Re-Love Project…before and after

Laminate Armoire Transformed with DIY Wood "Tiling" | The Painted Hive

I’m so excited to finally share this!

If you’re not new here, you’re probably aware of my involvement in the Re-Love Project and what it’s all about. For those of you who don’t know, in short it’s a Feast Watson campaign in collaboration with Salvos Stores which sees eight design personalities “re-love” a neglected item of furniture with the resulting pieces being auctioned for charity. Pretty cool, huh? You can read my first post about it here and learn more on the Feast Watson website here.

It’s such a wonderful campaign, and is bigger and better than ever this year, which I’m thrilled to be involved with alongside some pretty impressive peeps!

Anyhoo, as revealed in my previous post about the project, I started with this basic melamine wardrobe which I picked up for $50…

Feast Watson Re-Love Project Before

Rather than take on a sympathetic restoration, I wanted to challenge myself to completely re-imagine something very ubiquitous in the hope of inspiring others to think a bit sideways. I’m sure many of you guys have an item like this languishing away in a dark corner somewhere. Or maybe you’ve frequently passed up similar pieces in charity stores or at garage sales. They do come across as rather potential-less.

Well, despite a few hiccups along the way, numerous vision adaptations and those customary moments of self-doubt (I really didn’t think I was going to pull this one off!), things actually worked out in the end and I’m stoked with the result! I think – I’ve been staring at if for too long now.

The mid-century modern mood of this piece is a departure from my usual farmhouse-y style which made for a slightly ambitious, yet fun, creative challenge. I’m under no illusion this is a piece for everyone though am hopeful the basic principle of the make-over sparks a few ideas. The possibilities are almost endless!

So, here’s how the whole thing went down…



I know this goes without saying, though to begin with I gave everything a really good clean, took off the doors, pulled out the drawers and removed all the hardware.

Note: I failed to do this, though before removing the doors it would have been beneficial to measure the gap between them and the gap where they meet the drawers. This just would have saved me some guesswork whilst I was attaching the hexagons in terms of allowing for any negative space. Also, it’s a good idea to mark the doors as left and right. My doors were identical though sometimes they have individual quirks and need to be hung a particular way.


Sides, Base & Top

To give the hexagons a nice frame of sorts I decided to add a new over-hanging top and base (I was also going to add side cladding though decided against it in the end).

First I needed to lose the ugly toe-kick. This can either be filled or removed entirely. For ease I opted to simply cut mine off using our plunge track saw (you could also use a jigsaw or circular saw).

Cutting Off the Toe Kick

To create the new base and top, I cut two identical panels from basic ply sheet (if you don’t have the right tools, or if you’re not confident with cutting timber, you could have it trimmed to size at the hardware store). Next I sanded them thoroughly, finishing with fine grit paper for a nice smooth finish, then sprayed them black (Dulux Duramax in Flat Black).

Mid Century Modern Wardrobe Makeover

For the wardrobe sides, I first counter-sunk the visible screws and filled the holes.

Counter-Sinking the Screw Heads

I then sanded down the sides thoroughly using an orbital palm sander and heavy grit paper.

Sanding Melamine

Melamine is slick and shiny so thorough sanding is required to ensure any topical application adheres well. I also noticed that using coarse paper created a subtle texture which, once painted, gave the melamine the look of timber! I taped off the wardrobe as necessary to avoid over-spray then painted the sides black to match the top and base.

Spray Painting Laminate

To attach the new top to the wardrobe I first smothered the panel with liquid nails, clamped it in place as best I could, drilled some small pilot holes then screwed it down from the inside of the wardrobe.

Before attaching the base to the wardrobe, the new feet (see below) were connected first. The wardrobe was then lifted on top and maneuvered into position. Once again I then drilled some pilot holes and screwed the base on from inside the wardrobe. To give the base added strength extra long screws were also drilled through each foot.

Attaching a New Top and Base to Furniture

Note: I originally planned to use white paint to create a modern Scandi look (which is super popular at the moment) though something about it just didn’t gel. Black simply worked better with the rich wood tones, tying-in beautifully with the darker hexagons and creating a more resolved finish. I was also tempted by the idea of navy blue, which I think could have looked really beautiful, though for the sake of the charity auction I wanted to keep things neutral to appeal to more buyers.



