Transformation Tuesday – Playroom Wardrobe, July 2011

Oh get ready folks!  This is the last Transformation Tuesday all by myself.  Next Tuesday it will be YOUR turn to share all of your beautiful and creative transformations with the rest of my followers (which will, hopefully, continue to multiply!!)!  It’s time for The Ironstone Nest to host a “Transformation Tuesday Link Party”.  So gear up, get your hands dirty and get ready to show us what ya’ got next Tuesday!


Also, as promised, to celebrate The Ironstone Nest reaching the 100 Followers milestone, tomorrow I’ll host a giveaway from The Ironstone Nest Etsy shop!  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to win something, so be sure to check back tomorrow to enter for your chance to win!


But for today, do you remember the awesome, antique wardrobe I found on Craigslist (for $100) to use for Operation Infinite Giggles?



Well, here it is today in all of its colorful glory:







The yellow paint is Rustoleum spray paint in “Summer Squash”, the polka dot knobs are from Hobby Lobby and the playful fabric is “Waterlilly Confetti” from Joann Fabric.  I wanted something bold and bright and I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I got.  Agree?

I started by sanding (mostly with a power sander, but I also hand sanded it in some areas) the entire wardrobe completely.  The previous owner had splatter painted it.  Yuck!  Because the white paint had been thrown in random patterns on top of the blue, it was really thick in most places and needed to be sanded down evenly with the blue paint, and in some areas, right down to the bare wood to create a smooth, new painting surface.




Once it was sanded smooth, I primed it with two coats of white primer, followed by 3 coats of Summer Squash.  This baby required a lot of love!

Since there were no inserts whatsoever for the doors, and I wanted something more sturdy then just the fabric floating in the doorways, we bought some MDF and the hubby cut it to size for each door.  I then wrapped each piece in muslin first (just like a Christmas present like I explained in my Upholstery Tutorial), then again with the Waterlilly Confetti fabric.



I only used the tape to hold the fabric in place.  It is now officially hot glued to the MDF.  I thought about using a staple gun, but the staples would have gone straight through the board!  We secured the boards inside each window with mirror hangers and screwed them in place.

So voila!  A fantastic Craigslist find redone to create infinite giggles through the years in the playroom as it holds toys, play clothes, art supplies and lots of memories to come!


And while I’m not ready to share the entire playroom with you just yet, here is a sneak peek of some other spots from around the room:







Also, please be kind and stop by to “Like” The Ironstone Nest’s Facebook page . . . please don’t make me beg!

Have a Happy Tuesday!



  1. This is so fun! I love it!
    I’m the 102nd follower of your site now – everything looks great! See you next Tuesday :)

  2. I think this looks great!! I need some ideas for my game room! This has given me some ideas! Come see us at

  3. love this!!!! so cute and fun- the colors and pattern are adorable!

  4. This is darling- I love it with the fabric! What a great transformation!

  5. Hi There, Visiting from Perfectly Imperfect. Soo cute! You did an awesome job. I have a wardrobe I’d like to paint, maybe spray paint is the way to go. Although, then we’d have to lug the big thing outside! : ) ~ Catie

  6. Very fun! I love the fabric. In fact, I covered a trunk lid with it!

  7. This is so such a charming piece!! I LOVE it!!

  8. wonderful color ! love it

  9. That piece is a ray of sunshine!

  10. I really like the yellow it makes me smile!

  11. Oh, this is great! I have an old wardrobe that is in desperate need of an overhaul. But mine is no where as nice as this one. This is a great transformation! I have only refinished one piece of furniture so far but it was so much fun! I will be sure to follow you and hopefully have some new stuff to start sharing with you on Tuesdays!

  12. I LOVE this!! I think the entire theme for the room is fantastic and this piece looks darling. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

  13. hiya – found your blog via a link party this weekend. This piece looks very much like the one I bought my daughter for christmas & it gives me some great ideas for refurbishing it for her!

  14. Caught my eye on DIY show off! Very cute!

  15. SO cute. And colorful.

  16. Great job! I adore this piece.

  17. So pretty!! Love it!! New follower of your blog!


  18. so fun, I love the yellow paint and flower fabric

  19. LOVE IT! Great job! Just curious how you find the spray paint holds up over time on a piece of furniture? I am getting ready to redo a sideboard and was worried spray paint wouldn’t be as durable. I would love for you to tell me differently (leave me a comment on my Facebook page if you can!). I’m one of your newest followers!

  20. Loved it at all stages,
    Andrea @

    I’m signing on here as a follower and hope you’ll stop by, too!! Have a great day!

  21. SOOOO much fun!!! I love the yellow and that fabric!! :)

  22. That dresser looks so happy. You did a great job!

    I host a party on Wednesdays that is a showcase for “newbie” bloggers… and I would like to invite you :)

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean’s Decor and More!

    I am # 141 in the Met Monday party.

  23. Hello! What a nice lookin’ armoire, I love the colours – and it’s going to be a beautiful playroom! I linked this to my post project: armoires too today, for inspiration!

  24. Found you from Heather’s project link page, and oh my dear, you have a WINNER with this one! I adore it oh, so much!!!!! Gorgeous colors, it just makes me happy to look at it!

  25. This is darling with the color and fabric you choose. How cheerful!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

  26. This piece looks great, and of course curius geore always has a special place in my heart. Nice post.

  27. love this!!!! so cute and fun- the colors and pattern are adorable!

  28. This is adorable and so creative. Hope you can link this up at my trendy tuesday party!!

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