Are you looking for creative closet space ideas for rooms without closets? Check out this thrifted wardrobe closet and how I refinished it.
Old Wardrobe Makeover
What is a freestanding clothes closet?
A freestanding clothes closet is perfect for a wardrobe when you have very limited closet space. There are wardrobe racks, armoirs, and mobile clothes closets, like the one we are working with here today.
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I saw this old wooden wardrobe over on Facebook Marketplace selling for $50.
I first thought it would be so adorable repurposed into one of our ‘no closet’ attic bedrooms at our home in Maine.
When we added the 2 finished guest bedrooms into our attic about 8 years ago now, the zoning didn’t allow for closets.
And I had a vision of this old portable wardrobe closet all-refinished sitting pretty in one of the two attic bedrooms.
What is a portable closet and how does it work?
Portable closets are an easy and efficient way to instantly make more space for your clothes with just the help of a few hangers and shelves. Instead of throwing your clothes into a trunk or on the bed, you can organize them here beautifully.
Step 1. Sanding
I started by sanding down the entire outside of this wardrobe closet to get a better idea of how I really wanted to repurpose this.
Did I want to strip it entirely of the paint? This could be a long painstaking project…
Or simply clean it up and paint over it? Simple and easy.
Unfortunately, the sides of the closet are made with a combination of wood and veneer. I’m not a big fan of veneer so I’ll need to work around that, both inside and outside.
What would you do?
Can You Stain Veneer? Yes, you can!
Or Should I wallpaper the inside with peel and stick wallpaper? They have so many beautiful patterns to choose from today.
Step 2. Staining the Interior
I decided to try staining the interior first and if I don’t like that, I will go with wallpaper.
That way I am leaving my options open.
* I am not an expert in refinishing furniture, I am simply sharing my makeover experiences.
Restor-A-Finish is my new best friend!
So I grabbed and used a can of Mahogany that I had on hand after Refinishing this Wood Table in Less Than 1 Hour.
One coat of Restor-A-Finish took about 1/2 a can. This project also required a paintbrush vs. a rag, as the wood and veneer were just so dry. It will definitely require a second coat too.
Below is the inside of the wardrobe closet after day 1 with two coats of Restore-A-Finish in Mahogany and one coat of Feed-N-Wax, which goes on like butter with a rag!
Notice that most of the watermarks on the veneer are gone and it’s looking so much more finished.
Step 3. Painting the Wardrobe Closet
I decided to paint the exterior of the wardrobe closet a blue/gray color, the same color as the trim in our bedrooms at our home in Maine.
It’s a beautiful vintage look and once contrasted with the interior stain it should look fabulous when finished.
Step 4. Replace or Paint Wardrobe Hardware
I removed the closet door for painting when I decided to also replace the outdated hardware.
But after a trip to the hardware store, I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be that easy to replace these old hinges.
So I decided to simply paint the hinges black with a can of spray paint that I had hanging around the garage.
I just didn’t have the time for a custom order online and our local hardware store didn’t have what I needed.
Step 5. Vintage Crochet Clothes Hangers
And while waiting for the paint to dry, I found these vintage crochet wooden hangers on Etsy.
How charming are these for this old wardrobe closet from A Green Cottage Shop?
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Oh boy do I wish I had had an electronic paint sprayer for this project, see more in the post, MY FIRST TIME USING A PAINT SPRAYER, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Finished Wardrobe Closet
I love how this wardrobe closet turned out.
I brought it into our sunroom to put the door back on it with the newly painted hinges. Now I’m thinking I may just keep it around a while.
Where can I buy antique wardrobes and armoires?
A wide assortment of wardrobes and armoires are available on both Etsy and eBay.
Here are a few of my favorites that I rounded up for you here:
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What are the different types of wood for wardrobes?
This wardrobe was made from Pine and Veneer.
We are planning on making a custom wardrobe closet for our attic bedrooms in Maine this summer.
And we will use Pinewood for that wardrobe closet DIY.
Free-standing wardrobe closets are such a great solution if you don’t have much closet space.
On the flooring, the previous owner put in two wood railings for shoes, which I just love.
The railings even have a slant to them. Such a fun detail to have.
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Now I just need to transport this portable wardrobe closet to our home in Maine and into one of the two attic bedrooms.
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Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
Ann your wardrobe looks fabulous and I love the dreamy paint color! Those vintage hangers bring back wonderful childhood memories! Well done!
I’m so glad you like it Michelle. It was a fun project🤗
It Is an old piece and love old pieces. You did a wonderful job, it is so pretty now.
Thanks so much Marlene. I’m so glad you like it💙💙
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
I love what you did with this piece Ann. The color is beautiful.
I’m so glad you like it Kim😘