A few weeks ago, I participated in MMF and showed this oak tv armoire that I purchased from my friend's shop for $60. I painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Arles. Arles is a nice golden yellow color. I have a flat screen tv in my sunroom in an armoire with doors. I want to replace that armoire with this newly repainted armoire. Here's the before picture of the armoire.
A close up of the armoire with the hardware painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze. I used an artist brush and dry brushed some black paint into the crevices. I waxed the entire piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I love the finish these products give a piece of furniture.
The last picture of the armoire and my sunroom fabrics. I just have to use this piece in my sunroom, and now as to why it's still sitting in my garage.(smh)
I made a mistake! I eyeballed the fact that my flat screen would fit in this piece. Well... the armoire is 3/4" too narrow for my flat screen tv. I'm pondering my options because one way or another, I'm going to put this beauty in my sunroom. The color is perfect plus this is a solid sturdy armoire. I love it. I'll keep you posted and share a picture once it's in place in my sunroom. I should have measured first. I worked my behind off on painting and waxing this piece so I'm determined to have it in my sunroom.
Thanks for looking. I mentioned that I would share pictures of it once I had it painted.
Gorgeous job- how I envy your talent. We have tv(flat screen)in armoire that doesn't fit the front opening, but we were able to put in at an angle and then straighten around. Seems our front had a tiny lip at sides of opening. that took away 1"
Posts: 3135 | Location: Michigan and sw Florida | Registered: May 16, 2007
Pretty good eye IF you came in within 3/4"! When I was working where I was in the shop checking on custom pieces everyday, I had my eye honed to pick up the difference between a 9mm and 10mm spacing for bored holes! (got the men anxious when I would walk over to their station) so I know how we can learn to TRUST our eye. Let me also give you another compliment... one of the ways your eye can be fooled is with that face front molding in the front, so YOU were CORRECT with trusting your 'eye' as the back should fit the TV... right? seems wider in the back visually...
LOVE the way it came out AFTER you painted it! NO matter where you put this piece, it has the look of a better quality, so it will be a good piece to show!
Posts: 9751 | Location: East Space Coast, Florida zone 9B | Registered: Feb 11, 2003
It's wonderful! Now for the "that's the stupid question of the day". Is it too narrow because of the trim pieces in the front? I misjudged my TV by just a tad so I took off the back, slid it in and TADA! Yes, the trim on the armoire covers the trim on the TV but the screen is sized perfectly.
Posts: 1967 | Location: Northern New Jersey | Registered: Mar 23, 2008
Thank you all for your kind comments on this project. I really do love working with Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax. It provides a wonderful finish to the furniture.
The 3/4" too narrow measurement is from the inside of the cabinet wall to cabinet wall. It's not the measurement of the front from trim to trim. I wish it were because then I would have no problem.
If the idea my son came up with does not work, then I will be going to the store with a tape measure in hand looking for a tv that will fit this cabinet. I have to use it for a tv because this is my small sunroom that's my tv viewing area in our home. It's kind of like my little haven.
Froo, I love that. I will most definitely measure twice and paint once in the future. Lesson learned! I will NOT be eyeballing things in the future. What's most frustrating is my husband when I told him what I was actually going to use the cabinet for, he immediately said without measuring that my tv was too wide. I asked him how he knew that, he said he could tell by just looking. So he must have a spot on eye! Needless to say, he told me that the very day I completed painting and waxing the cabinet. (rolling my eyes) I live and I learn.
A quart of Annie Sloan will go a long way. I almost used the entire quart because I did 3 coats inside and out which isn't always necessary in every color. It also depends on look you want to achieve. On the final coat, to have smoothness, use 5% water mixed with your paint. It's amazing and truly a joy to use this paint. I also highly recommend her wax over her paint to give the furniture a hard shell finish. If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to help if I can. Have fun.
Thank you PaintLady. I've wanted to try the AS paint since you posted your Armoire. It's been awhile since I've had the time to paint or refinish furniture but am looking forward to my project. Hopefully a quart of the Annie Sloan will be enough.
well you could off set the flat screen or do like dh did...he taped off the space on either side of our existing entertainment center and ground it out, till it slipped in....ours was a bit messy as it was pressed wood under the lam!
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