Baby Armoire

Baby Armoire

An old television armoire is repurposed and upgraded into a dresser for a baby.

5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Repurposed armoire
Drill with Phillips head drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver
Sanding sponge medium-grit
50/50 Water & vinegar cleaning solution in a spray bottle
Paper towel
Paint and primer in one – color of your choice – satin finish
Paint tray
Foam painting roller
(4) Furniture risers
Vanilla extract (optional)
Brown tinted glaze
Dry rag
Old* paintbrush - *This will give a desired, uneven brush finish
¼” Foam board
¼” Batting
Fabric – Pattern of your choice
Spray glue
Glue gun with heavy-duty glue sticks
Tape measure
Craft knife
(2) 12” 3-hook rack
Closet hanging kit
(4) 9” of ½;¾” Round trim with 45-degrees mitered corners
(4) 20” of ½;¾” Round trim with 45-degrees mitered corners for frame affect
Construction adhesive with dispenser
(2) Wardrobe bracket
1¼” Diameter wood rod – pre-cut to inside width of armoire
(2) Decorative storage box



1. Remove the drawers, doors, handles and hardware from the armoire, using a Phillips head screwdriver when necessary. Save all the hardware for reassembly later

Tip: Before removing hardware take a photo of original placement for easy return

2. Prepare all the surfaces of the armoire, including drawer fronts and doors, for painting by scuffing up the finished surface with a sanding sponge. This will give teeth to the surface allowing the paint to stick

Tip: After you’ve been sanding for a while, look for any remaining shiny spots that have not been sanded. This will ensure the whole surface is ready to receive the new paint

3. Spray 50/50 Water & vinegar cleaning solution over all the sanded surfaces to remove dust and dirt. The solution also helps to make the paint adhere better

4. Place four furniture risers on the ground and lift the armoire onto them. This will allow you to easily paint all the way to the base of the armoire

5. Using a foam roller, paint the armoire, inside and out with paint and primer in one. Also paint the drawer fronts and both sides of the doors. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step (See image below)

Tip: Add 3 drops of vanilla extract directly into 1 gallon of paint and stir thoroughly. This will replace the chemical smell of the paint with a nice vanilla smell

6. To make the armoire look aged, a Dry Brush technique can be applied over the painted surface. Using an old paintbrush, apply brown tinted glaze to the armoire in up and down strokes following the grain of the wood. Rub off with a dry rag as you go. The glaze dries quickly (See images below)


7. Using a ruler and pencil, mark out two 11” x 24” rectangles on the foam board and cut them out using a craft knife. These will be used for upholstering the inside of the armoire doors

8. Place ¼” batting over an 11” x 24” board and cut to the same size

9. Roll out the fabric and place an 11” x 24” board on top. Cut the fabric around the board leaving 1” excess on all sides (See image below)

10. Once you have the batting and fabric cut to size, they need to be joined together. In a well-ventilated area, apply spray glue over one 11” x 24” foam board and press the batting down on top

11. Apply spray glue over the batting and smooth the fabric down over it. Press down in the middle and smooth out to the edges to avoid wrinkles

12. Turn the board over and fold the excess fabric over the edge. Secure in place with hot glue. Work in small sections as the glue dries quickly. At the corners, fold like a wrapping a present and secure with hot glue (See image below)

13. Repeat steps 8 – 12 for the second 11” x 24” board


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14. Measure the height and width of the panel inside the back of the armoire and make a note of the measurements. The back panel in this armoire measured 36”W x 24”H

15. Using a ruler and pencil, mark out two 18” x 24” rectangles on the foam board and cut them out using a craft knife. There will be two panels on the back of the armoire to make it easier for installation

16. Repeat Steps 8 – 12 to upholster both 18” x 24” boards


17. Lay a door on your work surface with the inside facing upwards. Place a set of hooks on the top section of the door making sure there is enough clearance above the hooks for the door to close. Below the hooks, place an 11” x 24” upholstered board. Lay the trim around the upholstered board. This step is to get a sense of the layout and make sure it all fits correctly

18. Once you are happy with the layout, apply a layer of construction adhesive to the back of the hooks and press down onto the door. Secure in place with 2 small screws, making sure they are short enough to not break through the other side of the door (See image below)

19. Once the hooks are secured, they can be used as a guideline for placing the trim and upholstered board. Set the board and trim to one side, except for the top most piece of trim. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the trim and center it on the door directly underneath the hooks (See image below)

20. Apply hot glue to the upholstered board, paying special attention to the corners and edges. Place the board on the door, flush with the top piece of trim

21. Attach the remaining three pieces of trim around the board using construction adhesive

22. Repeat Steps 17 – 21 for the second door


23. Take one of the back panels and apply a generous amount of heavy-duty hot glue across the back, paying special attention to the corners and edges. Press the panel into the back of the armoire leaving space for the second panel. Repeat for attaching the second back panel next to the first one


24. A pre-cut clothing rail will be added to the inside of the armoire to hang baby clothes. Two wardrobe brackets will be attached to the side panels to support the rail. Measure the width of the side panel from inside the armoire and mark the center point with a pencil. At the center point mark, measure 5” from the top of the side panel down and mark with a pencil. This will be where a wardrobe bracket will be attached. Repeat on the opposite side panel for the second wardrobe bracket

25. Center the first wall bracket over the mark from Step 24 and secure to the side panel with accompanying hardware. Make sure your screws are short enough to not punch all they way through the side panel. Repeat on the opposite side for the second wardrobe bracket

26. Once the brackets are secured, rest the wood rod on the brackets to make your clothing rail (See image below)

27. Reattach the doors and all handles using the original hardware. Place the drawers back into the armoire


28. Spread the fabric out on your work surface and place a box lid, topside down, on top of it. Use scissors to cut around the box lid leaving 2” excess on all sides. In a well-ventilated area, apply spray glue to the lid of the box and press it down onto the fabric (See image below)

29. Apply hot glue along one side of the lid and press the fabric onto it. Repeat for each side. At the corners, fold the fabric like wrapping a present and secure in place with hot glue. Fold the excess edge fabric over the lip of the lid and secure

Repeat Steps 28 – 29 for the second box then place the boxes in the armoire

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