End Table Refinishing Ideas

End tables are a great way to introduce the upstyled look of painted, glazed and distressed furniture into your home. Learn more from the Facelift Furniture DIY BlogEnd tables are a great way to introduce the upstyled look of painted, glazed and distressed furniture into your home. Whether your choice of paint color is bold or neutral, end tables provide a unique pop of character to accent a living space.

Our End Tables Collection offers many example of how these pieces may be refinished.  If you inspire to DIY, visit this album HERE to view these and many more examples of refinished end tables.

New to refinishing furniture with a paint brush? Our DIY eBook Facelift Your Furniture provides all the steps and a list of all the supplies you need to get the job done. Use discount code ILOVEDIY to purchase for only $6.49!

Ralph Lauren Glaze is Back at Home Depot!

Home Depot Ralph Lauren Display & CansA couple of days ago, I saw this display at Home Depot announcing some BIG NEWS. Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze is back, as Home Depot is again carrying the Ralph Lauren line of paints!

When I first experimented with Ralph Lauren Glaze 3 years ago, Home Depot had all the products on clearance as they were discontinuing the line.  I purchased as lot of glaze at a great price, but was sad that it would only be found at specialty paint stores.

In my DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I explain in detail how to use Ralph Lauren Glaze on furniture. It is the product that makes the character of painted furniture come to life.  It highlights ornate detail and can reveal the wear and tear on furniture in a very charming manner.

I’m thrilled it’s back, and am very excited for everyone who has purchased “Facelift Your Furniture”. Purchasing this great product has become much easier for many!

UPDATE: The Tobacco, Tea Stained,  and Black Truffles tints I recommend in my eBook are not in Home Depot’s paint department computers for Ralph Lauren glaze. I am not sure why this is the case, but a helpful paint rep sent me the following original formulas for Tobacco and Tea Stained tints. For Black Truffles, simply ask for it to be tinted with as much black as possible (I don’t have a formula for Black Truffles, but that’s worked for me with numerous purchases). Take these numbers with you, and your Home Depot paint department should be able to mix them up for you in quart or gallon sized cans of glaze.

RL Tobacco & Tea Stained Tints


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Sea Blue Vintage Cabinet – Before & After

Vintage Cabinet Before & AfterOne of the things I love most about refinishing furniture with paint, glaze and distressing is that I get to work with some of the ugliest pieces I’ve seen in my entire life.  Before I learned to upstyle furniture, I never saw the potential the value in chunky, vintage furniture with it’s bold molding and large and in charge pulls.

But when with paint and glaze, a whole new world emerges with the new look a piece can assume.  Distressing reveals the original finish color, and the old pulls proclaim the piece’s past while helping celebrate a whole new look.

This vintage cabinet is a case in point.  I’ve been refinishing furniture for three years now, and this past month, I’ve been digging through all my old photos to create albums for all the types of pieces I’ve worked with.  I just added this piece to our new Hutches, Cabinets, and Buffets album, and I love the before and after pics that show the transformation.

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?

Rustic Turquoise Dresser – Before & After

Turqouise Dresser Before & After - Facelift Furniture DIY BlogHere’s a great example of what can be done to give a weary, old, dated dresser a whole new look!

It is painted Turquoise with Black Glaze, with the heavy distressing revealing white primer and the original stained finish.  

One of my favorite parts of the transformation is the original knobs and pulls spray painted black. They pop right off the turquoise!



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Curvy Headboard Coat Racks

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.

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!