When I saw this beauty at a local thrift store, I was immediately drawn to the legs. Empire is a favorite style of mine, and I haven't seen too many chifferobes from that era. Easy decision....we brought it home.
I wanted to come up with a more modern purpose for this piece. Since most every home now has closets, I knew there could be a better use for it. The door made it pretty easy. I envisioned it becoming a chalkboard....and what better place could this be used than a kitchen or a mudroom? Perfect! Lots of storage and a place to drop your keys, purse, etc. The inside of the wardrobe side is just the right size to hang jackets, hats and bags....or serve as a broom closet!
I thought about refinishing it, but since the veneer is not perfect, I saw it in a chippy light. I went straight for my Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint stash and with Dean's suggestion, I chose Grain Sack. SO glad I did!
Can't you see this greeting you as you come in your door?
So much storage! The inside was brightened up with a coat of Lucketts Green.
I LOVE the chippiness! See how it actually makes the missing veneer look fabulous?
Though I'm pretty sure these are not the original knobs, I left them wood for a nice contrast.
I just love the farm fresh feel this has now - and its new purpose!
I didn't have time to properly stage for the pictures. Dean was able to help take it to the shop this afternoon after work and I finished it right before he got home. It was a mad rush and a cloudy day, but I did the best I could. :)
I truly love using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paints and all of her products. Speaking of that, I will have some EXCITING news in the next couple of days! Woohoo!
This piece is now available in our space at R&R Antiques in downtown Fredericksburg.