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Color Block Furniture- Brown and White Wardrobe

Monday, July 29th, 2013
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Brown and White Color Block Wardrobe

I think color blocking is the latest trend.

Not sure, because I’m usually behind the trends by at least a couple of years.


I could say I painted this in 2011….but I painted it last week.

I don’t mind being the last one on the band wagon.



You probably remember this wardrobe from my June Nashville Flea Market shopping trip.

I paid $40 for it…..Smile

I prepped the wardrobe for painting and shared the prep details last week.

One of my readers emailed and asked about prepping furniture because sometimes we don’t put those details in our posts.

I admit I’m guilty of that, and embarrassed, I should have been including this important detail all along !!



I like trying new finishes and painting techniques, although sometimes I’ll repeat a technique back to back, especially if its something new and I really like it.

A lot of my paint projects lately have featured turquoise…turquoise and green….. turquoise and white…you get my drift.


So for my first color block furniture project I selected a nice subdued brown.

I thought this would be an easy piece to color block but I changed plans a couple of times during the makeover.

The photo above shows the original plan, with the arrows showing tentative new plans!

I painted it like this……then kept looking at it….and looking at it.

No, didn’t work for me.

So I got out my Frog Tape and taped off blocks and stripes.


The knobs were a thrifty buy from the Nashville Habitat Restore.

I purchased them for 25 cents each and knew they would come in handy some day.

They worked well on this piece. Love the swirls.

I think I got about 20 of them. Wish I had bought more.


I did a little light distressing on the edges and the details.

Ta-dah, that’s it.

And if you are wondering about the white stuff and green stuff that looks like it’s on the mirror. It’s not. The reflection is of drywall and drywall putty. The walls in the workshop are unfinished. I wanted them left that way so if I splattered paint (if), I wouldn’t have to worry about messing up a nice painted wall.

I hate photographing mirrors because of this problem. You have to be careful what is reflected in there.

You could see some weird things in the Owen Workshop if I’m not careful Winking smile

Do you like the color block trend?

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6 Responses

  1. regina says:

    I like most of your furniture re-do’s, but I sure don’t like this one! Sorry!

  2. Gracie says:

    Not a fan of this one either… Maybe if there was a color besides brown?

  3. Gracie says:

    But I LOVE the knobs :)

  4. L. Thompson says:

    I think I will have to pass on this one as well. Maybe the colors but not sure I like the block pattern.