Weekend Paint Project: Color Block Barmoire

Turn a drab cab into a piece you’ll show off at all your Spring and Summer gatherings to come. With some creative taping and a splash of paint, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be to brighten up ordinary pieces with fresh colors and a few hours on the weekend.

What you'll need:

Step 1: Prep

Lay out your drop cloth on a flat surface where you'll be placing your furniture to protect any surface you don’t want to stain. For your safety, be sure you’re in a well-ventilated area.

If necessary, sand your furniture to create an even painting surface.

For color blocks, use masking tape to create straight-edge designs on the furniture. Tip: simple is best when it comes to color blocking, but there are no set rules – play around with the tape, angles, and colors if you’re feeling creative. For best results, use contrasting or complementary paint colors.

Step 2: Paint

Paint the armoire, doors and drawers with your color of choice. Start with the lightest color first. Don’t forget to paint the inside of the piece as well as the inside of the doors.

Step 3: Update your hardware

A simple cabinet hardware update can make a big difference to the final look. Give it a try! We recommend spray paint for an even finish. Use any color, but as we like to say ­- when in doubt, spray it gold. Here we’re using Montana GOLD Chrome Effect Colors spray paint.

For an even coat and to avoid dripping, keep the can 6-8 inches from the handles and spray in a light sweeping motion. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes before applying a second coat.

Step 4: The waiting game

For best results, allow one paint color to dry fully before removing the tape and applying a new coat or color. Repeat for however many colors you’re using.

After all colors have been applied, allow the furniture to dry for a full 24 hours before fitting back in the shelves, doors, and hardware.

Quick tip: Use decorative adhesive shelf liners to add easy and fun details on the inside.

And voila! With just a few supplies from your neighborhood Orchard, you can create a one-of-a-kind barmoire that’ll be the talk of any party.