Now, I will admit, we went kinda fancy with our feet. Saying that, it wasn’t difficult, it just wasn’t the fastest and easiest option. I know many of you probably don’t want the hassle of making your own feet (which is understandable – I fought the idea for a few weeks!). As an alternative you can buy quite reasonably priced ready to attach ones. If you would like to have a go at making your own, like I mentioned, it’s really not that hard and is super affordable – plus you can create something completely custom!

I started by working out the general shape I wanted then cutting four identical feet from cheap framing pine (commonly known as 2×4) using our drop saw.

DIY Mid Century Furniture Feet

I then cut some lengths of pine to form a connecting frame (two long lengths for the front and rear, and two shorter lengths for the sides). Next I biscuit joined (if you don’t have a biscuit joiner you could screw and dowel) the feet to the long lengths of pine (sorry, I didn’t get a pic of this though you can imagine the two longer lengths of pine with feet at either end – refer to the below pic of the finished frame for a visual) and clamped them in place.

Biscuit Joining Feet

Once set, they were then biscuit joined to the shorter lengths of pine to form the complete frame.

DIY Custom Mid Century Modern Furniture Feet

Once set, I gave the entire thing a really good sand before staining it (Feast Watson Prooftint in Oak) and sealing it (three coats of Feast Watson Scandinavian Oil).

Staining the Base

It was then attached to the new base panel with glue and screws before being connected to the wardrobe (see above).

Note: This wardrobe is HEAVY and it was really important that the new feet were structurally capable, especially given they are angled so have outward force. I was tempted to forgo the joinery step and simply glue and screw everything directly to the base though this wouldn’t have provided the bracing strength needed. For a more lightweight item of furniture you could get away with it though.



My initial inspiration for this project came from a hexagonal garden screen I saw in a hardware store one day. Don’t ask me how I went from metal fretwork screen to timber mosaic wardrobe though it somehow set the wheels in motion.

Of course, this process is essentially parquetry which is a century old technique. I like to think of it more as wood tiling – at least that’s how it felt – and the design possibilities are almost endless!

Note: I did play around with some other shapes and patterns though decided to stick with my original hexagonal design because based on some research I did apparently it’s quite unique (parquetry-wise) and is also bang on trend at the moment. I’d like to experiment with different patterns and more rustic tones in the future.

I wanted this to be an appealing DIY. The type of project that really inspires others to have a go. I figured that hand-cutting a gazillion little shapes wasn’t that appealing so I went about sourcing some ready-made ones (you could fabricate your own from sheets of ply or veneer – especially if your design is quite simple). I assumed that affordable wooden shapes would be easy to find…ah, not so much. These things are pricey! After loads of research my only option was buying in bulk from China. Fortunately, I actually needed a bulk amount. I obtained 2mm thick x 80mm wide raw ply hexagons from this Alibaba seller at 12 cents a piece – bargain. I ordered 500 and used around 350. I found this seller really great to deal with and they can create custom shapes at custom sizes. Ah, the possibilities! I already have another idea brewing!

From the beginning my vision for the cladding was a multi-toned mosaic in warm honey tones, reflecting the honeycomb nature of the pattern (by sheer co-incidence it ties in nicely with my blog theme too!). I only used two different stains (Feast Watson Prooftint in Golden Teak and Feast Watson Prooftint in Oak) along with a colour reducer (Feast Watson Prooftint Colour Reducer) yet I created numerous shades by mixing different quantities together and applying either generously or sparingly. I hand-stained each hexagon, dipping my brush from colour to colour and coating each shape to achieve random tones. It sounds very tedious though was surprisingly quick and quite therapeutic!

Staining the Hexagons

Once all of my hexagons were stained it was time to get “tiling”! I started with a wardrobe door. First I drew a rough grid on the door (just to provide a general guide) then after some careful contemplation I began gluing the hexagons down. I started center bottom and after some trial and error, worked out the best method was to brush some glue on the rear of a hexagon, stick it down then move on to the next one. Clamping is crucial as the thin ply warps due to the moisture in the glue. My system was to complete a small portion, clamp it, work on the next section whilst the glue set (around 20 minutes) then move the clamp up. For greater efficiency, I clamped two areas at a time, using two narrow planks of wood and four clamps (two clamps per plank). This allowed me to work continuously until the door was complete!

