Create a Bold Upcycled Armoire With Paint

Use a fresh color scheme and vibrant shades of pink to add new life to this functional piece of furniture.

What better way to add a pop of color to your space and revitalize a vintage piece of furniture than by upcycling an armoire into a thing of beauty? This project will help you tap into the new trend for global style with its emphasis on graphic shapes, artisanal details and items curated from around the globe by remaking a piece of furniture in a bold new way. Shades of cherry and soft pinks bring this armoire up to date. A lovely contrast of bold color on the outside and cooler color inside help give a custom look.

Materials Needed

  • screwdriver
  • tack cloth
  • medium grit sandpaper
  • water and detergent
  • paintbrush


Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Before: This vintage armoire has great bones but desperately needs some color to bring it into the 21st century. Luckily, we have just the right combo of soft pink inside and bright cherry outside to liven up this piece.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Remove all hardware from the armoire.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Remove all interior shelves from the armoire and once removed clean the shelves with detergent and water. Allow to dry.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Thoroughly clean the armoire with water and detergent. Once dry, lightly sand the armoire and remove all dust with a tack cloth.

Use your roller to paint the inside of the armoire with Sherwin-Williams Rose Colored SW 6303 paint which contains paint and primer in one so only one coat is needed [editor's note: if sanding down to bare wood, use primer]. Allow to completely dry.

Use a fresh roller to paint the exterior of the armoire with one coat of Sherwin-Williams Cherries Jubilee SW 6862. Use a paintbrush for detail work and to paint uneven surfaces. Allow to thoroughly dry.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

After: Bring in on-trend touches of global style to complement your armoire. Do like the designers, and place books with spines away from view to give a uniform look. Baskets in unusual shapes with geometric details and woven blankets help complete the look. Shop for graphic rugs and consider placing tropical plants in baskets for a modern, worldly vibe to beautifully complement your stunning *new* armoire.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

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