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  • One of the things I enjoy most with old furniture is finding ways to bring new life to an old piece that’s near the end of it’s usefulness.  Just because an old piece isn’t useful in it’s current state doesn’t mean it cannot be transformed into something new that’s both attractive and useful in a home.

    Take old beds, for example.  Most older head and foot boards were made for beds with mattresses were not as thick as pillow top mattresses.  The head and foot boards were typically shorter, and they are now dwarfed by today’s mattresses and bedding.  It’s not uncommon to find these old foot and headboard stacked in the back of used furniture areas in thrift stores.

    These twin headboards shown were great candidates for coat racks. I purchased them last spring–and like any good DIY-er they sat in my lots-of-potential-and waiting-to-be-completed pile.  With cooler weather in Texas (and summer heat behind us) I was able to work on them in my garage!

    When converting headboards like these, I often find it helpful to trim down the length of the legs.  With my circular saw, I did that on both these pieces, at an angle opposite of that on the tops.

    I then primed both pieces with white Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 spray primer.  The top piece was then painted Lowe’s Valspar “Lost Atlantis”, and the bottom Lowe’s Valspar “Turquoise Tint”.   I purchased sample sizes of both of these paints, and they were only $3 each.

    Each piece was then glazed black, Each was distressed using coarse sand paper, and the distressing revealed both the wood tones, and white primer I had applied.  A single coat of polyurethane was applied to each to protect the finish.  I then attached heavy duty wall hangers from Home Depot on the backs, and hooks from Hobby Lobby were placed across the fronts.  The heads of the wood screws used to attach the hooks were spray painted black.

    Both of these pieces now have great potential for coats, jackets, kid’s back packs, beach towels, scarves…you name it!  And they will also add charm and character as decorative wall pieces.

  • How a discarged maple hutch was repurposed into a bookshelf - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureOne of my favorite things to do with furniture is to repurpose pieces destined for the curb.  This maple hutch top was a great candidate for the garbage heap, but I found it instead at a thrift store.

    Separated from it’s original cabinet, it was in an awkward state, left to linger without much a life ahead of it.  But I saw the potential for a bookshelf, having previously repurposed an old hutch in a similar way. So out came my circular saw.  I drew a straight line along it’s sides and back, and then cut away the lower leg supports.

    I then painted it Antiqued White, used Tea Stained glaze to provide a weathered look, and then distressed the piece.  With it’s original adjustable shelves, a  “new” bookshelf was born!

  • For over a year now, our Facebook Fans have been a huge part of our success.  As we celebrate 2000 Fans on Facebook, we  are VERY GRATEFUL for how our fans near and far have been a big part of what we do at Facelift Furniture.  And we want to say THANK YOU with a coat rack giveaway!

    Painted Sea Blue, and accented with Black Glaze, this versatile coat/key/jewelry rack measures 14″ by 14″.   It includes hardware on the back for mounting on your wall. 

    This giveaway is open to all our Facebook fans with a mailing address in the 50 United States.  If you win, and don’t live in our area, we’ll ship it the coat rack to you!

    To enter, simply “like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already.  Then comment below, and share your favorite painted furniture color.  Please also provide your name and email address so we can contact you if you win.  You can also click the “comment” link above to enter. 

    The drawing will be open until 4pm CST today, Tues Nov 20.  The winner with be announced on Facebook shortly after, and contacted by email. 

    One entry per person.  Your email address will be used only for the purpose of contacting you if you win, and will not appear with your name or comment.  If the winner lives outside of our local area, shipping information will be requested by email.  Comments will be posted once approved (to avoid spam comments/entries), so if your comment doesn’t appear right away, please know that it will be up ASAP!

  • One of the ways I enjoy getting creative is with ornate parts of dumpster worthy furniture!  Our Re-purposed Wall Pieces album has many photos of accent pieces made from parts of furniture that have been recycled and upstyled.

    You’ll find ideas on what to do with old cabinet doors too!  Click on the photos, and you’ll find descriptions on how the pieces were made.

     

     

     

  • There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!

    End Table Distressed with a ChainI’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea.  It just didn’t seem right!

    Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible.  Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.

    How I did it

    Lime Green Queen Ann End Table - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureSo I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot.  Then I pondered which piece would by my victim.  The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.

    I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece.  What made me do it was the potential of what could be.  Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.

    Sylish Dings

    Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint.  Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop!  When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish.  It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!

     

  • Sea Blue Bookshelf Before & AfterCurvy Bookshelf in distressed Sea Blue and Black Glaze.

    I found this pine bookshelf at a thrift store, and added thin press board backing to give it a more complete look.  The backing was painted and glazed prior to attaching to the refinished bookshelf.  I like how the distressed wood tones popping through provide a nice contrast to the new finish.

     

     

     

    ~ More Inspiration ~

  • Turquoise French Nightstand - Before & AfterClassic French Provincial nightstand painted, glazed, and distressed in Turquoise with Black Glaze accenting detailed areas. Distressing reveals original wood tones. Original pulls are re-used on this piece.

    For more inspiration, visit these Facelift Furniture collections:

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    Turquoise French Nightstand - Before & After. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.

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