Attaching Hexagon Parquetry

I then repeated the process with the other door and the drawers.

Note: Prior to attaching any hexagons, it was imperative to first work out where they would join in the middle, where they would meet at the base (with the drawers) and what type of over-hang there would be at the sides and top. This didn’t need to be super precise (I eventually just had to go for it because my brain starting hurting and Christmas was coming!) though it was beneficial to get a good idea of how they would “fit” to avoid the need for any unsightly slivers or obvious mis-matching.

Due to the nature of the hexagonal pattern, there is quite a bit of over-hang. I experimented with two methods of dealing with this; 1) gluing full hexagons on then trimming away any excess with a jigsaw, and 2) pre-cutting the hexagons to fit using my Moto-Saw. I found both methods to be effective though they each had their pros and cons. Using full hexagons was best for areas where only a small portion required trimming off, though I did find that even with careful cutting the jigsaw vibrations caused some minor chipping. Pre-cutting was best when only a small portion of the hexagon was required, though I did need to ensure there was still a minor over-hang which could be sanded flush. If I had to choose just one method, I would go with pre-cutting. It sounds laborious, though it wasn’t that bad plus I was able to use the off-cuts I created as I worked.

Trimming the Hexagons

Once the doors and drawers were completely clad and any over-hang was roughly trimmed, I used a sanding block to sand all of the edges flush (you could use a powered sander).

Sanding the Hexagons

I was concerned this would be difficult and that the hexagons wouldn’t appear straight (one of the reasons I chose not to do this on a tabletop), though the thin ply is incredibly soft and easy to sand so it was actually really simple to achieve perfect lines (tabletop here I come!).

To finish, I sealed the hexagons (around six coats of Feast Watson Scandinavian Oil).

Sealing the Hexagons

This not only provided a beautiful natural lustre though also worked to meld the hexagons by filling any minor gaps. It’s kinda like the grout of this weird wood tiling world…kinda.


Finishing Touches

To complete the overall look, I added a glamorous pop of gold to the rear of the doors with some spray paint (Dulux Duramax Bright Finish in Gold) and replaced the existing hanging rod with a brass one (see pic below) to co-ordinate.

Gold Spray

I also used some black craft paint to finish the visible sides of the doors and drawers along with the front-facing edge of the wardrobe frame (to tie-in with the body of the wardrobe).

Painting the Edges

The handles gave me grief! From the beginning I envisioned simple brass bar pulls though I couldn’t find them anywhere in Australia! And I looked EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t even find what I wanted within my budget on eBay, Alibaba, AliExpress, IndiaMart, Etsy and numerous other international sites. Having handles dipped was going to be way too pricey so I almost resigned myself to buying some chrome ones and spray painting them (a solution I wasn’t thrilled with given this item would be on-sold and the chance of the paint chipping was high). As a last resort I decided to turn to the US. I knew they would have the handles I was after (you guys have everything :-) though from past experience I wasn’t confident about the affordability of shipping. Fortunately, I happened to come across an online store which was not only willing to ship cheaply via USPS though also had the handles on sale – yay! If you’re interested I found them here ($8 each on sale). I initially wanted longer ones in blingy polished brass though am really happy with the look of these.

Brass Bar Handles | The Painted Hive

Originally, the doors were out of alignment. I was a bit concerned that when I re-hung them I wouldn’t be able to get them level. Thankfully, the recessed hinges are adjustable so I could square them up perfectly. This is something to keep in mind when looking at second-hand furniture. Mis-aligned doors can be off-putting though if the hinges are adjustable they probably just need a bit of tweaking.

Aaaaaaand, that’s how you turn a melamine piece of furniture on its head!

Mid-Century Modern Laminate Wardrobe Makeover | The Painted Hive

DIY Hexagon Armoire Interior with a Pop of Gold | The Painted Hive

I love all the random grain directions. I’m also really happy with the way the sprinkle of both extra light and dark hexagons gives the pattern added definition. That was my plan though I had no idea it was actually going to work!

