Sunday, February 26, 2012

Old World / Shabby Chic Wardrobe

My favorite piece so far.  There were a lot of "firsts" that came along with this piece. Over the summer, I traded in my car for a truck.  This was the first large piece I was able to buy, my first craigslist purchase, and the first time my teenage son helped me with the moving.  I won't go into the whole story, let's just say there were a few "Lucy and Ethel" moments trying to get it out of the basement and up the stairs. 

Take a look at the before picture. I didn't realize it looked so bad until I saw this picture again.  It was , however, in almost perfect condition.  That was nice for a change.  No repairs, just clean and paint.

Now the after.

Glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.

I have been lucky enough to find some Rachel Ashwell shabby chic bedding and curtains at Goodwill.  Since I really don't have a place to use them right now, it was fun to bring them out for the "photo shoot".

I used homemade chalk paint (1 cup paint mixed with 1 tablespoon non-sanded white grout) in Chimney Sweep by Valspar.  I painted in the lines with white, using a small paint brush.  Then dry brushed the whole piece with the white.  Clear wax was followed by quite a bit of dark wax.

Can't you just see a painted monogram in the space at the top?  That's what I would do if I were keeping it for myself.

I'm happy to say the wardrobe arrived safely at the antique mall today.  I even got a few "ooohs" and "aaahs" from customers while I was there. That was pretty nice to hear.

I'll be joining...

Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Linsey at The Farmhouse Porch for Cowgirl Up
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesdays Treasures
Susan at Between Naps on the Porchfor Metamorphosis Monday
Kim at
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at
DIY by Design for Winter Blues

Michele at Primp for Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Kelli at Restore Interiors for Restored it Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottagefor Feathered Nest Friday

Marian at Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday
Honey at
2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Rachelle at Fingerprints on the Fridge for Feature Yourself Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at
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Meg at Meg & Mum's for Saturday Splendour


  1. It's a beautiful piece, Janet! I love the color! Yes, I could see a monogram in that middle section. I have to try making my own chalk paint. It would be so much easier especially if I already have paint and the "chalk" additive on hand.

  2. This is gorgeous. I love the color you painted it. It looks great with the Shabby Chic linens.

  3. Very pretty! I'm sure it will sell fast!

  4. Wow! That's really beautiful! I love the color and the finishes you used. I have a bedroom set from the early 80's that I inherited from my mom when she passed and it needs some serious work. I believe you've just given me the perfect solution, so thanks for sharing it and all of your tips!

    Stopping by from Masterpiece Monday and newly following!

  5. I'm pinning this right now! I LOVE it!!!
    I hope you'll come link this up at my linky party tonight. Link up once, appear on 4 blogs!


  6. Thank you for linking up...I'm still oooh-ing and ahhh-ing it!

  7. Wonderful transformation. I find fabulous RA and PB linens at Goodwill.

  8. Hi Janet! This is just an amazing piece and beautiful transformation! LOVE it!!

  9. Well, I noticed your shoes in the photo and I have to say they are awesome! I am looking for a wardrobe to redo. Yours turned out fabulously!

  10. What a transformation on this wardrobe. I love the result and I'm sure it won't last.
    Mary Alice

  11. This is absolutely breath taking. I love the way you finished it, well worth all the hard work. I also loved the way you styled it with the sheets and clothing. So cute.

    BTW I'm stopping over from Primp Your Stuff linky party and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog, if you have time.


  12. GORGEOUS! I love the color,and you styled it perfectly!

  13. Absolutely wonderful! Love the new look and love your post. Great pictures.

  14. {sigh}...this piece is just too lovely. I have been on craigslist everyday looking for something like this. I am finding sellers are a little too proud of their beat up wardrobes. I will continue to be patient.

  15. You saved it! Thanks so much for linking up to Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you again next week!

  16. Goodness!! What an amazing transformation!! Truly a job well done!

  17. Nice Job! I love the color. I have a chiffarobe waiting in the wings. I can't wait to start on it. Thanks for sharing, Dee

  18. It looks fabulous and so do the pieces in your previous post. I haven't tried the grey yet but I think it's next. The wardrobe would have been hard to let go. :) Have a wonderful day. ~

  19. Beautiful piece. AWesome transformation!!!!

  20. Just gorgeous! I love the color you chose and the the depth that the dark wax gives. You styled it perfectly, too! It looks like a photo from high end decor magazine!
    Nicely done!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  21. Georgeous - that is amazing! I am currently having a linky party on my blog and I would love if you came by to link this up! I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  22. Really beautiful! Congratulations on a fine job.

  23. Really beautiful! Love the recipe for homemade chalk paint, too!

  24. Beautiful color! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

    Pretty please, would you please consider turning off your word verification?

    1. Sorry everyone. I didn't even realize my word verification was on. I don't like it either.

  25. I love your blog header and such a gorgeous transformation of this wardrobe:)The color you chose is so pretty and Frenchy... I love it!Thanks for this pretty inspiration and for sharing the chalk paint recipe with us. I really appreciate you visiting me and leaving me such a sweet comment on my decorated books. Have a wonderful weekend!~Poppy

  26. Wow! This is beautiful!

  27. Lovely! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  28. Such a lovely makeover and I love the staging for the photo shoot. I'm trying to learn all that fancy stuff.Kathy, Petticoat

  29. gorgeous makeover! i love the color you created!

  30. How did you make the turquoise Chalk paint? Love it!