update a wardrobe

My friends know me well – when one of them spotted a wardrobe that was in need of some TLC, she immediately thought of me and got in touch.  Amanda, a professional organiser and founder of Orderly Office and Home, was working with a family in my local area who had some furniture they no longer needed and as soon as I saw a picture of the wardrobe, I knew I couldn’t resist it as a makeover project.

Wardrobe before

I went to view it and took my measuring tape to see if we could transport it.  Fortunately it separates into 3 parts, so getting it home in our car was just do-able.  It’s such a nice piece, don’t you think?  Handmade in pine, it was in need of some cosmetic improvement.

wardrobe before 2

My initial idea was to re-purpose it from a wardrobe into a pantry or larder cupboard for our kitchen.  Have you seen the sort I mean?  Sometimes bespoke, they can be pricey, as well as stunning and so practical.  Imagine all your baking equipment and ingredients beautifully organised in one space…

larder
Larder cupboard from An Angel At My Table
pantry cupboard
Kitchen Pantry Cupboard, John Lewis of Hungerford

With the addition of some shelves, baskets and spice racks fixed to the inside of the doors, I could definitely see that sort of thing working.  But sadly, when we brought the wardrobe home and put it in our kitchen I had to admit that the proportions were just too large for our space.  In a bigger house it would be ideal, whether as kitchen storage or as a lovely coat cupboard in a large hallway.  We couldn’t even use it as a wardrobe in one of the bedrooms as we have fitted furniture.  

So because we were unable to keep it, we didn’t convert the inside, however I was still keen to give it an exterior makeover.  Luckily I had been sent some cupboard paint to try from Ronseal.  The shade I used was Cobalt Grey in a satin finish (there is a gloss version too).

Cupboard Paint

Before starting, I lightly sanded the wardrobe all over by hand, wiped it down with white spirit and then got painting as neatly as I could.  One coat was enough.  It is an extremely durable paint, therefore ideal for kitchen cupboards and is dry in two hours.  The fact that it doesn’t leave brush marks is perfect wherever you want a smooth, professional looking finish.  You’ll need the windows open when you use it as it is pretty strong stuff, but it covered quickly and well – I just had to look out for the odd run and brush it in.  Once dry, it is very smooth and silky to the touch.

wardrobe makeover

painting

The handles needed replacing so I was excited to try some brand new designs kindly sent to me from Pushka Knobs for this specific project.  Aren’t they great with that on-trend geometric pattern?  I went with a mismatched set of 4 to add a bit of interest and some tiny pops of colour against the grey.

pink drawer knob

handles2

handles3

So there you have it, a quick before and after… what do you think?

wardrobe BF1

wardrobe after

I’ve got a buyer for the wardrobe, so although I’ll be sad we couldn’t use it in our home after all, at least it is going somewhere to be used and enjoyed.

Are you planning to do any makeovers like this on a tired piece of furniture in your home?

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