The master bathroom in our little cottage doesn’t have a linen closet and the bathroom vanity it’s a two doors, no drawers. Which means I only keep there strictly what we need. But even with just the basic, we do need some storage. I was using a small white chest that belongs in the guest room, but it was already becoming too small for our needs.
I wanted an antique piece of furniture with enough charm and character that could serve as our linen closet. But it had to be something cheap. I know. Don’t say it ;). So I went on Craigslist and found something like this here… Really really pretty, only mine it didn’t really look anything like it ;)
My little chifferobe was practically in shambles, and I knew I was probably making the wrong decision in buying it, but I love the style and vertical mirror door with stacked drawers. Enough storage for what we needed, and the perfect size too. We have a small bathroom with a very narrow entrance door. A bigger piece of furniture was out of the question. So this was perfect. Just not that pretty ;)
The lady from whom I bought the little chifferobe was asking $150, but it was in such a deplorable estate.
So I set the price I was willing to pay and she accepted. I ended up paying only $80 for it. I’m excited, but did I really get a good deal? How does one to value antiques? Or how can you distinguish a true antique from a reproduction? And was this worth the price? I just don't know.
Well, my little chifferobe needed a lot of help. And guess who came to the rescue?
My 70 plus year old handyman and dear friend Manuel!
Manuel practically had to tear down the entire thing and re-build it.
Then I started painting... In my absolute new favorite paint on the planet…
Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Yesteryear.
A beautiful soft gray-bluish color
Next up, I painted the inside of the chifferobe/drawers with regular white paint. I was planning on call it done by then, but I found a really pretty wrapping paper at a thrift store that matched perfectly with my colors and thus, I decided to use it on the drawers as well. I simply cut the wrapping paper to the drawers measurements and glued it onto the wood using Mod Podge. I added new knobs and a cute decorative appliqué from Home Depot as well. And here it is!
I decorated the inside of the top door with an old calendar... glued onto it
This piece is far from perfection, but I’m embracing every flaw that can only add character to it.
Inside the door...
Definitely not as perfect as the $775 Farmhouse French Grey Armoire Chifferobe of my inspiration, but I’m so loving it!
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