When it comes to old pieces of furniture, I’m a big fan of thinking outside the box. I like thinking about how a dated piece or discarded cabinet door can be repurposedand made into an eye catching accent.
Whether coat racks or chalkboards, what was once past it’s prime brings a pop of character into a home.
Endless opportunities for creativity come alive when vintage furniture, mirrors and almost any kind of door is upstyled with paint, glaze and distressing.
When you take a retro design and transform it with a great color, the one-of-a-kind accenting provided by glaze, and distressing that draws out the original wood tones, you open up the door to hard to match charm and character in your living space.
Not only do furniture pieces take on a new look, but cabinet doors and headboards can be transformed into coat racks, chalkboards, photo displays.
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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!