The original pulls were resused, and their vintage character popped right off the new look of the piece. Distressing revealed the original wood tones.
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I found this repurposed gem at a garage sale. Originally, it was the based of an entertainment armoire. When the upper armoire cabinet was removed, it revealed a large hole in the base.
The person I bought it from took the top off the armoire cabinet and attached it to the base to cover up the hole. Looking closely, you can see this extra layer.
When refinishing with paint, glaze and distressing, I decided two colors were better than one. Initially primed white, the top and drawer fronts were then painted Sea Blue. The sides and bases were painted Off White.
Black Glaze was used to accent the piece, and distressing revealed the white primer and original wood tones. The original pulls were reused.
Repurposed and refinished, the new colors gave the piece a whole new look as it’s character came alive. The low chest became a prime candidate for a flat screen TV or a creative storage piece.
When I opened the doors, I had to make a decision. The drawers being the doors were missing, and without a way to repurpose that space, the dresser was basically rendered useless.
I quickly saw the potential to create shelves where the drawers had been, purchased the piece, and went forward with that plan. I cut thick press board to fit the drawer spaces, and attached them.
With it’s new upstyled look, this dresser became a living area media console with a fantastic touch of class and one-of-a-kind character.
This vintage clothing armoire was painted, glazed, and distressed in Off White, with Tobacco Glaze bringing out the best of the piece as it accents the molding and detailed areas. Distressing reveals the original wood tones.
The original vintage pulls were painted a dark bronze. The pulls on a matching dresser painted Turquoise were painted black. With both pieces, spray painting the pulls was a great way to update their appearance to fit the new upstyled design.
With this maple chest of drawers, I painted the top, drawers fronts, and bottom of the molding Sea Blue. The rest was painted Off White. Both colors were glazed Black, with the Off White glazed more lightly.
When the pulls on a piece like this feel dated, I like upstyling them with a new color. Spray painting them black gave them a whole new look that looks great with the two other colors.
As with all pieces I refinish, all surfaces had a protective polyurethane finish. I use Zinnser Ultimate Polyurethane, which I purchase at Lowe’s. It is water based, goes on very smoothly, and can be recoated after two hours.
This protective finish also enhances all the colors on the pieces, including the wood tones that pop through from distressing.
This summer, I transformed a desk I had promised for my daughter. The chunky desk and hutch were painted, glazed and distressed in Pink, Off White, and Dark Brown.
First, the entire piece was spray primed. With the desk laminate surface made of Formica, Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls Eye spray primer provided the necessary adhesion for painting the desk with latex enamel. Read HERE for more on using this great product on Formica.
Next the desk and hutch were painted Off White, Pink and Dark Brown. Black Glaze accented all these colors, and the original pulls were used on the drawers.