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Green and Gorgeous Vintage Wardrobe…Painted Furniture Show and Tell

This stenciled chandelier project is one I’ve been looking forward to. I found the stencil a while back and couldn’t resist buying it. It’s fun and funky…..and me.
I found a great vintage wardrobe a few weeks ago and debated long and hard over the makeover. Should I paint it white, black, two-tone combos, what? Should I use the chandelier stencil? Yes
green and black wardrobe with stenciled chandelier

The finished look is over the top and I wish I had kept the wardrobe instead of selling it. Too late now.

old wood wardrobe before painting


I found the wardrobe at a local thrift / flea market store. It was cheap!
painting a wardrobe
painting a wardrobe


I decided on a color combination of black and green. You guys know how I love green. Sorry the photos aren’t better. I painted the wardrobe in the shop and the lighting is horrible. The green is bright and bold and beautiful. I painted the cabinet casing with Caromal Colors paint in Licorice. A deep rich black.

stenciled chandelier petticoat Junktion

The wardrobe cabinet had a glass door instead of a wood panel so I painted the inside of the cabinet green. There was  a lot of surface to paint on this piece. Time to stencil the chandelier. Stenciling is super easy if you know the trick and the stenciled chandelier was really a simple project. You can find my stencil tutorial here….How to stencil.
 stenciled chandelier petticoat Junktion
The small cabinet above the drawers didn’t have a mirror or wood panel so I painted the inside of it green also. It would be great for displaying jewelry or decorative items. I stenciled a soft design on the drawer fronts and cabinet door casings. Then I sanded the wardrobe inside and out using a palm sander and 60 grit sand paper for a heavily distressed look.


Painted and Stenciled Wardrobe, Petticoat Junktion

And I added little bits of stencil designs here and there trying not to over do it. It’s easy to go from just right to tacky. This wardrobe can be used in basically any room of the house. I like to display folded quilts in the long glass front cabinet. It would also be great for linens, towels, coat, boots, etc. A special piece for any room!
This post first appeared on Petticoat Junktion November 26, 2011. I updated it with new details and links to my detailed stencil tutorial. I was reminded of this wardrobe makeover when I say this room feature with green walls and lamps with black shades. Still one of my favorite color combinations. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Kathy, you did SO MUCH work on this piece! Since you wanted to keep it but ended up selling it I think you should take the money you made on it and do something special for yourself with it.

    I think the stenciling gave it just the right look, but I have to be honest, here: I don’t like the yellowish green, but that is because that is one of my least favorite colors. Yellow and I have never been too friendly! I do think the idea of making the wardrobe two-toned was a really good one, however. And, as you found out, there was someone out there that loves that yellowish green, just like you!

  2. I love EVERYTHING that you do. The stenciling reeaaally adds to this piece. GORGEOUS.

  3. Oh how cute! I love the stencils – it adds that extra special touch. Happy Junking! We'll have to meet since we live so close. Jennifer ~ Southern Junk Chic

  4. Terrific transformation, Kathy! I love the stenciled embellishments. They really give the piece a classy update. 😉

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  5. great color combo! I looooove the stencil work on the drawers. this would be so great at my party, I hope you'll join.

  6. I can't even begin to tell you hom much I love this! I'm featuring it on my blog tomorrow, come by and grab a button. 🙂

  7. Wowser! You've done an incredible job! It's so original, unique and lovely. I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you'd share this at my Saturday Splendour Party at http://www.megandmums.com this Saturday 🙂

  8. that is SO fun and the added details are to die for- that chandy inside is the best!

  9. Beautiful!I was totally fooled by the chandelier. I thought it was a reflection. Love the stenciling and distressed finishing.

  10. I wanted to stop by and say hello. What a cute wardrobe! Love the stencils and chandy inside.

  11. Love it. You did a great job on it. Stenciling really makes it special.
    Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures

  12. Two tone was the way to go. It is GORGEOUS! I love the stenciling too, and the colors are just great together. Thanks for sharing.