Transform Your Furniture with Paint, Glaze & Distressing!

Transform Your Furniture with Paint, Glaze & Distressing! DIY Inspiration from Facelift FurnitureOrnate furniture that’s seen it’s better day has the chance at a whole new life when transformed by paint, glaze and distressing.

With a favorite paint color, and the transformative effect of glaze, the piece pops back to life with a one-of-a-kind look.

Distressing adds a final touch as original wood tones peak through the paint and glaze.

Go HERE to see how this English Buffet was transformed in Grey and Black Glaze!

And for more inspiration, visit out Hutches, Cabinets & Buffets collection. 

 

Ornate Vintage Dresser in Distressed Off White

Off White Ornate Dresser - Before & AfterThis ornate dresser was part of a set I purchased, including a nightstand and matching mirrors featured in recent posts. This early 70’s set is marked by funky character–and was primed with potential for a new look!

painted, glazed, and distressed the pieces in four different colors. The nightstand was upstyled in Robin’s Egg Blue and Black, while the mirrors were transformed in Barn Red and Off White.

I also chose Off White for the dresser, with heavy Tobacco colored Glaze accenting the detailed molding and ornate areas. Distressing popped out the original wood tones, and especially drew attention to the ornate areas on the top drawers and middle door.

The original pulls and hardware are a big part of the new look. They pop off the new color, and proclaim the vintage 70’s style!

Off White Ornate Dresser

 

OrnateDoor-Before&After

Tall Sea Blue Chest – Before & After

Narrow chest in distressed Sea Blue and Black Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis narrow chest of drawers had seen its better day. Weary and worn, it took on a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing!

Refinished in Sea Blue and Black Glaze, it came back to life. Distressing revealed its original wood tones, and new helped give it an upstyled look!

For more inspiration, visit our Bedroom Furniture – Before & After collection.

 

 

Distressed Black Vintage Dresser – Before & After

Distressed Black Dresser - Before and After from Facelift Furniture's DIY BlogThis vintage Federal dresser was upstyled in Black, with distressing revealing the original wood tones.  All the original pulls were reused, accept for the lower two middle drawers. Larger, similarly styled pulls were used to provide a better grip.

For more DIY inspiration, visit our Furniture Before & After board on Pinterest.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Cabinet

Upstyled Toy Cabinet BeforeI found this dated entertainment center at Goodwill for only $12.99, and saw the potential. With the popularity of flats screen TV’s, there are a lot of pieces like this no longer serving their original purpose. I saw how this piece could be converted into toy storage for our kid’s play room.

The molding and cabinet doors would add character to a painted, glazed, and distressed look. But the composite wood on the sides was showing wear and was missing in places along the back edges of the sides.  A shelf was missing for the top compartment.  And the back of the piece was also in bad shape.

I used Durhams Water Putty to fill in where press board was missing.  Durhams comes as a powder to be mixed with water, and I like how nice and hard it shapes up.  Before putting in on, I applied a thin layer of wood glue over the damaged wood to insure the Durhams stays in place.  I then put on 2-3 layers of Durhams on until it was built up to fill the missing press board.  After sanding, it was ready for painting.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetI cut a piece of bead board I had on hand to fit the back area up top. I also cut to size birch cabinet plywood for the missing shelf for the upper compartment.  I primed then painted the piece using a $5 oops can of Lowe’s premium Valspar paint, a white with a slight yellow tint.

Then with Tea-stained Glaze on the bead board as well as the entertainment center, the piece came to life.  The antiqued white look almost has a glow to it from the slight yellow found in the paint.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much of an upgrade we had on our hands!

Next came painting the play room with my wife one late night while the kids were asleep.  We applied “Harvester”, a Sherwin Williams yellow with a slight hint of orange.  It looks like Colorado aspens in fall!

The next day, we introduced the toy cabinet to it’s new home.  The antiqued white of the cabinet, with it’s bright underlying yellow, is a great combination with the new color of the play room.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetWith our piece, we love how the lower cabinet fits both toys and puzzles, keeping our play room more tidy.  We also like how it works great for books, and can make for a decorative touch–like the fun family photos yet to be put on it.

So our playroom got an upgrade both in color and with toy storage.  The cabinet replaced one of the red shelves I wrote about recently.  Those shelves, along with this toy cabinet,  demonstrate how resourcefulness and creativity can produce great looking pieces that add character and warmth to your home–however big or small it is.

Stay tuned for how we plan to decorate the room.  We’ll be taking an old wood crib headboard, with great molded canes, and the matching side rail to create an artwork display for our kids, and a display of places we have friends serving around the world.  Paint colors for the old crib pieces yet to be determined!

 

Repurposed Toy Cabinet - Before & After

 

Repurposed Furniture Ideas & Inspiration

Repurposed Furniture Ideas & InspirationVintage furniture that’s dated, beyond repair, and discarded may be repurposed and recreated into one-of-a-kind accents that pop with character and live on with charm.

With paint, glaze and distressing, old headboards, often not tall enough for newer beds, may be repurposed in coat or towel racks, chalk boards, and even photo displays.

Broken old chairs may also take on a new life as coat racks. The same may be said with small cabinet doors and drawer fronts from dressers discarded by the roadside.

Even the sides and legs of coffee tables as well as the sides and ends of cribs may repurposed! You can find examples of all of these in our Repurposed Wall Pieces collection.

It’s an album with a full does of DIY inspiration and pleasure, full of ideas and our favorite repurposing projects! Dig into the collection HERE!