my studio: before and after armoire …

November 2, 2010

so, this beast of an armoire was my in laws.  they have had it for years in their dining room.  we inherited it about 2-3 years ago, because i knew the one day when my studio was done, i would want it to store all my goodies. 
so, there it sat in our third car garage for years, until our basement was done.  then i lacked the motivation to actually paint the sucker.  i mean it’s huge, plus, you not only have to paint the outside, but also the inside.  needless to say, it was quite the project.  but, i am SO happy that it is finally finished and has found it’s new home in my studio.
as you can tell, the above picture is the before.  lots of fun off white, faux gold finish with chicken wire in the glass, and some interesting brass hardware.
and, here she is today…. the after.

 i painted it all white, with the inside back wall a nice robin’s egg blue to match my stained floors.  i thought that was a nice touch, plus i had the extra paint already from norah’s nursery.

here is a little peek at one of my desks and my new cabinets i just got hung over the weekend.  i am thrilled to see all my plans finally coming together.  i’ll share more soon!
a detailed shot of the inside.  the shelves aren’t styled yet whatsoever, i just threw a few things in there.  but, it’s been so great to get all my stuff organized!  i had a goal to have my studio organized and put together by the end of october so i could work on my jewelry for my upcoming shows.  i barely made the cut!  now, i just have the finishing details to work on.
and, can i tell you how productive it has been for me to have things somewhat organized?  i have even been able to design and make a few things.  here’s a little peek of a few necklaces i’ve been working on.
i’m loving the simple geometric shape ones! 

well, back to work i suppose! 

p.s. i’ll post these in my armelle jewelry shop soon.  if you just can’t wait, let me know which one you are interested in, and i will make a listing for you right away.

25 thoughts on “my studio: before and after armoire …

  1. .caroline armelle.

    thanks for the nice comments!

    leah- we stained them ourselves, we went the cheaper route, so it's more like paint. but you can but it at home depot, and it's called concrete stain, and you can tint it to any color you like. just make sure you do a primer under it and a top coat.

    ..M.. the blue in my armoire is robins nest by benjamin moore.

  2. Jen Schenk

    This is really a great space. The colors are so inviting, and I think the styling in the armoire is very cute. I love all the elements together, the light fixture, the floors, and of course your wallpaper! I love it!

  3. Judy

    I absolutely love what you have done with this armoire. I saw it over at House of Turquoise and had to come by to check out your blog. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much. I can't wait to look around your blog and check it all out. It looks gorgeous.

  4. Catherine Hansen Peart

    Beautiful! Also, I was so excited to see that little floral tin inside the armoire as well. I picked up exactly the same one at a thrift store a few weeks ago for less than a dollar. I love it! So bright and cheery.


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