Jun 17, 2015

Repurposing An Antique Chifferobe

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.

'til next time!

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday


  1. Oh my! I love this transformation! It turned out beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! It was a fun piece to do!

  2. Such a unique piece with so many potential uses. I love how you transformed the look!
    Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters


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