When we moved to the cabin full time almost two years ago, we had two large armoires we had to leave behind. We had a tag sale and someone gave us a deposit for one of the armoires, but he never came back to pick it up. In a panic, we called a non-profit organization and arranged to donate them along with a few other items. Well, after we called them we ended up selling some of the other items (artwork, rug and small decorative tables), so when they arrived there wasn’t much for them to take other than the two armoires. They weren’t happy.
So…they told us that if we wanted them to take the armoires we would have to pay them around $200. The reason? They said no one wants armoires anymore. Everyone keeps their tv’s out in the open and armoires were no longer desirable.
I think that’s a shame because to me armoires can be beautiful statement pieces in their own right and let’s face it, armoires are workhorses. Their main function is to store items, and who says that it always has to be a tv? Not me.
So why not let the depreciation of armoires work to your advantage? Pick one up at an estate sale, tag sale or craigslist, and turn it into an indispensable piece of furniture for very little effort or money.
This first one is from one of my favorite catalogs, Wisteria. Here they made good use of the inside of the doors with file pockets and cork board, and the baskets are attractive and practical.
Finding an armoire designed for a corner space is like winning the decorating lotto, as corners are often wasted areas in a home. This one started out life as an Ikea cabinet.
Raise your hand if you love houndstooth as much as me! Why not turn a plain and dark armoire into something special with the addition of houndstooth covered boxes, fabric backing and chalkboard paint (love that quote!).
Why not add a pop of color to a pull out keyboard, after all, who couldn’t use a little ‘happy’ when getting ready to pay some bills?
I’m a huge advocate of taking advantage of the back of doors, whether it’s armoires, closets or pantries. Convert the inside of armoire doors with the addition of fabric and ribbon for a handy spot to place notes or photos.
Here’s another example of a fabric covered panel, but this time the fabric was repeated on the inside of the doors for a useful and creative touch of color.
This armoire was purposely designed as a computer desk and even includes a space for a printer, keyboard, file cabinet and hard drive.
And you don’t have to be limited to using an armoire for office space…
This armoire, from Brookstone, was designed for bar storage, but why not borrow some ideas and retro fit to suit your needs? We did that with a small upright piano we couldn’t even giveaway, and what was once an eyesore is now a conversation piece. If you’d like to see what I call our ‘pimped up’ piano, click here.
We had another armoire that we sold to a young lady who was going to use it for clothing storage, simply by adding a bar to the top. There’s really no limit to what you can use armoires for, and the best part is when the doors are closed, all the clutter is gone from sight, so don’t let what you perceive to be a lack of space stop you from having a fully functional office to call your own, because as you can see, it’s not only possible, but not that difficult.
And if you need help hauling it to your house, I got a Fisherman at the ready ;).
P.S. In case you’re wondering, we paid for the armoires to be removed. What we didn’t realize at the time was they also removed a few thousand $ and all our important papers. Looooooong and (very) sad story…
In other news…
We are currently in Rainbow Springs State Park, about 30 minutes from Ocala. This is the first time we have stayed in a state park, and as expected, the sites are more spacious and private than corporately owned parks where the almighty dollar rules the roast. The park boasts a lovely river you can kayak or tube on, three distinctive waterfalls, trails and beautiful gardens.
Although we like the park, the towns surrounding it seem a little depressed so we’re looking forward to moving on. Speaking of which, you might recall when we arrived in Naples in January we had major transmission issues with our car. It was taken care of by a dealer while we were there but on Friday as we were heading back to our site the transmission light came on. I think we bought ourselves a lemon. The bad news is we are in the middle of nowhere and will have to wait until we get to the panhandle to get it serviced. Fingers crossed they can fix it.