Trash to treasure –The Armoire!


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! :)

painting hardware pink





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.



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

painted armoire for nursery

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

So…what do you think?!



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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Erica posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm (#

    What else can I say but WOW! this is an awesome transformation.

  2. Mars posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm (#

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

  3. Green Eyed Girl posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm (#

    Wow… it turned out super cute! I love it!

  4. Kelli posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm (#

    GREAT job, it turned out amazing!!


  5. Kyle & Michelle posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm (#

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

  6. Melissa F posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm (#

    LOVE it! Great job!

  7. amber posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm (#

    Wow it looks way different. It is amazing.

  8. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm (#

    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!

  9. Tanya posted on October 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm (#

    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.

  10. Britney Jean posted on October 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm (#

    i'm AMAZED! seriously. SO cute!

  11. allison @ posted on October 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm (#

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

  12. Alison posted on October 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm (#

    Oh my gosh! Incredible!

  13. Candy (Mama Lion) posted on October 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm (#

    I think that transformation is absolutely amazing! What a lucky girl!

  14. Natalie and Trent posted on October 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm (#

    wow Jamie. It is incredible! I cannot believe it.

  15. burlap+blue posted on October 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm (#

    This looks amazing…love the extra effort you put into the details!!

  16. Amber posted on October 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm (#

    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. :]

  17. Kristin posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm (#

    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.

  18. The Autocrat: Haley posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm (#

    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!

  19. Leslie posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm (#

    LOVE the pink hardware! Good job!

  20. Kristen @ posted on October 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm (#

    Ah that looks amazing! Come link up sometime to Handmade Tuesdays! It is a new linky I started with a tutorial :)

  21. Stacey posted on October 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm (#

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

  22. Shannon posted on October 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm (#

    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…)

  23. Melissa Searle posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm (#

    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! :)

  24. Denissa posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm (#

    AMAZING!!!! Love it :)

  25. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm (#

    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?

  26. Trulieunique posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm (#

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

  27. CraftyMummy posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm (#

    This is gorgeous! A little miss here would love it for her room – so girly!

  28. Jennifer posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm (#

    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!!! :)

  29. Jennifer posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:13 am (#

    My 3 year old saw the picture and said "mom, I love that. I want it!"

  30. Maria Gridley posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:20 am (#

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

  31. Atelier de Charo posted on October 16, 2010 at 10:56 am (#

    An amazing transformation! It's so cute!

  32. Cassie posted on October 16, 2010 at 11:13 am (#

    It's perfect!!!
    What a transformation!!!

  33. Scott+Tiffany posted on October 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm (#

    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!

  34. Claire posted on October 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm (#

    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!!

  35. AliLilly posted on October 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm (#

    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!!

  36. Chris posted on October 17, 2010 at 9:05 am (#

    Watch out PB, someone can make things look even sweeter. Well done.

  37. clairesmom05 posted on October 17, 2010 at 10:33 am (#

    Words cannot describe the cuteness of this!!!! Love it! :)

  38. Kelley posted on October 18, 2010 at 11:15 am (#

    WOWZA! You did a great job…very jealous…I <3 the pink !!

  39. Erin posted on October 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm (#

    Wow!!! That turned out fantastic!!

  40. Thoughtfully blended hearts posted on October 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm (#

    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!!!

  41. sarah posted on October 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm (#

    A-MAZ-ING! really great job

  42. Jen posted on October 19, 2010 at 9:07 am (#

    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!!

  43. Biljana posted on October 19, 2010 at 10:01 am (#

    Amazing makeover, so cute and pretty:))
    Hugs, Biljana

  44. Mandy posted on October 20, 2010 at 7:29 am (#

    Thanks for linking to Take a Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition – I featured you today! –Mandy,

  45. Stephanie posted on October 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm (#

    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!

  46. LaVonne posted on October 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm (#

    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? :)


  47. The DIY Show Off posted on October 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm (#

    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! ;)


  48. Taija posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm (#

    Oh that is SO sweet, so girly… I'm just drooling over it!

  49. Kim @ Second Time Furniture posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm (#

    This is the most adorable piece EVER!

  50. Jennifer posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm (#

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

  51. Sophia Luksana posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:31 am (#

    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 to check out DIY projects I've made and feel free to promote cool projects from your blog!

