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  • Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

    At Facelift Furniture, we love getting creative with weary, worn, and dated pieces that can be transformed and repurposed for the home.  Our last post shared about how we upstyled two twin headboards into coat racks.  This past week, I repurposed a couple coat racks from chair backs.  They sold quickly, but I grabbed photos before they were out the door to share for some DIY inspiration!

    The first coat rack was made from an antique chair that was missing a seat cover.  I cut the back off from it’s base, at angles that went with the flow of it’s design.  It was spray primed white, painted Blazing Orange, and then glazed Black.  After distressing, a single coat of poly was added for protection.  With three hooks added at the bottom, the piece took on a life of it’s own!

    The second coat rack was made from an old chunky high back chair that was missing the narrow, center padding running the length of the back.  I cut it from it’s base (which is saved for a future project!), and also spray primed it white, painted it Sea Blue, and Black glaze did wonders on all the detail.  Then after distressing, a single coat of poly was applied.

    Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

    Besides three hooks at the bottom, I also added 6 bulldog clips spray painted flat black to match the hooks.  This chair back was transformed into a coat rack and a photo display!

    For more ideas on how to repurpose furniture, visit our Repurposed Wall Pieces album!

  • One of the things I enjoy most with old furniture is finding ways to bring new life to an old piece that’s near the end of it’s usefulness.  Just because an old piece isn’t useful in it’s current state doesn’t mean it cannot be transformed into something new that’s both attractive and useful in a home.

    Take old beds, for example.  Most older head and foot boards were made for beds with mattresses were not as thick as pillow top mattresses.  The head and foot boards were typically shorter, and they are now dwarfed by today’s mattresses and bedding.  It’s not uncommon to find these old foot and headboard stacked in the back of used furniture areas in thrift stores.

    These twin headboards shown were great candidates for coat racks. I purchased them last spring–and like any good DIY-er they sat in my lots-of-potential-and waiting-to-be-completed pile.  With cooler weather in Texas (and summer heat behind us) I was able to work on them in my garage!

    When converting headboards like these, I often find it helpful to trim down the length of the legs.  With my circular saw, I did that on both these pieces, at an angle opposite of that on the tops.

    I then primed both pieces with white Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 spray primer.  The top piece was then painted Lowe’s Valspar “Lost Atlantis”, and the bottom Lowe’s Valspar “Turquoise Tint”.   I purchased sample sizes of both of these paints, and they were only $3 each.

    Each piece was then glazed black, Each was distressed using coarse sand paper, and the distressing revealed both the wood tones, and white primer I had applied.  A single coat of polyurethane was applied to each to protect the finish.  I then attached heavy duty wall hangers from Home Depot on the backs, and hooks from Hobby Lobby were placed across the fronts.  The heads of the wood screws used to attach the hooks were spray painted black.

    Both of these pieces now have great potential for coats, jackets, kid’s back packs, beach towels, scarves…you name it!  And they will also add charm and character as decorative wall pieces.

  • For over a year now, our Facebook Fans have been a huge part of our success.  As we celebrate 2000 Fans on Facebook, we  are VERY GRATEFUL for how our fans near and far have been a big part of what we do at Facelift Furniture.  And we want to say THANK YOU with a coat rack giveaway!

    Painted Sea Blue, and accented with Black Glaze, this versatile coat/key/jewelry rack measures 14″ by 14″.   It includes hardware on the back for mounting on your wall. 

    This giveaway is open to all our Facebook fans with a mailing address in the 50 United States.  If you win, and don’t live in our area, we’ll ship it the coat rack to you!

    To enter, simply “like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already.  Then comment below, and share your favorite painted furniture color.  Please also provide your name and email address so we can contact you if you win.  You can also click the “comment” link above to enter. 

    The drawing will be open until 4pm CST today, Tues Nov 20.  The winner with be announced on Facebook shortly after, and contacted by email. 

    One entry per person.  Your email address will be used only for the purpose of contacting you if you win, and will not appear with your name or comment.  If the winner lives outside of our local area, shipping information will be requested by email.  Comments will be posted once approved (to avoid spam comments/entries), so if your comment doesn’t appear right away, please know that it will be up ASAP!

  • Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogOne of the most exciting things about glaze is how it accents detailed, ornate furniture pieces. Combined with a great paint color, glaze draws out all the character of a weary and worn piece of furniture just waiting for a new look.

    Take this dresser for example.  After sanding major wear on the top, it was ready for a new look.  I painted it turquoise, and then went to work with the glaze.  This is one of the first pieces where I used glaze to accent detailed areas in this way.  It was very rewarding, and with new hardware, it took on a new life!

    Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogRalph Lauren “Black Truffles” Glaze was used to create this finish.  As seen here, glazing is an art that rewards great results on ornate furniture pieces.

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    White-SPACEOrnate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blog

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  • One of the ways I enjoy getting creative is with ornate parts of dumpster worthy furniture!  Our Re-purposed Wall Pieces album has many photos of accent pieces made from parts of furniture that have been recycled and upstyled.

    You’ll find ideas on what to do with old cabinet doors too!  Click on the photos, and you’ll find descriptions on how the pieces were made.

     

     

     

  • When in comes to refinishing furniture, GLAZE is my best friend.  Glaze draws out the character and detail of a piece with a weathered charm that is hard to match. As you can see, my cans of glaze do not sit idle.

    In my new DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I describe in detail what glaze is, and how you can use it step-by-step–with photo illustrations to guide your way.  If you want to learn to glaze painted furniture, you will find this how to guide very helpful!

    In the eBook, I recommend Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze as THE product to use on furniture. It is outstanding and works wonders. It is available at Home Depot* and at specialty paint stores.

    On the Ralph Lauren website, you can search for the closest paint store selling RL glaze. Follow the link HERE to the search page (far right box) where you can enter your zip code to find the closest store. Two lines down, be sure and designate that you are looking for “Ralph Lauren Paint Stores”.

    Oh, and another thing.  RL glaze can be purchased in quarts.  You don’t need to purchase a gallon, and a quart will last you many projects!

    *After a three year period of not carrying Ralph Lauren paint products, Home Depot starting carrying the line again July 2014.

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    Green Octogon End TableA great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.

    This octogon end table is a great example.  It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order.  It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.

    The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!

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