Teal and Gold Painted Chifferobe Makeover


Faye from Farm Life Best Life transformed an antique piece of furniture into a shabby chic beauty with a more modern color scheme. She chose teal paint called “Wanderess” and some gold furniture wax to make the details pop. Learn more about how she did it!

Hmmm… I wonder what the proper name is for this type of furniture? Is it a lingerie chest, a tallboy dresser, a highboy dresser, a gentleman’s chest? I am certainly left wondering, and curious to know.

Whatever type it is, I think it’s adorable. Of all the charming features, the little cupboard alone has my heart fluttering. I wonder what one stored within it in its’ past, and what one will tuck into it in its’ future?!

My sad and bleak to farmhouse chic process:

  • Removed dreadful, non-original hardware ~ with full intentions to replace with a more era-fitting set
  • Removed mirror from cradle ~ necessary for tidy paint application
  • Lightly sanded down entire piece ~ to remove flaking finish and to prepare for paint adhesion
  • Thoroughly vacuumed and washed entire piece ~ required before transforming any piece of preloved furniture
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint in the colour ‘Wanderess’ to the entire piece ~ a soft, muted teal that will make you want to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot through the forest
  • Sanded down entire piece for a buttery smooth and distressed finish ~ for the farmhouse chic look I adore and always strive for
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Natural Wax  ~ to prepare for ‘Antiquing Wax’ application (tones it down), and for light protection
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax to the entire piece ~ to accentuate the charm, add some aging depth, and for additional protection
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Gold Wax to the entire piece ~ to add a subtle shimmering luster, and for additional protection
  • Purchased and installed new drop-pull hardware from Lee Valley ~ hands-down one of my fav places to shop
  • Lined drawers with ‘Aspen Aloe’ Con-Tact self adhesive  ~ for a lil’ made-with-love added touch
  • Reinstalled mirror to cradle ~ original bevel glass charm

Y’all! My initial plan was to only apply ‘Natural’ and ‘Antiquing’ wax… however while doing so, I decided that I’d also try applying some ‘Gold’ wax, and I’m soooo glad I did! Doing so added a sweet n’ subtle luster, that I feel was a game changer for this piece!

A quaint and distinctive piece that has me wondering.  Is it a Lingerie Chest, a Tallboy, a Highboy, a Gentleman’s Chest?  Despite my uncertainty of the style, I so enjoyed transforming and restoring it from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic.  With the combination of distressing, wax layering, new drop-pull hardware, and lined drawers… this slender and ornate piece has me swooning.  A tall and charming piece that will make a lovely bedroom dresser, hallway accent, linen storage, lavatory addition, and more.  Hmmm… perhaps I now have you wondering!

To see more examples of gold wax on painted furniture, click here.

Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of this teal and gold chifferobe!


Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Furniture & Decor Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my Farm Life Best Life!

My family and I live, love and work on our farm in the heart of Manitoba CANADA — amidst wide-open spaces, cattle grazing and heart-dropping prairie sunsets.

I spend every spare moment I can beg, borrow or steal — restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic!

Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


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