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Sunday, January 15, 2012

I'm Taking the Challenge

It's the "Imagine the Impossibilities" Challenge.  You can learn more about it at Thistlewood Farm.

My "Impossibility" is a plain, little, old armoire that I really love and have wanted to do something with forever!  But I have not known what to do with it.  It sits in my living room and will continue to.  Here is the first photo.

I think it's made of pine or maybe fir, because the wood grain is not very pretty, so I'm not concerned about keeping the wood look.  In other words I will gladly paint it.
Okay, the setting.  It's in my living room against a wall that will soon, along with the other walls in the living room, be a soft creamy white much like the arm of my couch that is visible in the foreground.  And lastly, there's wood trim in the living room.

My inspiration is this armoire in the background below:


I want my husband to add molding to the top like this one has.  I think mine would look good like that.

Or this one:

I would love to distress it heavily like this. I would love to put shelves in it, too.
Or paint it dark grey and replace the mirrors with glass like the one below?

Or maybe I should leave it wood, just refinish it.


Please tell me what you think when you leave a comment.  I'm very interested in hearing your opinions.  I only have until the end of the month to have it done.

Today is my youngest grandson's birthday, he turned 
five!  Happy Birthday little man!
I'm joining Mod Mix Monday.



Just in case you've forgotten what it looks like! :)


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your cabinet is beautiful, Cindy...and I think either option would be gorgeous in your space! It just depends on the look you are going for! Its a fun challenge...and has me finally finishing up my entryway space for it!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Hello sweet friend!

I am so excited that you are participating in the challenge! I really like the distressed look. I gave you a shout out on the blog tomorrow!


Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Cindy, your armoire is pretty as is but I like the look of painted and distressed pieces. I'm not very good at giving advice on redoing furniture. It takes me forever to decide what to do when I have a piece to work on. I'm sure there will be many good ideas from our blogger friends. Good luck!--------Shannon

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy and happy birthday to your little grandson!
Now that is a pretty armoire. I'm a color sort of person myself, but the options you've shown - any of them would look pretty! I know you'll make it beautiful!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pondside said...

That's a great project. I'll probably be the odd one out here, but I like the dark blue/grey paint, not distressed. I know that the white, chippy paint look is very au courant, but I think it is limiting on a big piece. I think this would look great in a colour other than white.

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for your comments on my last post! This is an excellent project to tackle! It's a great piece to paint, so I would definitely paint it and distress it. I would keep the mirrors in because they create light within the room as well as visual interest, and I think I would have an elaborate wooden moulding on the top. Adding lovely tassles to the keys in the armoire also give it a very antique feel. Good luck Cindy!

Miranda said...

Hi Cindy, what a fun project. I really like the first inspiration photo. But any would be lovely. I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Looks like you have a wonderful direction brewing in your mind!! Love all the inspiration pieces you have chosen. I'm looking forward to seeing your "impossibility"!! blessings ~ tanna

Betty said...

Hello Cindy!
What a big job! But I think you are up to the challenge, going by what you have already achieved this year!
I'm not a fan of the distressed look. I really like the glass doors and the dark grey colour. But, it would have to go with your room, so maybe the colour of the last one would suit better. I think the moulding on the top will look great.
Happy fifth birthday to your dear grandson. I wonder if he will start school this year. My five year old granddaughter commences school in early February.


Cindy, my favourite is picture number 2!


Anne said...

I have an old oak armoire that I want to change up as well and I have the same dilemma! Can't wait to see what you choose to do. (I'm no help at all since I love all the pictures you included)

Sheila said...

I know whatever version of inspiration you choose you will enjoy the change. This challenge will be just the thing to prevent cabin fever from setting in. Have fun Cindy!

Jenifer said...

Love it!

Linda M. said...

Hi Cindy, It is hard to decide, isn't it? I think I like the dark gray color and add some molding to the top. Leave the mirrors but if possible divide the mirror sections and cover the bottom of the mirrors with some kind of finish and leave the top sections as mirrors. Perhaps a trim could be added around the mirrors. One of the white pieces in your example photos has doors like I'm trying to explain. Oh, I'd better stop. Good luck and have fun. Warmly, Linda
PS. I'm a new follower, I just have to come back to see more. You are a brave woman.

Sue said...

Good morning Cindy, I love your new challenge and I am glad it is you that has to make the final decision. :) I love the distressed white but a color would really make it pop out if you are repainting your walls a lighter color. Definitely add the molding! I have a plain bookshelf I have often thought about redoing - I have seen molding glued on and it totally changes the whole look. Dresses it right up! But.... I don't think that I have the tools for the corners - (my excuse).
Congratulations to Nate’s mom – she has managed to make it through his first five years so I am confident she will make it through the rest of his life!
xoxo Sue

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Cindy. I love your vintage armoir. I think if your walls are going to be lighter then perhaps paint the armoir a soft grey so it doesn't blend in. I like the idea of adding molding to it and perhaps removing the mirrors and adding glass and shelves inside. It would be great display space! Are you painting the woodtrim in your room as well? I'm sure whatever you decide it will look great as it's a great piece! Have fun and I can't wait to see the finished project. Hugs, Pamela

Honey Bend Vintage said...

I think anyway you go will be bautiful. I can hardly wait to see!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I love the white ones with the weathered look. I can totally see that in your home. It is a beautiful piece.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

I can't wait to see your walls painted cream! I've enjoyed the warm glow of your current color but I can imagine how lovely the cream will look too. I'm probably not the one to give advice since I love wood pieces especially with your wood trim and cream walls. But painted pieces are pretty too and you do know how to beautify your things. I have my first painted piece, a dresser in the foyer which I haven't shown yet. I'm really loving it.
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I really like the second makeover photo and I also like the idea of adding molding on the top of your cabinet. It will be fun to see your piece transform.


