Chifferobe – Painting Inspiration

What is a chifferobe? The urban dictionary defines it as: a closet-like piece of furniture that combines a long space for hanging clothes (that is, a wardrobe or armoire) with a chest of drawers. Chifferobes were first advertised in the 1908 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue, which described them as “a modern invention, having been in use only a short time.” The term itself is a combination of the words ‘chiffonier’ and ‘wardrobe’. It is used in the United States, primarily in the southern portion of the country, and in Cuba. Pronounced shif-uh-rohb or shif-rohb. In Spanish as “chief-o-robay.”

Well here was mine. 


Now, I bought this for my kids for college and my son said “Ah, I don’t think so” and my daughter said “It is not cute enough”. HMMMM! Well I asked my fellow American Paint Company retailers for their input. I  already had a few ideas in my head and got a lot of feedback and lo and behold, I got a link for a really cute idea from a fellow painter who saw something on Pinterest and so I went with it. Yes, we all love Pinterest. I loved the idea , so the painting began.


I started painting the body of the Chifferobe in Shining Seas. The drawer colors are as follows: (starting from the top) Surfboard, Purple Mountain Majesty, Born on the 4th, Beach Glass, and Home Turf. I loved how all the colors blended and I was so excited to paint them all different. Now for a closer look at the finished reveal:


The top drawer is surfboard and I used three of the old knobs for a little whimsy, but a clean look. The pulls are (from left to right) Beach Glass, Born on the 4th and Home Turf. I love this color combo.   Now for drawer #2:


I love Purple Mountain Majesty! I just love it and cannot believe how well Surfboard works with it. I had this cute stencil and fell in love with this bird knob, that I brushed in Surfboard!  So adorable! What’s next?  Oh yes, drawer #3:


The inspiration of the chifferobe came from this scrapbook print. It had all the colors I liked. Born on the 4th is the background color. I have always wanted to do something with wine corks. I used a serrated knife and cut them in half and then glued and cut them to size. The blue flower knob hit a homerun! Next up, drawer #4:


 This one is Beach Glass and ‘framed’ with Purple Mountain Majesty. See these colors rock together. A cute little stenciling and voila, we are done. One more drawer? Yep!

Drawer #5  is painted with a base of Home Turf and then I took a scrapbook page and ripped it in half and glued it down, and added a neutral knob. I like it!  What next? Oh yes, the door:
So, the inside of the door was gone. Mirror or wood? I decided to rip a piece of wood and mod-podge some maps. All was good, but it needed some bling . I found this chandelier stencil and used Born on the 4th as the color. Just the right touch and I think I am done. Ready to see the end result?
Here she is! I added topcoat on the whole piece for a great sheen and durability. I hope you like it! By the way, of course my daughter wants it now that it is so frenchy and bohemian.  Think I’ll make her wait!
Post courtesy of Tee


  1. Valarie Okazaki says

    Fabulous! So much inspiration in one piece yet cohesive. Wowza. Your daughter was right too.

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