Storage for My Vintage Quilts and Pillows

1.30.2015

In May 2013 I revealed how I painted this Armoire 

But I didn't show y'all the inside. When I paint a piece of furniture such as a chest, hutch, night stand, armoire, etc. I never open the doors or drawers to show y'all the inside. You know why? Because I normally don't paint the inside. Nope nada. I'm lazy and I stop after I paint the outside. Well, a couple weeks ago I decided to paint the inside of the guest room armoire.

So let's open up these doors and see what I did to the inside.

First let's look at how it was before. This is the original furniture finish and there was a small television in here, but we removed it and took it to Goodwill a while back.

Ta da! Now, it's bright and colorful inside. I painted the four drawers the same red as the outside since I still had some leftover paint. I used Annie Sloan® chalk paint in Emporer's Silk. I painted the open area in Amy Howard One Step paint in French Blue.

Now I have a nice place to store my vintage quilts and some of my vintage fabric pillows when they aren't being used.

I kept looking at those four plain boring drawers and decided to add a little pizzazz. I came across these polka dotted stick on numbers at Hobby Lobby.



I think that is just what was needed.

This was an easy fix that took half a day to do.

Do you paint the inside of your furniture or are y'all lazy like me?

You can see how I transformed the exterior of the armoire here.

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36 comments:

  1. Love the blue and red together and the numbered drawers are very cute-bravo!

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  2. The two colors look so pretty together. Nope... I only paint the inside if the piece has a glass front.

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  3. We have more stained wood (antique) than painted furniture, but we do have a few pieces of painted. My husband recently painted two bachelor's type chests for us to use on either side of the bed. He did paint inside as well. Yes, my husband painted two chests with chalk paint! He painted, I waxed. Yes, he spoils me. LOL It's hard to get away from the old saying we both heard so often growing up, "a job worth doing is worth doing right". I swear sometimes I still hear my mom telling me that!!

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  4. Kim, I love your armoire. Painting the "innards" will make you smile each time you reach for one of those beautiful quilts. Beautiful!

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  5. This turned out so fun, Kim! And I love the wonderful storage it gives for your quilts and pillows.
    Mary Alice

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  6. I always paint the inside. It would drive me mad if I did not. Love what you have done.
    Rosezeeta.

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  7. Looks great Kim! Love the idea of numbering the drawers.

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  8. That looks great, Kim. I love to see the inside painted. I never used to paint the insides but the last few pieces I have actually painted the inside first just to get it over with. Then my "treat" was painting the outside. That is a great storage piece there! Diana

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  9. Big smiles here! Love the blue with the red. This is the perfect storage system, Kim. My vintage quilts are on the beds and folded and on the lower shelf of a table. I also have some hanging on a vintage wooden ladder. I've often thought about storing them within an armoire. Love the idea!

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  10. Ha ha ! I'm lazy like y'all... ! Looks great - love the color combo and the polka dot numbers are the icing on the cake !!

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  11. I love the big basket on top!

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  12. Look fabulous!!...and I love the piece with the doors open to see those gorgeous quilts!

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  13. Oh my goodness!!! HOW GORGEOUS is that piece! And those shots of your quilts and pillows...I have linen envy, and I never even knew that was a thing! I need to scour your site for some shots of those pillows...they look so fun!

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  14. Love the numbered drawers, as well as the inside colors, of course! So, what is in the drawers???:):)

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  15. Perfect Kim! I love your collection too! Hope you can tell us your tips on how to buy vintage quilts. I really have no idea which ones are still good other than the way they look!

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  16. I agree with Vel, would love your tips. You can feel free to stop by you know!

    Jane

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  17. I love how that turned out! The doors being left open with the quilts inside is such a great country look.

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  18. Sometimes I paint the inside, if I know it is going to be open. I love the pop of blue on yours!

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  19. You have such an eye for color and design, Kim! LOVE what you did to the inside of the cupboard! Is there such thing as "quilt envy"? If there is I sure have it!!! Beautiful quilts! Hope you are going to Haven this year.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. No, Shirley and I are saving our money and not going this year. I think she will come stay with me and we will meet some of y'all for dinner though.

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  20. I get tired just thinking about all of your projects, but when I see the end results I have nothing but admiration for your effort.

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  21. I painted the inside of a china closet red once, and it made me happy every time I opened the doors!

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  22. This is some much-needed inspiration for me - the armoire in our guest room that I painted is an unpainted wreck on the inside. Just love how yours looks - I need to get going on mine!!

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  23. I always used to paint the inside of my armoires. Then laziness set in and now not so much. However, it is fun to leave the doors open to show good things inside just as you have in your charming piece. Then like you, I will paint. Love how it all looks Kim.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  24. Kim that looks beautiful 'inside and out'.Would it be possible to do a how to for us? I'm wondering how you get the scratchy two toned effect on the outside of the piece.

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  25. What a lovely red color...always so much inspiration to look at your blog!
    Warm hug,
    Titti

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  26. Looks great Kim! Sometimes I paint the inside and sometimes I do not. Just depends on if the inside will go with the outside.

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  27. That looks great Kim. I love the stick on numbers. I wish we had a hobby lobby in my area. Your quilts are so pretty that i think i would keep the doors open all the time.

    Kathy

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  28. Oh my gosh! The blue with the red looks fabulous and I love it with the doors open! AMAZING!

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  29. Okay Kim, I must need MORE coffee, it seems you did give us a how to back in May, my bad :). Going to head over there to read it.

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    1. Teresa, I actually added that in after you left the first comment and forgot to tell you. Good idea letting folks know how the outside was done for those who missed that old post.

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  30. Hi Kim,
    I have always loved this armoire and now that you painted the inside and number the drawers it is so cute. Love your quilts and pillows stored inside. Very pretty.
    Kris

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  31. That is awesome Kim! Perfect for the quilts and pillows. I would just open it often to look how colorful and organized it is.

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  32. Love how those doors fold back!

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  33. Love the doors open on this gorgeous piece! That color really highlights your beautiful quilt and pillow collection Kim!

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  34. I'm lazy, like you formally were. But the armoire looks excellent, maybe I'll get extra sleep before I paint my next piece of furniture and reform the Savvy way.

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