Vintage Dresser Mirrors – Before & After

Vintage Dresser Mirrors Before & AfterVintage dresser mirrors offer a great opportunity to upstyle a dated look with paint, glaze, and distressing.   They offer a  great opportunity to think outside the box!

Take this matching pair with their 70’s style.  Originally mounted on a dresser, I recently found them forgotten in a back corner of a used furniture store.  I immediately saw the potential.

Whenever I refinish mirrors, I always remove the backing behind the mirror, and take the mirror out of the frame.  This frees me to refinish without concern of needing to tape the glass, and deal with potential bleeding of paint.

Removing the mirror also allows me to paint the back side of the frame that the mirror glass rests against. Along this area, the edges reflects the inner frame surface.  When painted, it eliminates the look of a painted finish that’s not complete.

Before painting, both frames were spray primed using Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls-eye primer. The mirrors were painted Turquoise and “Herb Cornucopia”, a Lowe’s Valspar sample that is a pale green.  Next they were glazed black, then distressed, which popped out not only the white primer, but the original dark finish of the mirrors.

After applying one coat of water based polyurethane, the mirrors were place back in the frame, and the backing reattached using wood screws.  I’ve found screws works best as attaching with nails can cause the mirror to break due to the force of using a hammer.  Once in place, heavy duty wall mounts were attached, making the mirrors ready to place on a wall with a bold and one-of-a-kind pop of character!

Find this and many other Before & After images on our Pinterest Blog and DIY Inspiration board.


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.


Furniture Repurposed into Wall Accents


Repurposed Furniture PiecesAs I refinish furniture week-to-week, one of the most fun things to do is find ways to repurpose furniture destined to the garage heap.  Whether it’s a dresser in disrepair or a chair that’s falling apart, I find myself looking for a way to take what’s still good about that piece and turning it into something new.

This photo shows several pieces that now occupy a special place in people’s homes!

Up top is the upper portion of a dresser mirror frame that came with a dresser I refinished in turquoise.  I accidentally broke the mirror, but salvaged the upper portion by cutting off the lower part of the frame.  It’s painted Sea Blue, with glazed black, and is distressed.

Just below is an ornate dresser drawer front that I painted turquoise, glazed black, and with the hooks it became a coat rack.

Down to the left is a long panel with molding along the top. It came from a china cabinet top that I disassembled.  The panel was painted Robin’s Egg Blue, glazed black, and made into a photo display piece with bull dog clips painted black attached with wood screws.

In the middle is a chair that I had refinished in turqouise, and put high up on a shelf before doing final touches.  I accidentally knocked it off the shelf, and it broke beyond repair.  {Insert major frustration!!}  I came close to throwing it away, and then one day made good with my saw and some strong wood screws.  I attached the front legs to the back of the chair, added some hooks, and it became a one-of-a-kind chair back coat rack!

And last but not least, in the middle right is a cabinet door re-purposed into a chalk board.  An upside down drawer pull holds the chalk!

For even more furniture repurposing ideas, visit our new Repurposed Wall Pieces album!


Vintage Mirror Repurposed in Red & Black Glaze

MirrorRedMoldingWhen it comes to re-purposing old furniture, vintage mirrors are a lot of fun.  This piece came with the long old metal brackets to attach standing upright off the back of a dresser.  But seldom do I find folks wanting a matching mirror attached like that.  More often than not, large dressers I sell are re-purposed themselves into a flat screen console.

So then a mirror like this can take on a life of it’s own, popping with character for an entry way or large wall space in a room.

For this piece, I spray primed it white.  I then applied three coats of red, followed by black glaze which highlighted all the molding and many lines.  Distressing popped out not only the white, but the darker stained oak of the original finish as well.

If you had a special spot in your home for a mirror, where would you put it?

Off White Dresser with Espresso Glaze – Before & After

Off White Dresser with Espresso Glaze - Before and After from Facelift Furniture's DIY BlogThis dresser was painted, glazed and distressed in Off White and Espresso Glaze. The glaze highlights the molding as well as the wood grain, while distressing reveals wood tones.

The original pulls were and spray painted black. To learn more about upstyling old pulls with a new look, go HERE.


Chair Backs Repurposed into Coat Racks

Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

At Facelift Furniture, we love getting creative with weary, worn, and dated pieces that can be transformed and repurposed for the home.  Our last post shared about how we upstyled two twin headboards into coat racks.  This past week, I repurposed a couple coat racks from chair backs.  They sold quickly, but I grabbed photos before they were out the door to share for some DIY inspiration!

The first coat rack was made from an antique chair that was missing a seat cover.  I cut the back off from it’s base, at angles that went with the flow of it’s design.  It was spray primed white, painted Blazing Orange, and then glazed Black.  After distressing, a single coat of poly was added for protection.  With three hooks added at the bottom, the piece took on a life of it’s own!

The second coat rack was made from an old chunky high back chair that was missing the narrow, center padding running the length of the back.  I cut it from it’s base (which is saved for a future project!), and also spray primed it white, painted it Sea Blue, and Black glaze did wonders on all the detail.  Then after distressing, a single coat of poly was applied.

Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

Besides three hooks at the bottom, I also added 6 bulldog clips spray painted flat black to match the hooks.  This chair back was transformed into a coat rack and a photo display!

For more ideas on how to repurpose furniture, visit our Repurposed Wall Pieces album!

Glazing Chairs and Inspecting Every Angle

This afternoon, I am glazing a couple of dining chairs that go with a table I’m upstyling as well.  It’s a great day for this, as it’s humid, and not to warm, extending the time I’ve got to rub my glaze application down to a weathered finish that’s not too heavy.

While working on the second chair, I was thinking back to this summer when I wrote Facelift Your Furniture.  A new website and blog was in the works as well, and I looked forward to sharing tips on this blog to help readers like yourself with various aspects of projects. 

While the eBook is packed full with the essential how-to’s for upstyling furniture, this blog allows me to share additonal ideas (that I’ll think about while working on pieces!) on how to make y0ur furniture look great.  This afternoon, I’ve realized again how important it is to inspect pieces like these again and again to make sure I’ve got the right look.  

On these chairs, I’ve used the  the brush and rub technique decrbited at length in Facelift Your Furniture.  As I’m rubbing the chairs down, I’ve noticed how I am circling around them again and again and again–as I look over every cane, arm, leg, and support, making sure their top-sides and under-sides and back-sides, AND front-sides are all glazed evenly!

This requires some patience, and a willingness to look over all those surfaces from each side and even with the chair leaned forward, backwards and on the side to make sure nothing’s been missed.  Leaning in those directons actually often reveals places that had been hidden in shadows that need attention.  It can seem like the job is never done, but when it is, the result will be a great, weathered look.  

The eBook also mentions too how projects like these require dedicated time and space to focus on each step along the way.  With each chair elevated on top an end table (covered in photo), I’ve got the area needed to keep circling round and round, till I have it right!