Transform Your Furniture with Paint, Glaze & Distressing!

Transform Your Furniture with Paint, Glaze & Distressing! DIY Inspiration from Facelift FurnitureOrnate furniture that’s seen it’s better day has the chance at a whole new life when transformed by paint, glaze and distressing.

With a favorite paint color, and the transformative effect of glaze, the piece pops back to life with a one-of-a-kind look.

Distressing adds a final touch as original wood tones peak through the paint and glaze.

Go HERE to see how this English Buffet was transformed in Grey and Black Glaze!

And for more inspiration, visit out Hutches, Cabinets & Buffets collection. 


Distressed Turquoise Vanity Dresser – Before & After

Antique vanity dresser in distressed Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and After from Facelift Furniture.This antique vanity dresser was a prime candidate for refinishing with paint, glaze and distressing.

After repairing the loose veneer along the front bottom edge, it was painted Turquoise and glazed Black.

The original large pulls were reused on the dresser, providing a throw back to the original design.

Antique Desk in Off White with Turquoise Pulls

Before & After Off White Desk Turq PullsI found this desk at a garage sale, and immediately saw the potential. I love this old style in antique desks. They are favorite type of piece to refinish.

With the desk, I was drawn not only to its style, but the original pulls. With their ornate design, I knew I wanted to reuse them. It was just a matter of how!

I painted, glazed, and distressed the desk in Off White with Tobacco Glaze. Since it had previously been spray painted, I made sure to remove any loose paint when scuff sanding the piece.

I’m a fan of spray painting vintage knobs and pulls when needed. I also like going with their original color, but sometimes painting a new color will tie in better with the look of a new piece.

Typically, I spray paint pulls black, but with the desk, the idea came to me of Turquoise. It took me a few days to pull the trigger, but I had a feeling they would really pop off the desk and look classy with their intricate design.

I first painted the pulls black, then added the Turquoise without completely covering the black.  This provided dimension as well as some slight variation to the look of the pulls.


Turq Pulls Desk Antq Off White



Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red

Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.Antique desk, owned originally by the client’s grandfather, refinished in Barn Red over white primer.  Black Glaze highlights molding and ornate detail.  Distressing reveals primer and original wood tones.

When pulled out of storage, a lot of the veneer was coming loose and had to be re-glued using wood clamps.  With all its classic old style charm, it was well worth the effort to restore and refinish.


Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.


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Vintage Chair in Blazing Orange & Peacock Blue

Vintage Chair in Peacock Blue & Blazing Orange. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.Oh the fun of having an upstairs loft full of random pieces needing a new life.  A couple of weeks ago, I did some much needed spring cleaning in that space, and an idea finally hit me for this chair.

It had been sitting upstairs for well over a couple of years, and I just didn’t have a vision for it. But then I had just purchased a gallon of Blazing Orange, and while refinishing an end table in that color for a custom order, it came to me what it could do for that chair.

It had also been a while since I’d refinished in Peacock Blue, and I was itching for a project with that color.  With some extra upholstery fabric sitting around home, and an idea from an old oak chair I’d refinished, I came up with a plan using both colors!

Blazing Orange is a deep reddish-orange, and the name is one a created after I picked up a can of oops paint in the color. I discovered what it could do for furniture, and aptly gave it a new name.

Go HERE to see an ornate dresser mirror that was also sitting up in my loft, awaiting a transformation.  It sure got one with it’s new looks in Blazing Orange!


Barn Red Antique Four Poster Bed

Barn Red Four Poster Bed - Facelift FurnitureEver since I was a kid, red has been my favorite color.  And any chance I have to refinish a piece in red, my excitement level rises in anticipation of the finished product.

Take this antique four poster bed for example!

I wish I had a before photo for this bed, but a customer snatched up this piece before I had a chance to take it.  For her custom order, she chose Barn Red with Black glaze, wanting the bed lightly distressed.  It would be for a guest bedroom, and I loved her decision to go bold!

When refinished with paint, old furniture like this bed starts to take on a whole new life.  When glazed, the craftsmanship, detail and normal wear on a piece are accentuated, taking the piece to a whole new level of character and charm.

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Antique Dresser in Distressed Robin’s Egg Blue – Before & After

Robin's Egg Blue Dresser - Before & AfterThis antique dresser was custom refinished with a painted, glazed, and distressed look. It was upstyled in Robin’s Egg Blue and Black Glaze, with distressing revealing white primer and the original wood tones.

This piece was a custom order for a new baby boy’s changing table.

Go HERE to see how the matching chest of drawers was refinished in Peacock Blue!