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So my Armoire is FINALLY finished!! It’s been painted for awhile, it just took me forever to get the windows done! It is such a relief to finally have it done. Now I get to fill it with all her cute little outfits!!

refinished armoire for little girls nursery So remember what it looked like before…yikes! I found this piece of trash at Savers for $10.  I knew it had potential…and for $10 I couldn’t just leave it!


With a lot of sanding, a coat of kilz 2, and a few coats of swiss cofee I think she came out B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! I also distressed the edges a little to give it more of a vintage look.


I put some of the extra paint I had from when we painted the striped wall in our paint sprayer and gave the hardware a few coats of pink paint. Then I sprayed them a couple of times with Minwax polycrylic spray paint for extra protection. I’m loving the pink against the white. Oh so girly! :)

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The windows were the trickiest part for me. I really  wish I had the tools to cut out wood…but I don’t, so I decided to just use cardboard instead. I know-so lame! It definitely wood of looked better with white wood- but oh well!



I traced the cardboard, cut it out and then wrapped it with batting/fabric and hot glue. I’m not going to lie- it looked ugly! So I decided to add a little ruffle trim to spice it up! I thought about painting the cardboard white, but then decided it may make it look more cheap. lol! So for now it stays brown.

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Wow can you believe it’s the same piece of furniture!?

painted armoire for nursery

**UPDATE: To see the full nursery reveal click here**

So…what do you think?!



Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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81 Responses to “Trash to treasure –The Armoire!”

  1. Mars

    It turned out AWESOME! Dang girl, you are seriously talented! I can't wait to see the whole room!

  2. Kyle & Michelle

    this is seriously one of my most favorite transformations i have ever seen! it turned out sooo adorable!

  3. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    that's one of those pieces i would have passed over as it was purely ugly. you really made it cute and perfect for a little girl! great transformation!

  4. Tanya

    What an absolutely sweet and gorgeous transformation. Maybe you could adhere some family photos to the inside panels…would make it more fun to look at without being too fussy. Just a thought! Love it either way.

  5. allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com

    wow! you have a good eye to see this kind of potential in this piece! I love it! The pink handles are my fave!

  6. Amber

    Oh my goodness I am in LOVE!!! That turned out so cute!! Where did you get those handles??? I need about 12 of them in a different color…not sure which one yet. :]

  7. Kristin

    Very cute! You did a great job! When I first saw the brown cardboard, I thought it looked a bit like corkboard. You could add some and put up pictures if you wanted.

  8. The Autocrat: Haley

    OH MY!! You really did a fabulous job on this!! I never would've picked this up; next time I see one, I am grabbing it!! You got a steal!

  9. Stacey

    $10?! Awesome score! I Love what you did with it, so hard to tell it's the same piece of furniture!

  10. Shannon

    okay so i just came across your blog, and your awesome! i love all your fun projects…

    and for this one i was thinking it would be cute to make cute thumbtacks, and then put pics or quotes on the cardboard (even though the cardboard looks totally fine…)

  11. Melissa Searle

    Oh my goodness!!!! That is so adorable! What a wonderful transformation. :) I am sure you will love looking at that for many years to come. Great Job! :)

  12. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic

    This is amazing!

    I want to run out and find something ugly to transform RIGHT NOW!

    Have you thought about using cork tiles on the inside to dress it up and to add a fun place to put pictures?

  13. Trulieunique

    Wow, This was amazing,I would have totally passed that up and look what you did with it! You inspire me so much!

  14. Jennifer

    What do I think? I think it's flipping beautiful!!!!! Was it a special day at Savers because I NEVER find furniture there for $10, let alone something that big. I am on the hunt for something just like it because my daughter's room does not have a closet. (yes that is insane)

    Such great work!!! :)

  15. Maria Gridley

    this is adorable! And i just LOVE the pink nobs and handles!!!! You did a fantastic job!

  16. Scott+Tiffany

    Wow this turned out sooo cute, after spending the morning sanding, I can appreciate how much work that must haven been. Baby girl is going to loooove it!

  17. Claire

    Wow-what a beautiful job you did-the transformation is truly amazing-you have a great eye for picking something out for its lines-love the pink hardware-real girly!!

