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Monday, January 30, 2012

I made the Impossible Possible! (Armoire Reveal)

Hello my friends, thank you so much for coming by today.
I have joined a fabulous challenge and I am so excited to walk you through it and explain what my challenge was all about.





Eight years ago my husband and I purchased an antique armoire.  I loved the bones of it, but not the finish on it.




Pretty boring, actually.
When we purchased and moved into our little 1927 Craftsman Bungalow over three years ago, I knew that I was closer to doing something really special with it.

Then came the "Imagine the Impossibilies" challenge from super-talented Karianne at Thistlewoodfarm along with five other bloggers.

I had been wanting to refinish this armoire for so long that I knew that IT was my "impossibility."

First, I had to get my husband on board, that didn't take any persuasion, he was very willing to help me out.  Tons of thanks goes to my sweetheart.
Secondly, I asked your opinions and I got lots of fabulous ideas that day.  Thank you so much for them, they really gave me clarity.
Thirdly, I wanted to make my own chalk paint and tint it myself.  I chose a linen color that I loved and I tinted it.  It came out to the exact shade that I wanted!
Fourthly, my husband purchased and added the molding that I picked out.
Fifthly, I painted it and then I did something I had never done before.  I glazed it.  Here is where a blogger came to my rescue, a Canadian gal at, Recaptured Charm.  From her and her blog, I learned what to purchase and how to do the glazing.  I added a black paint to the glaze.
That was the hard part, the glazing took hours!  But I am liking the results more and more every day.








                                                           
~Before~
~After~

I'm not stopping here, next comes a fireplace makeover.  My son, the brick mason is going to reface my ugly dark fireplace with a re-claimed brick that is very attractive.
Then I will paint my living-room a yummy creamy color  and
my bathroom will be a light turquoise.  Lots of fun to come! 

This is where the parties are happening starting Tuesday at 7 am Eastern time, check them out!
Kelly at  Eclectically Vintage 
Karianne at Thistlewood Farm
Linda at It All Started with Paint
Andrea at The CottageMarket 
Karah at The Space Between
Stacey at A Sort of Fairytale


Go HERE to see all of the people who took up the challenge!

I have also joined my friend Nita for Mod Mix Monday.

Warm hugs,

Cindy


I'm lovin' it!!!

61 comments:

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy, I'm smiling as I've come to end of your post! It's lovely and I am so proud of you! The finished result is beautiful and I can tell you are over the moon about it! Take care and enjoy! I'm off for an evening walk! Sharon

Julie Harward said...

I love it too Cindy...I cannot believe how much better it looks now! :D

Millie said...

Wow, Cindy, it's beautiful! You did a lovely job, and your room is looking more lovely all the time.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE IT too Cindy!! You guys did an awesome job! Can't wait to see what's next!

cuori e perline said...

Oh Cindy! Now it'a lovely armoire
Annamaria

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

It looks beautiful, Cindy!

Sue
xo

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Okay lady it is fabulous. I love it and looks so much brighter back there behind your white sofa. Great transformation.

Rebecca said...

The molding made ALL the difference. It really DID!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Cindy, this looks FABULOUS and I am loving it too! I knew you would make it awesome! I am a huge fan of Recaptured Charm too! She is such a doll!

Great job!!

Lou Cinda

Special K said...

Indeed such a beautiful transformation!! Wow.. that must have been a big job, you never cease to impress me =) I love it! Congratulations and enjoy... such a big change from the 'before'
<3 Krissy

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I cannot even believe this is the same piece! Amazing! It is gorgeous. You have so many things planned! Can't wait to see each and every reveal.

Pamela Gordon said...

Cindy, you wouldn't believe the smile that came across my face as I scrolled down and saw the finished armoir! Amazing! I love it and it really brightens the room up. You've been so busy with this and other makeovers this month. What determination. I look forward to seeing your newly painted walls now. Blessings and hugs,
Pamela

Divine Theatre said...

Woweeee! You did it! I cannot wait to see what else you have in store for us!

Andie

Rhonda said...

it looks just beautiful in your home, it sounds like it was a bunch of work!

I am looking forward to seeing your turqouise bathroom too.

nothing that ambitious going on here I must admit. We stayed busy over the weekend fixing plumbing problems, I am very thankful for a willing and handy husband.

oldthings said...

Dear Cindy,
So... so beautiful job !!! I think it looks another armoire !! Here most people love the new furniture and the others who likes the antique brown painting !
Have a nice day
Olympia

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh Cindy, it looks so pretty in your lovely home. My eye can't seem to steer away from that gorgeous Canada Bread basket on top too.

Jenifer said...

Love it!

Faye Henry said...

Oh, I love it dear Cindy..
So perfect...
Congrats on a wonderful job...
God bless...

Brittany said...

Beautiful!!! You did a fantastic job. Love the colors and it is just so perfect in your living room!

Pen Pen said...

Oh! it's beautiful!! good job! Your room is gorgeous.

Gail said...

OMGoodness Cindy, you and your husband did an awesome job! What a transformation. You and your husband should be so proud of that piece of furniture. It is truly a show piece!!! Great job and take a break and enjoy it. Hugs, Gail

Sue said...

You 'wowed' us again girl!! Fantastic! Love love love the change. You and Raymond are a great team.
xoxo Sue

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my goodness. I love it. I can't get over how totally different it looks. I also think the box on top is perfect. You have been doing the greatest projects...I never know what I'll find when I click on your blog. Have a good week Cindy!

podso said...

