White Painted Armoire: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint White Painted Dresser.
Turns out I’m not a multi-tasker.
I’m a mono-tasker.
I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to realize … and admit .. this truth. A truth that’s been dangling in front of my eyes for years now.
Perhaps because the idea of multi-tasking had taken such a strong-hold when I first started my professional career. It was a badge of honor. The all-powerful woman who could make the bacon …
and bring it home too.
Fearlessly juggling home and family life. All while wearing heels.
For too many years, I pretended to be a multi-tasker. And to all outward appearances, I was juggling like a pro. Only I knew I was juggling like a circus clown. With a cherry red nose and giant floppy shoes …
flailing around with my arms flapping.
Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure the reason I chose family over career when I decided to be a stay-at-home mom was because I knew, deep down, I couldn’t multi-task. And that career would win out.
So I chose to mono-task the kids.
And what, you may ask, does this whole multi- vs. mono- tasking rant have to do with this white painted armoire makeover?
Turns out I’m a mono-tasking DIYer too.
Because as I’ve been working on de-purple-people-eater-ing my daughter’s bedroom, the rest of the house has fallen into shambles.
Dust rhinos have overtaken the stairs. The dining room table is barely visible. And don’t even get me started on the upstairs hallway …
or the kids bathroom!
The only upside is I was able to mono-task the painting of this oak armoire.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. And then distressed it lightly …
Before giving it a coat of clear wax.
I finished it off with glass knobs from Restoration Hardware.
I had four of these knobs from more than a decade ago. On a whim, I checked in at Restoration Hardware to see if, by any chance, they could track down four more for me. Turns out, they still stock these knobs.
Turns out Restoration Hardware is a mono-tasker too!
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I’m gonna like itttttttttt…….
Your armoire is beautiful. Mono or Mulit…..just being a tasker is good!
Stephanie Booth says
I love the way the armoire looks. Could you tell me about putting a coat of clear wax on it ? I’ve never painted anything and used a wax. What is the purpose of the wax and what kind do you use ?
The chalk paint is just that — kind of chalky and flat. The wax gives it a hard coat. It’s just like waxing a car (though, not sure everyone was taught how to do that from their father like I was!). You just put it on with a rag, and then wipe off and buff. Pretty easy.
Fabulous re love of this armoire Linda. Looks awesome and love the knobs.
I love this look, but how do you distress it? That’s what I want to do with my dining room set.
Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage says
Hmmm…. I may be a mini multi but primarily mono tasker too. hahaha
Something to think about 😉
I like the white.. and those pretty glass knobs!!
Cristina@Remodelando la Casa says
Hmmm Another mono-tasker here. My home is a complete mess when I get to work on one of my projects. 🙂
Beautiful makeover and knobs!
Merri Jo says
The armoire looks great! Nice to have such a big piece done to start the room project.
Debbie Westbrooks says
Multitasking is so overrated! Love it!!
Suzy @ Worthing Court says
What a difference – I just love it! Always, always amazing what a coat of paint will do. BTW – I’m not a multi-tasker either. As hard as I’ve tried, I simply CANNOT work on the house and keep it clean at the same time.
Love the new look of the armoire! Where do you purchase ASP in Chicago? (I live on the N.W. side, Edison Park area). Do you order it or is there a local store that carries it?
I pick it up at a store called Vintage Pine on the near north side (not far from the North Ave & Clybourn intersectio. Here’s a link: http://www.vintagepine.com/
I’m not sure this reply went to you, so I’m sending you the info. again: I pick it up at a store called Vintage Pine on the near north side (not far from the North Ave & Clybourn intersectio. Here’s a link: http://www.vintagepine.com/
Dang. I bought some knobs at RH about 10 years ago. Went back just a few MONTHS later and they didn’t carry them any more. They were plain glass knobs. Stupid RH. The cabinet looks great! Is there someone out there that doesn’t have their house fall down around them while they are projecting?
Maybe they have them now? And love the use of project as a verb …
Looks great, from an ugly ducking to a beautiful swan!
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Thank you so much! Now if my daughter would just let me put mirrors in those doors. There’s the perfect inset space. But she worries if she wakes at night and sees a reflection looking back at her it will haunt her forever!
I like to consider myself a multi tasker, but that really just means I have all kinds of projects that never seem to get done and a house that needs cleaning. At any rate, your armoir looks great!
Yes, that sounds EXACTLY like my multi-tasking attempts! 🙂
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
Hi Linda, visiting from the That DIY Party. You mean I’m not the only mono tasker!!!! Yay, because if it wasn’t for my husband this house would be an absolute shambles. I’d much rather have a paint brush in my hand than a scrub brush. Your armoire looks so good – love the hardware too. I have some de-purplifying to do over here too after my daughter moved out…last year. I’d rather paint furniture than walls apparently. LOL