  18. AliLilly

    OH MY GOSH!! I am IN LOVE!!! I made my hubby look too. He says "hmmm, maybe we should go to savers!"

    I love it!!

  19. Thoughtfully blended hearts

    I think you did a beautiful job!!! Love the colors…btw if you're not pleased with the cardboard..get a roll of beadboard wallpaper…just wallpaper the cardboard and it will look just like beadboard!!!

  20. Jen

    oh my gosh this is the cutest thing i have seen all day! I LOVE IT!!!! i painted an ugly old dresser white but never thought to paint the knobs so I think I'll do that later. BEAAAAUTIFUL WORK!!

  21. Stephanie

    I just saw this on before and after and wanted to tell you what a beautiful job you did. I love the scale of the piece for a little girls room, who would of thought that ugly piece could turn into something so beautiful!

  22. LaVonne

    I love it! I love how good the hardware looks too.

    Can you find and ugly buffet hutch and fix it up beautifully for me? :)


  23. The DIY Show Off

    Whoa! What a sweet transformation, JamieLyn! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work in the DIY Project Parade! I'm including a link in tomorrow's highlights! ;)


  24. Jennifer

    Great job, I was thinking you could add corkboard to the back of the cardboard too, maybe even spray the corkboard white or pink?

  25. Sophia Luksana

    WOW! first of all, I like your title "trash to treasure the armoire" That's so true :) It turned out so fabulous. I also like the color pink & white – so adorable. My niece is a girly girl. She would be so happy to have an armoire just like that her bedroom. I'm going to try this out. We have an ugly one at home :) If you have a sec, hop on http://www.makemania.com to check out DIY projects I've made and feel free to promote cool projects from your blog!

  26. Lee Laurie

    This is adorable! I love the way you painted it and also the window coverings. Great idea!

  27. fitty's pinky rose cottage

    this is totally awesome buy! for 10 bucks worth paying! and turn out pretty too!

  28. Green Gracie Home

    That is seriously one of the cutest makeovers I have ever seen! I adore it.

  29. Green Gracie Home

    That is seriously one of the cutest makeovers I have ever seen! I adore it.

  30. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures

    Who would have known something that ugly could look that good. Wow.

  31. Jenny @ Embellishing Life

    That is beautiful! It's the same colors as my daughters room! I love everything on top of it to…that sugar and spice sign is soooo cute!

  32. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    No, I CAN'T believe it's the same piece of furniture. Bee-you-tee-full!
    And I personally love the fabric on the cardboard. I think it adds so much! Love that part!

    Would love for you to link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

  33. Sharon

    Wow great job. Since the front looks like bead board, why not cover the back of the doors in bead board so it shows through the front. You don't have to cut it round – make a square the side of the door. Or you could hang curtain rods like you see for the side lights on some entry doors and hang fabric and "bunch" it up really pretty.

  34. Dana

    i have a very similar armoir that i havent painted just yet, but i am going to sand it down some time this week and give it a nice white coat, not sure what color the hardware will be.
    thanks fot the inspiration

  35. Helene

    The armoire looks great. The baskets inside are beautiful along with the blankets on the bottom shelf. I think it would look good with the doors off also.

  36. Phyllis Yeager

    Great makeover. Just a suggestion about the cardboard. If you cut the same size cardboard again. Cover it with the fabric and then glue it to the back of the first piece. All the edges will be covered.

  37. Mrs Smith

    Hi, The Armoire is just super cute. Have you thought of adding some cork board to the backs of the cardboard. Add a cute piece of pink ribbon and a pin board is made. I have seen 4 packs of it at the dollar tree. They have 2 sizes. 5×7 and 8×10 but the large is sold out as soon as it hits the shelf. Again it is super cute. Have the best day possible. Mrs Smith

  38. Jenn S

    I think this is so darling! An idea popped in my head about the cardboard tho. If you use chipboard you could add corkboard or metal on the back to add pix or notes for inside. Or even screw in some elastic strips to organize hair clips/ accessories. Just an idea. Still a great re-purposed piece!

  39. Brenn

    So cute! What if you used cork board instead of cardboard? Then the inside would still be cute, and you could use it to hang hair bows, jewelry, pictures, or whatever!