Stunning Armoire makeover by SollyJo in 6 easy steps

Armoire with WoodUbend and Posh Chalk

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Armoire Makeover with Decoupage, & WoodUbend by SollyJo

Welcome to my blog, yes its been ages but hey, I think this one was worth waiting for! 

Join me for a breathtaking armoire makeover that anyone can do with a bit of practise. 

Kate, a neighbour of mine, needed so badly to get rid of this old armoire, it just didn’t fit in with her recent decor. But Kate is so mindful when it comes to landfills, she was desperate it didn’t get tossed in the skip.  Knowing that I do up a lot of furniture,  she gave me call. 

Of course I didn’t need much persuading, and within the hour, the old armoire was sat in my workshop.  I have to say, that it had seen better days.  The once charming piece had been covered in a thick layer of flaky, seemingly low-quality paint that made it look tired and worn-out.  I saw this as an opportunity to breathe new life into it through up-cycling for the armoire makeover.

 

Step 1, The prep:

The first step in the armoire makeover process was to strip away the old, peeling paint. Fortunately, the paint was already flaking off, so I didn’t need to resort to harsh chemical paint strippers. I grabbed some sandpaper, starting with 80 grit to remove the majority of the paint and then smoothing the surface with 240 grit to prep it for painting.

 

sanding off old paint

Step 2. The decoupage application:

I envisioned turning this armoire into a pretty vintage piece, and to achieve that, I chose to use Posh Chalk deluxe decoupage paper in Muller’s Peonies in the A1 size.  The paper’s soft greens and pinks perfectly matched the vintage aesthetic I had in mind.

To create an aged, crackled look on the armoire’s door panel, I first painted it in the colour Vintage by La Magic Paint and let it dry. Next, I applied a coat of crackle gel and allowed it to dry before layering white paint on top.  As the paint dried, it crackled, creating an interesting texture for the decoupage application.

 

Muller

I messed about with the paper for over ten minutes during the facebook live before deciding which part of the paper I was going to use. In the end I chose to have the flowers hanging downwards which made some of the viewers a little anxious, but I thought it looked different and liked it so I cut the piece out ready for application.

 

Once the crackle effect was completely dry, I applied a thin coat of Posh Chalk infusor and used a dry blend and smooth brush to carefully adhere the cut-to-size decoupage paper onto the door panel. Starting in the middle of the paper I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles side to side as I went along to ensure a seamless finish.

Seeing as Posh Chalk decoupage is see-through, as soon as I laid the paper onto the crackle, the crackles showed through the paper creating a fabulous crackled floral image. Finally, to protect and seal the decoupage, I applied another coat of Posh Chalk infusor.

Step 3. The paint blending process:

With the decoupage application completed on the door panel of the armoire, it was time to move on to the rest of the piece. To create a cohesive and harmonious look, I decided to blend the colours on the body of the armoire, providing a smooth surface for the raised stencilling I had in mind for later on.

For the blending process, I selected Vintage Rose, Olivia, and Dark Sands from the Magic Paint chalk paint range. By combining these hues, I aimed to achieve a soft and vintage-inspired colour palette. Starting with the darker colors around the perimeter of the panels, I misted the wood lightly with water to help the paint glide more smoothly across the surface. This technique allowed for a seamless transition between the different shades, creating depth and dimension.

As I moved towards the center of the panels, I introduced highlights using the Vintage Rose and Dark Sands colours. By misting the paint again with water, I facilitated the blending process, ensuring a gradual shift from dark to light tones. The result was a beautifully blended surface that set the stage for the next step in the armoire makeover.

Step 4. Adding Dimension with Raised Stencilling:

With the blended surfaces of the armoire dried and ready for the next step, it was time to introduce raised stencilling to elevate the piece even further. To begin this process, I prepared my materials and set up a flat horizontal surface to work on. Gently laying the armoire on its side allowed for easy access to the area where I planned to apply the stencilling.

I selected the Posh Chalk wall panel stencil from its tube and laid it flat on the side of the armoire. To ensure the stencil stayed in place, I either weighed it down for a few hours or coiled it in the opposite direction to flatten it. Adding a low-tack mounting glue to the stencil helped keep it secure during the application process, preventing any movement while working with heavy mediums like pastes. Alternatively, a low-tack duct tape could be used for added stability during this armoire makeover.

 

To create the raised stencilling effect, I prepared three bowls, each containing a scoop of Posh Chalk Extra Flexible Paste. I then mixed Vintage Rose, Olivia, and Dark Sands paint into each bowl, resulting in three bowls of thick coloured paste ready for application. Using a Posh Chalk Finishing trowel in the Petite size.  I was ready to go!

I carefully applied the pastes onto the stencil, with Olivia on the perimeter and Vintage Rose and Dark Sands in the center, mirroring the shading technique used during blending.

After filling the stencil with the coloured pastes, I removed it to reveal the raised effect and the harmonious colour combination achieved through the stencilling process. Repeating this technique on all the panels for the armoire makeover resulted in a cohesive and visually striking design.

With the raised stencilling dried, I used a natural sponge to dab each of the colours of paste I had left sporadically in the areas surrounding the stencil, creating a weathered, textured look.

Using the medium sized trowel, I smoothed out the dabbed paint to enhance the distressed appearance and add depth to the design of the armoire makeover.

