10. Rethink Furnishings
Classic pieces don’t have to be used only for their original purpose. Flip something on its side or add a few shelves, and it can do a completely different job. For instance, if you no longer require your armoire to store clothes, turn it into a cabinet with cubbies to keep linens of different sizes, from quilts to pillowcases, neatly stacked:
Measure the armoire’s interior to determine where you want your cubbies and how many plywood dividers you need to create them. With a table saw, cut ½ -inch-thick plywood to the height of the space between shelves and the depth of shelves (or have this done at the lumberyard). Lightly sand cut edges with fine- grade sandpaper. To create channels for them to slide into, cut 4 lengths of ⅜- inch red- oak cove molding for each. Place cubbies where desired; mark edges. Remove dividers; mount molding at markings, and secure with wood glue and ¾ -inch brads. Slide cubby walls into channels. For a seamless look, paint unit, inside and out, the same shade; for a pop of color, paint cubbies in a contrasting hue.