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Facelift Furniture - Painted, Glazed & Distressed

  • Distressed Denim Blue Maple Cabinet - Before & AfterMaple cabinets are one of my favorites for refinishing and repurposing. I love the solid construction and functional design of these pieces, and they look great painted, glazed and distressed. Typically, a cabinet like this originally had a hutch standing on  top, but this cabinet was on it’s own when I found it at a thrift store.

    The cabinet was custom refinished in distressed Denim Blue with Black Glaze. The original vintage pulls look great on it, popping off the new color.  This piece was repurposed as a baby changing table and dresser, with baskets holding items within the door shelf spaces.


    Denim Blue Maple Cabinet FLF

  • Turquoise Refinished Furniture - Facelift Furniture collectionTurquoise is a signature color at Facelift Furniture, and we have gathered a collection of our favorite Turquoise pieces for your inspiration.

    From desks to dressers, chests to cheery nightstands, and end tables too, you will find examples of how this color provides an upstyled look and new life to weary, old furniture!

    This new collection also provides the paint brand and color we use.  View the album HERE to learn more and view these and many other pieces.



  • Before & After Off White Desk Turq PullsI found this desk at a garage sale, and immediately saw the potential. I love this old style in antique desks. They are favorite type of piece to refinish.

    With the desk, I was drawn not only to its style, but the original pulls. With their ornate design, I knew I wanted to reuse them. It was just a matter of how!

    I painted, glazed, and distressed the desk in Off White with Tobacco Glaze. Since it had previously been spray painted, I made sure to remove any loose paint when scuff sanding the piece.

    I’m a fan of spray painting vintage knobs and pulls when needed. I also like going with their original color, but sometimes painting a new color will tie in better with the look of a new piece.

    Typically, I spray paint pulls black, but with the desk, the idea came to me of Turquoise. It took me a few days to pull the trigger, but I had a feeling they would really pop off the desk and look classy with their intricate design.

    I first painted the pulls black, then added the Turquoise without completely covering the black.  This provided dimension as well as some slight variation to the look of the pulls.


    Turq Pulls Desk Antq Off White



  • Vintage Chest Ornate Off White Sea BlueRecently, I found this chest of drawers at a thrift store, and it was not in good shape. The drawers were in good condition, but the middle strip of molding had come loose, one of the drawer pulls was broken, and there was a big chip of Formica laminate missing on a top front corner of the chest.

    I was hoping to find solutions to these problems because I refinished a dresser that matched this chest (see below). The pulls and ornate drawers on this chest matched those on the dresser, and I really like their unique vintage style.

    It was kind of like running into a long lost relative, and I was eager to see if I could make the repairs and improvise where needed. I determined I could, purchased it, and here is what I did:

      • Chest Corner Repair Facelift FurnitureThe molding repair was pretty simple, made with wood glue and finishing nails.
      • I replaced the broken pull with two knobs, and filled the pull holes, as seen on the top drawer.
      • With the missing Formica laminate, I used Fix-It-Stick, an epoxy putty that (once dried) I sanded down to match the top surface.

    With the list of repairs completed, then I went for the new upstyled look. I’ve become a fan of how Sea Blue looks against Off White, knowing that Black Glaze would make the ornate detail on the drawers pop out.

    I primed the entire piece white, using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. With the top of the chest covered in Formica laminate, I chose this spray primer because of it’s strong adhesion. I also new it would pop through when the ornate areas of the drawers were distressed.

    Ornate Vintage Chest PullOn the matching dresser, refinished in Slate Blue with Black Glaze, I had spray painted the pulls black (see below). With the chest, I decided to use them in their burnished brass color.


    Ornate Dresser Slate Blue


  • RefinishingFormicaHalf the fun of refinishing vintage furniture is finding dated pieces with charming character. This summer, I’ve found several pieces that fit that bill, except that they have a cringe-worthy top surface made of Formica.

    Formica is a plastic laminate, and back in the day, the pieces were sought after for the high durability. 40 years later, many of these furniture pieces are still holding up well! It’s heat and water resistant, and in it’s own right a great product. Nonetheless, it just seems out of place on nice wood furniture with it’s faux wood design.

    Enter paint, glaze, and distressing! Formica furniture can be refinished just like pieces with real wood top surfaces. The key is to use a high quality primer that will adhere well to the laminate surface.

    My go-to product of choice is spray Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer.  Available at Lowe’s, this product provides outstanding coverage and it has fantastic adhesion.

    Before priming, I prepare the Formica surface with 60 grit sand paper. I use this rougher grade to rough up the glossy surface, insuring strong adhesion for the long haul. The coats of primer and paint will fill scratch marks from the sandpaper.

    I apply the spray primer to the entire piece since I’ll be applying latex enamel, which needs a primer coat underneath. I also apply the primer so that the surfaces are entirely covered in white, which insures a solid coat.

    One can will cover an end table, while two will cover a dresser. Once applied, the primer will dry and be ready for painting within 30-60 minutes. Before painting, I go back over the entire piece gently with a fine grade sanding sponge to remove primer dust buildup. I then clean off the dust with a shop vac and a quick wipe down with a moist rag.

    After I have painted, glazed, and distressed, I love how the primer pops through and adds to the character of my newly upstyled piece!  As seen below, the white pops through, adding to the new look and charm of this vintage hexagon end table!

    Hex End Table Blazing Orange

    Hexagon end table in Blazing Orange with Black Glaze. Distressed down to white primer and original wood tones. Original pulls painted black.  Find more inspiration in our End Tables Collection.

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