DIY Hexagon Parquetry Wardrobe | The Painted Hive

Melamine Wardrobe Makeover using Hexagon Parquetry | The Painted Hive

Melamine Wardrobe Makeover using Hexagon Parquetry | The Painted Hive

All up this project cost me around $200. I know that’s not super cheap though I also happen to know that this exact wardrobe, in its before state, retails for $300 new! So, for $300 you can have a generic wardrobe from the furniture store OR for $200 you can pick up a second-hand one and – with some elbow grease and imagination – have something completely unique.

Laminate Wardrobe Hack | The Painted Hive

I think I know which one I prefer.

The photos really don’t do this baby justice. On the day I did the shoot it was really dark and gloomy so getting a nice bright shot was tricky.

Here are the before and afters…

DIY Parquetry Laminate Armoire | The Painted Hive

DIY Hexagon Armoire Makeover | The Painted Hive


I hope you guys like it! That said, I do know what some of you are probably thinking; “Why bother doing all that with a cheap ugly flat pack?”. Allow me to explain…

I wanted this to be a BIG transformation. Sure, I could have started with a nice timber piece, though my thinking was, why completely transform something that’s already nice? Nice things don’t need complete overhauls, they just need a little love. Also, nice timber pieces aren’t that plentiful or affordable. Sure, you might get lucky though I know for a fact that cheap ugly flat packs are EVERYWHERE and I was on a tight budget and dead-line for this project. I think using something ubiquitous makes this project much more “real” and replicable. The wardobe is strong and sturdy and isn’t about to fall apart.

I also know that some of you are probably thinking; “For that amount of work why not just build the wardrobe from scratch?”. Again, allow me to explain…

Essentially, this was a glue and screw project. I’m good at those. It’s also the type of cosmetic DIY which I think most inspires my readers. If I built the wardrobe from scratch, I still would have had to “tile” it. Constructing it just would have cost a lot more money and taken a lot more time, not to mention stress (joinery isn’t my strong suit). On top of that, of course the whole idea behind this campaign is to demonstrate how old furniture can be re-loved. As a massive bonus I also got to save it from land-fill – yay!

I’m happy to admit I did go to extra lengths to create something special here as this piece will be auctioned off for charity. Not only did it have to look proper, it actually had to be proper (I don’t want the legs breaking off in two months time!). As far as furniture make-overs go, this was a somewhat involved one, though nothing about it was difficult. The hardest aspect was actually all the figuring out, sourcing and troubleshooting due to the fact I was totally making things up as I went along! Hopefully my tutorial can save you some of the ‘figuring out’ though if found some of my processes a bit full-on, feel free to compromise away. I have mentioned simpler alternatives where possible. You don’t need to go to the same extreme to create an amazing parquet piece that you can feel proud of.

If anything, through this project I simply hope to encourage others to cock their head further, skew their lip harder and look that little bit longer at that seemingly “beyond help” piece of furniture. With a little ingenuity and some elbow grease you can affordably transform almost anything into something truly awesome!


Remember, along with the pieces of the other awesome designers involved with this campaign (be sure to check out their amazing before and afters here), this unique wardrobe is being sold for charity, so if you love it (or know someone else who would) be sure to stay tuned! The eBay auctions kick-off on July 8 and Ill be sure to post again once they go live. In addition, I’m excited to let you know that Feast Watson will be covering shipping costs Australia wide! How awesome is that? Of course, if you’re located outside Australia you are more than welcome to arrange your own freight.

C’mon guys, let’s share this around socially and work up some hype for the Salvos!

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Hi Kristine, this is so awesome I am speechless! Absolutely brilliant – way to go, girl! Featuring this week at The Painted Drawer and thanks SO much for sharing your talent!

  2. You did it again! I am always blown away by your brain and this transformation doesn’t disappoint! Congrats on this project.

    • Thanks so much Gilly :) I think this project actually broke my brain a bit though hopefully it will recover soon enough! I really appreciate your sweet words.

