Help Pimp My Mom's Jewelry Armoire?

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Q: My mom recently inherited her mom's collection of costume jewelry, and she's spent over a year looking for a specific type of jewelry armoire to store it all. I finally found one on craigslist! But it definitely needs a redo.

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First, what color(s) do I paint it? The main colors in my mom's room are powder blue (carpet) and ORANGE (1920s original wood trim has not improved with time). Trouble is, my mom doesn't like either of these colors; her favorite color is green. Is there any way I can incorporate what she wants with what she can't get rid of? At least the walls are an inoffensive cream! Right now the armoire is pale wood finish, not painted yellow as it appears. I'd like suggestions for replacing the door pulls, too, although I might ask her to choose those.

Second, what tweaks can I add to make it an awesome jewelry armoire? I'm thinking about magnetic door closures, an extra row of hooks, and drawer organizers. What else?

My mom has a pretty conservative sense of design -- she didn't understand why I wanted to paint the inside of a bookshelf, although she had to admit afterward it looked good. So no vinyl decals of birds, please!

Bonus points if the redo can be done within a weekend while I visit -- I want it to be a surprise, but I can't keep her out of her garage for longer than a few days!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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