Funky Upcycled Wardrobe

Hey guys! I had to share one of my all time favorite projects (to date)!  My client Kristi brought me this boring {no offense Kristi} oak wardrobe and the fabric from her crib bedding. She had a vision based on an armoire she’d seen on Pinterest. The drawers of the armoire were all painted differently and the hardware was mismatched. She wanted that same funky vibe for her nursery and gave me complete artistic freedom! Can you say Dream Client?!? So, before I give you all the details, enjoy this before and after shot:

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations Before and AfterBuh-Bye Boring Oak!

I started out by gathering paper, hardware, and other items from around the shop to gussy up the drawer fronts. I didn’t go for matchy {chevron stripes, exact colors etc}, I went for coordinating. There is a big difference!

Gathering Material for the Upcycled Wardrobe

Then, I laid out the drawers, rearranged things a million times before settling on an order. To save my self a headache I took pics so I could remember the order later.

planning the drawers

I’m telling you, I used a bazillion products on this piece! I’m gonna list them all here, from top to bottom!

The body of the wardrobe was painted with Websters Chalk Paint Powder™ and Benjamin Moore’s Venezuelan Sea. I lightly distressed the edges then sealed with my custom clear coat.

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The first drawer was painted with Shabby Paints, So Serene, and sealed with Shabby Paints Vax.  This was the first time I used these products and I loved them! The paint went on smooth and like all chalk based products, dried nice and quick! The Vax, which is designed to be used in lieu of wax was really easy to use too. I used a soft cloth and simply wiped it on. I did come back later and gave it a little buffing. It finishes close to a satin. I framed the drawer front by cutting down a large frame with a miter saw. I used wood glue and my nail gun to attach it. The cute little glass pull is from Hobby Lobby.

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The second drawer was painted with a custom mixed BM color+Websters Chalk Paint Powder™  mixture. I sealed with Daddy Vans Lavender Furniture Polish…aka, aromatherapy in a jar! I am STOKED to be bringing this product to Arkansas and making it available to my clients!! For the drawer pull, I used a wooden base from Hobby Lobby {stained} and an old hose clamp. The clamp was in a box lot I won at an auction last year. Most of the items in the box were trash but I kept several of these, just because I liked the way they looked! It had such a cool patina to it!  I love the contrast next to the stained wood!  So satisfying when my oddball “keeps” turn out to be the perfect thing for a project down the road!

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The third drawer was painted with Websters Chalk Paint Powder™ and Behr’s Eggshell Cream. I added scrapbook paper to the center, again, coordinating but not matching, then trimmed that with base shoe molding. We just had new flooring installed and this was leftover. It was the perfect size and added the perfect amount of dimension I had in mind for this drawer. The stripes are painted with the same shades of paint on the other drawers. This drawer was sealed with Modge Podge, which is best for sealing paper. The hardware on this drawer came from a vintage, modern lined dresser. I just turned the pull sideways :)

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The fourth drawer is my favorite!! I have been waiting for a year to use this piece of paper!!! I did a layered finish of Eggshell Cream and the custom mixed green then added my torn paper over it. The colors were perfect and I love the feel the quotation brings! This drawer was also sealed with Modge Podge. The hardware on this one was a knob from an old buffet I painted a few years back. Hoarding pays off!

Bird Paper Drawer on Wardrobe

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The fifth drawer was painted with Websters Chalk Paint Powder™ and Benjamin Moore’s Orange Nectar. I added Shabby Paints shimmer glaze in Copper Kettle to give the perfect amount of shimmery texture! The hardware consists of a back plate from a nightstand and a brass knob from an antique dresser.

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

I covered the bottom drawer with strips of raw wood, leftover from my crate making last year. I stained each plank with different shades of stain prior to attaching them. I used a little wood glue and my handy dandy air nailer to attach them. From American Oak to Ebony, they will coordinate well with the factory stained crib. The pull on the bottom drawer is from Hobby Lobby. I painted it and the trim of the drawer with Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Champagne. I also took that color up to the top of the piece and trimmed the edge with a light glazing.

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

The large door on this piece was painted with Modern Masters Metal Effects in Copper and Bronze. I probably did 4 coats, adding patina to each. The simple glass knob is from Hobby Lobby.

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

I also got to makeover this dry sink basin that will be used as a changing table! I’m thrilled with the way the pieces came together and I can’t wait to see Kristi’s Nursery all put together!

Funky UpCycled Wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations

Shew! I told you I used a bazillion products! I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to say how proud I am to NOT be a brand loyalist!! Yes, I sell products I adore but you will never hear me say the products I represent are the only way to go! I LOVE being able to use all the amazing products on the market to give my client the custom piece they dream of! 

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P.S. If you aren’t local to me, you can find a retailer for Websters Chalk Paint Powder™ by visiting their website {linked here}. You can also place an order online if there is not a retailer near you! The Websters girls are lightening fast shippers!

You can find out more about the Shabby Paints Products I used by clicking here!

Now, go create something!

Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday!






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  1. Wow! I found you via Websters Facebook page post just now. What an amazing co-ordination talent you have! Great details. Very inspirational. I too love a range of products that are out there and available for furniture refurbishing. All great paints and products for different purposes. Greetings from Australia!

    • Well thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment Sharon! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I’m gonna head over to check out your site now! ~Angela~

  2. This is a work of art! Your talents in this area are out of this world girlfriend! AMAZEBALLS!

  3. This is a great piece. I have never seen anything like it but I love it. Fun-fun-fun!

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  4. What a very cool piece! Such tremendous creativity!

  5. This is the cutest piece I have seen in a long time! What a dream client indeed, but how amazing you were able to achieve this! I am sharing at my party tomorrow. Thank you so much for linking up at Redoux!

  6. Love the funkiness! I love the combination on the 2nd drawer with the wood and metal. Looks great. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  7. Love, love, love! What a super hip, eclectic, piece for a baby’s nursery! You so rocked it Angela!…AND… you make me feel proud to be from Arkansas! Thanks for using Shabby Paints as part of your vision! We couldn’t agree more with your philosophy. Mixing it up is the difference between paint by numbers and true artistry… and using what you have just adds to the story! Happy Painting and hugs from Ally and Shannon

    • Thanks Ally and Shannon! There are so many paint lines out there and so many are great! It’s really the people behind the line that make it great! I barely knocked the top of your products so I can’t wait to use them again! Vax and ReVax is genius ;) XOXO

  8. I just love this piece! It is so eclectic and pretty and unique! Love Love Love it! Found you via Miss Mustard Seed and following via email!

  9. Bendedspoon says:

    Wow wow wow! That is one awesome furniture I want in my home!

    Keep doing what you love and love what you are doing! :)

  10. Amazing job! I would love to include this in a roundup I am putting together, which will be posted on my blog. I will just grab a picture and give you a link back. If you’d prefer that I didn’t use this project, please email me at

  11. Annie Hayes says:

    Very cool use of different materials!!

  12. This is absolutely amazing – love it!


  14. This is a great superb scrap. Such amazing creativity :)

  15. Shirley Wells says:

    This piece is amazing!! You are so creative:)

  16. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really
    nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future.
    Many thanks


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