Everyone knows I’m a sucker for all things antique and vintage—especially things with a story. This antique wardrobe that I found at Brownstone Treasures was the first piece I purchased when I left my cramped space in Manhattan for an upgraded Brooklyn apartment.

There are fine examples of beautifully restored wardrobes at antiquesworld.co.uk, a leading antiques dealer in the UK, from a host of historical periods in beautiful timbers. This is the first place you should check out if you’re looking to purchase high quality antique furniture.

I love that it gave some much needed extra closet space, but I never loved the unfinished look of the wood. I finally got around to giving it a little makeover while still keeping its antiqued charm. Here’s how:


Tools you will need:
Benjamin Moore Primer
Benjamin Moore paint in Chantily Lace (trim)
Benjamin Moore paint in Pebble Beach (inside)
paint brushes
painters tape
steel wool or sandpaper
drop cloth
an antique piece of furniture with good bones!


Step 1: Paint a coat of primer on the furniture and allow to dry fully.


Step 2: Paint the trim with one color. You may need to tape it off before painting if it is a darker color and only do one coat if you want the antiqued look to it.


Step 3: Use painters tape to mark off the section you want to paint a different color.


Step 4: Distress the paint with a piece of steel wool or sandpaper. This works best before the paint is completely dry.


STYLIST TIP: Only distress the edges of the piece to make it look like it naturally aged over time. That’s where furniture wears the most.