  3. Camille says:

    Wow indeed! A simply amazing job… again! Chapeau, as we say in France! ;)

  4. Just when I thought I’d seen everything! So cool and creative!

  5. Wow, this is unbelievable. When I first saw it I thought it was an old piece of furniture that had been restored but I thought the hexagons and the rest were part of the original design. I didn’t expect this! What a wonderful transformation you’ve done here, it’s beautiful and unique. Very inspiring, thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Maria :) I’m glad I managed to surprise you a little.

  6. It’s hard to believe that is even the same piece of furniture – what an incredible transformation!

    I’ll admit, it gives me a headache just thinking of all you needed to figure out in order to do it though! I do not have a math-loving brain, so I never could have pulled that off!

    Beautifully done!

    • Ha, ha. My brain is the anti-math Angie! It was a challenge though totally worth it in the end – and honestly not that bad really.

  7. Probably the best furniture makeover I’ve seen! It’s beyond awesome!!!! I hope it makes gobs of money for the auction!!

  8. julie says:

    Simply stunning!

  9. julie says:

    I just looked at what all the others did and I have to say yours is by far the best and biggest transformation! Congratulations on such an amazing job.

    • Thank you Julie. Some of the other pieces are really beautiful so that’s a lovely compliment :)

  10. Ardith says:

    This cabinet is drop dead gorgeous, Kristine. I agree with Suzanne, absolutely brilliant. Cheers and have a lovely weekend, Ardith

  11. Ruth says:

    Beautiful project. And, less than an hour after seeing it, I literally stumbled across another website that uses hexagons in an innovative manner. Take a look at the “innovative pixel-life surface designs by the Giles Miller Studio in London” . . .

    • Oh wow, they are really cool. I love the gold ones! Inspiration for a future project perhaps? Thanks for sharing Ruth.

  12. Oh my goodness… excuse me while I go find my JAW. This is so outstandingly original and gorgeous Kristine! Mind blown. I hope this beauty brings your charity a BOATLOAD of cash! So deserving, and what a lucky recipient! I’m featuring you this weekend on Party Junk. :)

    • Thanks Donna. I’ve left a comment over on your lovely site :)

  13. Suzan says:

    Oh. My. God – I’ve never seen anything like this in my life – absolutely incredible – what a makeover !!!
    This should be on a magazine cover !

    • Oh wow, thanks so much Suzan. What a lovely thing to say: made me grin super big!

  14. Mindi says:

    This is just jaw droppingly amazingly BEAUTIFUL! So awesome, and I agree with all your reasoning…of course I pinned, I LOVE it!!

    • Thank you Mindi :) So glad you understand my thinking too…and took the time to read my long-winded explanation in the first place!

  15. Karen says:

    I have no words…. I am speechless… I am in awe of your talent… AMAZING TRANSFORMATION!

  16. Patty Soriano says:

    I popped over from Thistlekeeping…. this had got to be one of the best refinishing jobs I’ve ever seen. Great job! I hope it brings in the top dollar for this organization!! Good luck!

  17. chris aka monkey says:

    i am beyond flabbergasted, this charity is so lucky to have someone as dedicated to repurposing things into crud i can’t even think of a word to describe this i am signing up for emails from you because you are amazing xx

  18. chris aka monkey says:

    oh my i just reread my post i stink at punctuation i certainly did not mean you make things into crud ha ha i meant crud i could not think of a word to describe how awesome i thought this was so sorry xx

    • He, he. No worries Chris. I knew what you meant and I appreciate your kind words :)

  19. Just a very nice end result here. Now for the odd question … what mix is your dog? Looks like a Pug/Sharpeis combo. Am I anywhere close?

    • He, he. You’re half right Cheryl. He is a Pug x Cavalier. GREAT dog (if a little barky!).

  20. Amazing is all I can say! you are a genius!

  21. Mioruilt says:

    Kristine this is one of the most beautiful relove projects have ever seen. this is not a cheap simple glue and screw project. As a diyer myself I can recognise the work that goes into the preplaning as well as the actual diy. You have take one to the furnature thugs melamine, (which anyone who has owned knows last forever yet looks terrible) and turned it into a fabulous furnature centerpiece. Congratulations and I hope it makes lots for the Salvos. Good Luck with your Morrocan Stars and I look forward to seeing it. :)

  22. Paige says:

    That looks like a lot of work, but the end result is just amazing! I wish I had the patience and motivation to do that to some of my furniture. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  23. What a transformation! This is stunning!

