Turquoise Chunky Desk – Before & After

Turquoise Chunky Desk - Before & AfterThis dated desk is a perfect example of how vintage furniture can be upstyled and transformed with paint, glaze, and distressing.

The desk, with it’s Formica laminate top, was spray primed white high quality product and process I describe in detail HERE.

It was then painted Turquoise, and glazed Black. Distressing reveals the original wood tones, and white primer, both of which offer a great contrast to the new colors.

The pulls and knobs were also spray painted black, tying in well with the glaze and looking great against the Turquoise!

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White-SPACEDesk Chunky Turquoise


Writing Desk in Distressed Black, Off White & Sea Blue

Writing Desk in distressed Black, Off White and Sea Blue ~ Before and After from the Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.This writing desk with Queen Anne legs has the appeal of minimalist simplicity combined with elegant style. There’s only one drawer, the middle, with the drawer faces on each side being faux.

When refinishing with paint, glaze, and distressing, I chose Sea Blue for the drawer fronts, knowing they would pop out against Off White on the sides and legs.  With the top being painted Black, it was an easy choice to spray paint the original brass pulls Black for the tie in they would have with the top.

Distressing of all these surfaces revealed both the white primer and original wood tones. All the surfaces then received coats of water based polyurethane protective finish.

Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red

Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.Antique desk, owned originally by the client’s grandfather, refinished in Barn Red over white primer.  Black Glaze highlights molding and ornate detail.  Distressing reveals primer and original wood tones.

When pulled out of storage, a lot of the veneer was coming loose and had to be re-glued using wood clamps.  With all its classic old style charm, it was well worth the effort to restore and refinish.


Antique Desk in Distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.


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Upstyled Furniture & Repurposed Chalkboards

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!

Improvised Red Glaze on Antique Desk painted Black

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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Desk with Shelves – Before & After

Desk with shelves, painted Off-white, chippy distressed, and with Tobacco colored glaze.  New hardware.  

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