The Armoire Reveal

5.28.2015

  Last November I posted about painting the armoire in our master bedroom until I found one I really wanted. Here it is just a few months later and one just happened to show up on craigslist (btw it is spelled as one word, I googled it). It was really hard to tell from the craigslist photos if this armoire was in great shape or not. The listing said good condition, but then when we got there we found that the back was missing, two shelves missing, and a few handles, too, but overall it was in good shape and the price was right.

The main thing is it was a French style armoire I had been longing for. Oh, and yes, I didn't paint it! Believe me I had pictured it painted before we saw it in person. I thought what fun it is going to be transforming this piece. Then we got it home and were unloading it and the tag on the back says Drexel Heritage made in U.S.A.  I was thrilled to find out that this is a quality piece of furniture. Of course hubby prefers the wood. So we just fixed her up and I gave her a good cleaning and polishing.

Mr. Savvy got to work on it the day after we picked it up. We just happened to have some beadboard planks left over from the guest bath makeover. The boards were already the correct size, too. No cutting needed. That will never happen again. All we had to do was stain them and attach them.

Here is the back all finished. We also added two shelves inside, but I don't have photos of that since we already put all of his stuff back in and his stuff isn't too pretty.

I ordered drop pulls for the two doors. We had to buy long screws for the new pulls to fit.

I had to order four of these ring pulls that were missing for the two drawers inside. There was one that was with it and it was a little thicker, but this was the best match I could find.

I'm so glad the two large drawers that show still had these beauties.

The one thing I am not crazy about are the hand painted flowers on the front, but they don't jump out at you and I can live with them.

But I love all the other details.



I am so pleased with this and especially what we got for the price. I could have purchased a real armoire when I was in France two years ago, but would have paid ten times what I did for this one. 

Yep, I like the new one much better.
 The asking price was $249 and the guy came down to $210!


So $210 plus the cost of some staining supplies!

Not a bad deal for vintage Drexel Heritage.

How it was transformed here.

Happy Thursday!

60 comments:

  1. I have a vintage Drexel night stand, I'm in the UK and knew nothing about Drexel, but it was so well made & solid I bought it even though someone had painted it gold ... Half way through repainting it now.
    Would love to have your armoire.

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  2. What a beautiful armoire and a great price, love Craigslist! It looks perfect in it's new home and so pretty with the basket on top.

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  3. Wow, that really is a steal for a gorgeous Drexel piece ... looks beautiful in your bedroom! I'm impressed that you haven't painted it ... yet (lol, just kidding)! :)

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  4. It's beautiful Kim...great deal!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  5. It looks very Ralph Lauren, and you know I like me some Ralph Lauren!!! Good job!!!

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  6. Deal!!! Cha ching!! looks Great!

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  7. I actually love the hand-painted flowers on the front! It's lovely!

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  8. Gorgeous piece. I love it. That's a great fnd for the price too.

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  9. That looks great, Kim. I actually LIKE the wood on this one. At least the flower design is subtle and doesn't jump out at you. You can't go wrong with a Drexel piece for $210! xo Diana

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  10. This is a real steal, Kim! Beautiful! I'm so glad you did not paint it!

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  11. Amazing piece!....with some TLC you two restored it to it's real beauty. The flowers are fine as they are subtle...Great find and glad you finally found the piece you have been searching for in the room.

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  12. I was surprised when you show the picture of the flowers on the door because I hadn't even noticed them in the first photo of the armoire...but after seeing them, I like them. You stole that thing! Great find. The bead board was a brilliant idea. Much better than the old armoire. So sophisticated.

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  13. It's gorgeous, Kim! I love the hardware you found, it goes perfectly well with the ones on the drawers, beautiful!

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  14. Beautiful, Kim! You Craigslisters find some real deals sometimes, and this is definitely one. Great lesson on being patient until you find what you want.

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    1. Bonnie, this was my very first time buying from craigslist.

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  15. I'd love to know the mfr and color of the stain you used on the bead board backing - just love it!

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  16. Very handsome pice Kim! Great match on the hardware!

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  17. It's so beautiful, Kim! Love the details in the wood. The new hardware compliments the armoire perfectly.

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  18. Brilliant Kim, I love that the bead board was the perfect size. It was meant to be for sure. I think I like it unpainted too:)

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  19. Your armoire is beautiful. I didn't even notice the painted flowers on the front until you pointed them out. My eyes went to all the other lovely details.
    Mary Alice

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  20. Wow..what a find! Ya got to love Craigslist!

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  21. Oh, I love this armoire, Kim and I like the flowers on it. I didn't even notice them til you pointed them out but like them alot. You got a DEAL, girl! So glad you didn't paint it. Enjoy!!

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  22. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it!!! I have been looking at craigslist for MONTHS trying to find something similar for my computer, etc., and have not found the right one. That one is perfect:-)

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  23. What a gorgeous piece! Nice job prettying her up!!

