This hub is about the ways you can rework old armoires or television cabinets as they're often called. We have four of these tall old cabinets in our house and one in the barn. We still have old televisions so we use ours. Many of the new flat screen television don’t fit into them. What can you do with the old ones? Here are a few suggestions.
My daughter was getting rid of hers and I took it and use it now to put all extra computer stuff in. It's full and I have a hub on how we recycled it.
I use one for bedding. I believe you should always try reusing what you have.
Following are my suggestions and ideas I have found. Recycle, recycle and recycle anytime you can.
Turn an one into a craft area or a gift wrapping/stationary station. I'm always having trouble finding a place for all the wrapping paper and ribbons. It's a good place to keep scissors, cards, bags, and ribbons where you can find them. It's easy for our Christmas wrappings to get away from us. If you have a special place you won't have trouble finding it when Christmas comes around.
For The Garden
Armories will also work great for a garden area. Keep all the planting items you need in it. You can also use it to store vases. I store my vases up high because this is the only place I have. When I want one I have to depend on someone else to get it down. Most of the time my flowers end up in whatever glass is handy to put them in. I would love to have a garden area like one in the photo. We don't have the room in this small house. If you have the room it's a great way to recycle an old armoire.
Make A Bar
I like the idea of turning them into bars. Keep all the glasses and liquor in it. Even though I don't drink I think it can make a great bar.
If the inside back of the looks bad because some come with a hole in the back for holding a TV. You can cover the back. Buy poster board or cardboard, and cut to the size you need to cover the back. Then glue or tape fabric, pretty wrapping paper or wallpaper to the poster board. After it's covered push it into the back of the cabinet.
If you make the cardboard tight enough you won't have to glue it in and can change the look whenever you want. You could use small nails and just tack it in. I would want to be able to take the poster board out so I could change the fabric. If you do decide to change to a different fabric then just add it right over the old fabric or wallpaper.
Use them for changing table for baby. It would be so handy. Keep all the baby clutter that you need for baby in it. I wish I had one when we had babies. All the diapers in those days were cloth diapers and rubber pants it wasn't always easy to find a place to keep them. They took up more space than the diapers do now. I would hook a diaper stacker to the door.
Down below in the doors good places for little t-shirts, blanks, and gowns.
Use for a desk or computer area to hold all the equipment. It's also nice because it can close so no one can see the clutter in the room.
Good place for those bills, papers, medical papers, pens, pencils, and computer stuff. We all have all those little items take up space and no place to go with them makes a good filing cabinet.
I get so overrun with paper stuff. It drives me crazy. I'm always saving things that give me ideas for Hubpages.
You can keep the linen in an old one or a place to put away winter throws when not in use, in the summer.
Great place for all the bedding we all have, extra pillows, throw pillows that you don't have out all the time. If you're like me I change my throw pillows. I put some away and bring others out.
For The Bathroom
This is a nice way to use one in the bathroom to keep towels and all the bathroom items in.
Place baskets in it to hold shampoos, extra toothpaste, make-up or toilet paper.
Add a screen to show everything or put fabric on the doors to hide things. My bathroom stuff I usually like to hide.
You can see how pretty one can look in a bathroom.
Use an old one for a pantry in the kitchen to put kitchen linen in or storage for can goods. It can also be a place to hold pots and pans or a place for all your pretty bowls and dishes. It’s a great place for mixer, blender, griddles and food processor. The things you don't have room for on counters.
I love pantries as you can see from my pantry hub. If I didn't have a closet for my pantry I would make one for a pantry.
When making a pantry. Be sure to cover up the hole in the back if it has one. If you don't do things will fall out and slip down the back.
If you don't want to do cardboard and fabric there are other options. You can cut a piece of plywood to size, cover with wallpaper or sand and paint, add to the back. Add wood shelves.
They are nice places for all those collections. We all seem to have them.
They are so pretty done in milk paint. Now I have never used milk paint so I'm not an expert on it. I have seen them done in it and it makes them look so nice.
If the it has mirrors on the doors you don't want them you can take the mirrors out and add screens. It will show off all your pretty things. Chicken wire or window screen used for the doors.
Dress Up Time
Use one in a little girl's room put in all her dress up clothes. Make it hers by adding stick-on flowers or if you can paint even better. It will hold all her jewels, tutus, crowns, mom’s old heels, hats and fairy wings. A little girl would love something like this and it would hide away the clutter.
Use it in a boy’s room for his collections, books, or games anything which needs to be hidden away.
Use one to set-up an aquarium in. They would work well because there are already holes in them for all the wires aquariums take.
Place one in a child’s room. Place the aquarium on one shelf and another shelf place turtles, hamsters or whatever little pet your child might have.
