Repurposing, oh the endless options!! At Facelift Furniture, we specialize in upstyling weary and worn furniture into prized pieces that pop with character and restored charm. And we love getting creative with dated pieces that aren’t quite as useful as they once were. Destined for the dump, we rework their look and functionality into prized pieces with one-of-a-kind character!
It’s something you can do too!
Take the futon arm rests above. Sitting out by a dumpster, I saw potential with their design, and repurposed them into coat racks and photo display boards.
The small cabinet doors were discarded samples from a local cabinet builder. Painted, glazed, and distressed, and with hooks from Hobby Lobby, they took on a new purpose and pop with new life.
Headboards and footboards, well don’t get me started! With all their chunky, molded and ornate design, enormous potential awaits for chalk boards, coat and towel racks, and photo displays too.
Last but not least, drawer fronts. You know those chests of drawers or dressers on their last leg and left out by the curb? Ever noticed how their drawers may have great ornate design? Remove the fronts from those drawers, and you have lots of possibilities with paint, glaze, and distressing and some great looking hardware!
Enormous potential awaits dated and used up pieces to be transformed just like these! Just think of what gems await in your local thrift store, on a nearby curb or (just plug your nose) sitting next to a dumpster not far from you!
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!