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  • The transforming look of Peacock Blue! DIY furniture inspiration from Facelift Furniture.Color opens the door for weary, old furniture to go in a direction that elevates it with one-of-a-kind character.

    Peacock Blue does that with its rich, deep color, and these Duncan Phyfe pieces show how.

    The small pedestal end table makes a statement with the new look Peacock Blue provides.

    The chair, with the top painted Blazing Orange, pops to life in Peacock Blue and the seat cover with material from Hobby Lobby.

    For more inspiration, visit our Peacock Blue refinished furniture collection.

  • Furniture pieces and cabinet doors repurposed into coat racks and chalkboards! From Facelift Furniture's DIY blog.When furniture is past it’s prime and headed to the curb or thrift store, repurposing opens the door for making something entirely new out of the old and outdated.

    Take dated headboards for example. Too low to the floor for newer beds, they are a great option for coat racks and chalkboards.

    Discarded cabinet doors and drawer fronts from old dressers are also a great option for coat racks and chalkboards. The same may be done with old chairs!

    Just add paint, glaze, and distressing to any of these pieces, and the endless options of color provide a one-of-a-kind look in your home!

    For more inspiration, visit our Repurposed Wall Pieces collection.

  • Repurposed Furniture Ideas & InspirationVintage furniture that’s dated, beyond repair, and discarded may be repurposed and recreated into one-of-a-kind accents that pop with character and live on with charm.

    With paint, glaze and distressing, old headboards, often not tall enough for newer beds, may be repurposed in coat or towel racks, chalk boards, and even photo displays.

    Broken old chairs may also take on a new life as coat racks. The same may be said with small cabinet doors and drawer fronts from dressers discarded by the roadside.

    Even the sides and legs of coffee tables as well as the sides and ends of cribs may repurposed! You can find examples of all of these in our Repurposed Wall Pieces collection.

    It’s an album with a full does of DIY inspiration and pleasure, full of ideas and our favorite repurposing projects! Dig into the collection HERE!

  • 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!


  • Facelift Furniture Repurposed & Upstyled.  Find out what these 3 chlkboards came from!Half the fun of refinishing furniture is finding ways to repurpose pieces that have seemingly served their purpose and have nowhere to go. Most of the furniture I work with, like the cedar chest, dresser, and desk in this photo, can be upstyled and still serve the purpose for which they were built.

    But there are pieces, like those on the wall, with dated functionality. Be it head or foot boards that are too small for modern beds, or cabinet doors headed to the curb, these piece provide the opportunity to think outside the box and create a new purpose.

    Take the three chalkboards in this photo.  The large red chalk board was originally a mirror.  The frame was at a thrift store, and I cut and painted press board to make this new piece. The smaller chalk board hanging to the right was a discarded kitchen cabinet door.

    The long vertical chalkboard with “Welcome” on it was the drawer front from and old chest of drawers that was falling apart. And the frames on each of these chalkboards were painted, glazed, and distressed–just like the furniture in this photo!

  • 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!

  • This afternoon, I am glazing a couple of dining chairs that go with a table I’m upstyling as well.  It’s a great day for this, as it’s humid, and not to warm, extending the time I’ve got to rub my glaze application down to a weathered finish that’s not too heavy.

    While working on the second chair, I was thinking back to this summer when I wrote Facelift Your Furniture.  A new website and blog was in the works as well, and I looked forward to sharing tips on this blog to help readers like yourself with various aspects of projects. 

    While the eBook is packed full with the essential how-to’s for upstyling furniture, this blog allows me to share additonal ideas (that I’ll think about while working on pieces!) on how to make y0ur furniture look great.  This afternoon, I’ve realized again how important it is to inspect pieces like these again and again to make sure I’ve got the right look.  

    On these chairs, I’ve used the  the brush and rub technique decrbited at length in Facelift Your Furniture.  As I’m rubbing the chairs down, I’ve noticed how I am circling around them again and again and again–as I look over every cane, arm, leg, and support, making sure their top-sides and under-sides and back-sides, AND front-sides are all glazed evenly!

    This requires some patience, and a willingness to look over all those surfaces from each side and even with the chair leaned forward, backwards and on the side to make sure nothing’s been missed.  Leaning in those directons actually often reveals places that had been hidden in shadows that need attention.  It can seem like the job is never done, but when it is, the result will be a great, weathered look.  

    The eBook also mentions too how projects like these require dedicated time and space to focus on each step along the way.  With each chair elevated on top an end table (covered in photo), I’ve got the area needed to keep circling round and round, till I have it right!

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