Chifferobe With Peter Rabbit Theme
Today's project is about creating a custom finish on a piece of furniture with little to no artistic ability required. Yes it's that easy!
I picked up this chifferobe at a local antiques mall. A chifferobe is part dresser and part wardrobe. Unfortunately, this piece required a few repairs, so if you want to keep a project easy, be sure to select a piece in good condition.
The main repair that was needed was a repair to on of the back legs. To fix the leg, I cleaned out all the loose pieces of wood and then filled it in with wood filler. I let the wood filler dry and then repeated the process and continued building it up until it was a little higher than the other legs. Once I was satisfied with the shape, I sanded the leg down so it was level with the other legs.
I wanted a color scheme that would work in a nursery for either a boy or a girl. So I mixed up a custom color using Antibes green, Antoinette pink, and Old White (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).
I was happy with the result of the color, so I applied a couple of coats of shellac to the chifferobe before I got started painting. The shellac will seal the wood and prevent the tannins from bleeding through.
I purchased a package of high quality decals for my design. It included two large sheets containing various Peter Rabbit characters.
After I finished painting I sealed the paint with clear wax. Then I began applying the decals. The decals stick extremely well, but on the other hand they are also easy enough to remove and re-position as necessary.
My favorite part of this project is finding Peter Rabbit in the garden when the door is opened. I think children will be delightfully surprised!
There are additional surprises inside each of the drawers.
I think the decals add a lot of interest and will spark a child's imagination. They are so easy to apply and can be removed later when the child is older.
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I added an estimated cost to the project of $45. This excludes the cost of the furniture itself. The break down is approximately $20 for the decals and $25 in painting supplies (shellac, paint, wax, etc.). I used leftover chalk paint that I had on hand and it took a little over 1 cup for me to complete the project. My time estimate of 4 hours excludes the time I spent on repairs beforehand.
- Shellac (prep work to stop bleed through)
- Annie Sloan Chalk paint and wax
- Wall decals
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