Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Heartfelt Thank You and a New Armoir

First and foremost, I want to thank Brenda from
Cozy Little House for featuring my pillows on her blog earlier this week.  If you haven't been over to visit Brenda, you really must meet this wonderful lady who goes out of her way to feature so many new bloggers and make everyone feel welcome.  Through her kindness of sharing my pillows, I met many new bloggers and made a few sales.  Thank you Brenda!
Sharing today my armoir that I finally got around to painting in November.  I bought it from the store owner for only $185 all the way back in July, but I was so busy painting things for the store, that it took me awhile to get it done.  Once again, I don't have a before picture, but it was dark wood and I painted it off-white.  I distressed it so that the dark wood came through and then waxed it with a mixture of clear and dark wax.

I really liked it dark and it matched all my other dark wood furniture, but I am trying to lighten up my house.  It was a very long process to paint this monstrosity inside and out and took me several weeks to complete, but definitely worth all the work.  
I love being able to hide my TV, but since I got rid of the book shelf  I had in the living room, I needed to make the best use of this space.  So ~ I put many of the books behind the TV and around it.

I like how the TV doesn't stand out or demand attention as the focal point of the living room.  I know armoirs aren't as "in" these days because of all the wide screen TVs, but I wanted to draw attention away from the TV instead of to it.  I think the books surrounding it help accomplish this, while allowing me to have all the necessary equipment, store my DVD's, tapes, and a few accessories.  Now I like it open as well as closed.

 The armoir is really tall and not as easy to decorate the top as some of my other furniture.   I think the goose is too big for up there, but there he stays for now.

Decorating the sides was another matter.  Since the armoir was so tall, it made anything else I wanted to put next to it look tiny. I found some antique tin art at Scott's and tried to use it to balance the wall.

I love this rusty heart and it's warm colors and the scrolly metal thing was only $10.

 On the other side I hung a single piece of tin work that is much longer.

Love chippy paint and rust.  I think that kind of describes me these days, or at least how I feel since I've been sick all week.  Looking forward to feeling chipper again instead of chippy. 
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Debbiedoo's said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better Penny. Love your armoir and I think you have decorated it perfectly. Some really neat pieces you have there.

Sall's Country Life said...

Love your new armoir and how you've painted it! I so agree with you about hiding the tv, why do they command so much of our attention? Glad you're feeling better, have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Cindy this is a fantastic piece. I cannot imagine painting it though it is so big!! You have done such a great job with all the pretties you have on top and on the wall by it. I see we have the same taste in movies too- spotted Pride and Prejudice there!

I took everything out of my craft closet this weekend. I am afraid this is going to be a long time in getting this finished! Started to wipe the walls down to get it ready to paint and I think someone hid in that closet and smoked when they were a teen- It is so dirty and has that real rough texture which makes it very difficult to wash! Sometimes I wonder why I start the things I do! This room isn't used much is the plus side of the story so I can take my time (I don't think we are having a house full of company anytime soon hopefully!)

Wondering if it will be done for the Where Women Create Party this summer. With the way I get things done I better not hold my breath!

bee blessed

Jane said...

I love the way the armoir looks painted. But, I really love the way your filled in around the tv with books, so it's pretty to look at open, too. Would love to do something like this in my living room. Who knows? Maybe with the popularity of wall-mounted big flat screen televisions, there will more and more armoir showing up in the resale and consignment shops! Hadn't thought of it that way.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Looks great Penney. I like the decor you choose for the top and wowzers all that storage and the tv enclosed too.. doesnt get better than that.

maryaguer said...

Wonderful armoir! Do you mind telling where you got the cotton ball wreath? Is it real cotton? I grew up in West Texas where there grew a lot of cotton, but I've never seen a cotton ball wreath. I love it!
BTW, I love your home and I envy your creativity!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Oh Cindy, I hope you feel better soon. Colds can really drag you down. The armoire looks fabulous but I can only imagine how much work it took to paint it! I have an armoire in my living room that holds our flat screen too. It is dark wood and I really can't imagine painting it. It is 2 pieces but still looks like too much work! I love how you have yours decorated too! Get out and enjoy this sunshine!~Hugs, Patti

dee dee said...

What a great hutch! I really like the way you have added books in and around the TV, wonderful idea!
Dee Dee

Cottage Rose said...

Hello,,, I love how you decorated your Armoir,,,, I have one and never seem to get it looking right,,, so after seeing yours,,I just might have to use some of them.... it is so lovely.... have a great week....


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It's gorgeous!! It's an endless struggle of mine trying to make the tv look non-dominant. Your solution is PERFECT!!


Maki said...

Wow! I can see that the big armoir would take a lot of work! It really turned out So Beautiful! The tin-work art looks really good at the side. I have always tried to put the T.V. so that it's not the first thing to see when you walk into a room and this does that so well!

Great job, Cindy
Hugs, Maki

Maki said...

Wow! I can see that the big armoir would take a lot of work! It really turned out So Beautiful! The tin-work art looks really good at the side. I have always tried to put the T.V. so that it's not the first thing to see when you walk into a room and this does that so well!

Great job, Cindy
Hugs, Maki

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