The Limitless Options of Paint Colors & Old Pieces

The limitless options of paint colors and old furniture pieces. From Facelift Furniture's DIY blog.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.

And with the limitless options of colors that can be used with paint, glaze and distressing, opportunities for creativity jump out all over the place!

 

 

Repurposed Furniture Ideas & Inspiration

Repurposed Furniture Ideas & InspirationVintage furniture that’s dated, beyond repair, and discarded may be repurposed and recreated into one-of-a-kind accents that pop with character and live on with charm.

With paint, glaze and distressing, old headboards, often not tall enough for newer beds, may be repurposed in coat or towel racks, chalk boards, and even photo displays.

Broken old chairs may also take on a new life as coat racks. The same may be said with small cabinet doors and drawer fronts from dressers discarded by the roadside.

Even the sides and legs of coffee tables as well as the sides and ends of cribs may repurposed! You can find examples of all of these in our Repurposed Wall Pieces collection.

It’s an album with a full does of DIY inspiration and pleasure, full of ideas and our favorite repurposing projects! Dig into the collection HERE!

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Cabinet

Upstyled Toy Cabinet BeforeI found this dated entertainment center at Goodwill for only $12.99, and saw the potential. With the popularity of flats screen TV’s, there are a lot of pieces like this no longer serving their original purpose. I saw how this piece could be converted into toy storage for our kid’s play room.

The molding and cabinet doors would add character to a painted, glazed, and distressed look. But the composite wood on the sides was showing wear and was missing in places along the back edges of the sides.  A shelf was missing for the top compartment.  And the back of the piece was also in bad shape.

I used Durhams Water Putty to fill in where press board was missing.  Durhams comes as a powder to be mixed with water, and I like how nice and hard it shapes up.  Before putting in on, I applied a thin layer of wood glue over the damaged wood to insure the Durhams stays in place.  I then put on 2-3 layers of Durhams on until it was built up to fill the missing press board.  After sanding, it was ready for painting.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetI cut a piece of bead board I had on hand to fit the back area up top. I also cut to size birch cabinet plywood for the missing shelf for the upper compartment.  I primed then painted the piece using a $5 oops can of Lowe’s premium Valspar paint, a white with a slight yellow tint.

Then with Tea-stained Glaze on the bead board as well as the entertainment center, the piece came to life.  The antiqued white look almost has a glow to it from the slight yellow found in the paint.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much of an upgrade we had on our hands!

Next came painting the play room with my wife one late night while the kids were asleep.  We applied “Harvester”, a Sherwin Williams yellow with a slight hint of orange.  It looks like Colorado aspens in fall!

The next day, we introduced the toy cabinet to it’s new home.  The antiqued white of the cabinet, with it’s bright underlying yellow, is a great combination with the new color of the play room.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetWith our piece, we love how the lower cabinet fits both toys and puzzles, keeping our play room more tidy.  We also like how it works great for books, and can make for a decorative touch–like the fun family photos yet to be put on it.

So our playroom got an upgrade both in color and with toy storage.  The cabinet replaced one of the red shelves I wrote about recently.  Those shelves, along with this toy cabinet,  demonstrate how resourcefulness and creativity can produce great looking pieces that add character and warmth to your home–however big or small it is.

Stay tuned for how we plan to decorate the room.  We’ll be taking an old wood crib headboard, with great molded canes, and the matching side rail to create an artwork display for our kids, and a display of places we have friends serving around the world.  Paint colors for the old crib pieces yet to be determined!

 

Repurposed Toy Cabinet - Before & After

 

Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk – Before & After

Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis weary old vanity desk was given a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Sea Blue, Black glaze was used to accent the molding and provide an antiqued look.

Distressing revealed both original wood tones as well white primer, helping the new look pop.

Old pull holes were filled (prior to painting) and new ones drilled for the new rustic style looking pulls put on the drawers. 

For more inspiration, visit our Desks & Vanities – Before & After collection. 

Distressed Off White Cabinet with Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Distressed Off White Cabinet with Tobacco Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis custom built cabinet was given a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Off White, Tobacco colored glaze was used to accent the molding

Light distressing popped out the original wood tones. A new pull was added to the door to add to the look. 

Go here to learn about the primer used on the top formica surface

For more inspiration, visit our Cabinets – Before & Aftercollection.

 

Ornate Maple Nightstand in Distressed Off White – Before & After

Ornate Maple Nightstand in Distressed Off White - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis maple nightstand took on a new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Before being refinished, the wooded pull on the drawers was removed and replaced with a wooden applique from Lowe’s.

The nightstand was then refinished in Off White, with Tobacco glaze accenting the detail.

Distressing revealed the original wood tones. A hole was drilled in the middle of the drawer, so the small ornate pull could be attached. 

For more inspiration, visit our Nightstands – Before & After collection. 

 

Cabinet in Distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Cabinet in Distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis custom built cabinet was given a whole new look with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Off White, Tobacco colored glaze was used to accent the molding

Light distressing popped out the original wood tones. A new pull was added to the door to add to the look. 

Go here to learn about the primer used on the top formica surface

For more inspiration, visit our Cabinets – Before & After collection.