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  • Home Depot Ralph Lauren Display & CansA couple of days ago, I saw this display at Home Depot announcing some BIG NEWS. Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze is back, as Home Depot is again carrying the Ralph Lauren line of paints!

    When I first experimented with Ralph Lauren Glaze 3 years ago, Home Depot had all the products on clearance as they were discontinuing the line.  I purchased as lot of glaze at a great price, but was sad that it would only be found at specialty paint stores.

    In my DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I explain in detail how to use Ralph Lauren Glaze on furniture. It is the product that makes the character of painted furniture come to life.  It highlights ornate detail and can reveal the wear and tear on furniture in a very charming manner.

    I’m thrilled it’s back, and am very excited for everyone who has purchased “Facelift Your Furniture”. Purchasing this great product has become much easier for many!

    UPDATE: The Tobacco, Tea Stained,  and Black Truffles tints I recommend in my eBook are not in Home Depot’s paint department computers for Ralph Lauren glaze. I am not sure why this is the case, but a helpful paint rep sent me the following original formulas for Tobacco and Tea Stained tints. For Black Truffles, simply ask for it to be tinted with as much black as possible (I don’t have a formula for Black Truffles, but that’s worked for me with numerous purchases). Take these numbers with you, and your Home Depot paint department should be able to mix them up for you in quart or gallon sized cans of glaze.

    RL Tobacco & Tea Stained Tints

     

    This website is in no way affiliated with Home Depot or Ralph Laurne. The opinions stated here are my own.

     

  • Facelift Furniture Nightstands CollectionNightstands are a perfect way to learn how to paint, glaze, and distress furniture.  It’s how I learned, and I’ll never forgot the excitement of seeing how glaze did it’s magic on a chunky nightstand.

    Nightstands offer all the character of a dresser, but on a smaller scale.  There’s the molding, ornate details, and just one or two drawers.

    And they are a great way to experiment with colors and glazing.  Find a solid $10 nightstand at a garage sale, and you’ve in a great place to learn the art of glazing over your choice of color.

    The old hardware on nightstands are can also be a great way to experiment with spray paint and what it can do for weary looking vintage pulls.

    Find all kinds of ideas of how paint, glaze and distressing can give a whole new look in our Nightstands Collection.

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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!

  • Black Desk Red Glaze Facelift Furniture

    This antique desk, was custom painted for Mike & Bobbi’s kitchen area.  It was painted black, distressed, and with red paint providing glazed look in detailed areas.  Original hardware.

     

     

     

     

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  • 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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    Last summer, we introduced a series called Nine Needing a New Look.  We took a collection of dated and weary looking nightstands and end tables, and one-by-one upstyled them with distressed paint and glaze finishes.

    Starting out as a new business, it was a great way to experiment and see how these pieces can be given a new life.  Each piece was featured in a blog post, and you can see the start of that series HERE.  We featured colors like Black, Chili Pepper Red, Turquoise and Sea Blue. 

    If you followed the series, you may have noticed a nightstand that never received it’s moment in the limelight.  That piece had a matching dresser and I wanted to see if the purchaser of the dresser would want them together.  Late in the fall, the nightstand was passed over, put back in a corner, and been waiting for a new look ever sense.
     
    It finally happened.  In the spirit of experimenting and trying something new, I decided to use a color a customer had recently chosen for her antique end table.  With black glaze, it’s weathered features popped.  And it had the same effect with this nightstand.  You can see it below, and read and see more about it HERE where it is the final feature of the series. 
     
     
    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).
  • FLF Chair Back Coat RackWorking with furniture, one of the things I enjoy most is thinking outside the box. I like finding creative ways to repurpose furniture that’s on it’s last leg or heading to the dumpster.

    In my upstairs loft, there are tall shelves that hold cabinet doors, drawer fronts and other “remnants” waiting to be made into chalk boards or coat racks.  These ornate and solid pieces, once serving a purpose in a home, are examples of what can be upstyled into a unique, one-of-a-kind accents in  a living space.

    Today, I was upstairs tidying up–and about to part ways with an antique chair I had painted, glazed, and distressed in the fall.  It was waiting a new seat cushion base, and I had placed it on top of the tall shelves. Recently, I moved something next to it, and the chair fell down and an underside support piece broke beyond my ability to repair.  Painting chairs by brush is a lot of work because of all the surfaces.  With the chair broken, it seemed the effort was in vain!  But then this morning, I got an idea.

    Initially, I wondered if something could be done with the chair back.  With all its great detail, I decided I would cut it off and keep it on hand.  Then I noticed how the front legs were sharp looking and had a nice support piece between them.  Finally, I saw how those legs could be attached to the base of the chair back (after some trimming and sawing to make a good fit).  I already had the hooks on hand, and after attaching the legs to the chair back tightly with wood screws, an almost discarded chair became a coat rack with great, unique character!

    For more ideas on how chair backs can be made into coat racks, read this post.  And to view our entire collection of Repurposed Wall Pieces, go HERE.

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