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  • Peacock Blue Hexagon End Table - Before & After

     

    This vintage hexagon end table had seen it’s better day. That is, until it was upstyled! Of all the old pieces of furniture I like to refinish, hexagon end tables stand out on top.

    Weary and worn, I have little desire to see these dated pieces in my home. Refinished with paint, glaze, and distressing, they take on a whole new life of character and eye-catching appeal.

    This piece is upstyled in in distressed Peacock Blue. Black glaze accents the detailed areas. And old lion’s head pulls replaced the pulls original pulls (since one of them was broken).

    This piece is also featured in our Hexagon End Tables Collection, which shows how these pieces have been refinished in all kind of colors!

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  • Desk with shelves, painted Off-white, chippy distressed, and with Tobacco colored glaze.  New hardware.  

     
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    of upstyled pieces, go HERE.
     
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  • Half the fun with upstyling old, dated, weary and worn furniture is seeing the potential.  A recent customer saw what could be done with this clothing armoire, and here are photos to show its transformation.

    The armoire was painted Off-white, distressed, and with tobacco colored glaze accenting the detailed areas.  All original hardware retained.

    More photos below…

     
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  • Sea Blue Antique Vanity Desk - Before & After. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog

    Antique vanity desk, in distressed Sea Blue, with Black Glaze. Great accent piece with its compact size and great character.  Original pulls.

    For even more ideas for refinishing with paint, glaze, & distressing, browse our Desks & Vanities album below!

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  • Caramel Yellow End Table Before & AfterThis chunky end table was painted, glazed, and distressed in Lowe’s Valspar “Dreamy Caramel”, with heavy Black Glaze. Holes for the original knobs were filled, and new center pull was added to the drawer.

    For more inspiration, visit our End Tables Collection or DIY Inspiration album.

  • 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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    Nightstand upstyled in a rich lime green, with heavy black glaze accenting bamboo and woven design.  Distressing reveals hints of the white primer, providing even more eye catching detail.  “Before” photo below. 

    This nightstand is the ninth and final post in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  To see how a group of worn and dated end tables and nightstands were given a new life with paint and glaze finishes, go HERE.

    This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).
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