The subtitle of this post could be, "What To Do With Junk Your Departing Children Have Left Behind," but that's a bit lengthy. Putting that aside for a moment--many armoires are being replaced because of so many of us switching over to flat screen TVs. There seems to be quite a few of these on CL, as well, for pretty good prices. So, for the benefit of everyone, let's think about repurposing them, shall we?
Figure out a Use
What storage problem would you like to solve? Do you need it for games and DVD overflow? For linens? It will all depend on your space and the size of the armoire. In my case, I needed a place to store fabric. Mine has been housed in the laundry room, which isn't that big to begin with. I had a large-sized laundry basket, double heaped with fabric. So it essentially looked like a big, fat, fabric waste basket.
Make Sure Your Stuff Won't Fall Out
This armoire had a large opening in the back for the TV hookup. I used a piece of foamcore that was around from another project. You could use plywood or whatever you have around. I didn't want any fabric hanging out. I doubt you'll want any of your stuff hanging out, either!
Plan For Doors
Don't place your items too close to the sides. Leave some clearance for the doors. You don't want to get your armoire packed then find you can't get your doors out of the way.
Figure out your organization method. My smaller stashes went where the components were housed. (For some of you, this will be easy. Since I'm a packrat, stacker, this was more challenging!)
Touch Up (Or Makeover)
Okay, you could go crazy at this point. The options are almost limitless. I'm keeping it simple this time around-- my anti-distressing secret: (I know, I know, everyone is DIstressing... Sometimes one just has to buck the trend!)
Figure Out a Space
Where will you put your armoire? If you're tight on space, it's always nice to have an open bottom unit, so even if the dimensions are big, the piece still feels a bit airy. Plus, you can house an entire family of dust bunnies down there.
Will it fit in the foyer (I'd love one in the foyer!), bathroom? Lucky for me...
The sewing area is just behind the wall where the armoire is sitting, and it's just a hop, skip, and a jump from the dining area where I do all of my cutting. Well, in full-discloser, Fun-Sized Chick does most of the hopping, skipping, etc., in the house. (Photo taken from dining area.) All of my fabric fit in here with lots of room to spare. Time to