Kids Art Desk from an Armoire

A friend of Gail’s found this kid-sized armoire in a pile of furniture on the side of the road.  Knowing that Gail (of My Repurposed Life) is a genius at refabbing old furniture, the friend brought the whole pile to her.  I’m pretty amazed by what she did with the armoire.


Inspired by another armoire transformation she’d seen on a home improvement show, Gail decided to turn hers into a children’s art desk!  She made some repairs and did a little chopping and sawing to get the piece just right.  The addition of a drop down table really put things in motion.  Gail gave the cabinet a fresh coat of paint (including chalkboard paint inside the doors), new hardware, and stocked it with art supplies.  What a fun place for kids to create!


You’ve got to check out how Gail made this kid-friendly-craft armoire at My Repurposed Life.

Amazing Armoire Makeover

Sara from Thrifty Treasures scored this armoire through Freecycle.  That’s right, someone gave this sturdy piece up for free!  It had great lines and was in pretty decent shape, but Sara couldn’t resist the urge to give it a new look.

Thrifty Treasures armoire before

That’s the beauty of free–it’s completely safe to experiment!  Sara painted the armoire with white chalk paint.  She added a fabric panel to the back for some visual interest when the doors are open.  The standout feature of this makeover is what Sara did to the doors.  She added a raised design to the door panels with Glacage, then painted over the design.  The result is gorgeous!

Thrifty Treasures armoire after

You can find out more about this makeover at Thrifty Treasures.

Grocery Store Play Area from an Antique Armoire

This Christmas, Kristen from Inspired Whims presented her daughter with a completely adorable gift that she crafted from a beautiful antique mahogany wardrobe.  The wardrobe was a $20 Craigslist find.

Inspired Whimsy store before

With paint, new hardware, wood shelves, and kid-friendly store items, this old wardrobe was transformed into a kid-friendly grocery store!  Kristen said it best: “Tell me you don’t want to be a kid again when you see this!”  It’s a delightful transformation that is sure to inspire lots of fun, imaginative play.

Inspired Whimsy store after

You can read more about this project at Inspired Whims.

Outdoor Garden Armoire

Karin from Art Is Beauty got this armoire from a friend who had recently moved. It had been damaged in the move, and one of the doors was ripped off.

old armoire

Karin’s original plan to repair the door and put the armoire in her bedroom came to a halt when she realized it would make the perfect potting shed. Isn’t she a beaut?!? Karin can now enjoy her lovely potting shed while reveling in the fact that it only cost her $11. Plus, she doesn’t have to worry about an aching back!

armoire to potting shed

Head on over to Art Is Beauty to see the complete transformation.