It had some really cute detailing on it already. The hardest part was just sanding it down.
Put a few coats of paint on. Sanded the edges for a more chippy look and to show off the fun details. (Didn't even glaze this one, since some of the underlying black paint showed through and gave it a glazed look).
Brett (my handyman husband) took a drawer out of the lower half of the top segment, and created a second shelf there--I forgot to take a picture of that before and after).
And of course, I use the top to shelve some of my pretty platters, fruits, and vegetables. It adds a nice touch and makes it look more like it belongs in the kitchen.
I hope that the next place I live will have a pantry. If not, I have this! If there is a pantry, I can use this in a bedroom or craft room for other storage options. Really, it was a good buy!
Since I have been shopping at WinCo now, and buy more things from their bulk section, I invested in some heavy-duty, plastic canisters from Ikea. At $3.99/piece for the larger size, the price really can't be beat. They are perfect for storing pasta, dried beans, whole wheat flour, etc. in my new "pantry"! The bottom 2 drawers hold tupperware, bibs, dish cloths, dish towels, etc. I am thinking about using all of my glass baby food containers and turning them into spice jars. Maybe Brett could install a few spice racks on the inside of the doors on top? Then I can buy my spices in bulk too.
What do you think of my armoire-turned-pantry? Have you done anything creative with a piece of furniture, and used it for purposes it wasn't necessarily intended for?