Little Girls Room
If the front has panels which come out, you can add mirrors. This would also be nice in a little girl’s room. We all know how much little girls love to dance in front of a mirror and look at themselves.
Armoire is a French term meaning "closet." used in the old days to store household goods. Many homes didn't have closets. Today they are available in many different styles country, French, and modern.
My grandmother had one it was the old-fashioned wardrobe type or chifforobe, that's what we called it.
The photos are three of our four. Two used to hold a television. The black one holds computer stuff. The dark colored one with all the fancy work on the front we bought I think it was back in the 60's, not sure what style it is. It now holds some of our linens. The one at the top of the page is in our bedroom and still holds a TV.
Feb. 20, 2012
The new televisions are so different if they're at all big they don't fit well in the old cabinets. We just found this out when we bought a new TV. This new television is 32 inch. We got the television in the in but now we can see the big hole in the back. So now I have to do something with the back and when I do I'll put it on here.
Check out my other hub. It shows what we did with the black one in the picture. How we put the fabric on the back and added more shelves.
The Big Hole
What to do about the big hole? I'll figure out something. Actually, I'm going to add some fabric to the back and it will cover the big hole and not look so bad. .
Now we have the black one finished. We can work on this one.
It's too bad when so many of these nice cabinets end up in landfills. People don't want to deal with them any longer.
Follow This Link and See What I Did With Mine.
You could always turn it into a giant jewelry box.
The best idea I have seen is this chicken coop. So cute and so nice the doors can close and chickens kept safe. I love chickens. I wonder if I could talk my husband into this
When I had birds I wish I had known about making aviary like this one. The aviary would have been just great for our birds. I was always looking for a bigger cage for them.
Check out Martha Stewart (http://www.marthastewart.com/264700/birdcage) aviary. This one made from scratch.
Another good site for step by step instructions on making an aviary. You can find on Express Your Creativity on the right is the address to the site
Sewing Machine Cabinet.
This is my friend's old one she had her television in it at one time. She has now turned it into a place to put her sewing machine. Works great in her sewing room and she can close it away. My pictures aren't the best I was trying to take them with my phone camera. It does give you an idea of what you can do if you need a place for your sewing machine.
She lives out of town and we went for a visit. I happen to see this and thought it was such a great idea.
Patrick van Offeren from the Netherlands on March 13, 2020:
Thank you for thin inspiration!
Sidonie on April 23, 2019:
Great! Awesome ideas
RTalloni on April 12, 2019:
Such a lot of great ideas here. Some I had seen before, some are new, but the chicken coop takes the cake. I. Want. One. :)
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 14, 2017:
Some fabulous ideas on here-- I like the one that looks like a genteel potting cupboard... but it would definitely need to be inside a shed here during the rainy season on Vancouver Island!
moonlake (author) from America on January 05, 2016:
Urban Accents, Why couldn't you? Dividers can be made out of regular doors so why not the doors to an armoire. I would try it. Thanks so much for stopping by.
moonlake (author) from America on October 21, 2015:
Pharmk279, Thanks for stopping by.
Pharmk279 on May 15, 2014:
Very nice site!
moonlake (author) from America on April 28, 2014:
Johnc110, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.
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moonlake (author) from America on September 21, 2013:
SMarlo - upstate NY, Thank you for stopping by hope you find the armoires your looking for.
SMarlo - upstate NY on September 21, 2013:
Love this idea! Now to find one, make that 2 - one for my dining room and one for my craft/sewing room.
moonlake (author) from America on June 15, 2013:
iguidenetwork, Thank you I'm glad you liked it. I appreciate you stopping by and I appreciate the vote.
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on June 13, 2013:
Nice ideas you have moonlake! I like to convert mine into a workstation just like in one of the pics here. Voted up and useful.
moonlake (author) from America on May 22, 2013:
Diana Lee, Thank you for stopping by and thanks for the vote.
Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on May 22, 2013:
I love these ideas and wish I had room enough to put some of them in my home. Voted up.
moonlake (author) from America on May 14, 2013:
livewithrichard, How lucky that you found one in the storage locker. Redo it and make a hub. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Richard Bivins from Charleston, SC on May 13, 2013:
Really cool ideas here. I purchased a storage locker recently and it had an old Armoire hidden in the back. It looks old and shabby which makes it the perfect project for me. 2 of the glass panes in the doors are missing but I think I can easily replace them. I'm thinking some stained glass on those doors will make it awesome. Before reading this hub I was thinking about putting it out by the trash, but now I'm looking at it in a whole new light. Thanks.
moonlake (author) from America on October 30, 2012:
DeborahNeyens, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 30, 2012:
Great ideas! I have two armoires that I still use for TVs. But I especially love the craft armoire idea.
moonlake (author) from America on August 19, 2012:
Urban Accents, The only people that want them now are the ones that will turn them into something else. We are still using two for two televisions. Our kids keep telling me I need to get rid of them and mount the tv on the wall. We live in a small house they are so good for storage. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Benjamin from New York, New York on August 19, 2012:
In my experience working in furniture retail in NYC, these TV armoires were really slow movers. The trend now is to mount your flat screen or LCD to the wall like it's framed art work. Sad to say, the TV has replaced wall art.
