Chifforobe…chifferobe, however it is spelled (I have seen it spelled both ways). Most often, people may recall the word spoken in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), when Mayella Ewell testifies that she had asked Tom Robinson to ‘bust up a chifforobe’ for a nickel. I saw the movie and read the book when I was young, and that is exactly where I remember hearing it…and reading it, thanks to my Mom who gave me her copy of the classic novel when I was in the fifth grade.
I found this cabinet in my favorite used furniture store after looking quite some time for one for my daughter’s room. She had a white wicker chest of drawers we bought several years ago which reminded me that you get what you pay for. I came across this old, solid piece and just had to have it. Once I got it home and started taking it apart I found all kinds of things at the bottom underneath the last drawer. I’m still searching the internet for information about the these items.
I knew right away I wanted to add a mirror and change the hardware. Our dear friends at Integrity Glass did a fantastic job adding a mirror to the door. They even made sure it was a safe piece of glass and used a piece at the bottom to secure it. This is what makes the cabinet if you ask me. It really added a lot to it, and I knew my daughter would enjoy having it on there as well.
Once the mirror was attached, I got to work. I found some hardware that had a classic look for less than $2.00 each. I covered the old holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler (which is a product I can’t do without) and drilled holes to fit the new hardware. I primed and painted the new pulls using Rustoleum spray paint. As you can see I went a little heavy on the paint.
The hard part for me came next. Why? Because I stink at math and cutting the right angles for trim pieces. I seem to always get them backwards, and since I’m not wasteful, Elmer’s Wood Filler and Liquid Nails saved the day! I used Liquid Nails to attach the trim since I didn’t want to drive nails close to a mirror. I also used it to attach the pieces that I added on after measuring incorrectly. The wood filler was perfect for smoothing out the seems.
Once I sanded out the rough patches where I put the wood glue (I like to let it dry for 24 hours), I was finally getting to paint! I used Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Caroline in Aura Eggshell finish. I absolutely love Aura paint and it really worked out well for me with this piece since it went on so smooth. The cabinet was old, so there were some rough spots. I think the color goes perfect in my daughter’s room. I completed the wardrobe with 3MCommand Plastic Hooks so my daughter would have a place for her jewelry on the inside of her door. I added the extra hook inside for a quick place to hang a coat or jacket.
And here is the updated chifforobe…
And my sweet little girl, making silly faces in her new mirror…