Refinishing An Antique Armoire

One night when we were closed, a customer spotted an antique armoire through the window of the House&Canvas shop. It was love at first sight!! She contacted me and we arranged a pickup. It was sad to see it go!

Refinishing An Antique Armoire
House&Canvas Antique Armoire

The Find:

One of my favorite things about refinishing furniture is watching the piece gain a new lease on life! It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous, antique armoire was originally purchased out of the back of an old trailer in the middle of winter!

Refinishing An Antique Armoire
It was hiding in here…

A Few “Little” Repairs:

I brought it to my workshop where it needed quite a bit of TLC. Lots of wood glue to attach the broken veneer pieces and several coats of Shellac to prevent bleeding through the paint.

Refinishing An Antique Armoire
Original Antique Armoire
Refinishing An Antique Armoire
Antique Armoure Painted With House&Canvas Angora

Finishing It:

I decided to paint the armoire using Champaigne House&Canvas Furniture Paint. The piece was in rough shape, so to work with its antique look, I heavily distressed it and used Walnut Furniture Wax to add a dirty, antiqued look. The Furniture Wax does double duty – one, to add a decorative antique finish, and two, to seal and protect the paint, adding durability.

This piece turned out fantastic, it is now living a new life in its new home!