Hey, guys, do you remember that cubby in our master bath that I hoped to use for linen storage? Finding an armoire that would fit has turned out to be quite a challenge. There is no room for error when you have walls on three sides. I did finally find an armoire, but it isn’t pretty. Yet. My latest rags to riches project: diy linen storage from tv armoire. I’m not finished with it yet, but wanted to show you what I started with, what I have done so far, and ask for your opinion on what to do next.
I found this tv armoire at a local thrift store when they were having a 25% off sale. I scored it for $65!
It had two major things going for it, and a few negatives.
- The arched top was a must have for the French armoire style I was hoping for. Some cabinets just have a curved trim at the top, but this one has the actual arched top.
- It fits! At least, I’m pretty sure it does. I measured several times, but it will be a tight fit, so if I messed up by a fraction…..
- I love the arched molding at the top, but I really don’t care for dentil molding. When I bought the cabinet, I thought it would be a simple process to remove the dentil molding. Unfortunately, it sits down in a groove and I can’t see a way to get it out without destroying the surrounding wood.
- It needs shelving added to the inside, which I expected to do with any cabinet I found.
- Lots of filler needed for the large gouges on the sides. I’m not too concerned about this because it will be sitting in that cubby and the sides won’t be exposed. I do want to make it look as good as possible, though, just in case we decide to move it or sell it later.
- This thing is HEAVY! Pray for me when it’s time to move it from the garage to the bathroom. I don’t hold up my end of the deal very well when it comes to heavy lifting, so Richard needs extra patience and muscle.
So, first up, as usual, was cleaning and sanding. Then I added some moldings to cover the dentil molding. I attached the first piece with a brad nailer, but the brads didn’t go all the way in, so I had to hammer them in. Which I couldn’t do without bending them, so I had to clip off the ends, and fill my dents from hammering. Ugh! Richard pointed out later that I didn’t have the pressure turned up high enough on the air compressor.
I had to add a second piece of molding below the first piece to cover the gaps showing underneath. This time I attached it with epoxy and taped it in place. This picture doesn’t show it, but I did add the molding to the sides as well.
Next, I wanted to add some details that reflect the French Country vibe I like so much. I searched through my stash and found another applique like the one I used on the mirror in our master bedroom.
I wanted the applique to somewhat follow the curve of the arched top, and this one is a bit too straight. So, what to do? I trimmed off the ends to better fit in the space.
Lots of filler was needed in the gouges on the sides.
And that’s as far as I have gotten. I’m a bit stumped on the doors. They have a very narrow frame around the edges, but I want a bit more detail. I don’t care for the current fake inlay look, so let’s not go there, ok? I haven’t primed yet because that inlay will be good for lining up whatever trim I decide to add.
I saved a few French armoires on pinterest so that you can see the look I am going for.
So, here are my thoughts on detail options for this linen storage/ tv armoire project.
- I can add some simple molding around the doors.
- I could get some very thin wood and cut curved pieces to fit just inside the edge trim of the doors to fake the look of the doors on my inspiration photos. Not sure if it will just look dumb, though.
- I could totally fake it and paint some faux molding- not sure I have the skill to do that, though.
What would you suggest for the doors? Should I measure my cubby yet again before I go any farther? 😛