Monday, March 16, 2015

French Armoire

When we moved into this house about a year and a half ago, my first priority was the master bedroom.  It was very red.  So, a neutral paint color went a long way towards making it our own.

  Since there were no window coverings, Roman shades were my first purchase.
  It's a very big room, so I quickly created a sitting area with slipcover chairs from IKEA.

 Next, I painted some thrifty finds into a French inspired desk and chair.

However, a big empty spot remained.  This is the wall that I see when I wake up in the morning.  I did have my old dresser there, but the knotty pine looked very out of place.  I was afraid that if I posted a photo of it here, I might find it pinned on someone's "What not to do" board.

For the next few months, other things took priority over furnishing the rest of the master bedroom.

This was how the wall looked when I woke up this morning.

This is how it looked this afternoon!

Better?  Yes, I think so.

Here are close ups of some of the carving on the armoire:

I found this 18th century French Wedding Armoire at The Whimsey Shoppe.  Suzie and Wendell Paterson own this delightful store. They go to France three times a year to select the treasures that can be found there. I have no affiliation with the store other than being happy with my purchase. If you enjoy looking at French antiques, be sure to look around their site.  There are many photos of the pieces currently in stock.  

I did find that most pieces were actually darker than they appeared in the flash photos.  For instance, here is the photo the same armoire on their site:

The delivery was very interesting.  Apparently, the clever French craftsmen made these armoires in pieces for transporting.  When the armoire came off the truck, the shelves and doors were removed. The hinges on the doors slide into the hinges on the armoire. Even the top piece is actually separate.

This room is finally coming together.  I have two chests of drawers ordered for bedside tables.  I look forward to sharing them with you in a couple of weeks.


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  1. Your French armoire is beautifu. I love the carvings.


  2. It is a gorgeous piece and will be beautiful in your room.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Sherry!

  4. Love it and looking for one just like it for my bedroom. Thanks for joining Wow.

  5. Thanks, Kim. If you lived in the Dallas area, I would know just where to send you. They have several more....

  6. It is such a stunning piece and looks perfect in your bedroom!!! Congratulations on such a wonderful find....
    Happy Spring!!!

  7. Thank you for visiting, Deserae.

  8. It is a stunning piece and I love the carving work on it. It's the perfect piece of furniture in that spot. Thanks for stopping by and letting you know you enjoyed my vintage shop was a great time.


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