Hand-Me-Down Armoire to Entertainment Center Painted Furniture Makeover

By on October 8, 2014
Armoire Makeover

I’ve had a huge solid wood armoire for quite some time. In fact, it was given to me by my mother several years before she passed away. It has a lot of sentimental value to me because of that, but it doesn’t serve much of a functional purpose to us currently. Since our move into our new house, it’s been sitting in our garage waiting for me to decide what to do with it. I can’t tell you the guilt I have for not using it. I can see mom shaking her finger at me quite clearly.

It’s a nice piece of furniture and has several drawers and shelves making it perfect for storing clothing. Lucky for us, we have a giant walk in closet with built-in’s, so we have no need for a clothing armoire any longer. As you can see though, the insides don’t make it very useful for anything other than short stack storage.

Armoire Interior

What we really needed was a place to put our TV, my oh-so-vintage Atari system and plenty of movies and games. In deciding on the decorating direction of my bedroom, I know I want to keep it romantic and beautiful. I don’t want cords showing or even a TV on display. That means finding a TV center that can be closed up when we aren’t watching it. Unfortunately, a brand new TV armoire wasn’t in the budget.

Right now, our bedroom is far from romantic and beautiful. In fact, the TV currently sits on top of my jewelry box as a makeshift TV stand and that sits in front of a side table that basically serves to hold the Blu-ray player and random movies. Absolutely no organization whatsoever and totally NOT romantic. Yes this is a sad little TV setup I will admit. We just moved in, don’t judge my mess.

TV Area Before

I had the idea to gut the inside of the armoire by removing the top shelf but was a bit concerned our TV wouldn’t fit. After taking some measurements, I found that did in fact fit perfectly, with exactly 1/2 an inch to spare. How perfect!

I started out by using my Black & Decker Matrix Drill with the jig saw attachment and cut straight up the middle of the top shelf. This worked great until I got to the end of the shelf and because of the back panel, I couldn’t actually cut all the way to the end. I ended up having to make a second cut to the left of the middle and hook it to the right to take the major chunk of wood out and the rest just sort of fell out due to not having the force there to hold it. It was messy, but it worked. If you’ve never checked out the matrix drill, I highly recommend trying it out. I have several attachments for it including the sander head and the drill head and I use them quite regularly without having to own a bunch of different power tools.

After giving it a quick wipe down to get the cobwebs off it, I removed all of the old tarnished hardware and gave it all a nice even spray of my trusty oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I know, I use this a lot but it’s the metal of choice in my house. You really could use any finish of your choosing when working on your own pieces.

Armoire Hardware

I whipped out my can of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. I love chalk paint almost as much as I love chocolate so I use it a lot. Chalk paint requires absolutely no prep work and it goes on nice and thick. Normally I make my own chalk paint, but I had almost a full can of this left from earlier this year and I wanted to use it up.

I knew I would be lightly distressing this piece to go with the style of the bedroom I am envisioning so I did two fairly thin coats of the paint. It was the perfect amount of cover.

Painted Cabinet

Next, I did an all over coating of Annie Sloan’s clear wax to give it a slight shine and some protection.

To give it a more aged feel, I lightly sanded up some of corners and edges where the wood was raised. I didn’t do too much sanding on the flat surfaces really because I only wanted a light distress this time around.

Distressed Armoire


Lastly, I reattached the hardware with the newly painted surfaces plus I added 2 brand new glass drawer knobs to the top drawer and to the front pulls on the doors to give the armoire a bit of glitz and glam. I picked these knobs up from Amazon for $10.78 for a pack of 10. Seriously, that’s a deal on knobs! Plus I now have tons of knobs to use on other pieces in the room. I did end up spray painting the silver finish on the bottom to the oil rubbed bronze to make them match better.

Crystal Knobs


After all of this, I’m sure you’re just dying to see the before (we were moving when I took this so excuse the mess on the left)…

Armoire Before

But oh I am loving the after…

Armoire After

The TV fits in almost exactly into the space and since it’s on a slight rise the Blu-Ray player and cable box fit right under the base of the TV. I think we totally lucked out with that fit. The rest of the drawers will be used to hold movies, games and my Atari, until I go nuts and get it out to actually play with.

I couldn’t be happier with this armoire to entertainment center makeover and I’m glad I was able to keep this piece of furniture in my family.

Thanks for checking this project out. If you liked it, be sure to share it with your friends!

About Misty Spears

I absolutely love all things DIY, especially when it comes to decorating my own home. I’m a thrift store junkie and my head just explodes with ideas to repurpose old junk into something practical and beautiful when I come across that perfect treasure. I’m a wood furniture rebel and try to paint every surface I can to bring color into my life. My life revolves around my family and enjoying every moment that life serves up to me. You can connect with me on Twitter @diyhomeinterior, Instagram @mistyspears and see my pins on Pinterest for a sneak peak into all the DIY projects I am working on and crazy life happenings.


  1. Cynthia Dixon

    October 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Wow Misty, what a difference a little paint and glass knobs will do! You did an amazing job with this piece. So glad you were able to find a new use for it. It looks great!

    • Misty Spears

      October 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Cynthia! I’ll update a bit later today how everything looks inside but oh yes, it’s serving a great new purpose!

  2. Alexandria Gunn

    October 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I LOVE the after! It’s beautiful and I love how the white makes it look so much brighter and newer. Well done on another great project.

    • Misty Spears

      October 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I love the white too. It’s aged but still fresh looking. Thanks Alexandria!

  3. Sue Farmer

    October 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Love it and I am sure your mom is very happy with how it looks. Great job!!

    • Misty Spears

      November 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Sue. I think she would love it. I’m actually really looking forward to my dad’s next visit so I can show him.

  4. Tamala

    October 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    YOU’RE SO GOOD!!!! I mean how fun as well!!!!!! Sidenote: your bed looks super duper comfy !!!! MMMMMM :)

    • Misty Spears

      November 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      hahaha it truly is! It’s actually a brand new mattress from Serta called Black Dream and it’s amazing. Here’s the link if you want to check it out…plus my husband loves telling people we sleep on diamonds. http://www.beautyrest.com/products/black/

  5. Jennetta Brockman

    October 9, 2014 at 3:25 am

    It’s so pretty. Those glass knobs remind me of my gramma’s house.

  6. Jennetta Alex Brockman

    October 9, 2014 at 3:27 am

    There was a TV show once where these older people went back to the house they grew up in and had fond memories of the glass door handles, so they took them with them. It was the show with the theme song ‘movin on up, to the east side’ I can’t think of the name of it.

  7. Victoria Virgo

    October 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Misty – this looks fantastic. I know that I would not have the patience do to this so I really admire anyone who does. Looks lovely :)

  8. Mel Day

    October 10, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Ooh … I do like this one. BIG improvement. You’re so talented at this furniture reno – do you sell off pieces you’ve done? Could be a nice little side income.

    • Misty Spears

      November 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I haven’t yet. So far everything I’ve done has been for my own house. I’ve thought about doing it for a sort of side business, but I’m a bit worried it might take the fun out of it when it’s all business. But you never know. Things change.

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