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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89 comments on “Trash to treasure –The Armoire!”

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

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

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

  4. GREAT job, it turned out amazing!!


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

  6. LOVE it! Great job!

  7. Wow it looks way different. It is amazing.

  8. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Reply

    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. 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. i'm AMAZED! seriously. SO cute!

  11. allison @ Reply

    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. Oh my gosh! Incredible!

  13. Candy (Mama Lion) Reply

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

  14. Natalie and Trent Reply

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

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

  16. 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. 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 Reply

    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. LOVE the pink hardware! Good job!

  20. Kristen @ Reply

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

  21. $10?! Awesome score! I Love what you did with it, so hard to tell it's the same piece of furniture!

  22. 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. 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. AMAZING!!!! Love it :)

  25. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic Reply

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

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

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

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

  31. An amazing transformation! It's so cute!

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

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

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

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

  39. Wow!!! That turned out fantastic!!

  40. Thoughtfully blended hearts Reply

    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. A-MAZ-ING! really great job

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

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

  45. 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. 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 Reply

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

  49. Kim @ Second Time Furniture Reply

    This is the most adorable piece EVER!

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

  53. 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. I kinda want to hug it :)

  55. fitty's pinky rose cottage Reply

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

  56. Green Gracie Home Reply

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

  57. Green Gracie Home Reply

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

  58. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures Reply

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

  59. Jenny @ Embellishing Life Reply

    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 Reply

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

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

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

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

  67. 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

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

  70. 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. 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. 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!

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

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

  76. Wow that looks great!!!

  77. mirrors in inside ovals ! ?

  78. 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

  79. Thanks anyway!

  80. 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 .

  81. 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.

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