Turquoise Dresser Glazed Black – Before & After

Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogOne of the most exciting things about glaze is how it accents detailed, ornate furniture pieces. Combined with a great paint color, glaze draws out all the character of a weary and worn piece of furniture just waiting for a new look.

Take this dresser for example.  After sanding major wear on the top, it was ready for a new look.  I painted it turquoise, and then went to work with the glaze.  This is one of the first pieces where I used glaze to accent detailed areas in this way.  It was very rewarding, and with new hardware, it took on a new life!

Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogRalph Lauren “Black Truffles” Glaze was used to create this finish.  As seen here, glazing is an art that rewards great results on ornate furniture pieces.

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White-SPACEOrnate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blog

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Repurposed Black Vintage Console

Vintage Mid-century Console in Black ~ Before and After. Facelift Furniture DIY BlogI found this mid-century modern console with glass missing from the doors, and the top drawer absent too.

This provided a great opportunity to repurpose the piece into a media console and flat screen stand. In the missing drawer space, I attached thick press board from Lowe’s to the bottom. This created a shelf to use for media components.

The entire piece was then painted Black, and lightly distressed along the straight and slightly curved edges.


Dresser Refinishing Ideas

Facelift Furniture "Dressers" album Dressers are my favorite to refinish.  Give me a vintage piece with lots of character, and let the potential come to life.  When painted, glazed, and distressed, it’s time to say farewell to its dated and cringe-worthy looks! The transformation restores the piece to it’s former dignity, yet with new and one-of-a-kind character!

And whether in a bedroom, or a living room as a flat screen console, entirely new options open up for weary old dressers! Our collection of favorites can now be viewed in our new Dressers album.  Browse for DIY inspiration, or explore options for how we can custom refinish your piece.


Peacock Blue Dresser with Flowered Pulls

Ornate Dresser in distressed Peacock Blue with Black GlazeThis ornate vintage dresser is painted, glazed, and distressed in Peacock Blue, with Black Glaze accenting. the detailed areas.  Original chunky hardware set in flower molding. A rare find in original design, upstyled in a great color!

For many other examples of how glaze brings out the best in old furniture, visit our DIY Inspiration album.  Or visit our Dressers album for ideas on how vintage pieces can take on a new life!

White-SPACEPeacock Blue Dresser - Painted Glazed Distressed


Vintage Cabinet into Flat Screen Stand – Before & After

Yesterday I posted about our friends who have a new flat screen TV stand made from an old buffet.  Of all the ways to upcycle old furniture, I’m finding flat screen stands are one of the most popular ways to use old dressers, cabinets, and yes, buffets.

Here’s another example of how this was done.  Recently, I posted about the potential with this dated vintage cabinet.  Jenn opted for antiqued white, and here’s the piece now in her home…

I’ve created a new tag/label called “flat screen stand” that will link you to other great examples of upcycled pieces made into flat screen stands.  Go HERE to see those transformations.

Buffet into Flat Screen TV Stand – Before & After

Earlier this summer, I discovered this awesome buffet at a local thrift store.  Our friends Ryan & Andrea were kind to let us store it in their garage.  I was very excited about it’s potential as a flat screen TV stand–and so were they!

They decided to make it their own, requesting an antiqued white finish.  All the molding and detail, when distressed, looked great with that finish!  The original pulls added so much to the look of this piece.  Yet with one broken, they opted for knobs on the middle doors.

I love what paint, glaze and distressing can do to old pieces like this!  For more ideas on what can be done with dated furniture, visit our DIY Inspiration album.

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