replaced it with plywood beadboard (see below). This provided as nice interior look, as well as the ability to add a bonus shelf mounted on brackets. The shelf was cut to allow the middle doors to still slide in, and made tall enough to allow for a laptop to set on the rolling shelf if this type of use was ever desired.

The shelf in the bottom cabinet also rolls out, which was great for accessing basket or containers for play items. And on the inside cabinet doors for both the middle and lower compartments, chalk board paint was applied for added versatility and fun for the children.

If you are interested in having a piece of furniture custom painted (yours or ours), please contact Jeff at 979-575-7627 or email at