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I am SO excited to share my transformation of this dark dated Vintage Armoire.

Do you Remember this old thing? A friend sent me a text saying it was on the side of the road and I had to come and save it. My wonderful husband managed to get it home to me after some ingenuity on his part lol.

I knew I wanted to update it’s tired worn look to be Modern, Bright and Bold. After seeing this dramatic wallpaper I knew I needed to give her interior a fresh and dramatic look.

I thought I was done but her exterior just didn’t match her new bold interior. I knew she needed some visual interest on her flat boring doors and I decided to try an application I had seen on closet doors to give her a little pizzaz. So I set out to find and apply a ceiling medallion to her.

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Foam brush
  • No More Nails adhesive
  • Painter’s tape
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Faux-plaster ceiling medallion (mine are 16″ in diameter)
  • 2 Glass Dummy doorknob (one per medallion)

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Step 1

Spray the medallions with a spray primer and allow to dry.

Step 2

Paint the medallions the same colour as the door and allow to dry.

Step 3

Ensure the medallion is centered, use a tape measure to find the center of your door and the height to want you knob to be. Lay the doors on a flat, dry clean surface and place the medallions on the doors using the center mark as reference. Lightly trace the medallions with a pencil for placement. Remove the medallions and using the foam brush paint No More Nails adhesive around the inside and outside edge of the backside of the medallion. Carefully place the medallion back on the doors using the traced out line as your guide. Allow to adhesive to dry for 24hours or manufactures instructions.

Step 4

Attach doors to Armoire and do a quick touch up paint around the edge of the medallions.

Step 5

To finish, I installed a dummy knob in the center of each of the medallions. Dummy knobs are nonworking knobs simply screw into the surface of the door and act as handles, allowing you to open and close the door. And there you have it, simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… plain doors transformed.

I added hooks and a thrift store mirror I painted out black to finish off the interior.


I love how this project turned out. I think being bold with colour and materials is such a fun way to update vintage dated pieces!

Stunning – AND I did it with a dated piece of furniture and paint!

I bet you will never look at a disregarded piece of furniture the same again.

Are you now a up-cycle believer now?