About a year ago a friend of mine found me two of these gorgeous antique Chifferobes. I recreated one of them last year but this one I have been hanging onto waiting for inspiration.
A Chifferobe is a piece of furniture with a wardrobe on one side and a set of drawers on the other. Chifferobes were incredibly important pieces to have in the bedrooms of houses 70 – 100 years ago. There was usually little to no closet space back then so these functional pieces provided much-needed storage for each member of the family. The first Chifferobe that I painted last year had a very feminine and antiquey feel to it when I was done. (you can see it here) For the second cabinet, I wanted to give it a very different, more modern feel.
For the bulk of the cabinet I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness to paint it. To add a touch of the modern feel that I was looking for, I used chalkboard paint to paint the door panels and all of the drawer fronts.
I swapped out the old metal knobs for wooden ones so that they could be painted with the chalkboard paint and blend in. Once all of the drawer and door fronts had been painted with the chalkboard paint and I let it sit for several days (a must for chalkboard paint!) I had to season it.
Tip: If you do not season chalkboard paint and then write on it, you will leave marks in the black paint. By running the side of a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint before you use it you will avoid any permanent, visible marks in the paint. After rubbing all of the new paint with the chalk, I simply wiped it off with a soft cloth and then it was ready to use. I not only love the black of the chalkboard paint with the blue but I love that you can change this piece up to work in any space you would like it in.
This century old piece now has a more modern feel to it while it’s age was enhanced with a soft colour and distressing. The two Chifferobes were essentially the same piece of furniture but done in completely different ways.
Which one do you prefer?