    Jess at Wallpaper Ink

  24. Beth says:

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I sense it will be the first of MANY. What an inspiring piece you have created. Congratulations on some serious ingenuity and hard work. I am so pleased to have found you (last part sounds creepy – not meant to).

    • He, he. Not creepy at all to a blogger Beth – on the contrary, it’s actually one of the nicest things to hear!
      Thanks so much :)

  25. Nichole says:

    This is a very inspiring tutorial. I love what you’ve done with the cabinet!

    I have a midcentry record cabinet with a rough and warped top but I possess only minimal woodworking skills. Do you think I could use your technique to cover the top and use a handsaw to trim the overhang?

    • Thanks Nichole.
      Yes, you definitely could give it a try. A handsaw might be tricky as inconsistencies in the angle and speed of the manual action could cause the thin shapes to chip easily. If you give it a go, just work carefully and use something with fine teeth. Otherwise, maybe consider borrowing or investing in a jigsaw (or similar). They are pretty cheap.
      Also, if you’re only planning on covering one small surface, you probably don’t require a bulk amount of hexagons like I did. You may find it best to source some laser cut shapes locally or via eBay or Etsy.

  26. Wow, what a fabulous transformation. Thanks so much for the inspiration and sharing the step by step instructions. Hmmm……now I have to find something to transform!

    • Thanks Laurel. That’s the beauty of this project, you can start with something completely crap (as long as it’s structurally okay of course) so I’m sure you can find something :)

  27. Jenny says:

    Oh-my-freaking-goodness!! I think I love you!!! This is amazing, and inspirational!

  28. Alexis says:

    I just had to make a totally lame comment and say that I have that exact same Grey’s book, which I got as a gift after (finally) passing anatomy at varsity.

    The makeover is awesome and really inspiring. I always feel vaguely forlorn when I go look in junk shops here for something to transform because in recent years it is literally all cheap, nasty melamine stuff. But this is inspiration to maybe try to transform one of those dispiriting items.

    • Oh yay! You’re exactly the reason I chose to up-cycle the piece I did Alexis. Trawling for second-hand furniture can become disheartening so I really wanted to demonstrate the potential in almost anything, and you totally got it – that makes me happy!
      I love that Gray’s Book too. I think we got ours as a house warming gift.

  29. imdb says:

    This would take me at least the rest of my life to finish! Amazing job. It looks expensive now.

  30. Christine says:

    You’re a freaking genius!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I wish I could bid on it but no US delivery. I’m already trying to figure out how to make something like this….wow, just wow! Gotta admit I’d have a difficult time letting this beauty go!


    • Thanks so much Christine :) I hope someone as enthusiastic as you wins the auction!

  31. Annabelle says:

    I absolutely LOVE this piece and I want it so bad!! It’s now out of my price range so I will have to use your very helpful links and attempt my own version :( Gorgeous work

    • Thanks Annabelle. I wish everyone could afford to place a bid. I’m still hoping to get a few more dollars out of it for the Salvos.
      Love that you plan to use my tutorial to have a go at creating your own affordable version :)

  32. Rebecca Lowe says:

    I just found your site and absolutely love this wardrobe makeover. The wooden hexagons are incredible and so unique. Very inspiring. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Rebecca.
      Sorry for the late reply. I just saw your message :)

  33. Jan says:

    This is amazing! I love it!

  34. Jill says:

    Awesome job… and incredibly inspiring. Give yourself a big hug for a job superbly executed.

  35. It is gorgeous!! You made such a lovely job of it! I love that the hexagons are all different shades. You would never know just looking at it that it started as that boring piece of furniture. :)

  36. Monica Rodriguez says:

    Hola ,, es muy hermoso ,, muy buena idea me encanta, felicitaciones :)

  37. Gail says:

    What a wonderful piece of work! Truly beautiful! When it comes to buying handles I have been known to buy pieces of furniture, that are well past useful, solely to deprive them of their handles! ☺️

    • Ha, ha. Yes! And my mum does this with charity store clothes for their cool buttons!

