The Re-Wrecking of One of My Previously Wrecked Armoires

December 10th, 2015 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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The dirtier the better.
Repainted and Re-wrecked.
Built circa 1985.
How it looked prior to the restoration. It’s still kind of cool, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
I found the wood at an estate sale. It was originally used as shelves in the basement of a 100 year old house.
The door had warped so I built a new one with a slightly different look.
Right after I finished painting it white...
“It looks so nice why in the world are you going to make it all grimy”. 
My neighbors comment before I started the distressing. Maybe shes right?
Hints of the original green paint peering through. 
I liked the western motif in the 80s, but it was time for a change.
After it was repainted, I realized the bottom had started to rot. The poor thing had been sitting in a damp basement for the last 30 I trimmed an inch off.
The dirtier the better.

The dirtier the better.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2015)

I just re-wrecked an armoire I built in the 1980s. Yep, I’ve been building furniture so freaking long that I’m restoring, if that's what you want to call it, my own pieces. OMG…that’s terrifying! 

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2015)
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Comments (11)

JunkArchitect writes: Thanks Dominique...! I can make one just like it for you. Contact me on Facebook.


Posted: 3:16 pm on December 16th
Dominique writes: I just joined JunkMarket for one reason, to let you know...I LOVE this armoire. Do you accept custom orders?

Dominique Posted: 7:14 pm on December 15th
AndrewsBrianne writes: I can only agree with the ladies below. Embrace the thought you have so much experience and keep doing what you're doing! It looks great! Posted: 5:56 am on December 10th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks, (Suzanne)...snelson4778! Take the chance, I do. The worst that can happen is you will have to repaint the piece. Sometimes the more layers of paint the better. You will reveal hints of the underlying colors during the distressing process.

Hey, MakinItHappen, there are no secrets just lots of practice ruining paint finishes.

Posted: 10:31 am on November 24th
snelson4778 writes: your work is great, I wish i had that talent. I have a beautiful piece from an old piano but I cant work with such large pieces, just don't have the right tools and layout.I enjoy seeing the pieces you make, wishing I might take the chance. Posted: 5:50 am on November 24th
MakinItHappen writes: Wow! I wish I could figure out how you do this. I bought a 1960s maple dry sink and repainted it. It looks nice, but Id rather have it look old and primitive. Any secrets to share? Posted: 8:19 am on November 23rd
Dinantiques writes: My oh my, Jim! This has to be my favorite paint finish of all your projects. The color is superb and perfect on this armoire. Could you build me one just like it? Same color too...please! Posted: 4:43 pm on November 18th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks for leaving such great comments. I really appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to say how much you like a concept, design, color, etc. I build because I love creating and it's an important part of my keeps me sane.

Thanks again!

Posted: 11:00 am on November 17th
just_old_stuff writes: I'm not sure what else I can add after all the wonderful things the ladies said below. But I will anyway. First, the before and after photos simply blow me away! It is so fantastic that you are able to totally change the appearance of a piece as your taste change. Wish I had the gift to do that. Second, the color is to die for! This is the work of not only a craftsman, but an accomplished artist as well.

B Posted: 6:07 pm on November 16th
georgiamoon writes: Well Jimmy all I can say is that nobody can re-wreck something as well as you can re-wreck something. You are a man of many talents and taking something old and making it better is one of them, even it the old thing is something that you made! It was awesome before but I LOVE the new color! What is it? Not that I, or anyone, could buy the color and make it look like THAT!!! Thank you for sharing how you can take something fantastic and make it word!

Love it,
Georgia Posted: 9:19 am on November 16th
G writes: Just like starting over is ALWAYS a good thing...Re-wrecking a creation is a brand new beginning to something even more ( and it was a really wonderful "before" ) fabulous. Real craftsmanship will never date itself and easily fit into any era. Years from now, your creations will fit into any decor and bring along wonderful memories to anyone lucky enough to own them. Posted: 8:44 am on November 16th
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