It’s Mondayyyyyyyyyyy and I’ve got farmhouse on the mind. I’m so excited to get in there and start making it home, but we’ve got a bit until we settle so until then, I’ll have to get creative.
One thing I can work on right now though is, creating “closet space” for the kids rooms. Because of the age of the house, the rooms don’t have closets but we still have stuff that needs to be hung up. In place of closets, welcome, Armoire. Dawsyn’s room in particular has a “nook” that would work perfectly for an armoire.
I looked on Facebook marketplace and found one for $245 but that was more than I wanted to spend. So I kept looking and then found another that looked just like the first but for $99! It needed some work, no doubt. But I’m up for the challenge. 😉 I went to my fav hardware store, Ace Hardware to get my supplies.
My plan is to strip the paint off, sand a bit, paint it white, distress it, & wallpaper the inside.
So first, I sprayed Citristrip allllll over the furniture. Anywhere that was that existing blue color got sprayed. Then, I let it sit for like 30 minutes. When i went back out to the garage all the paint was bubbly and ready to scrap. It was so satisfying in a “peeling sunburn” kinda way. If you know, you know. Kyle even had fun scraping it off. My tip now that I’ve used it is, be very generous with it. The thicker you apply it, the easier it is to get the paint off. Also, after you use the painter stripper, you then need to use a paint stripper wash.. Which I was unaware of. So I had to make another trip to the store.. in my comfy Sunday clothes. Stripping paint is also not for the faint of heart, it was time consuming to say the least. Not saying I’ll never do it again, because I probably will. Just a word of warning.
After all the stripping was done, I made sure it was really dry and got all the bitty pieces of paint off that was stuck. Then it was time to paint! I used my favorite chalked paint by Rustoleum. It says it will cover in one coat, but I usually add 2-3 just for really good coverage. I did two coats on Sunday and let it dry overnight. Mid-day Monday I added another coat but it kept yellowing as it would dry. I thought that maybe the stain was coming through the paint since chalk is absorbent. So, to remedy that, I sprayed it lightly with the Rustoleum top coat to kinda “seal” the stain so it wouldn’t keep coming through. I don’t know if this was the correct way to fix it but it did! I added one more coat of paint (which is good because this was the last of it.)
Now that the whole thing is painted. It’s time to sand. I got a fine grit, hand sanding block with narrow, tapered edges to get into the little nooks. I distressed it along edges and where things would naturally get dinged up as it ages. Did i mention this piece was from the 40’s? I love me some chippy paint and distressing. (heart eyes)
How cute does she look now?! Get used to seeing her because I’m not done yet. Next up, WALLPAPER! Are you excited yet?! Wanna know a secret? (It’s going to match Dawsie’s room.) Think beadboard and more wallpaper. Oh yeahhhhh, wallpaper is making its comeback and I am here for it! 😉
Go check out my instagram for video step by step of the tutorial!
Until next time,