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!
Oh the fun of having an upstairs loft full of random pieces needing a new life. A couple of weeks ago, I did some much needed spring cleaning in that space, and an idea finally hit me for this chair.
It had been sitting upstairs for well over a couple of years, and I just didn’t have a vision for it. But then I had just purchased a gallon of Blazing Orange, and while refinishing an end table in that color for a custom order, it came to me what it could do for that chair.
It had also been a while since I’d refinished in Peacock Blue, and I was itching for a project with that color. With some extra upholstery fabric sitting around home, and an idea from an old oak chair I’d refinished, I came up with a plan using both colors!
Blazing Orange is a deep reddish-orange, and the name is one a created after I picked up a can of oops paint in the color. I discovered what it could do for furniture, and aptly gave it a new name.
Go HEREto see an ornate dresser mirror that was also sitting up in my loft, awaiting a transformation. It sure got one with it’s new looks in Blazing Orange!
This antique chest of drawers was given a new look with paint, glaze, and distressing. Upstyled in Peacock Blue with Black Glaze, and distressed down to the original wood tones, the piece took on a new life.
And it was repurposed as a storage piece for a dining area. Antique chests like this are known for the deep, spacious drawers, providing a great storage option for linens and other items.
Go HERE to see how the matching dresser was refinished in Robin’s Egg Blue!
This matching dresser and nightstand set was previously painted red, which provided a great opportunity to paint over and distress back down to to that color. Latex paint needs time to cure before it can hold it’s own as a layer beneath another color. Otherwise, it will sand off easily when the top color is distressed.
So I decided to go bold, and paint the set Peacock Blue. I knew the red underneath would provide a pop, and as you can see here with the heavy rustic distressing, it does that well. Black glaze provided accenting to detailed areas, as well as a weathered look to the new color scheme.
The old pulls were spray painted a dark bronze.
For even more inspiration, visit our Dressersand Nightstandsalbums for all our favorites in a variety of colors.