Refurbished Chiffonier Part Two

Before and After chiffonier via adore re mi.In part one you got to meet the grand lady, the chiffonier- a sideboard/dresser. In part two, she will be under a transformation with a little nip & tuck, just a little.  You will see the final result, painted and accessorized with more tips to make your job better (if you are interested in refurbishing.) Would like to check out part one, click here.

Now, let's start with a quick rundown from part one before you see the painting done:

sanding back the water mark via adore re mi.Sanding back the water mark on the chiffonier. I didn't need to sand back the entire dresser to it's original timber, just the top lacquer coat to allow Penetrol (see below) to absorb better.


chiffonniere via adore re mi.Penetrol was my saviour, it allowed me to save time on having to sand the dresser back to the raw timber. The Penetrol gave me a good surface for my undercoat to key to. Penetrol is a paint conditioner and primer which I used on its own rather than mix it in with the paint. This helped provide the timber with a sealed, non porous finish to allow a smoother paint job. I did 2 coats, each time allowing it to dry. No need to be too precious as it is clear and runny, but don't brush it on thick either.

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Now the paint job..


primer via adore re mi.After 2 coats of Penetrol, it was time for the undercoat. Dulux Prepcoat- a water based primer, sealer and undercoat in white. Tip: Water based can be a good choice for furniture especially for a nursery as it doesn't have smelly chemicals.

Now remove the drawers, old door handles/knobs and before you start to use the undercoat.
first primer coat via adore re mi.The above photo shows my first lick of undercoat paint. I did at least 2 coats, because I am super fussy. The undercoat is a little thicker and chalkier than the top coat, it tends to fill in the timber grain and uneven surfaces.  The undercoat is sanded back in between coats creating a good surface for your final paint.  Warning! Be aware of drips, especially in corners. Tip: Wipe off drips with your finger and if you have any untidy drips whilst undercoating, sand back.

top coat via adore re mi.Top coat I used: Taubmans water based enamel gloss in white.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi.It is best to remove the doors, sand back the sides and paint separately when you do the top coat for a better finish. Tip: If necessary cover locks, hinges with masking tape. Tip: Fill any gaps or holes with a timber filler.

In above photo, you can see how far I painted in. Be aware where it needs to be painted when you open the doors and draws. Tip: Use painters tape if you want an extra professional finish when painting a straight line.


refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi.You may encounter this '#$@*!' moment with these spots or small patches of chipped paint. Tip: Lightly sand with a sandpaper grit 400 (very fine) and paint over the spot. If you are fussy like me, I primed it first then top coat otherwise just use as many coats of top coat paint you need on this spot, not the entire section.

Next the shelves. For a unique finish, you can cover the inner shelves and/or inside the draws with contact, wallpaper, thicker craft paper or paint. I chose paint for a durable finish. The colour I decided on was a neutral colour suitable for a nursery room called Daffodil Mist by Taubmans, a sample pot size was enough.  Warning! Make sure you see the paint colour before you pay for it. I was mixed a different brand and the yellow was more mustard (baby poo), not the colour you'd want for a nursery room.

Taubmans-Daffodil Mist

Once the shelves were dried, I fitted the new hinges on to the door. Then I drill and screwed on the new door knobs I bought from Ikea.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi

When I painted the top of the chiffonier with the final top coat, paint with one stroke across the length using a wider brush for a seamless finish.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi

I then allowed the chiffonier to dry for a week so the paint could harden. Tip: Before I slid in the draws, I rubbed wax on the sides and under the draws so it would create less friction for a smoother slide. It was then ready for delivery.

I dropped off the chiffonier the weekend before my friend's baby shower and it looks great in her Federation home. I will be post photos next week to show you the chiffonier in her new room.


What did you think of the transformation? I am hooked to do more especially when most of us don't have the space or time to refurbish a furniture. So watch this space!


Please noteI am not affiliated nor endorsing any of the products mentioned in this series of posts based on the chiffonier. Personal choice for quantity finish. 


16 Responses to "Refurbished Chiffonier Part Two"

  • Miki
    August 25, 2014 - 10:14 am

    That look’s fantastic!! Very impressive.

    • Astrid
      August 25, 2014 - 1:07 pm

      Thank you Miki, I’m so happy to see it in the nursery room of P’s home.

  • Sue Waterman
    August 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Looks amazing! Great to see it given a new lease of life and I am sure many more years of use.

    • Astrid
      August 25, 2014 - 1:10 pm

      Thank you Sue, Some things are worth holding on a little bit longer for the right time to do it up. Glad I did!

  • Priscilla
    August 25, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    Great job, it looks great! I cant wait to see your next project.

    • Astrid
      August 27, 2014 - 1:05 pm

      Thank you Priscilla, thanks for checking my bloggy blog.

  • Erin
    August 27, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Love, love, love! Look at you… little miss handy! Looks awesome and has inspired me! Thanks for sharing beautiful xx

    • Astrid
      August 29, 2014 - 2:05 pm

      Thank you Erin. I am glad I got you inspired. Thanks for visiting.

  • Deb @ Nourish Nation
    September 4, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    That looks fabulous! I love to see things find new life, after lots of hard work! 🙂 Deb

    • Astrid
      September 7, 2014 - 7:19 pm

      Thank you Deb for popping over. Look forward to the Clever Cookie School!

  • Tessa - Down that Little Lane
    September 10, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    Looks fab and will look even more divine with small bubba stuff on it x

    • Astrid
      September 10, 2014 - 10:59 pm

      Thank you for popping over Tessa. I’m waiting for her nursery room to be finished and styled to take photos.

  • Vicky
    September 13, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Hi Astrid! This is Vicky from Clever Cookie and just wanted to say what an awesome job you did on this refinishing project! I love to refinish furniture too…I wish I had a bigger place so I could do more projects, but I’ve ran out of room for more furniture, so it was fun to live vicariously through you with this project :).

    • Astrid
      September 13, 2014 - 11:55 am

      Hi Vicky, thanks for popping over. I have been held back by rain and I really miss it.
      Yes, you definitely need space don’t you,when doing these project. I am so lucky I can go to my husband’s factory to do the work. I enjoy working with the boys (they’re gentlemen)and watching them use the old industrial machineries.

  • stephanie@stephsjoy
    September 15, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    What a great job you have done Astrid, bet your girlfriend loved it!

    • Astrid
      September 15, 2014 - 3:22 pm

      Hi Steph! Thank you. She was excited to receive it. Can’t wait to see her decorated nursery room.

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