When it comes to old pieces of furniture, I’m a big fan of thinking outside the box. I like thinking about how a dated piece or discarded cabinet door can be repurposed and made into an eye catching accent.
Whether coat racks or chalkboards, what was once past it’s prime brings a pop of character into a home.
Four years ago, I discovered what paint, glaze and distressing can do to a dated, past-its-prime piece of furniture. A chunky and worn out old nightstand led me to discover how glaze accents painted furniture, and I was hooked.
Fast forward to when I found this dresser with mirror hutch in a neighborhood garage sale. Typically, I pass on refinishing mirror hutches, but I saw the enormous potential with this piece.
The original pulls were spray painted black, providing a tie in with the Black Glaze, and a throw back to the original look of the piece.
For even more inspiration, go HERE to see the Before & After of this dresser and mirror hutch!
Rarely do I refinish a set like that the same color. Instead, when painting, glazing and distressing, I like to choose unique colors fitting for each piece. With the matching mirrors, I selected Barn Red and Off White.
With the mirrors, I removed the mirror glass from each frames. 1971 was stamped on the back of each, revealing the year they were made. Removing the mirror glass allows refinishing without taping the mirror, and a clean, well defined finish is created that doesn’t bleed onto the mirror surface.
Both frame were distressed, with white primer adding a great pop and contrast to the Black Glaze and color of the Barn Red frame. Then the frames received a coat of polyurethane to protect the new finish.