Chiffarobe Rescue & Repurpose!
Rescuing furniture is one of my favorite things to do, so when I got a call that there was a piece sitting on the side of the road getting rained on, I knew I had to go check it out. It was an old chiffarobe and was in bad shape, but not too bad.
Aside from having none of the original drawers and a lot of broken and missing veneer, it was pretty sturdy and just what I was looking for to create additional storage in my little house. I gave her to my husband and had him work his magic (cleaning her up, removing the broken veneer, patching and tightening her up). I had decided to add shelves to the right side, which originally held hanging clothes for additional storage.
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I would have loved to just refinish her, but there was just too much damage and too much patching that had to be done, so paint was definitely the way to go. Isn’t the door detail gorgeous!
This project did have one problem. I don’t usually do to prep for chalk paint and this piece didn’t appear to have any finish left on it. I applied one coat of paint and realized that the old finish was actually bleeding through the paint in some areas, creating brownish stains! I honestly thought the second coat would cover, but it didn’t! The only way to fix that was to apply a coat of primer (yes-two coats of paint wasted) over the chalk paint and then repaint! (FYI-it only took one coat after the primer) Lesson learned.
Then I did some distressing before I waxed.
I kept the distressing to a minimum on this piece. I had originally applied one coat of wax and intended to do the second coat with wax tinted with gray paint, but it was so pretty (and my husband loved it) I left it white.
Now for the storage! I picked up these fabric storage bins (measured the shelves prior to purchase) and now I have a ton of storage space for crafting supplies, or linens, or whatever depending on where I put her.
Oh, did I tell you I found a super bargain at our local Hobby Lobby? I found a killer shelf, big and chunky with corbels–it was originally priced at $139.99, but I found it in a 90% off aisle and paid only $14 for it! Of course it was the wrong color, but for $14 I’m happy to paint it. It’s almost ready to hang and I’ll be showing it to you soon so stay tuned!
See ya soon,
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