Benjamin from New York, New York on August 19, 2012:
I wonder if you could create a folding screen room divider out of the armoire if you take apart the panels and add hinges
moonlake (author) from America on July 19, 2012:
vespawoolf, Your welcome. I just hate to see all these nice armoires go into landfill when they can be used for so much. Thank you for stopping by and for the vote.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:
I just happen to have an old armoire and I'm considering making it into a desk armoire. Thanks for the helpful ideas! Voted up.
moonlake (author) from America on July 18, 2012:
alipuckett, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Some of these items may be hard to do but some are not so hard. I just turned one into an office area and it wasn't at all hard.
alipuckett on July 18, 2012:
I love these ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!
moonlake (author) from America on July 17, 2012:
mary615, Thank you. I really love that chicken coop but I would sure have problems moving a nice armoire outside. Thank so much for the vote and the share.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 17, 2012:
Hi moonlake. You came up with some great ideas here. My favorite was the chicken coop! Your chickens would have the nicest coop in town!
I voted this UP, etc. and will share., Mary
moonlake (author) from America on July 17, 2012:
Peggy W, Thank you for stopping by glad you like the hub. I'm always using old stuff. I guess people might say my house looks junkie but we like it. Thanks so much for the vote and sharing.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:
So many of the designers on HGTV use found, discarded or resale items for use in their rooms and homes. Your ideas would fit right in and I also like the idea of keeping things out of landfills when at all possible. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.
moonlake (author) from America on May 25, 2012:
joaniebaby, Glad you like my hub. Thanks so much for stopping by.
joaniebaby on May 25, 2012:
What great ideas. You make me wish I had a larger home so I could take advantage of some of them. Thanks for the great Hub.
moonlake (author) from America on May 19, 2012:
ktrapp, Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. The garden one is really nice. If I had a place to put one I would make one.
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 19, 2012:
These are all terrific ideas, so good in fact that I'm not sure which is my favorite. But I do really like the garden one in particular.
moonlake (author) from America on September 10, 2011:
Thanks Cher, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I think they would look really nice in a kitchen.
AppGal330 on September 09, 2011:
wonderful ideas to re-use :) i've been keeping my eyes open for armoires in our area...i think it would be kind of neat to use one or two in the kitchen as "cabinets" when we get to that part of our project ;) really nice hub & great pics!
moonlake (author) from America on August 30, 2011:
Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
AHightower on August 30, 2011:
moonlake, I am so glad that this Hub is featured today. I just love this Hub and have been searching ebay for an armoire for our bathroom. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
moonlake (author) from America on August 04, 2011:
Thank you and thanks for stopping by my hub and leaving a comment.
u01dtj6 on August 04, 2011:
What a great idea to use it for a desk or computer area. Nice ideas!
moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2011:
Thank you kittythedreamer 71 for stopping by.
I think they are one of the most useful items anyone can own. How nice 150 years old antiques are always the best.
Kitty Fields from Summerland on July 21, 2011:
Wonderful hub, moonlake! I love old armoires and will soon be inheriting a 150 year old antique armoire from my grandmother. She has used it for storing many things over the years, mainly clothes and craft items. Voted up and useful!
moonlake (author) from America on July 06, 2011:
vietnamvet68, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
vietnamvet68 from New York State on July 06, 2011:
some really great ideas here. Thanks for sharing
moonlake (author) from America on July 03, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by my hub..I know what you mean about downsizing we moved from a big house to a tiny farm house.
trish1048 on July 03, 2011:
These ideas are wonderful. Sadly, as I've downsized, I can no longer fit an armoire in places I'd like. If I had read something like this when I had my home in the country, you bet your bottom dollar I would have enjoyed creating these lovely storage areas.
Thanks for sharing!
moonlake (author) from America on June 28, 2011:
europewalker, Try some yard sells I have seen them. My daughter got rid of two because they changed the tv.
So glad you stopped by.
europewalker on June 28, 2011:
I would love to get my hands on an old armoire, there are so many things you can do with them as you have shown in this lovely hub.
moonlake (author) from America on June 26, 2011:
Hyphenbird, Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment.
moonlake (author) from America on June 26, 2011:
tsadjatko, what a great idea never thought of that. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 26, 2011:
These are great ideas and the armoires are so lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.