What a great way to start off the new year than with ” A Fresh Start” ? Well that’s exactly what the ladies at the Fab Flippin Furniture Contest thought when they titled this months contest, and exactly what Mom’s jewelry armoire has gotten, a new lease on life with this  fresh start makeover.

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a fresh start jewelry armoire collage
fresh start armoire before

Normally I tend to do gravitate towards vintage antique pieces to repaint, however this armoire was one of the few pieces handed down from my Mother In Law that we decided to keep in our own home. Here she is waiting for her junktique makeover.

fresh start armoire applique

This piece was just a little blah and needed something extra to bring it a fresh start in its new life, I found these great appliques that reminded me of an old ships masthead, you know like on the front of an old pirate ship? Well since I plan on adding this piece to my coastal style makeover master bedroom, They were the perfect addition.

fresh start armoire drawers

This months sponsor of “A Fresh Start” is General Finishes, who was kind enough to supply us with our choice of their new chalky style paint line. Of course I just had to try their shade “Key West Blue” as aqua is my signature color which I love to incorporate whenever possible.

fresh start armoire doors

This color is fabulous, a true 1950’s era aqua blue, with just enough green tint to it. It is the closest I have come across in a furniture line paint to match that aqua 50’s vibe. Here is a shot of the doors after one coat.

fresh start armoire interior

I decided to brush this piece as I had a lot of interior area space to paint, yes this piece is fully painted inside behind all those drawers.  I didn’t want to have to deal with all that back spray, plus I wasn’t sure if I was going to go for the aged look that dark wax lends to a piece, And I wanted all the texture a brush provides in case I decided to age it up a bit for its fresh start.

fresh start armoire front

I realized that all that gorgeous blue just wouldn’t marry well with the other coastal pieces I plan to use in the room. Remember the Florida Keys Island Dresser I made a few months back? I felt this needed some toning down to match that piece, General Finishes does offer quite a few shades that would be wonderful with this blue like Summertime Blue – my first choice… or Empire Grey with a Limestone mix. But I was under time constraints and used some of Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey that I had on hand.

Moms Jewlery Armoire – ” A Fresh Start “

I think Mom would approve –  Here is the finished piece all dolled up with some vintage goodness, I decided to keep the fresh start look clean and simple with some of my favorite clear wax as this one is going to go into my room where the kids wont have much access to it. If it were a piece to receive repeated wear, I would have gone with General Finishes High Performance sealer in satin.

a fresh start armoire staged
FFFC January graphic "Fresh Start"


The Fab Furniture Flipping Contest™ is a monthly themed furniture contest often using products provided by the sponsor, The entrants compete for a chance to win a fabulous prize package provided by the month’s sponsor as well! Check out our Featured Hosts Evey , Stacy  and Carrie for their projects and the contestants projects for January’s contest:

General Finished Logo "Fresh Start"

This Months Sponsor:

General Finishes

Prize Package:

One Case of General Finishes Products In quarts of the winners choice!

The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™ is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, we'd love to have you! Please contact the ladies at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to find out how!