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  • Barn Red Dresser Black PullsBarn Red is a favorite of mine, and this dresser took on a whole new life in this color, with Black Glaze accenting all the detailed areas.

    This is a rare occasion when I chose not to distress a piece. Typically, I distress down to the original wood tones to pop out those colors and add dimension to a piece piece.

    But in this case, I let the Black Glaze do it’s work on the detailed areas and in contrast to Barn Red. I also spray painted the original vintage pulls black, and they pop off the red with their new look.


    Barn Red Dresser Black Pulls FLF

  • Dare Boldly with ColorWhen refinishing furniture with paint, glaze, and distressing techniques, COLOR opens up endless options with how weary, old pieces can be transformed and repurposed for your home.

    Going bold with color brings new life to the mundane and dated. It allows you to think and live outside the box. It provides a one-of-a-kind look for a piece just waiting to come back to life and show off its character.

    It’s one of my favorite things to do with mirrors, headboards I’ve repurposed into coat racks, and with furniture pieces. When those stained finishes are scratched, worn down, and simply past their prime, an upstyled look gives a piece a bright new future.

    So dare to go bold! Go in a direction you’ve never gone before. Bring a pop of character and COLOR to that piece just waiting to make a statement in your home!


  • 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.

    ~ More Inspiration ~


  • Twin Footboard Re-purposed into Coat Rack and ChalkboardHead and footboards are great candidates for repurposing, especially when they are older.  Those from the vintage era tend to be shorter in height, making them  a mismatch for today’s larger beds.

    Enter the opportunity to repurpose and make a statement on your wall with one-of-a-kind coat racks and chalk boards!

    This twin footboard is a great example.  Refinished in Barn Red with Black Glaze, and distressed down to white primer, it makes a bold and eye-catching statement with it’s chunky as well as linear design.  A chalkboard was created on it’s raised center panel, while a coat {or towel} rack was made on the lower cross member.

    For many more examples of repurposed head and footboards, visit our Repurposed Wall Pieces Album!

  • Pine block desk in distressed Barn Red and Black Glaze - Before and AfterPine block desk with bead board hutch painted, blazed and distressed in Barn Red with Black Glaze.

    For more DIY inspiration, visit our Desks & Vanities collection, or our Furniture Before & After board on Pinterest.

  • Red Chest Before & AfterWhile most of the pieces I refinish are older, vintage types, occasionally I find newer pieces that are great candidates for a painted and glazed look.

    Take this chest of drawers for example. With the molding on it’s drawers, and unique pulls that were keepers, I decided to refinish in Barn Red, one my favorite colors.

    And then I let glaze do it’s magic. For more on how glaze transforms the look of painted furniture, go HERE.





  • Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.This highly dated stereo has been completely converted into from an eye sore to an eye catcher that now serves as a flat screen TV stand.  All internal electronics and cabinetry were removed, creating a large storage space accessed through the top.  Includes original burnished brass hardware.  

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    I’m often asked where I buy used furniture, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bryan, TX is one of my favorites places to shop.  I frequent ReStore often, along with several other local thrift stores like Goodwill and the Twin City Mission’s Second Chance stores.

    Last summer while launching Facelift Furniture, I purchased this retro stereo cabinet at ReStore and saw lots of potential.  I also realized a lot would need to be done to convert this piece into someone both desirable and usable.  This was a major exercise in deconstructing a piece that was very well built.  Let’s say this was also a great learning experience for someone who is better with a paint brush than building things with his hands!

    First, I had to remove the old stereo components from inside the cabinet.  That wasn’t too difficult, and fortunately my battery powered screwdriver helped a lot with that.  I also had to figure out how to remove those curtains which covered the speakers AND replace them to look like the two inner faux doors.  The faux doors with curtains were popped off by removing long wood screws from the inside.

    Vintage Stereo StepsSomehow, I also needed to remove the inner inset cabinet to open up the area below for storage.  I have to admit, I kind of stalled out at this point.  I wasn’t sure how to get that inset wood out other than by sawing and I wasn’t convinced that was the best way to go.  Additionally, the speakers were still attached and I could not figure out how to remove them.  So until about a month ago, this piece served as a painting stand for many other projects in my shop.  But with spring at hand, I had an itch to conquer lingering projects and this was high on my list.

    Having worked with furniture full time for over a year now, I’ve actually deconstructed a few other pieces, and discovered that heavy wood screws are often key to holding furniture together.  Recently, I wondered if the inner cabinet was held in place with screws that could be removed.  It was, and before I knew it, I had the inner cabinet completely out.  Not so hard after all!  I had to figure out the speakers next, and by accident I realized the speakers nuts tightened and untightened off the bolts the opposite of how we know must nuts and bolts to work.  So off came the speakers.  Finally, the cabinet was completely gutted!

     Now came the last step before painting.  The outer faux doors needed thin wood panels cut to size to fit where the curtains had been.  A few weeks ago, I found wood in my shop that would work, and cut 8 pieces to size.   I was excited to see them fit!

    About a week later, I fastened them in place with both wood glue and small screws, and then reattached the doors back on the cabinet.  In the photo at right, the left door is back on and the right one is yet to be reattached (you can see through the lower speaker hole).

    Now all that was needed was paint.  So late last week, I scuffed and scrubbed down the cabinet for applying grey tinted primer.  Priming itself seemed like quite the improvement!  Then came the actual paint, and my choice was Barn Red, a new addition to our line up.  It’s brighter than than Chili Pepper Red, and I had an idea it would help this piece take a big leap.   

    Yet paint alone is not what makes for a great transformation.  Glazing and distressing take it two steps further–they are like the icing and candles on the cake!  So with a heavy black glaze treatment in the detailed areas, and distressing of wood edges, this cabinet underwent a MAJOR transformation!  The original pulls were reattached in original condition, providing a nice throw back to it’s original design.  

    Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.
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