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  24. sometimes leaving things alone is the best outcome. what a great find. it's nice and big.

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  25. It's definitely heirloom quality Kim! Gorgeous, you guys did a great job restoring this one!

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  26. Gorgeous. You gotta love those deals.

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  27. That is a gorgeous piece! I think it suits your style perfectly and adds so much to your bedroom. Lucky for you to have such a handy husband who could fix what was missing. That was definitely a great price!

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  28. It's a wonderful piece and a great deal!! Luckily the flowers you don't care for barely show up against the dark wood. It looks just perfect in your beautiful bedroom!

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  29. WoW--you did gOOd! It looks really beautiful!
    I've never had the good luck to find even a reasonably priced armoire. : (
    Catherine

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  30. What a beautiful armoire,Kim! What a perfect place for it. I would like to see some greenery in the basket on top to compliment the whole piece. Great find!

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  31. A beautiful piece of furniture. I like it better, too! :)

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  32. Such a beautiful piece! You crack me up: "...and his stuff isn't too pretty." Ha! Have a wonderful day!

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  33. Kim, I am glad you didn't paint the armoire. The wood is beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  34. The armoire is so elegant. The beadboard is beyond perfect, as is the hardware. Have a great week!

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  35. Well done - it is an amazing piece and you got it for a STEAL! Looks wonderful, Kim. I am so happy for you!

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  36. This gorgeous Kim, and I'm glad you didn't paint it! The hardware looks gorgeous too. Sometimes I think that's the hardest part when redoing a piece is finding the right hardware. When you gave us a small glance of this piece when you brought it home, I just had that feeling that this is the piece you found:D

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  37. Beautiful piece and I like the beadboard addition

    Cindy

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  38. It's beautiful Kim! I love the shape and the color of the wood. Great buy!

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  39. Wow-wee! You got a deal, girl! We have sold lots of things through Craigslist, even a car. But I have never purchased anything. That armoire is the crowning touch for your gorgeous bedroom!

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  40. It is fabulous Kim! How in the world did you and Mr. Savvy get that thing upstairs on your own?? I have one out in the garage that I bought geez 3 years ago but it needs to be stripped because it has an orange stain on it. Not the look I am going for. It is my dream armoire but until I can find a spot for it and then redo it it sits patiently out in the garage. Mr. Front Porch asks me why I just don't it and then find another one once we have a home we can use in but I told him it is so hard to find awesome french armoires at a steal and I am keeping it!:) It is so heavy though. We had to take the doors off of it just to get it out of the Uhaul. I have no idea how we will ever get it in the house one day.

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  41. It is gorgeous Kim! Absolutely perfect in your room!

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  42. What a beautiful piece and what a great deal. I love the color of the wood too. I love painted furniture but on this piece I agree with you on not painting it. Just gorgeous!!

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  43. It's beautiful, Kim. Great find!

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  44. What a perfect piece for your bedroom ~ AND, I love the color of the stain on this piece, very warm. Great Craigslist score, you've inspired me to look into Craigslist again, after not much luck in the past. Thank you, Kim for your blog. It's a joy to follow. XO Nan

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    1. Oh, aren't you sweet, Nan. Thanks for reading.

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  45. Wow, what a great deal! I love the hardware.

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  46. What a beautiful armoire.

    Luckily you and your husband have both vision and skills.

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  47. It looks beautiful Kim. I just posted about an armoire that I got too. I love them and they've become a bit of a problem for this furniture painting gal as they are so heavy but always look so wonderful wood or painted and I always want to keep them. I hope you will stop by and encourage me on the big task at hand.

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  48. A steal of a deal, Kim. Mr. P. originally purchased our MBR furniture (Drexel Heritage) in the early '80s, which is styled like yours. I love ours, and your piece too. What luck for your shelves to already fit as cut! Looks great.

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  49. I think the carving details are really interesting, it's a beautiful piece.

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  50. Such a lovely piece and totally suits your style. What a great price too.

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  51. What a great addition Kim...the color of the stain is so pretty!! Great find!!

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  52. Holy cow what a gorgeous piece and perfect in your room!!!

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  53. What a spectacular find this was - it's absolutely gorgeous !

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  54. Quality furniture from the 1960s is out there, for sure. I found a triple dresser on the curb three years ago, painted it Scallion by Behr (my version of Provence green) and discovered it is solid oak by Thomasville. Use it as a sideboard in my dining room. Missing some decorative trim and a piece of hardware, but the color is great camouflage! www.stylishsixtyish.blogspot.com or Saltmarsh on FB.

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  55. I found the exact armoire on craigslist and am wondering what polish did you use? I love the wood look but want to freshen it up!! Looks gorgeous by the way.

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    1. It was in good shape on the outside when I bought it. I think I cleaned it with a damp rag and then used regular furniture polish like Pledge.

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