Looks wonderful! And I'm so glad you kept the mirror. It will make the room look larger and reflect light! Love it! I'm sure you are so proud! I am really looking forward now to seeing what you do with your fireplace. I can't quite figure out what your son is doing ... will he take down the old bricks first? I guess I can stay tuned!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

GREAT job, Cindy!! I really like the crown at the top and the lighter color! blessings ~ tanna
ps looking forward to the colors in the bath!!

Shelia said...

Clap clap clap! Woo Hoo! I love it Cindy and you did it! Your armoire looks gorgeous and like a totally different piece of furniture! You did a wonderful job.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow! It looks so beautiful, Cindy! I looks like a whole new armoire and it compliments your furnishings so much more in this lighter color. You did a fabulous job with the chalk paint mix and the glaze. Brava!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Cindy! Your project is truly fabulous! What a transformation! You must just love it! I love this party...really motivating! I wish they'd have it again!

Ana said...

Oh Cindy...I'M LOVIN' IT TOO!!!! It turned out absolutely Awe-some. I love the color and the crown molding is just perfect, just love it all. Challenge accomplished beautifully...Two thumbs way up my friend. A very happy belated birthday to your hubby.

Much love,
Ana

thistlewoodfarm said...

Cindy!

You are so awesome! I love how the armoire turned out! I really like the new molding at the top! Wonderful, wonderful job!

blessings,
karianne

Pondside said...

Cindy, it's beautiful! All the work certainly paid off, as it looks like a completely different piece of furniture. I love it.

Marissa "Marathon" Stower said...

Hi Mom! Your Armoire looks stunning! You should be so proud of yourself for tackling such a huge project, and after such a long time. And that January 2012 "Imagine the Impossibilities"; what a neat take on on a New Years resolution. And that last photo of your living room; it's so bright and beautiful and sunny! I can't wait to come and visit again. Love you and miss you heaps!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cindy!
That armoire looks fabulous! I know you must love it. What a difference the crown molding makes...and I like that you left the mirrored doors.
Wow...y'all did a wonderful job on this project.

Pat

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a brilliant makeover! I really love it, Cindy. It looks so, so different! Really, it's fantastic!

Sarahx

May said...

I love the look of your room. I could just move right in!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Cindy,

WOW! I love the transformation! Gorgeous room too!!!

How did you make the chalk paint?

Dee

Shabby soul said...

WOW Cindy you-did-a-great-gorgeous-job! It fits perfectly in your room! Beautiful my sweetie.
A hug from me
Silvia

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

It looks gorgeous!! Great job!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I'm lovin' it too! What a beautiful piece and such a wonderful upgrade!! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!! Karah

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

I'm throwing my hat in the ring...I love it!!! Isn't it amazing what a few cosmetic changes can do to make a so-so piece look absolutely stunning??
You have every right to be proud of yourself and be ecstatic with what you've done. I would be, too! ;)

Misty said...

I absolutely LOVE this! It lopoks great! Thanks for sharing your "impossibility"! <3 from your newest follower and fellow {brand-new} blogger! Check out my "impossibility" and follow back!

~Misty
www.413sparrowlane.com

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

this is just gorgeous...what a makeover! great job! your home is very charming too :)

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

oh WOW CINDY!!!! she is gorgeous! stately and simply a true and natural beauty! The treatment that you used just brought out all of her finest attributes...i am applauding here from new jersey (can you hear the thunder...it is me : ) KUDOS and sending tons of hugs!!!! : )

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I'm loving it too! I remember your inspiration photo and I think you guys did a great job with this makeover.

It's gorgeous!

Tisha said...

Beautiful! I love the glazing and how it brings out the rich details. Great accessorizing too. I'd love it if you would share this at my Show & Tell linkup party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

Béa said...

Un magnifique relookage!!!!
Bravo!!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I love it so much that I pinned it!

Thanks so much for participating in our "impossibilities" challenge ... giving inspiration to others!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love this Cindy! It turned out SO wonderful! Totally changed the whole feel of it.

I am lovin' it too!

Lou Cinda ;)

Fat Dormouse said...

Goodness, Cindy! Aren't you clever! I don't think I would have had the first idea where to start with a project like this, but you have made something beautiful out of a not-very-impressive thing!! And glazing it yourself too. WOW! Felicitations on achieving your impossibility challenge!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

What a lovely transformation! You and your husband did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home.

Diane said...

What an amazing difference! I love it, lots of hard work but well worth it I am sure. Love the molding at the top it really made a difference. Well done my friend. Diane

camp and cottage living said...

Cindy
This is great. What a difference your DH's added trim makes to the over all look.
Did you add the beaded trim or does the finish just make it stand out now?
I have a large TV cabinet I'd love to paint, but my hubbie isn't there yet!

Eclectically Vintage said...

You go with your armoire make overing self!! It is stunning! So glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge!
Kelly

Jo @ To a Pretty Life said...

Your armoire turned out beautifully! I love the trim you added, and the "Canada" box on top! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting! Your home is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more!

24 Corners said...

Wonderful job....it looks perfect and fits beautifully in your gorgeous home...well done!
xo J~

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Cindy the armoire makeover is so much nicer! It really fits the room better, doesn't it? I saw this at Nitas~

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

The armoire is GORGEOUS! Love the new color, and the trim work is perfect on it.

Barbara Jean said...

wow! You take on big projects.
it turned out great!!

blessings
barbara jean

Cinthya said...

I see you're also a Canadian. I love your cottage and this project turned out so beautiful. What a big paint job but you did great.

lynn said...

what an amazing change! your cabinet is gorgeous, as is your room-beautiful:)

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