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  • 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
  • Coat Rack Repurposed from a Nightstand Facelift FurnitureFor this project, I took an unexpected detour.  Originally, the plan was to paint this nightstand Robin’s Egg Blue. But then I discovered irreparable rotted wood at that base. With a no longer had a functional nightstand, I came up with a plan “B”.

    Out came my saw–and off came the front upper half of the nightstand. I also removed the front of the bottom drawer, and attached it to the top piece I had saved. I painted it Mint Green, and heavily distressed it with white primer showing through and black glaze accenting all its character.

    So what was once a nightstand is now a coat rack with black hardware from Hobby Lobby!


  • The coat rack to the right was a nightstand with a damaged top.  Close to throwing it out, I decided to use my circular saw to cut the entire front off!  I also removed drawer fronts and attached as seen here.  This piece just had too much character to discard, and now it looks great heavily disressed in Peacock Blue with heavy Black Glaze!

  • Robins Egg Blue Dresser & Nightstand. Facelift Furniture DIY BlogMatching Vintage Dresser and Nightstand transformed with paint, glaze, and distressing.

    Upstyled in Robin’s Egg Blue, with heavy Black Glaze accenting detailed areas. Original pulls painted oil rubbed black.


    Robins Egg Blue Dresser & Nightstand. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog


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  • Peacock Blue over Red Dresser & NightstandThis matching dresser and nightstand set was previously painted red, which provided a great opportunity to paint over and distress back down to to that color.  Latex paint needs time to cure before it can hold it’s own as a layer beneath another color.  Otherwise, it will sand off easily when the top color is distressed.

    So I decided to go bold, and paint the set Peacock Blue. I knew the red underneath would provide a pop, and as you can see here with the heavy rustic distressing, it does that well. Black glaze provided accenting to detailed areas, as well as a weathered look to the new color scheme.

    The old pulls were spray painted a dark bronze.

    For even more inspiration, visit our Dressers and Nightstands albums for all our favorites in a variety of colors.

    Peacock Blue over Red Dresser & Nightstand FLF

    White-SPACEPeacock Blue over Red Dresser

  • Antiqued White Dining Chairs Vintage maple dining set refinished in distressed Antiqued White with Tea Stained Glaze.


    Antiqued White Maple Dining Set


    Antiqued White Maple Dining Set FLF
  • Peacock Blue Maple Hutch ~ Before & After.  Facelift Furniture DIY BlogSince starting out with painting and upstyling furniture, I’ve learned a couple of big things.  First, if there’s a way to do the job easier and better, figure it out.  Second, always be on the lookout for repurposing potential. 

    I’m currently working on a really unique maple hutch.  It’s shorter than most, and even has drawers near the top.  Earlier this year when I finally finished a large black china cabinet in our garage (honest confession…it took over a year to get that project done!), I was having problems with paint dripping down from underneath the shelves in the upper cabinet.  I didn’t know it was happening until later when the paint was dried.  And it didn’t look good!

    So I actually start over with that part of the project by removing that back of the cabinet, flipping it around, and painting the opposite side while still detached so there would be no streak lines.  I then reattached it with the new side painted, and it looked great!

    Peacock Blue Maple Hutch Before & After

    As you can see above, I’ve done the same with this hutch by removing the back first.  Another big plus to doing it this way is how I have better access to tricky areas around the shelves.  With access to those areas from both back and front, I can paint them with much more ease and better coverage.

    When the customer selected this piece, she decided she wanted the lower cabinet doors removed to create an additional display area.  I used wood filler in the screw holes, and I really like how this repurposing idea looks so far.

    Repurposing is a lot of fun.  I love looking at old furniture, especially those pieces with ornate wood carving and molding, and asking “what can I make of this worn down piece that would look really cool?”  Often, it’s just a matter of painting and upstyling.  But if the furniture itself is damaged beyond repair, then I start thinking about what to do with it’s pieces.

    Up in our loft, I’ve got 10 different deconstructed pieces from previous furniture.  They come from a left behind mirror, a discarded dresser, on old armoire, and an from an old couch headed to the dump!  Soon, they will be repurposed and on display–showing various paint color finish options, as well as waiting for the opportunity to creatively accent someone’s home!

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