Looking for an original way to give a tired old wardrobe a fresh, new makeover? How about painting it and wallpapering the inside.
Yes, the moment you have been waiting for has arrived, today is the day that I reveal my first bedroom makeover project.
Remember this wardrobe at the foot of our bed?
When I asked for your suggestions for my bedroom makeover, several of you suggested I paint this baby white. Well that was already on my list. This particular wardrobe is pretty big, both in the sense of high, wide and deep, and with all of its colonial darkness, it was overpowering my bedroom quite a bit. I wanted to make it a bit less ‘present’ so to speak.
But before I show you one more time how it looks now let me tell you something about this wardrobe.
When we moved in 6 years ago we hired a professional moving company to move our stuff. This wardrobe had been in our bedroom in our last home and I wanted it in this bedroom too. The movers took one look at it and decided that they wouldn’t be able to get it up the stairs, so they decided to lift it over the balcony at the back of the house.
And they did….
It took six! heavyweight, strong as an ox, highly trained, professional movers to lift and hoist it up and over that balcony wall. At a certain point two men were pushing it up with a broom while four men were on top hanging on the ropes trying to lift it up. I died seven deaths. I couldn’t watch, I was so afraid those ropes would break and the men on the ground would be crushed. But those guys were good, and they got the elephant onto the first floor.
Let’s move it into the bedroom….
Oh dear, no matter what and how they tried they couldn’t get it into my bedroom. The landing in front of my bedroom door was simply to narrow to make it turn and tipping it over didn’t help either. They tried with all of their professional expertise for half an hour and then gave up. So they moved it back into the room with the balcony.
That would be the current guest room.
A teeny, tiny guest room.
A post-stamp sized guest room.
So it stayed there for a couple of months until I got tired of it, and then we took action.
We put a saw to it….
Yes you read that right, we cut that baby in half.
We took the doors off, the panels in the sides could be taken out and then there were only the front supports and the back left. And we just took a saw and literally cut the wardrobe in half.
Then we could move it into the bedroom.
We reassembled it and put some reinforcements in on the inside.
And in all fairness, you couldn’t even tell. The picture shows the cut all blown up and ugly, but in reality it was hardly noticeable.
Of course if we ever move, I’ll have to perform the same surgery all over again. but who says we are moving….
Ok then onto the reveal.
It won’t be a big surprise that I painted this one white.
And if I say so myself it looks really good in white. For added interest I added a little scrolly iron thing that I had lying around. Originally it was dark brown iron, but I just painted it along with the wardrobe and distressed it just as the wood.
This wardrobe really needed to be distressed. It was made using repurposed old wood and it is full of dents and bruises and gaps everywhere. And the paint will likely chip anyway (we are not exactly known as careful people). This way the ‘state of the paint’, and the ‘state of the wood’ are not contradictory to each other (does that make sense at all?).
Anyway now that she is white, the wardrobe blends in much more and is no longer this dark, overpowering, gigantic ‘object’ at the foot of our bed.
I really think it looks so much better now.
But I didn’t stop there. I decided to give the inside a little makeover too.
Paint was one of the elements in this, but I added something else….
Wait for it (drumroll please)….
Wait, hold your breath….
There are birds in my bedroom.
I painted the inside white, covered it with wallpaper and added an extra shelf. And now this wardrobe makeover DIY is finished! White painted and wallpapered my wardrobe is ready for a new lease on life.
I love it!
Because the wardrobe was so rough, especially on the inside, I glued the wallpaper to some – cut to size- cardboard first. I used double sided tape, but in hindsight I should have used spray glue, because I think that would have given an even better and ‘tighter’ look.
Songbird has birdies in her wardrobe.
Three different kind of birdies.
One of them is a Blue tit (In Dutch he is called a Pimpelmeesje) and while I was wallpapering I remembered that as an eight year old girl I did a presentation in school on the Blue tit. Life has a funny way of bringing back memories that were lost, doesn’t it.
I couldn’t be more happy with how this DIY wardrobe makeover project turned out. This wardrobe is the star of my bedroom now. And I am sure I will get so much use out of her.
What do you think? Love or hate?