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  • Chunky Vintage Dresser in Antiqued White from Facelift FurnitureVintage Chunky Dresser ~ in Antiqued White with Tea Stain Glaze.

    One of the things I like most about refinishing furniture with paint and glaze is seeing how an ugly dresser like this can be transformed into a beautiful and prized piece. With all it’s molding, and very solid construction, there was tons of potential beyond this dated appearance.

    The dresser was painted antiqued white, distressed, and then tea-stained glaze was applied to provide the off-white, antiqued look.

    Antiqued White Chunky Vintage Dresser Before & After
  • Howdy from the cool confines of my “office” at Starbucks. Since I work out of our garage, and the afternoon Texas heat is unbearable for painting, I pay cheap rent (small coffees!) to office here. I usually make it here after doing a quick circuit of the all the thrift stores I frequent for great pieces. I actually said no to 3 great end tables and nightstands today–not easily done–as all my storage space is packed to the brim! But it’s always fun to look (and maybe I’ll change my mind tomorrow).
    But this past weekend, I couldn’t turn down this beautiful antique bedroom set. I love the architecture of these pieces. I love walking by them in our entry way and admiring their stately form! Someone is going to really (okay, please pardon my maybe dated “guy” talk here) score with these pieces. Individual photos of the pieces are below.
    Can’t you just see how great they’ll look antiqued white and lightly distressed? Of course, there are other color options.
    UPDATE: SOLD – thanks Charlie!
    This beauty would also work great as a small buffet or large entry table
  • Turqouise & White End TableCharming distressed Antiqued White and Turquoise end table with heavy Tea-Stained Glaze.

    The top shelf is bolted to the bottom, so I took them apart and was able to cleanly paint each different colors.  I’ve found that with back and underside areas, if a part of the furniture can be removed and reattached, the job is much easier done.  With this piece, even with the distressed and shabby chic look, I like how taking it apart resulted in clean color seams between the sides and bottom surface.

    Find more inspiration in our End Tables album!

    Turqouise & White End Table top

  • Chippy Antiqued White Desk Facelift Furniture

    Shabby chic Antiqued White desk with one drawer and three side shelves.  Chippy distressed, with tea-stained glazed worked into all the “old character” of the desktop.

    For more examples of pieces refinished with paint, glaze, and distressing, visit our Desks & Vanities album!
    Chippy Antiqued White Desk
    Chippy Antiqued White Desk Side
  • Sea Blue Nightstand Before & AfterWhen Taylor purchased a Sea Blue six drawer dresser, she wanted a nightstand with the same color and sun-washed white glaze.  She chose this nightstand, which is from the Nine Needing a New Look group

    This nightstand took on a whole new life with it’s new color!  And the white glaze did a great job of accenting the molding and spindles on the doors. The original knobs and hinges were kept on the nightstand.



    There are just two to go in the Nine Needing a New Look series!  I’ll be featuring the vintage nightstand tomorrow, and it will highlight yet another color option different from those below.  To see all the previous transformations, go HERE.

  • White French Provincial Dresser FLFBeautiful, classic nine drawer French provincial dresser painted Antiqued White.  Lightly distressed, with light Tea Stained Glaze, creating an antiqued white look that is stunning.  This large dresser is solid wood through and through, with dovetail joint drawers that are deep and spacious.  Includes original hardware.

    For more examples of how paint, glaze, and distressing can transform old furniture, visit our DIY Inspiration album.

    White French Provincial Dresser
  • Hutch Repurposed Into Bookshelf - Before & AfterI nearly threw this one away. As a dated hutch with no matching base cabinet, there seemed no good use. Just taking up space, I finally set by our curb for trash pick up–from the photo, you can probably see why!

    I did salvage some hardware and even small cabinet doors for future creative use. As I removed those items, I noticed how the piece was made of solid wood.

    So….I couldn’t resist, and started wondering if there was any hope of converting this into a usable piece. Before I knew it, it was off the curb, back on my driveway. I pulled out my circular saw. I began to see potential for a bookshelf, but there some issues with reaching that destination.

    First, the legs which held the hutch up on it’s previous matching cabinet. Those had to go, and I removed them with my circular saw, downsizing the piece in height. The thin press board backing was still in good enough shape to use again, so I also cut it down to size.

    Next, I had to deal with the middle support running up the front side of the hutch. In the shelf area, that wood rod went up through the front edge of the second shelf, creating a square sized hole when removed. I pulled out the Durham’s Water Putty, and filled in what was missing there, as well as in holes where previous hardware had been. I also filled in a gash to the press board backing

    Hutch to Bookshelf Before

    Next came priming the shelf. One of the greatest discoveries I made when learning how to paint furniture is Zinsser Bulls Eye primer. It’s water based, and sticks to almost anything–even glossy surfaces. I still sand those kind of surfaces lightly with a medium grit sanding sponge. But after vacuuming (shop vac) and then cleaning, the piece is ready to go.

    Being water based, the primer dries fast. After an hour, it can be recoated. If a white finish with tea-stained glaze is my final goal, I’ll often apply two coats of Zinsser primer and hour apart. Then another hour later, I’ll apply the white latex paint. It’s great, because I can get 3 coats on within 3 hours (latex requires 4 hours dry time between coats, so I just do one coat of latex on top of 2 coats of primer).

    Then typically, I’ll wait a day to apply a finish such as tea-stained glaze. I’ll then wait another day to apply polyurethane. I use Zinnser’s water base poly, which just requires 2 hours dry time for recoating.

    Hutch Bookshelf After FLF

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