Vintage Wardrobe Closet

Hi Friends! I have tons of projects I’ll be sharing since I’ve had to buckle down and get a TON done for the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market this coming Saturday!

So the next couple days I will be posting a few of the pieces that will be there!  Hopefully you can all make it out to shop!

Sooo, I picked up this vintage wardrobe closet last November! I can’t even believe that I’ve had it sitting in my house for a WHOLE year! I have to admit this piece took a a LONG while to speak to me . . . I really couldn’t figure exactly what I wanted to do it???

Funny story . . . a couple months ago I was on a flight home from Washington. I found myself reading the airline magazine and suddenly I saw this picture and BAM! It hit me… I didn’t know EXACTLY how I was going to execute it… but I now had a look in mind!!

here’s the beginning of the journey . .  a year ago when I purchased it.

So I whipped up my very own chalk paint and painted the entire thing white . . .

As I was reading this airline magazine, this photo of this lantern caught my eye…
I absolutely loved the colors!! (Sorry about the lame phone picture..)

Right then it hit me… Wardrobe Closet here I come!


So I borrowed a stencil from my good friend Julia! BTW.. you should check out her page
as she does some amazing furniture  refinishes!! In Joy Decor 

So here I started with Grey Paint around the base of the crown moulding,
and I chose a teal blue color for the stencil pattern . . .

This was challenging trying to get all the recessed panels stenciled! If you’ve ever worked with a stencil before its a very stop & go process. Every time you paint the stencil, you basically have to let the paint dry before you can apply the stencil again due to the “wet edge”. So needless to say this piece was VERY TIME CONSUMING!

So as I waited for the stencil to dry each time, I continued painting a majority of the areas grey . . .
and for the crown and all the trim I went with a Navy Blue . . .
almost there!!!

All Done!!!

Here you can see some distressing details (after the entire piece was completely painted)
along with some antiquing glaze on top of the grey and white areas . . .

Ta daaaa!! Thanks awesome lantern for the inspiration!!

What do you think??


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  • Julie - Very very cool! How long did that take you? I wish I had time to do something cool to all my bedroom furniture & dining set.ReplyCancel

    • Ruthie - Thanks Julie! If I added all the time I spent on it, It probably took me One week! But I literally worked on it here there over the last 3 months!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - You are talented, love the inspiration and think the piece turned out absolutely beautiful. I am in the process of trying to get a furniture painting/finishing business going cause my hubbie says my furniture hoard has been waiting on me too long. I just saw this post in my e-mail and it has given me the jumpstart I need to get going! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Ruthie - OMG! Thank you!! Such a huge compliment!! How exciting starting your own refinishing business!! I wish you all the best and please keep me posted! I would love to follow you and see your work! 😉ReplyCancel