Aqua armoire tv cabinet

Finally finished upcycling this ugly piece of furniture (sorry!) into a gorgeous Aqua armoire for the TV in the master bedroom.

Last week I “showed you the progress” on the painting of my TV armoire in our master bedroom. I also admitted I hadn’t cleaned the room or made the bed since I started the project. 

Admitting that made me go on a mission to get ‘er done! 

Well here she is in all her aqua glory!IMG_0438

Let’s have a look at her before shall we?IMG_0306 And the after…lighter, fresher…more today.



The armoire wasn’t awful beforehand. It was a medium wood tone. 

However, I have so much wood going on with my dresser, nightstands, and bed base that I wanted to lighten up the space. 

So the half wood/half laminate armoire became my victim. 

If you missed my post on how to paint laminate click here.IMG_0441I used Lake Champlain in Satin by Dutch Boy’s Refresh Line. It was a nice color but needed to be toned down a bit to tie in the rest of the decor. 

I used Ralph Lauren’s glaze in Smoke. Here is a close-up of the finish.IMG_0440

I would love for the armoire to stay closed, it looks so much nicer with the doors shut. 


But here is how it looks 99% of the time.

IMG_0434I added $7 open woven baskets from The Christmas Tree Shops. 

They were perfect for the DVD player and the cable box.  IMG_0435I just poked the cords through the basket. Since it so loosely woven the remote still works through the basket but the “stuff” is hidden.

IMG_0436 I am absolutely in love with this space. 

Where once my master was my least favorite room in the house it has now gained a little with all the little changes. 

What do you think?


Here are the posts you missed on my master “refreshment.”

Little Loveseat Reupholstery

Stained/Painted End Table

Little Birdie Lamp

Home Sweet Home Pillow

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  1. Your armoire is very pretty and it looks so nice in your room! Your room is really coming together nicely.

  2. awesome idea with the baskets – to purchase a loosly woven and string the cords through. Looks fabulous.

  3. That turned out so nice! I used to have that armoire! Now thinking maybe I should have kept it and painted it. I love the color you picked! One of my favorites!

  4. Your armoire looks great! You're getting me so excited to work on my master bedroom soon too!

  5. it looks perfect in that color- it really ties the room together and makes the lamp and curtains stand out even more. great job!

  6. it looks perfect in that color- it really ties the room together and makes the lamp and curtains stand out even more. great job!

  7. it looks perfect in that color- it really ties the room together and makes the lamp and curtains stand out even more. great job!

  8. it looks perfect in that color- it really ties the room together and makes the lamp and curtains stand out even more. great job!

  9. It looks beautiful! And your idea with the open weave baskets is genius!

  10. Great idea hiding your "stuff" i baskets. I may have to borrow that one.

  11. I'd put a cutting board or something under the electronic stuff. They say to do that so they can breath, that's why they have little rubber feet on them. They will not get so hot and the fan vent wont be blocked. I love the room, looks ultra yummy!

  12. What a GREAT idea to hide your electronics! Thank you, thank you, thank you. As soon as I get home from vacation, I'm heading to the Christmas Tree Shop. The armoire looks wonderful.

  13. Wow – I can't believe what a transformation that is. Amazing! I love the color and the glaze looks amazing. Can't believe it was laminate!


  14. It turned out so pretty. I love the color you chose. I love the baskets too. What a great idea.

  15. It looks stunning! I love your posts. I'm new to all this, but have you done a tutorial on how to glaze before? I have no idea and would love to give it a try!

  16. The armoire was pretty before, but looks so fresh and pretty with your decor! Great job!

  17. that is amazing, becky!! love it!! you never cease to amaze me!! 🙂

  18. This room is really looking great! LOVE that aqua/robins-egg blue color scheme running throughout…that's the color of my kitchen walls!! It's so bright and happy!! You're very gifted…so enjoy following your crafting! 🙂

  19. Looks terrific!!!! I'm inspired to make my master bedroom a little more welcoming. Right now, it's blah.

  20. I love your space too! It looks so bright yet still has the needed intimacy factor. Love it–esp love that blue. Psst–could ya tell Christmas Tree shops to come out this way too?!

  21. Everything you've done so far looks awesome but your armoire is is by far my favorite to date. Nice to meet another Christmas Tree Shop fan! So many treasures hiding there and the selection of baskets is mind boggling!

  22. Beckie… it's so purdiful….. I love, love, love, love, love, love….. it! Oh, and I heart hidden electronics… the baskets for the dvd (and whatever else) are superb. You are who I would aspire to be if I had the initiative. : )

  23. you always inspire me to do "more" and then I get home from work and kids, pool, or my bed calls my name…

    The armoire is great…love it. thanks again for inspiring….b;)

  24. oohhh i'm loving that new space. I would spend tons of time in there reading a good book. The light blue colors are so calming. Good work cuz!

  25. I love it! So inviting. How do I convince Paul that we need one so the TV isn't the focal point of our living room???

  26. This is stunning! You would never know that it was originally laminate under that gorgeous paint! And the baskets look great. What a clever idea!


  27. Where else can I get that RL Smoke Stain? My Home Depot said they discontinued that! How rude 🙂

  28. I don't know how I missed this earlier in the week – but WOW! I love the changes! Beautiful! (I seriously have too many blogs in my reader – must look into the must read function in feedly!)

  29. Wow! This just looks beautiful!
    You did a wonderful job!
    Thank you for sharing!

  30. Oh so pretty! That's so funny about us choosing the same paints! You're right – great minds DIY alike! 🙂 I have one of these monsters in my family room and LOTS of Lake Champlain left. Hmmm. 😉 Love the glazing on it too! Great job!

    Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Parade!!!


  31. Such a pretty color! The glaze really makes it look elegant! I definitely need to give my master a makeover!

  32. WOW!! this is so fantastic! the colors are so serene and beautiful. and i love that vase on top with the round things popping out 🙂

  33. Wow, it's absolutely beautiful! I love the color and glaze you chose. I've been wanting to refinish our large pantry piece since we moved into our house two years ago, but have been a little daunted at the enormity of it. I'm feeling inspired by your project, however, and am going to check out the paint brands you mentioned. Thank you so much! So glad I clicked your link from "Something I Whipped Up". Best, Jenn/rook no. 17

  34. Ohhh I love this color!! It's amazing and looks great in the room! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog! Be sure to come by FrouFrouDecor..I love having new friends! I also have a link party every Friday and would love to have you link up!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  35. It turned out so very lovely!
    I am a sucker for those blue/green hues.Makes me think of being at the beach. Good times.

  36. I love your armoire~ it looks amazing now! The color you chose is beautiful, and I love how you added the glaze to it. That was a wonderful idea to add the baskets, too. 🙂

    This is just the inspiration I needed to motivate me to do this weekend's project…which is, coincidentally, painting our armoire! I hadn't thought of using a glaze, but after seeing yours, may have to try that idea! I'll link back to you and let you know if I use it! 🙂


  37. It's gorgeous! Love the way you hide the ugly black boxes with the baskets!

  38. We have that EXACT armoire! LOVELOVELOVE what you have done to it, especially the baskets. I am going to have to steal that idea.

  39. I hear you about wishing the armoire would stay closed! The baskets are a great idea. My husband would definitely not go for those though =)

  40. This is really beautiful! I love your craft! I found your site off of Today's Creative Blog and just signed up to be your newest follower! Come stop by sometime at my new site I'm really new at this and would love to make new friends!


  41. What a beautiful armoire. Love the color. Thanks for the link on painting laminate.

    I too have a half wood, half laminate entertainment center I want to paint sometime. It's so nice to know what works best before tackling such a project!

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