This armoire was my 16th birthday present; the armoire plus the rest of a matching bedroom suite to be precise. Yes, being the last child at home had its advantages, but I vaguely remember that my mother had credit at the furniture store that she needed to use or forfeit, so I lucked out. Over the years, I've sold the headboard, nightstand, and dresser, but I've always liked the armoire and hesitated to part with it.
I like the smaller compartments that it has as opposed to a lot of similar pieces. When we lived in a one-room hunting cabin for eight months (when we moved to the ranch, and before we put a house on it) it went with us. Carey thought it was a waste of space, but it added a lot more vertical storage than it took up floor space, so was priceless to me during that time.
I planned a wedding while in that cabin, and this piece held so many of the things I was working on: decorations, invitations, lists, receipts. It was my command center. I taped all the receipts to the insides of the doors, and then once the wedding was over, I put them all in an envelope. Today I found that envelope still tucked inside a drawer. I've never totaled up the receipts. :)
The armoire hasn't really been in use for years, so it was kind of like opening a time capsule. Lately I've been thinking about how to better use this furniture piece by consolidating storage for some like items. I was just going to fill it as is, but I happened to ask Carey if he felt like painting it before he went back to work, and surprisingly, his response was a definite maybe. :) I hope to get it done and filled before I have to start my month of work (only one more week to go!). I'll show 'after' photos...eventually.
It was oddly coincidental that I decided on yesterday (St. Patrick's Day) to clean it out, as I came across maps and souvenirs from my trip to Ireland. :)