As you may know, I have a love/hate relationship with Restoration Hardware. I love almost everything in that store. There is a rustic elegance about their offerings, classy yet cozy. If I could go in there and order one of everything, I’d be a very happy gal.
Lately, the store has been advertising their new line of black furniture. In particular, I’ve been eyeing this Montpellier armoire. Pricetag… about $3500 bucks…yeah, I know,… that’s where the hate part comes in.
However, I don’t feel so bad this time around, because I have an idea! Look at what I’ve had hanging around for the last 15 years?
There were some holes on the inside, but nothing that a well-placed basket couldn’t fix!
Because the piece was so old and there were stain splatters and nicks on the outside, I quickly sanded it down. Then, I applied the black paint (Ace Hardware/ India Ink) directly to the wood. I didn’t use primer because I wanted to be able to sand the edges when I was done and have the wood grain show through.
When painting a piece of furniture, I paint the details first and work out so that you don’t have tiny brushstroke marks all over the bigger, flatter parts of the furniture. Also, I always paint in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
This is what the armoire looked like after one coat of paint. Scary, huh? I show you this because I don’t want you to freak out when you’re painting furniture and it looks like this! As you can see, I sanded down some parts that still had a funny sheen from the old stain and then put on a second coat of black paint.
Here is what it looked like after two coats of paint. And, I didn’t even tell you the best part….
Squirreled away in my garage were two of these armoires!!!! I flanked both sides of a large window in my son’s room.
But my work wasn’t done yet. I still wanted to give them that weathered look that Restoration Hardware was featuring, so I carefully sanded down the edges with 100 grit sand paper.
This is what the doors looked like up close.
Restoration Hardware, eat your heart out!