  38. Gail says:

    I’m hopeless at sewing,, but I have a friend who does that for buttons,, and for zip fasteners too! ☺️

  39. Lydia Prokulevich says:

    Hi,,, from Belarus! I watched thousand of transformational projects… and this is definetely one of the best! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You both are just fantastic skillful people!
    Warmest hugs and reagrds

    • Wow, really? Thank you so much Lydia. What a lovely compliment :)

  40. Maggie says:

    Hi Kristine! I’m new to your site and even though this project was finished a while back, I just had to tell you that I LOVE it and am so glad I’ve signed up to receive your newsletter, as you really inspire me!

  41. marie-josée says:

    Hooo wow Here from Quebec city I just discovered you and MY you’re a hell of an artist You are giving relooking another step forward than just plain painting I love you for that and I’l continue to follow you that’s for sure I like that you put lots of pictures and very good explanations along the way
    Thank you

    • Aw, thank you. So glad you found me all the way over here in Australia!

  42. Terry says:

    Wow. Pretty amazing.

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  44. Marian Smith says:

    Totally impressed with what you did in the effort to transform something ugly to something spectacular. I live near Palm Springs, California which is a mecca for all things Mid-Century Modern. In February about a million visitors will descend on all neighboring communities to take home tours, visit museum and see displays in shops, hotels and the Palm Springs Convention Center. If your armoire was here I bet people would love it and want to buy it or replicate it.

    I envy and admire your skills and determination in taking a quality approach for charity rather than a quick and easy approach. I am almost 80 years old and have always loved traditional and country decor. Even living adjacent to Palm Springs I have never been a fan of Mid-Century Modern, but I now find myself coveting your armoire. Who says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”?

    Good luck with the auction. I am subscribing to watch the results and to see the other things you have shared and will share.

    • Hi Marian

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment. This post is from a few years back. The auction went well. From memory the armoire sold for just over $1K. A great result for the charity.


  45. Rosalie says:

    Hello, my hubby is a handy guy & loves to see what he can save from trash & yard sales.
    But you outdid yourself, it’s Amazing!!
    I loved the design, color of stain, Beautiful!!
    Now I definitely will be on the lookout for this kind of furniture.
    Thanks for sharing 👍🏽

    • Thanks so much. Have fun with it. The possibilities are endless :)

  46. mansix says:

    you have a good site

  47. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    I have never seen anything so beautiful! You see all of these transformations with paint, transfers, stencils, whicih i do and i do love it, but this???? This is straight up craftsmanship and creativeness that i envy and respect!! WOW! I cannot wait to see what else you do. I don’t think you will ever match this but whatever you do i’m sure is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this . I am excited to follow you blog and i am pinning this and now following you on Instagram.
    With respect,

  48. Dawn says:

    I award you “World Creative Genius.”

  49. Halina Maciejewski says:

    Wow, that’s a beautiful piece.
    I was wondering if you be so kind and give me a long to the side you bought the hexagon pieces and haw to go about shipment and the price for shipping.
    Thank you

    • Thanks. There is a link in the post, though I understand it can be easy to miss. Just checked and it looks like the supplier I used no longer sells them. Check out Alibaba for “wooden hexagon”. You should find several sellers.
      Alibaba is a wholesaler so you will have to purchase a bulk amount (which I needed for my project). You can contact the supplier directly to obtain a quote including shipping. They will be able to send directly to your door.

  50. Jannah says:

    I was just searching in google’s images for armoire makeovers and this is the ONLY one I liked. Well, I mean to say, I instantly fell in LOVE with this. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I am so blown away by this piece, so incredible. It is so boring to see people just slapping ugly paint colors to cover up the wood. You didn’t even have wood and you still brought out the beauty of stained wood, it’s great! So creative! so impressed! I NEVER EVER leave comments!

    • Oh wow, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I’m a bit of a blog browser myself and rarely leave comments too, so I know how special this one is :)

      Thanks again.

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