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Armoire to Craft Center

Give new life to thrift store finds.

armoire to craft center
We found this armoire at a thrift shop for $33. Customize yours with colors that suit your style.

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armoire to craft center

Are you a thrift store find junkie? If you are, then this project is perfect for you because odds are you’ve collected various project parts over the years. This armoire to craft center project has many clever storage and organization solutions for all of your materials. It’s the perfect one stop shop!

What You’ll Need:

  • TV armoire
  • Pegboard cut to dimensions of armoire backing
  • Pegboard organizer kit or single pegboard hooks (sold at hardware stores)
  • Dowels, buckets and crates of varying diameters and sizes
  • Coarse- and medium-grit sandpaper
  • Latex primer and paint (we used semigloss)
  • Foam board
  • Cork squares or panels
  • Fabric
  • Spools of fabric ribbon
  • Fabric glue (quick-drying)
  • Wood glue
  • Small finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Paintbrush and roller
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Nail gun
  • Power sander, optional
  • Needle-nose pliers, optional

Project Directions:

1. Disassemble the back of the armoire

Pry off armoire backing with hammer claw (use needle-nose pliers if hammer claw is too large); discard backing.

2. Sand the armoire

Sand the armoire by hand or with a power sander using coarse, then medium-grit sandpaper. Wipe all of the surfaces clean of dust.

3. Apply primer

Protect the work area with drop cloth or paper. Apply 1 coat of primer with a roller and paintbrush, where necessary, and let dry. Cover with 2-3 coats of paint, letting each dry completely before applying the next coat.

4. Sand pegboard

Sand the pegboard with medium-grit sandpaper; wipe clean of dust.

5. Paint pegboard

Paint pegboard, using roller. Apply 2-3 coats, letting each dry before applying the next coat.

6. Attach backing

Attach pegboard to back of armoire using nail gun. (Havea helper hold the board in place.)

7. Measure corkboards

For the bulletin boards, measure recessed panels on inside of doors and cut foam board and cork to size with craft knife. Position cork on top of foam and secure with hot glue.

8. Trim fabric to correct size

Place bulletin board, cork side down, on wrong side of fabric. Trim fabric, leaving a 1-in. border around edge. Run hot glue along back of one long side of board close to the edge. Pull fabric taut and over glue to secure in place. Repeat on opposite side, then finish short sides, folding in corners as if wrapping a present.

9. Attach corkboard

Attach bulletin boards to inside of armoire doors with wood glue. To set glue, gently tap a finish nail through cork, slightly piercing armoire door at corners of bulletin board, being careful not to drive the nail too far into the wood. (Have a helper hold the door steady.) Let glue set overnight. Remove nails gently.

10. Card holder

Create a holder for cards or paper instructions by cutting 2 pieces of fabric ribbon and placing them lengthwise over the bulletin board to form an X. (Trim ends even to the angle of the board.) Glue in place 1 piece at a time at the corners only, using quick-drying fabric glue.

11. Finishing up

To finish: Measure a continuous length of ribbon around entire edge of bulletin board, making corner folds at each turn and pinning as you go. Glue in place along all edges and at corners. If the armoire has inside shelves, add ribbon trim to the edge of each shelf, using hot glue. (Fold over edges to make neat ends.) Arrange hardware from organizer kit on pegboard as needed.

Bright Ideas:

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  • Cover clothespins with washi tape or colorful scrapbook paper. Use with hooks to secure a lightweight basket to pegboard.
  • Store rolls of thread on a spool rack.
  • Knot short lengths of jute rope to make simple door pulls for your craft center cabinets.

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  • Use egg cartons to hold small and easily lost materials for current and future projects.

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  • Repurpose soup cans to hold kitting needles paintbrushes or pencils.
  • Hang rolls of tape and paper over wooden dowels attached to pegboard hooks.

Want more storage and organization ideas?Learn our clever tips and tricks here.

This story originally appeared inCountry Woman Magazine.