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.
Recently, I found this chest of drawers at a thrift store, and it was not in good shape. The drawers were in good condition, but the middle strip of molding had come loose, one of the drawer pulls was broken, and there was a big chip of Formica laminate missing on a top front corner of the chest.
I was hoping to find solutions to these problems because I refinished a dresser that matched this chest (see below). The pulls and ornate drawers on this chest matched those on the dresser, and I really like their unique vintage style.
It was kind of like running into a long lost relative, and I was eager to see if I could make the repairs and improvise where needed. I determined I could, purchased it, and here is what I did:
The molding repair was pretty simple, made with wood glue and finishing nails.
I replaced the broken pull with two knobs, and filled the pull holes, as seen on the top drawer.
With the missing Formica laminate, I used Fix-It-Stick, an epoxy putty that (once dried) I sanded down to match the top surface.
I primed the entire piece white, using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. With the top of the chest covered in Formica laminate, I chose this spray primer because of it’s strong adhesion. I also new it would pop through when the ornate areas of the drawers were distressed.
On the matching dresser, refinished in Slate Blue with Black Glaze, I had spray painted the pulls black (see below). With the chest, I decided to use them in their burnished brass color.
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!
Hexagon end tables are one of my favorites to refinish, and here’s why. In their vintage state, I know of few pieces that look more dated–and to be honest–undesirable!
But when they are painted, glazed, and distressed, a major transformation occurs. What was once an cringe-worthy eye sore becomes a bold statement piece with lots of pop and character!
This chunky Ethan Allen piece, with all it’s wear and tear, took on a whole new look in Antiqued White with Espresso Glaze. And the distressing reveals both the original stain and lite pine wood tones.
Vintage dresser mirrors offer a great opportunity to upstyle a dated look with paint, glaze, and distressing. They offer a great opportunity to think outside the box!
Take this matching pair with their 70’s style. Originally mounted on a dresser, I recently found them forgotten in a back corner of a used furniture store. I immediately saw the potential.
Whenever I refinish mirrors, I always remove the backing behind the mirror, and take the mirror out of the frame. This frees me to refinish without concern of needing to tape the glass, and deal with potential bleeding of paint.
Removing the mirror also allows me to paint the back side of the frame that the mirror glass rests against. Along this area, the edges reflects the inner frame surface. When painted, it eliminates the look of a painted finish that’s not complete.
Before painting, both frames were spray primed using Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls-eye primer. The mirrors were painted Turquoise and “Herb Cornucopia”, a Lowe’s Valspar sample that is a pale green. Next they were glazed black, then distressed, which popped out not only the white primer, but the original dark finish of the mirrors.
After applying one coat of water based polyurethane, the mirrors were place back in the frame, and the backing reattached using wood screws. I’ve found screws works best as attaching with nails can cause the mirror to break due to the force of using a hammer. Once in place, heavy duty wall mounts were attached, making the mirrors ready to place on a wall with a bold and one-of-a-kind pop of character!