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!
Barn 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.
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When 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.
The 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 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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Maple cabinets are one of my favorites for refinishing and repurposing. I love the solid construction and functional design of these pieces, and they look great painted, glazed and distressed. Typically, a cabinet like this originally had a hutch standing on top, but this cabinet was on it’s own when I found it at a thrift store.
The cabinet was custom refinished in distressed Denim Blue with Black Glaze. The original vintage pulls look great on it, popping off the new color. This piece was repurposed as a baby changing table and dresser, with baskets holding items within the door shelf spaces.
I found this desk at a garage sale, and immediately saw the potential. I love this old style in antique desks. They are favorite type of piece to refinish.
With the desk, I was drawn not only to its style, but the original pulls. With their ornate design, I knew I wanted to reuse them. It was just a matter of how!
I painted, glazed, and distressed the desk in Off White with Tobacco Glaze. Since it had previously been spray painted, I made sure to remove any loose paint when scuff sanding the piece.
I’m a fan of spray painting vintage knobs and pulls when needed. I also like going with their original color, but sometimes painting a new color will tie in better with the look of a new piece.
Typically, I spray paint pulls black, but with the desk, the idea came to me of Turquoise. It took me a few days to pull the trigger, but I had a feeling they would really pop off the desk and look classy with their intricate design.
I first painted the pulls black, then added the Turquoise without completely covering the black. This provided dimension as well as some slight variation to the look of the pulls.