An antique armoire is a treasure—but yours doesn't need to remain stuck in time. Creative thinkers and tinkerers have come up with plenty of conversion solutions, from media centers to freestanding home offices. Click ahead to see all of our favorite armoire DIY ideas.
Modern kitchens often lack charm. This vintage armoire delivers old-fashioned appeal while also supplying organized storage for pantry items. The door’s interior panels are outfitted for spices and smaller packaged goods, while the baskets held below are a portable alternative to stationary drawers.
With a few thoughtful modifications, a classic armoire can easily become a catch-all for anything and everything crafting. A box with holes dispenses tangle-free ribbon; the door panels hold tools at the ready; and magnetic tins house bits and baubles.
Liz Marie Galvan
Dogs and cats somehow accumulate items just like their human counterparts. A cupboard devoted to Fifi and Fido’s food, medications, toys and treats makes it easier to stay on top of what you have and what’s running out.
Make your own designated gift-wrapping station, putting all papers, ribbons, scissors and gift tags into one well-labeled interior. Chalkboard-painted doors record upcoming birthdays so that no important date will go forgotten.
Add a decorative touch to a utilitarian laundry room with a freestanding cupboard. Bins organize clothes for washing, and shelves store detergent and other supplies. If folding drying racks or an ironing board won't fit within, either could be mounted on the outside with a simple, sturdy hook.
Even a grand bathroom might lack adequate storage space for toiletries. With doors removed, this antique armoire holds and displays pretty soaps, potions, and towels—and does so with a bit of subtle French flair.
French Country Cottage
An exceptionally wide armoire can even be transformed into a reading nook, as in this stupendous DIY from A Detailed House. Just be absolutely sure your piece is structurally sound before allowing a little person to try it out! For a special detail, add lighting inside with corded sconces that feed through the back.
A Detailed House
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