 

Step 5. Elevating the Armoire Makeover with WoodUbend 1372.4 Pediment

To add a touch of grandeur and intricate detail to the armoire makeover, I decided to incorporate the WoodUbend 1372.4 Pediment. This decorative moulding would enhance the plain shape of the armoire, elevating its overall aesthetic appeal.

The WoodUbend 3rd generation mouldings possess all the properties of wood in their cold state, allowing for easy manipulation and customization. Before application, I carefully removed the pediment from its packaging and warmed it up on the provided MDF board. Do not throw these boards away, they have so many great uses (warming and slicing your WoodUbend mouldings up on, or simply to mix paints or patinas on). 

Heating the moulding is crucial for achieving optimal pliability and adhesion. Whether you are applying the WoodUbend to a flat or curved surface, always warm them up. Yes here’s me, fooling around with the pediment showing folks how bendy they get when warmed up.  Truth be told, it was nice to warm up my ears on such a cold day here in the workshop! 

You can use a heat gun if you feel proficient enough with one, but if you do, always keep the gun at a good distance and keep it moving, the last thing you want is to singe or burn the mouldings.   You can use a hairdryer, it does take longer, but you don’t run the risk of burning your WoodUbend.

To Adhere the pediment to the armoire, I applied a thin layer of high-quality wood glue, ensuring complete coverage on the back of the moulding. While the moulding was still warm and malleable, I carefully positioned it on the designated surface of the armoire, pressing firmly to secure it in place.

As I pressed down on the moulding, any excess glue that extruded from underneath was removed with a wet paintbrush, ensuring a clean and seamless application. Applying a bit more heat to the moulding while in position, I pressed down firmly across the entire surface to ensure a secure attachment.

The WoodUbend moulding effortlessly adhered to the surface of the armoire, seamlessly blending with the existing design elements. Its intricate details and classic design added a touch of sophistication and elegance to the piece, transforming the once plain shape into a statement feature.  And this is where I went a bit whacky. I suddenly decided (like you do), that I was going to incorporate Cheri, a very bright and vibrant colour and paint the pediment, well it just didn’t look right. So I got the beautiful Olivia, out again and gave the pediment a couple of coats.

With the WoodUbend Pediment successfully applied,  and painted in the proper colours, the armoire now exuded a sense of luxury and craftsmanship, elevating its overall appearance and creating a focal point in any room. The versatile nature of WoodUbend mouldings allowed for easy customization and integration, enhancing the artistic vision of the armoire makeover.

Step 6. Adding Vintage Charm & Gold Accents to the Armoire Makeover

To complete the transformation of the armoire and achieve a weathered, aged look with a touch of gold detailing, I decided to apply finishing touches that would give the piece a unique and rustic charm.

Using Posh Chalk Patina in black, I began by creating depth and dimension on the armoire. With a small paintbrush, I carefully applied the thick pigmented black wax to all the corners around the panels, emphasising the intricate details and creating a dramatic shadow effect.

This technique added a sense of age and character to the piece, enhancing its vintage appeal.

Next, I utilized the Patina Extender Wax on the entire surface of the armoire. This product not only helped to soften the black patina wax but also created a feathered shading effect, giving the piece a weathered appearance. Additionally, the wax acted as a sealant for the chalk paint, ensuring lasting durability and protection.

To bring a touch of elegance and highlight the intricate details of the WoodUbend pediment and corners, I introduced Posh Chalk Patina in Byzantine gold.

Carefully applying the gold wax to these areas added a subtle yet luxurious accent, elevating the overall aesthetic of the armoire and drawing attention to the fine craftsmanship of the embellishments.armoire makeover

After allowing the wax to dry thoroughly over the course of a few days, I proceeded to buff the entire piece to a high sheen. This final step not only enhanced the depth and richness of the colours but also added a lustrous finish, bringing out the intricate details and textures of the armoire makeover.

The combined effects of the black patina wax, gold accents, and buffing created a beautifully aged and weathered look, giving the armoire a sense of history and character. The subtle shimmer of the gold detailing added a touch of sophistication and elegance, complementing the overall vintage theme of the piece during the armoire makeover. 

With the finishing touches complete, the armoire now stood as a stunning blend of rustic charm and refined beauty. The intricate details, weathered finish, and gold accents came together to transform the plain piece into a true work of art, ready to make a statement in any space.

PS, it is still in the workshop waiting to find a new home!

Thanks for joining me for this armoire makeover, I do hope you enjoyed it!

If you’d like to see the full video on how SollyJo realised this armoire makeover this piece click here: https://youtu.be/cwL8wf98tXY?si=ray-bdgxHP8r22an

Why not also have a look at how SollyJo used the Muller’s Peonies decoupage on glass doors here

Products Used

Here is a list of the products used on this project:

Posh Chalk Decoupage Muller’s Peonies

Posh Chalk Premium Long Wall Panel Stencil 

Posh Chalk Extra Flexible Paste

Posh Chalk Premium Finishing Trowels 

Posh Chalk Patina in Byzantine Gold

Posh Chalk Patina Black

WoodUbend Applique 1372.48

Posh Chalk Crackle Gel 

Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor

Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax

La Magic Paint in Vintage, Olivia, Dark Sands, Cheri, Vintage Rose & Cotton. 

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