Chifferobe With Peter Rabbit Theme

4 Materials
4 Hours

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.

Run, Peter, run!

I hope you enjoyed today's project. If you're inspired to try a similar project I have more details, photos, and a full supply list on my blog. New friends and visitors are always welcome, so hop on over!

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.

Suggested materials:

  • Shellac (prep work to stop bleed through)
  • Annie Sloan Chalk paint and wax
  • Wall decals
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Candy Bahr Noelck
    on Apr 11, 2017

    Where did you purchase the decals?
    • Patricia
      on Apr 11, 2017

      Hi Candy, I purchased the decals on Amazon. I have a full supply list on my blog page with links to the exact products I used. Thanks.
  • Sharon Evans
    on Apr 12, 2017

    Where do find the shellac?
    • Patricia
      on Apr 12, 2017

      Hi Sharon, You can get shellac at any of the big box stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. It needs to be stirred and then I apply it with a foam brush. It dries quickly which is a plus.
  • Ellie Bentz
    on May 18, 2018

    My daughter found a child’s chifferobe that was “redone” but didn’t like how. It was painted with silver foil pulls.

    HOW CAN THESE BE CHANGED for a temporary fix until she has more room to re-do entire chifferobe like you did which is the most clever idea I’ve ever seen!

    • Patricia
      on May 18, 2018

      It sounds like she has a fun project to work on Ellie. She could easily paint over the existing finish with a base color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Old White is a classic and neutral color to finish it with.

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  • Fou9432618
    on Feb 21, 2019

    Love it...makes me want to go get supplies and start .

    • Patricia
      on Feb 21, 2019

      Thank you! I am happy my project gave you some inspiration.

  • Kay M Johnson
    on Feb 25, 2019

    Yes, definitely ! I am doing my chest of drawers from when I was born. It's for my nursery. I collect and paint reborn Reborn babies. Everything in my nursery came from resell shops and flea markets. It's so much fun. I'm so excited to do this.

    • Patricia
      on Feb 25, 2019

      It sounds like you have a fantastic collection Kay! Good luck with your project!

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