Thank you for your kind words of sympathy -- they were very comforting to me.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Whatever you decide will be great but I have to say I love the cream. So soft and I know you will breath new life into it. Could you use the chalk paint recipe like you used on your other cabinet? Good luck on this challenge!

Eclectically Vintage said...

So happy you are in for our challenge!! Love the distressed inspiration pics - the bar armoire looks good (or maybe I'm just attracted to all the booze inside)! Can't wait to see the end result. And a happy b-day to your grandson!

camp and cottage living said...

A discloser: I am in no way a decorator. However, I do love the first two options best. I really like the two tones on the first one, just for contrast.
I do have to say in following you-I think whatever your opinion is, will be the best one. Your home is so lovely and your recent changes warrant an A-plus. I have a wood armoire I would love to paint, but I think DH would lay an egg if I did!

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely piece; can't wait to see what you decide to go with. I have really enjoyed my first visit to your blog. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Gail said...

Hi Cindy, what a beautiful piece of furniture and such beautiful inspiration pictures. Whatever you decide, it will no doubt be gorgeous! Hugs and enjoy your day, Gail

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Cindy, I love this piece and I have a piece in my den that I am considering painting also...I would paint it and distress is...I love that look and I think it would fit beautifully in your gorgeous home. As for color, I might would paint it a soft tone to add a little pop against the creamy walls....and stand out. I definitely think the moulding around the top is a great idea!

Can't wait to see what you decide :)

Lou Cinda

Shabby soul said...

Darling Cindy first of all Happy birthday to your little grandson!
I absolutely love the first armoire you show as inspiration: cream and pale aqua blue is simply and fab!
...May be it will be also my inspiration!
Hugs my sweet friend and good job!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Hi Cindy..
Gosh your samples made this a tough choice, they are all so pretty as is your piece in its original state.
I guess sample no. 1 would be what I'd love if it were going to be in my living room but since you said it will be staying where it is, it needs to be done in whatever way would look best in your room.
I'm following you now so I'm excited to see what you decide.
I have no doubt it will be Beautiful..
thanks for visiting me so I could come here and see your blog.

nannykim said...

AWWw, I am disappointed that you are going to change your wall color! I love the soft yellow--it is so happy and I love it with the contrasting white on the couch (I think it is a couch--I just see a peak of it). I am living with a creamy white and I get so tired of it....yet my hubby prefers it. So I just have to think of other ways to add punches of color lol. So I look at other bloggers' rooms that have color and feel it by osmosis !
As far as the hutch thing--they all look good. I have mixed feelings on leaving the wood and painting it. I have some really pretty ugly bedroom furniture that is wood---but I do like the woodsie feel it gives me. It makes me feel like I am in a forest, or at a cabin or some such thing. I think you need to go with how you want to feeeeeeel! What feeeeeeelings do you want it to provoke in you. ;-)

podso said...

The cabinet is lovely and full of possibilities! I like the white color, distressed, or a gray ... the glass would be nice, new hardware, and trim for sure. The mirror would help make the room look larger, but I like the glass too,

The bottom line is you have a lot to play with here and I know you will make it look lovely, you always do! Looking forward to seeing what it will be like!

m said...

That cabinet will look lovely when you're finished with it. The molding around the mirror would be easy to do.

Ana said...

Oh what a fun challenge Cindy. Your inspiration pics are all very pretty. I think painting the armoire and adding the molding around the mirror will look absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see it done. And I know that there is another project I've been waiting to see done...I think you posted about it in the last posting...Can't wait to see it.

Hugs and Kisses,

Lisa said...

I have an armoire very similar to yours that I redid in Milk paint. I took out the mirrors and added screens.
I also just redid another armoire in paintable wallpaper. I just love redoing armoires.. so many possibilities!
Have fun with it

By Nela said...

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

I love armoires. They are so versatile. Yours looks to have good bones and I think a little dressing up would make it look so pretty.
I think adding molding to the top is a great idea. And I think painting it is a great idea also. I agree with several others that painting it a different color (something soft) other than the wall color would do best.
As far as style, I love the one with the molding around the mirrors and I love the finish on it. I also love the last one with the curtains. Both are very similar. If you decide to go with curtains, you might consider a sheer type curtain. I have them in my pantry doors and LOVE them. You can see them here:
Decisions, decisions! I know you'll do a great job and can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

Shabby Marilyn said...

This is a project with a lot of choices for sure! I would take the mirrors off myself. Depending on what you are putting inside, to show or not to show?
Glass, chicken wire, or even burlap curtains with a distressed paint color for the outside. Shelves inside. Even Paint drop cloth for curtains gathered at top and bottom, could work. Your Hall tree makeover was good, so have fun!

Terry said...

Hi Cindy! Say thanks for leaving the comment about some different ways to decorate the top of my hutch. I am in love with the heavily distressed cabinet that is holds the alchol...super pretty..hopefully your hubby is on board..many times they don't understand our need to change things, do they? I do have a linky party every weekend, if you have some time - I'd love to have you come on over and link up! Take care!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...yes...add the molding and then paint it. It will be so pretty! I have an armoire that I plan on painting white too. I just saw those little mice at hte bottom of your darling!

anthony said...

i like your armories and your living room very stylish.

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