Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Yellow Painted Wardrobe

Don't you just love it when a project
turns out as you envisioned it in your head?

An ongoing project for me since last year
has been to lighten up my house a bit.
This is the view from the front door 
inside my entrance.

I know,
a lot of brown,
a lot of wood.

I have had this wardrobe for a long, long time.
Its size is perfect for its space
and since I do not have a coat closet
it is a great place to hang my coat.
It is a given for me that I will not be
painting the oak wood that is a part of the house
(i.e. stairs, room divider, woodwork, etc).

So, I have been debating painting the wardrobe
since last Spring when I painted the one above,
in my bedroom.
Yes, I'll do it.
No, better not.
Yes, no, yes, no.
I've gone back and forth for months.
About two weeks ago something popped up 
on my Facebook feed from HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Magazine,
titled something like "How to Make Your Home Look Happy."
One of the suggestions was to add a "pop of color" 
to your entrance.
That was the just the push I needed.

I love the mustard yellow background
in one of the fabrics of my window treatments.
That was the color I would go for.  
I found it in Lowe's Valspar, "Autumn Moon."
I also decided I was going to use chalk paint
since I had had good luck with it with my
other wardrobe.

My chalk paint inspiration is from Sherry at
She's the expert and you can get more info 
about the technique from her.

So last weekend, I finally took the plunge.
The wardrobe is a BIG piece of furniture,
so it would have to be painted inside.
I emptied it out, 
moved it away from the wall,
and spread plastic.
Here goes.

First coat on.
This is always the point when I think,
"Have I made a horrible mistake???"
Carry on and paint another coat.

Then came the "distressing."
This was the step that gave me the most anxiety
since I had not done it before.
However, I watched several You Tube videos and
stoked my courage.

I could not be more pleased.
My test of success is,
if I saw this piece in an antique store,
what would I think of it?
My answer,
"Wow, that piece would be PERFECT


Barbee' said...

Bingo! Perfect! Or, could that be because yellow is my favorite color? I like the way it brings out the lighter highlights in the house's woodwork.

NanaDiana said...

Susan- I think that looks WONDERFUL. That is almost the color I painted our little downstairs sitting room. It is such a happy color. Love how it turned out on your armoire- xo Diana

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

You did a wonderful job and I think you were right to follow your instinct of adding a pop of color. Though I love the cottage bungalow style of your home, I am also in love with the new look of your wardrobe. Perfect!

Jenny said...

It turned out nicely. I'm always hesitant to paint old oak. xo Jenny

Unknown said...

That is lovely, just lovely. Hats off to you for taking the plunge! said...

Turned out great! I love the new look, wow...I am about to paint an old secretary, it's scary! I hope my result is as good as yours!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Yes, yes, yes! Good decision. It does so much for the entry. And I'm so relieved you're not going to paint the woodwork. It's gorgeous and there's so much you can do to brighten up your spaces, as you did with the wardrobe. You're on it! -- Nancy

Lulu said...

Quite a job you did giving the wardrobe a whole new look. It's definitely a more standout piece among the darker wood tones.

Marie-Interior Frugalista said...

So much better - it makes such a statement and adds some Pow to your entrance. Great job! I found you over at the Make It Pretty Monday party.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW That piece is perfect for your entry and it's makeover is FABULOUS!! So light and bright...I love it!

Susan @ SunflowerHugs said...

Total success! You picked the perfect pop color and it looks amazing in the entry!

Kim said...

Love, Love, Love!!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love your wardrobe, and it looks even better painted! We've live in an old home with dark woodwork (not as detailed as yours) and I've been trying to lighten things up, too. Your home is gorgeous!

Visiting from WOW.

Anonymous said...

It is indeed wonderful when the project you have in your head turns out to match that idea in your head once it's finished! It looks awesome even though at first I was thinking, "I really like the wood" you made the right choice to paint it and the perfect color! You done good girlfriend :D

Scribbler said...

I think your wardrobe turned out fantastically well - - good for you!

Art and Sand said...

I absolutely love your yellow cabinet. I have a yellow cabinet on my porch and it always makes me smile.

Our house is full of color and many people refer to it as "the happy house".

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I just saw this featured on CLH...
I had to see it!
I love the color you've chosen to brighten your entry.
It turned out great. AND! you've added just the right amount of distressing. Not over-done.
Don't you just love You-tube?!
nice to meet you, Pat

Unknown said...

So in love with this! It is one of my picks for Give Me The Goods!! Be sure to come by and grab your feature button!!

Amber @
Averie Lane

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