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  • Retro Dining Set Re-Do! DIY Inspiration from Facelift Furniture!

    It was garage sale Saturday, and nobody wanted it. After wrapping up a week of painting, Saturday morning typically starts off with furniture hunting. This small dining set was just down the street, but I talked myself out of it because of my full plate of projects.

    Then early in the afternoon, I saw the set posted on Craigslist–half of what was asked that morning!

    After refinishing our dining chairs back in May, I’ve kept my eye for chairs that have character and great distress lines. I actually have a lot of different chairs on hand, so it made no sense to take on 4 more chairs–and a table!

    But the creative opportunity overruled reason, and this set was on it’s way to a major transformation!

    First, I removed the seat covers and glued the loose chair joints. I like using Titebond wood glue, and have learned that with any tight furniture joint, you can use card stock or a magazine cover to work the glue down into the joint to insure complete adhesion. I also used long Irwin clamps to set the joints, and left them overnight to dry.

    The chairs came with black oil cloth covers that were in good shape. So initially, my plan was to reuse them on chairs spray painted a peacock blue. The table top would be black, with the legs of the table also turquoise. After sanding the chairs lightly with a medium grit sanding sponge to remove loose finish, I cleaned them in preparation for painting. Next I spray painted the first chair–but the idea of just peacock blue didn’t last long!

    The next day, it was another blazing hot Texas afternoon, and with painting in the garage not an option, I was in Home Depot and had a little time on my hands. They sell a great line of Rust-oleum spray paints (prepare for a mouthful…) called “Painter’s Touch, Ultra Cover 2x Coverage”. And I took a few minutes to imagine how selections from the great color options could be used.

    Retro Dining Set Re-Do! DIY Inspiration from Facelift Furniture!Retro Dining Set RedoOne of the fun things about refinishing furniture is being stretched by trying out new ideas. Looking at all those paint colors, I saw a combination come together for the chairs. I bought “Eden” green and “Aubergine” purple to go with the “Lagoon” peacock blue and “Amber” yellow I already had on hand.

    When I announced my plan to Julie, she wondered if the idea was a bit out there. Honestly, I did too, but that didn’t last long after we saw the chairs painted. We were sold, and the project took on a new life.

    I also decided to paint each table leg one of the chair colors. And instead of reusing the black seat covers, we went with upholstery fabric Julie had picked up at Hobby Lobby for another chair project (still to be finished!). The funky floral print tied in great with the colors.

    Julie asked what color the table top was being painted, and I told her black. She asked if it could be changed to the dark brown found in the floral print. I had already applied a coat of Rust-oleum oil to the table, but remembered seeing a brown earlier in the week at Home Depot.

    So that evening I was back at Home Depot, and I found the brown, but it wasn’t dark enough. Explaining the project to my buddy Ramiro, who works paint, he was able to add black to the paint, and it created something between mocha and espresso. I was set!

    A week after purchasing the set, it was transformed and on display at our Saturday open house. I was surprised at what a conversation piece it was for all who came by. And within 4 days, in was sold!

    So that evening I was back at Home Depot, and I found the brown, but it wasn’t dark enough. Explaining the project to my buddy Ramiro, who works paint, he was able to add black to the paint, and it created something between mocha and espresso. I was set!
    A week after purchasing the set, it was transformed and on display at our Saturday open house. I was surprised at what a conversation piece it was for all who came by. And within 4 days, in was sold!


  • 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


  • Black Distressed Cabinet from Facelift FurnitureThis cabinet was painted black and heavily distressed. This piece was formerly the base to an outdated hutch, and was upstyled into a piece that could serve as a flat screen TV stand or entry table. Includes original bronze pulls that have been brushed to match the style.


    Black Distressed Cabinet - Facelift Furniture


  • Nightstand Red

    I recently completed this dresser and nightstand for Callie & Tony, who are expecting their first.  The dresser will serve as a changing table, and the color they chose is “Posh Red” from Lowe’s.

    Instead of distressing, we simply went with black glaze.  The pieces already had a lot of character, and with new pulls, they took on a great new look.

    In Callie’s own words…

    “We absolutely love that red color and the finished product. We get a lot of compliments on those pieces and know they’ll stay with us for a long time! Couldn’t be happier.”

    I am now a big fan of this deep, vibrant red, and have recently used it on several nightstands and an end table.

    Dresser Red


  • Last week, I finished up this custom armoire for friends who wanted extra toy storage for their children. Selecting from a piece we had available for custom painting, the large armoire cabinet was transformed from a light brown oak finish to satin black, both interor and exterior, with light distress marks.

    The larger middle cabinet has a roll out shelf formerly used for a TV. The backing in this area was damaged, so we replaced it with plywood beadboard (see below). This provided as nice interior look, as well as the ability to add a bonus shelf mounted on brackets. The shelf was cut to allow the middle doors to still slide in, and made tall enough to allow for a laptop to set on the rolling shelf if this type of use was ever desired.

    The shelf in the bottom cabinet also rolls out, which was great for accessing basket or containers for play items. And on the inside cabinet doors for both the middle and lower compartments, chalk board paint was applied for added versatility and fun for the children.

    If you are interested in having a piece of furniture custom painted (yours or ours), please contact Jeff at 979-575-7627 or email at faceliftfurniture@gmail.com.

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