Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Design Tips: Charming DIY Storage for any Armoire!

You can never have too much storage in your house. If it’s not already there, add some with a customized armoire or entertainment center with doors.

If you don’t have one, buy one… it doesn’t have to be expensive. Shop at garage sales, antique stores or buy one new at affordable places like Ikea or Target. Look for the size and shape you like. You can fix the rest!

The Better Homes and Gardens website’s inspiring article, “Revamped Armoires for Small-Space Storage” by Allison Maze

is about what you can store and how to customize

your armoire. Think glassware, making a baking center, pet center, kids’ room storage or home office… that’s just the start of the idea list!

Here are some of my own tips to get you started.

Paint it! Refinishing is rewarding, but it’s hard, messy work. If the armoire needs refreshing, just pick a color you like. Paint is easy and fun. Choose your color, and remember paint comes in lots of beautiful woodsy browns, too, if you want a warm neutral look without the refinishing hassle.

Before you paint, make sure any loose finishes are removed and the surface is clean. If you have no idea what you’ll be painting over, get some of my very favorite primer of all time: UMA brand “XIM” Bonding Primer. It’s water-based and it’s tintable. It sticks to almost anything that is difficult to paint: shiny enamels, varnishes, plastics, even glass and metal. I’ve stopped experimenting, when I prime something I don’t know, I just reach for my trusty can of XIM. It’s available at many quality paint stores such as Sherwin-Williams, Rodda and Miller. Read the directions for best results.

Customize the inside! Make it fun: Paint it a contrasting color, line it with wallpaper, fabric or corkboard. Make it specific: choose your purpose then add special shelving like glasses racks or sliding shelves or remove shelving to make the armoire to suit your needs. Drill holes in the back to run cords, move shelves around or whatever.

Until next time!

--Elaine Bothe


Photos and article “Revamped Armoires for Small-Space Storage” by Allison Maze courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Click here for information about UMA “XIM” Bonding Primer.

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