Distressed Black Vintage Dresser – Before & After

Distressed Black Dresser - Before and After from Facelift Furniture's DIY BlogThis vintage Federal dresser was upstyled in Black, with distressing revealing the original wood tones.  All the original pulls were reused, accept for the lower two middle drawers. Larger, similarly styled pulls were used to provide a better grip.

For more DIY inspiration, visit our Furniture Before & After board on Pinterest.

Peacock Blue Hexagon End Table – Before & After

Peacock Blue Hexagon End Table - Before & After


This vintage hexagon end table had seen it’s better day. That is, until it was upstyled! Of all the old pieces of furniture I like to refinish, hexagon end tables stand out on top.

Weary and worn, I have little desire to see these dated pieces in my home. Refinished with paint, glaze, and distressing, they take on a whole new life of character and eye-catching appeal.

This piece is upstyled in in distressed Peacock Blue. Black glaze accents the detailed areas. And old lion’s head pulls replaced the pulls original pulls (since one of them was broken).

This piece is also featured in our Hexagon End Tables Collection, which shows how these pieces have been refinished in all kind of colors!


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Desk in Distressed Barn Red & Black Glaze

Old desk in distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze - DIY Inspiration from Facelift FurnitureBarn Red brings to life old pieces that have seen their better day.

This old desk took on a whole new look when refinished with Barn Red. Black glaze was used to accent the detail and provide an antiqued look.

Light distressing popped out the white primer as well as the original wood tones.

The original pulls were reused to provide a throw back to the original design.

For more inspiration, visit out Red Refinished Furniture collection. 

Vintage Furniture Revival

VintageRevivalWhen I first discovered how paint, glaze and distressing can create a whole new look for weary, old furniture, I was amazed. Cringe-worthy pieces all of a sudden took on a whole new life, with one-of-a-kind character that worked off the best of their original vintage design.

The outside the box approach of color provides fantastic options for pieces destined for the thrift store, college dorm or nearby curb. Weary old original finish became the palette upon which paint and glaze bring the character of a  piece to life.

One of my favorite things to do with a piece that’s been painted, glazed and distressed is to reuse the original hardware. The aged look of original knobs and pulls provides a great throw back to the original design, while adding character to the new look.

And when the original pulls don’t have the right color for the refinished piece, my second favorite things to do is spray paint the hardware to fit the look of the new piece.

Black is a favorite spray paint color for pulls and knobs on Turquoise, Sea Blue and Red. Dark bronze is my favorite for Antiqued White.

Jade Vintage Dresser with Black Glaze – Before & After

Jade Vintage Dixie Dresser with Black Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThe vintage dresser with painted, glazed and distressed in Jade with Black Glaze. Distressing reveals the wood tones.

The original vintage pulls were reused, providing a great tie in to the original look and design of the piece.

For more DIY inspiraiton, visit our Dressers collection in our portfolio. Or visit our Furniture Before & After board on Pinterest.

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.

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