When going for a monochromatic look on furniture….stick to colors that are from the same hue. Monochromatic does not mean ONE COLOR….but similar colors from the same tone. This outdated early 1980’s armoire was “reloved” with five shades from the tan color family. You can do this with any color you want….and it really is so very simple to create a gorgeous feature piece like this for your own home!
I chose to use Heirloom Traditions Paint for this project. All colors used will be listed in my “shop now” section at the end of this post. Be sure to use my 10% off coupon code FANCY if you decide you want to purchase these products – thank you!
I chose to use the four lighter shades on the front of the armoire. It was very large in size….and I felt that using the darkest of tans called Espresso would be overpowering. I used Irish Cream on the door front panels. This served as a nice backdrop for the French script stencil. The words are very thin and dainty….so I used Espresso to make them pop. The indented trim around the stenciled panels was done with Row House. And the raised trim around the door panels was done with Mocha….which is a milk chocolate color that is really yummy! So yummy that I chose it for the color on the entire body of the chest!
And then BAM…..we can’t always be so serious without a little play….so those side panels!!!
I used a lace stencil to create the pattern….once again using Irish Cream….but stenciling with the bold Espresso this time. It is such an unexpected look….and not for everyone….but I love a good twist on styles…and this was my version of a twist on this piece!
I really felt that the raised trim at the arch of this armoire was meant to “frame” something…but nothing was there! I wanted something with depth and dimension! I found this cameo broach at a local crafting store and felt it was just perfect for the space. The edge of the cameo was trimmed in gold…so I added a gold stripe to the raised trim with my favorite gold: Liquid Leaf ….because every piece of furniture deserves a touch of glam! Speaking of glam…..I changed out the original hardware for the gorgeous gold and glass knobs! AH-mazing right???
I carried the stencil surprise inside…adding it to the drawer fronts. And for the final and fifth shade of tan….I painted the inside of the doors in a shade called Scanda. I also used a water-based top coat in Satin to seal.
So there you have it….a show stopping feature piece! And it was so easy!!!
Heirloom Traditions Paint Company developed a chalk based type paint that requires no prep work. Just paint and wax and you are done!
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|Espresso (dark brown)||Irish Cream (white)||Mocha (warm brown)|
|Row House (soft tan)||Scanda (neutral tan)||Tapered Chalk Brush|
|Script Stencil||Lace Stencil|| Water-Based
Top Coat (Satin)
|Gold Liquid Leaf|
This armoire was purchased by a salon owner and is now used to store product for a beautician!
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