On the heels of the painted vanity project, and before I’ve completely worked up the courage to turn the kitchen cabinets gray…
What to do with this armoire:
It’s an art deco monstrosity, inherited from my great grandmother, about 5 feet tall and perhaps best suited to my parents’ interim use for it: inside a walk-in closet, holding out of season clothes and winter sports gear. They offered it to us when we bought the house. The price (free) was right, and we’ve been using it for well over a year.
I use the monster to hold all of my clothes, since we haven’t invested in a real bedroom set yet. (It’s on The List, but… we’ve been prioritizing the areas of the house where we spend more awake time, and that more people see.)
Even after we get a new bedroom set for our room, we probably won’t get rid of the monster. The deep drawers have great storage, and the armoire portion has cedar panels, so it’s great for sweaters. I could see it ending up in a guest room, full of out of season clothes, or as furniture in a kid room.
Since it is still long for this world, and art deco is so far from our style, I’ve been trying to think of what I can do to update it.
Other than a water mark (I think) along one side, it’s in remarkably good condition. I just can’t get past the inlaid art deco triangle pattern on the door and bottom drawers, and the triangular pulls:
The pulls are screwed on:
so they should be easy enough to remove and replace with updated hardware. The front surfaces may be more problematic.
If I could figure out how to even out the seams between wood pieces to hide the triangles, I could paint it white (or black, or any other color), replace the hardware, and call it a day. I’m not sure how best to do that, though. Suggestions appreciated!