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  • When in comes to refinishing furniture, GLAZE is my best friend.  Glaze draws out the character and detail of a piece with a weathered charm that is hard to match. As you can see, my cans of glaze do not sit idle.

    In my new DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I describe in detail what glaze is, and how you can use it step-by-step–with photo illustrations to guide your way.  If you want to learn to glaze painted furniture, you will find this how to guide very helpful!

    In the eBook, I recommend Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze as THE product to use on furniture. It is outstanding and works wonders. It is available at Home Depot* and at specialty paint stores.

    On the Ralph Lauren website, you can search for the closest paint store selling RL glaze. Follow the link HERE to the search page (far right box) where you can enter your zip code to find the closest store. Two lines down, be sure and designate that you are looking for “Ralph Lauren Paint Stores”.

    Oh, and another thing.  RL glaze can be purchased in quarts.  You don’t need to purchase a gallon, and a quart will last you many projects!

    *After a three year period of not carrying Ralph Lauren paint products, Home Depot starting carrying the line again July 2014.

  • Paint drips on furniture are unsightly!

    They are those places where fresh paint slides down, creating a glob of paint that pops out in a way it’s not meant to.

    Drips can show up unexpectedly after you’ve painted a piece of furniture.  The love forming around edges or corners.  On flat vertical surfaces, fresh paint can run down the side like an avalanche, leaving a long, thick, wave-like area of paint.  And it does not look nice when it dries!

    But a fan can help eliminate this problem.  Turned onto low or medium, and set back several feet from your piece (so that the air is flowing over the whole area), the air movement can speed drying, prevent nasty looking avalanche drips, and insure a smooth coat of paint.

    In our new eBook Facelift Your Furniture, I talk about always going on DRIP PATROL after applying primer, paint, glaze or polyurethane.  The fan does not eliminate that step.  But the fan does help prevent drips that can form after you’ve inspected the piece–and it’s something I recommend having handy when you upstyle furniture.

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    Green Octogon End TableA great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.

    This octogon end table is a great example.  It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order.  It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.

    The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!

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    SOLD:  Vintage chest of drawers and nightstand.  Painted Black, with linear distressing and newly added hardware (drawers previously had none).  With this major transformation, this set looks great with its updated modern look.  Made by Basset, these are high quality pieces.  All wood dovetail drawers that are deep and with lots of storage.  Chest measures 43″ tall, 34″ wide, 18″ deep.  Nightstand 24″ tall, 18″ wide, 15″ deep. 

    The nightstand was previously high-lighted as the eighth transformation in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  Since that post, the new hardware has been added. 

  • This past weekend, I realized I had this great collection of end tables and night stands needing a new look.  I pulled them all together for this photo, and will feature them individually as each receives a facelift.  Two are already complete, and are found below…
     
      
    The first to have a new look is this hexagon end table painted Turquoise, with Tea Stained Glaze.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The second to be trasnformed is this large nightstand, painted Chili Pepper Red, distressed, and with Black Glaze.  Original hardware.  
     
    STAY TUNED for more what’s to come with the seven still needing something new…!
     
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