Hey, y’all. . .
With a full and happy heart, I welcome you to my Creative Practice Post for week 7.
Below is a chifferobe that my mother was given as a gift when I was born. Being that I am approaching thirty years old next month, this piece of furniture is significantly older.
Up until now, it was just a locking chifferobe and was used as such.
Being that I have limited space in my next place of residence, I decided to make an art cabinet which will also serve as a mini laptop desk for project brainstorming.
I love this.
It’s my new jam.
Not only does this new and improved piece of furniture offer plenty of storage, it also is able to be completely closed off from small hands (ahem…my toddler who shares my passion for art supplies) with simply closing the doors.
Here are the before and after photos. . .
This is what the chifferobe looked like before I touched it.
The inside before.
Then I took measurements and headed to Home Depot to load up on lumber and screws.
I have an amazing cordless circular saw. It’s probably my favorite thing in my garage.
I have also used this handy (read: amazing, where-have-you-been-all-my-life?) tool called a Kreg Jig.
It makes pocket holes. The end. We can all die happy now.
On to what I did to spiff up the chifferobe. . .
First, I added a shelf and then added a small desktop. I made sure my laptop fit, and then measured out where I would arrange my little glass cabinets (shown below).
Aren’t those little glass cabinets neat? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one… I love them too. 😉
After adding more shelving to the small cubby, I added a hook rod below the glass cabinets to hang scissors and such, mounted small test tubes to add an area for whatever writing utensils I need readily available, and added card holder labels to the shelving and cabinets, then stained all of the new wood to match the existing piece.
I can not get enough.
This is what it looks like with a chair pulled up to the laptop desk. Since I measured the height of the desktop to be the equivalent to my existing writing desk, I am satisfied with the placement of where my laptop sits.
A closer look at what is inside.
Oh! Remember the outside of this?
Well, I changed that too. . .
After removing the mirrors, I added chicken wire to the small cubby and painted vintage green chalkboard paint onto the tall door. Now, my kiddo can draw and color all over it and my heart won’t skip a beat.
Here she is completely finished. A view from the outside:
Done and done.
This week was a period of reflection for me. This chifferobe represents my entire life span, and now that my life is significantly changing and I am moving on to much brighter days, I wanted some place that I could still call home in my new space.
This chifferobe now gets a capital C.
This Chifferobe has seen my infancy, childhood, teenage-brat years, and my adulthood.
It needed a makeover, just like my heart recently had.
Giving new life to things I already own gives me great joy. I do not enjoy throwing things away that have great meaning to me… I’d rather find a way to be satisfied with what I already have.
The process itself is incredibly therapeutic.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Creative Practice as much as I did.
Thanks for stopping by,