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  • Distressed Black Twelve Drawer Maple Dresser.  Facelift Furniture DIY BlogClassic twelve drawer maple dresser made of all wood.  Simple drawer design made for a great light distressed look, with new Thomasville brushed silver hardware included. This is one of the best made dressers I have worked with–dovetail joints, solid wood top to bottom, front to back. This piece will provide many years of use. A great investment.

    White-SPACEBlack 12 Drawer Dresser


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  • Yesterday, Julie and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  With the kiddos in bed, we marked the occasion over brownie sundaes.  Then we did something that was, strangely, a bit sad. We decommissioned one of our tall red bookshelves from the house to the garage.

    When Julie and I were married, we were in a tight budget.  Yet  we made the best of what we had and created a warm home in the process.  Back then, I worked for a non-profit ministry, and in my home office I had these tall, narrow, sturdy bookshelves made of very sturdy composite wood.  Initially an unattractive grayish-beige, Julie had an idea of what they could become.

    Red paint in hand, Julie recruited me to the project. She showed me how furniture can be painted and given a new life. And those two bookshelves became a mainstay in our home. Photos on them captured the story of our new life together.  We’ve since lived in 4 different homes with varying amount of space, and they’ve always been a bright focal point in any room.

    Since those early days, we’ve continue to make the most of what we have.  Recently, I surprised to count over a dozen pieces of furniture in our home we’ve painted.  They are in every room of the house.  Initially Julie was the furniture painter, but I’ve taken it up, largely due to seeing what she’s done with several pieces in our home. 

    The number is growing, which is why one of the red shelves has been bumped from the play room, to the garage.  I recently found a $12.99 entertainment cabinet at Goodwill that, well, looked pretty bad–AND had lots of potential as a new addition to the play room!  It will hold books and toys, and once the walls receive their new paint this weekend, I’ll show you how it looks in the playroom.

    In the mean time, I am very grateful for my wife, who has embraced making the best of what we’ve got, verses feeling like we’ve got to have the best in life to be happy.  Julie, you make our marriage all the sweeter for approaching life that way.  Thanks for trusting God through thick and thin.  I’m so grateful for you!

  • This past weekend, I realized I had this great collection of end tables and night stands needing a new look.  I pulled them all together for this photo, and will feature them individually as each receives a facelift.  Two are already complete, and are found below…
    The first to have a new look is this hexagon end table painted Turquoise, with Tea Stained Glaze.  
    The second to be trasnformed is this large nightstand, painted Chili Pepper Red, distressed, and with Black Glaze.  Original hardware.  
    STAY TUNED for more what’s to come with the seven still needing something new…!
  • Red Chunky NightstandChunky Nightstand in distressed Chili Pepper Red with Black Glaze.  Pulls and knobs painted black. Upstyled with paint, glaze, and distressing, there’s lots of character to this piece!

    A heavy, sturdy piece with dovetail drawer joints. Could also be used as an end or entry table. Great for a boy’s room too.

    For more upstyled inspiration, visit our Nightstands Collection album.

    White-SPACERed Chunky Nightstand FLF

  • Jade Distressed Dresser - Before & After. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.

    This dated and drab dresser took on a whole new life when upstyled in Jade, with Tea-stained Glaze providing an antiqued look.

    The corners and edges were lightly distressed, pulling out the original wood tones. I love how distressing ties in the original look of old furniture!

    A piece like this repurposes great for a flat screen TV in a bedroom or living area, providing ample storage space in either setting.

    Our Dressers album provides even more ideas on how these pieces can be painted, glazed, and distressed, creating a whole new look an a great pop of character in any living space.

    Jade Distressed Dresser ~ Before & After. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog
  • Turquoise French Nightstand - Before & AfterElegant and high quality French Provincial nightstand painted, glazed, and distressed. Painted Turquoise, with Tea stained Glaze. Distressed down to original off white.  All wood, top of the line piece with dovetail drawer joints. 

    The original pulls look great against the Turquoise, and tie in well with the distressing.  

    This nightstand is one of the three pieces featured in the Facelift Furniture logo!

  • Pale Blue-Grey Nighstand.  From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.Nightstand in distressed pale blue-grey with tea-stained glaze.  Neutral color creates many options for use, such as an end table (if back is against a wall or window) or in a bedroom.



    White-SPACEPale Blue-Grey Nighstand.  From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.

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