I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels lately. Working on bits and pieces and not finishing anything! So today I am more than pleased to declare one project officially finished!
We have had this entertainment armoire for at least 15 years. I know that it probably makes me very old school, out of fashion, behind trend…. whatever you want to call it – but I still love this piece of furniture!
I couldn’t find a before picture, but this is a close match to it’s original finish.
Last summer, after a grueling trip to the bottom of the driveway, I started it’s transformation.
(It’s reeeealllly heavy. Kevin has wished on several occasions that we would unload this beast. He has moved it into 4 different houses. And to the bottom of the driveway. And back. :))
I started with primer of course (one that I just found out Sherwin Williams no longer sells! It was called Adhesion Primer and it was wonderful. Why oh why would you stop selling it SW???)
Then I painted it with SW Cool Blue. (Sorry no pictures – this was all done last summer, pre-blog.)
I made a glaze with black paint and furniture glaze, brushed it on and wiped it off. Pretty standard. Followed by lots of sanding to rough it up.
We decided not to use the original doors. The best thing about the doors was that they could slide competely inside of the cabinet when you wanted to watch tv. The bad thing was that they limited the size of the tv you could fit – they took up at least 3 inches of space on both sides of the cabinet. Our current television just fit with the doors hidden, but it was very difficult to slide the doors back out so the cabinet could be shut.
So Kevin decided (or did I beg him?? I can’t remember…) to make new doors for the cabinet. Ones that would open completely so that the doors lay flat along the outside of the cabinet.
Instead of a solid door, we used a section of metal screen that I spray painted Rustoleum’s Dark Bronze (to match the hinges).
It doesn’t completely hide the gigantic old television that’s inside.
But I sooooo love this armoire. Who needs a giant flat screen when you have this???
(Besides Kevin, that is??? ;))