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.


More DIY Inspiration!

Facelift Furniture - Custom Refinishing Services & DIY InspiriationI’m excited about changes, updates & improvements made to the Facelift Furniture website!  This past week, I got “into the zone” with about every aspect of our web layout.  I had had a lot of fun rethinking how it can best serve customers, as well as DIY-ers who stroll through looking for inspiration for their next project.

Talking of inspiration, I want to share a new feature I’ve added that’s yet to be listed on the home page drop down menus.  I’m creating albums of specific types of furniture, and these will include all my favorites from the past 3 years!

For example, if you’re looking for how you can refinish an old dresser, then be sure and take at look at our newly added Dresser album! Click on the photos, and then you can view each photo like you would in a Facebook album.  Be on the lookout soon for albums of Chest of Drawers, Nightstands, End Tables and other great pieces!

Speaking of social media, the images in all our albums allow you to share on Facebook and pin on Pinterest!  This means our favorites can become part of your favorites too!


2100 Facebook Fans $50 Custom Painting Giveaway!

UPDATE:  Congrats to JP Venuti for winning the $50 Custom Painting Credit!

We’ve having a 2100 Facebook Fans $50 Custom Painting Giveaway!  The $50 credit will be awarded to the winner to use toward having their own furniture painted!!

To enter, simply “like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already.  Then in the comment area below, describe a piece you’d love to have painted, along with a color you’d like.  Please provide your name and email address so we can contact you if you win.  You can also click the “comment” link above to enter.

The $50 credit will be valid until May 31, 2013.  Credit only applicable toward a piece of the winner’s furniture painted in their choice of color. Winner must live close enough to drop off and pick up their furniture (we don’t ship).

The drawing will be open until 5pm CST today, Mon, Jan 7.  Winner’s name will be announced here and on our Facebook page.

One entry per person.  Your email address will be used only for the purpose of contacting you if you win, and will not appear with your name or comment. Comments will be posted once approved (to avoid spam comments/entries), so if your comment doesn’t appear right away, please know that it will be up ASAP!

“Facelift Your Furniture” DIY ebook

This hands on eBook shows how to transform your furniture with a painted, glazed and distressed look. The eBook includes:

  •  tips for furniture selection
  •  paint and glaze color recommendations
  •  printable shopping list of all materials needed
  •  step-by-step instructions with photo illustrations

Purchase your copy today, and learn how to upstyle your furniture like we do at Facelift Furniture!


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Purchases processed through PayPal.  Upon purchasing, you will be provided a special link to download your copy of “Facelift Your Furniture as a PDF file that can be saved on your computer or mobile phone.  Pages are formatted 8.5″ x 11” and can be printed for your ease of use.

Distressing Furniture with a Chain

There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!

End Table Distressed with a ChainI’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea.  It just didn’t seem right!

Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible.  Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.

How I did it

Lime Green Queen Ann End Table - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureSo I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot.  Then I pondered which piece would by my victim.  The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.

I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece.  What made me do it was the potential of what could be.  Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.

Sylish Dings

Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint.  Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop!  When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish.  It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!


DIY* Black Distressed Armoire

I recently looked around our house and was surprised to find over a dozen furniture pieces or sets that we’ve repainted.  I really had no idea that we had done that many!  Before I ever took my hand to painting furniture, my wife Julie was improving the looks of several pieces around our home.  I thought I would share how she improved the looks of our TV armoire. 

Happy Mother’s Day Julie!!

Sweetheart…Happy Mother’s Day to YOU!! 
On this special day we honor you for all that you are to our family.  I love you and am so grateful for all the ways you Mother our children so well. 
Recently, this end table caught your eye, and this is the first finished piece to come from the studio God recently provided for us!  I hope you enjoy having it a part of our home.  May it serve to remind you how much I love you, and appreciate how you continue to trust God with this season of our lives!