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 HEREto 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!
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!
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 someDIY 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.
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!