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

 

Use Paint, Glaze & Distressing to Transform Your Furniture

Transform your furniture with paint, glaze and distressing! Great DIY ideas from Facelift Furniture.

Transform your furniture with paint, glaze and distressing!

When your old furniture has seen its better day, paint, glaze and distressing offer weary furniture pieces a chance at a whole new life.

With a favorite paint color, you can take an old piece in a new direction, and with glaze, the the great design of molding and ornate detail stands out.

Distressing pops out original wood tones, while reused pull can provide a throw back to the original design.

Endless are your color options with latex paint. And if you are new to refinishing with a paintbrush, we can help.

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Nightstand Refinishing Ideas

Facelift Furniture Nightstands CollectionNightstands are a perfect way to learn how to paint, glaze, and distress furniture.  It’s how I learned, and I’ll never forgot the excitement of seeing how glaze did it’s magic on a chunky nightstand.

Nightstands offer all the character of a dresser, but on a smaller scale.  There’s the molding, ornate details, and just one or two drawers.

And they are a great way to experiment with colors and glazing.  Find a solid $10 nightstand at a garage sale, and you’ve in a great place to learn the art of glazing over your choice of color.

The old hardware on nightstands are can also be a great way to experiment with spray paint and what it can do for weary looking vintage pulls.

Find all kinds of ideas of how paint, glaze and distressing can give a whole new look in our Nightstands Collection.

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Rustic Turquoise Maple Dresser – Before & After

Rustic Turquoise Dresser - Before & After

This maple six drawer dresser had serious issues! Initially, I wondered what I was thinking to have purchased it. It was spray painted purple and veneer was missing on the top corners. I threw out what pulls were left because they were spray painted a tacky looking silver.

After making repairs and sanding, paint, glaze, and distressing did their magic! Turquoise brought the dresser back to life. Black Glaze highlighted the years of wear on the original finish, creating an eye-catching weathered look. New knobs and pulls topped off the rustic feel of this piece.White-SPACE Rustic Turquoise Dresser FLF

 
Rustic Turquoise Dresser
 

How Paint, Glaze & Distressing Open New Doors For Dressers

How paint, glaze and distressing open new doors in a home for dressers. From the Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.When dressers are given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing, doors open to how they may be used all over a home.

Dressers are not only an obvious option for a bedroom, but make fantastic consoles for flat screen TV’s. Many have chosen that open with dressers I’ve refinished.

When dressers are painted, glazed and distressed their old look receives such an upgrade that they may also be used in a large entry area or as a buffet in a dining area.

And when using latex enamel, the color options are endless. We have our favorites, but the sky is the limit when color is used to transform any piece of furniture.

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End Tables in Distressed Black & Oatmeal – Before & After

Matching end tables in distressed Black & Oatmeal - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureThese matching end tables were given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Black and Oatmeal, Black Glaze was used to antique and accent the sides and legs.

Light distressing revealed the wood tones, while new pulls added to the transformed look of the end tables. 

The painted, glazed and distressed look of these pieces can be be replicated on your furniture!

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