  52. Lee Laurie posted on October 21, 2010 at 8:45 am (#

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

  53. Judy posted on October 21, 2010 at 11:36 am (#

    All I can say is WOW!! What a transformation. I'm very impressed. Can't wait to see the rest of the room. I'm working on my daughter's room right now. Stop by my blog to see what you think.

  54. Sparrow's Nest posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm (#

    I kinda want to hug it :)

  55. fitty's pinky rose cottage posted on October 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm (#

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

  56. Green Gracie Home posted on October 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm (#

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

  57. Green Gracie Home posted on October 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm (#

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

  58. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures posted on October 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm (#

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

  59. Jenny @ Embellishing Life posted on October 23, 2010 at 5:11 am (#

    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!

  60. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More posted on October 23, 2010 at 11:26 am (#

    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.

  61. Sharon posted on November 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm (#

    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.

  62. Natalie posted on May 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm (#

    Gorgeous!! I want one for my bedroom! I love it!

  63. Jennifer posted on May 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm (#

    Amazing what a little paint and love can do!!!

  64. Crystal ( posted on May 18, 2011 at 6:10 am (#

    Kudos to you for seeing the potential in that piece. I probably would have passed it up thinking there was little hope. You did a great job transforming it to something really pretty.

  65. Rebekah posted on June 12, 2011 at 6:10 am (#

    That is amazing. I will keep it in mind for my little girl!

  66. Simply Deluscious posted on August 8, 2011 at 3:46 am (#

    This is just gorgeous,…I love the use of the two colours and all your other decor items. Just beautiful. Well done!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm (#

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your sweet comment! Have a good night. Hugs!

  67. Dana posted on September 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm (#

    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

    • Jamielyn posted on September 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm (#

      So fun! You’ll have to post the pic to my fb page when it’s finished! I’d love to see!

  68. Helene posted on October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm (#

    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.

  69. Jennifer Hutchinson posted on January 3, 2012 at 10:45 am (#

    Holy Stars! I love this! What a treasure you found. (My youngest daughters room is pink and green- adore the combo)

  70. Phyllis Yeager posted on January 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

    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.

  71. Mrs Smith posted on January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#

    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

  72. Jenn S posted on February 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm (#

      Thanks Jenn! A magnet board would be a great idea!!

  73. Natalie Brimhall posted on April 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#

    *gah!* How do you always find such amazing things to work your magic on!?! This is beautiful!!! You are seriously so friggin talented, woman!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm (#

      Ah you are so sweet!! You just made my night… seriously! xo

  74. Brenn posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#

    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!

  75. Southern Gal posted on April 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm (#

    So cute! What is the name of the fabric you used? I’d love some of that in a golden yellow.

  76. Sel posted on November 26, 2013 at 6:51 am (#

    Wow that looks great!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm (#

      Thanks Sel! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  77. nana posted on April 26, 2015 at 11:09 pm (#

    mirrors in inside ovals ! ?

  78. Stefanie S posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm (#

    Hi JamieLyn!
    We are refurbishing my daughter’s armoire and I think we will do what you did. Great idea to paint the handles pink. Would you mind sharing what colors you used for the handles as well as for the armoire itself? I think you said it was coffee? What brand?
    Thanks so much,
    Stefanie Schrampf

    • Jamielyn posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:22 am (#

      Hi Stefanie! I painted this several years ago so I don’t remember the colors! I’m sorry!

  79. Stefanie S posted on June 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm (#

    Thanks anyway!

  80. Brenda posted on February 21, 2016 at 4:44 am (#

    I loved the piece!!! This is just an idea– what about
    putting a chalk board on the outside and a cork
    board on the inside. That way you could write little
    positive notes and add cute pictures of your baby. 
    Just beautiful .

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 21, 2016 at 10:14 am (#

      That would be cute!

  81. Amanda Snider posted on July 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm (#

    Oh my gosh!!!!!!

    This is the armoire of my parent’s bedroom furniture set!!! They have this, a bed frame with the wheat mirrors, a massive dresser with a big hutch with doors with the oval mirrors and two more mirrors in the center drawers of the dresser. The set also included two side tables.

    I actually came across this site on Google, searching how I can update the furniture when my parents get new furniture for themselves and I get their old stuff.

    I’ve got tones of ideas and I know that it could turn out super modern looking.

    I’m just shocked to find the same furniture! I tried to research the set to find out when it was made. (Parents got them used when they first were married.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 17, 2017 at 11:19 am (#

      So crazy that it’s the same armoire! There really is so much you can do with old furniture! Have fun painting!!