After collecting lots of inspiration (shown in this post), I decided on Martha Stewart Plummage (color matched to Behr paint). I have no experience with Martha's paint, I am just comfortable with Behr.
Isn't she pretty?!? I think she's officially lost her nickname, "The Beast." Perhaps I should call her, "Beauty."
After the experience I had painting the bookcases, which are a similar pine, I decided to try a different route with the paint. After giving her a good cleaning, I rolled on a thick layer of primer (read about my favorite brand here).
|Yes, we store our Christmas tree in it! And games. And random decor. Told you it was big! TWSS|
I didn't see any point in painting the inside. But my goal was to just get it done! And the thought of emptying it out made me tired.
Since the armoire is so big, I wasn't able to move it far, or place paper under the legs. So when it came time to paint the feet, I slid a notecard under and painted with a small art brush.
Since I covered the wood completely with the primer, it only required two coats of Behr Latex in an eggshell finish. I used a foam roller for the flat surfaces, and an angled Purvy brush for the nooks and crannies. The hinges and hardware are literally branded in to the wood, so I just painted around them with a tiny art brush. So much for switching them out.
I can't believe the difference! And once again, I'm left wondering what the heck took me so long to paint this thing?!?! And I even like the hardware now. The texture and weight of the armoire is still fairly rustic, so I don't think slick new hardware would look good anyway.
Another unexpected bonus, is how the blue in the armoire connects with the blue undertones of the wingchair. Since recovering the wingchair isn't part of The Plans, I'm thrilled that it blends with the room more smoothly now.
Flashing back to a Before shot:
And now with Blue Beauty. You'll also notice I did a chair switcheroo, and cleaned up the wall between the fireplace and armoire.
I much prefer the cane barrel chair here, as it doesn't block the fireplace like the taller wingchair. A sheepskin throw and pillow add some interest until I can decide what fabric to recover the cushions in.
And that's another item, crossed off the list! I've linked what's been done so far if you need to catch up. What do you think so far?
LIVING ROOM TO-DO LIST
Paint Table Tiles
Paint Hall Chest
Paint/Wallpaper Nook Walls
Add Nailhead to Wingchair
New Covers for Barrel Chair Cushions