Highboy Chest in Peacock Blue – Before & After

Peacock Blue Chest - Before & AfterThis vintage highboy chest is painted, glazed and distressed in Peacock Blue and White Glaze, with distressing revealing original wood tones. The original pulls are replaced with crystal knobs.

For more inspiration, visit our Chest of Drawers collection!

Finding Ralph Lauren Glaze

When in comes to refinishing furniture, GLAZE is my best friend.  Glaze draws out the character and detail of a piece with a weathered charm that is hard to match. As you can see, my cans of glaze do not sit idle.

In my new DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I describe in detail what glaze is, and how you can use it step-by-step–with photo illustrations to guide your way.  If you want to learn to glaze painted furniture, you will find this how to guide very helpful!

In the eBook, I recommend Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze as THE product to use on furniture. It is outstanding and works wonders. It is available at Home Depot* and at specialty paint stores.

On the Ralph Lauren website, you can search for the closest paint store selling RL glaze. Follow the link HERE to the search page (far right box) where you can enter your zip code to find the closest store. Two lines down, be sure and designate that you are looking for “Ralph Lauren Paint Stores”.

Oh, and another thing.  RL glaze can be purchased in quarts.  You don’t need to purchase a gallon, and a quart will last you many projects!

*After a three year period of not carrying Ralph Lauren paint products, Home Depot starting carrying the line again July 2014.

Ornate Bookshelf Refinished in Turquoise & White Glaze

For their custom refinishing order,  Laurel & Stephen wanted a new look for a tall hand crafted bookshelf going in their daughter’s bedroom.  Previously painted white over lots of molding, they chose turquoise with white glaze.  These colors, along with distressing down to the original white and wood tones, gave the piece a whole new life to this ornate piece!

To find out more about how you can your furniture custom refinished, visit our Custom Refinishing page.

Chippy Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk

Chippy Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk.  Facelift Furniture DIY BlogSea Blue Vanity Desk with sun-faded White Glaze. Was previously painted white, which comes out great through all the highly distressed chippy look.  Great molding–and lots of great character!

New pulls spray painted white, with light coat of shimmering ivory.  Very solid construction, with dove tail joints. 


Chippy Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk.  Facelift Furniture DIY Blog

Chippy Distressed Sea Blue Vanity Desk.  Facelift Furniture DIY Blog

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Sea Blue Hutch

Sea Blue hutch with white, sun-faded glaze.  originally painted off-white which comes through with distressing.  Bold crown molding tops off a tall but trim display and storage piece that would fit well into a compact area. Includes newly installed display light.  Ample storage that is also freshly painted (see below).

Turquoise French Provincial Nightstand

SOLD – French provincial nightstand painted turquoise with brass metallic paint trim.  Light white glaze over turquoise, heavy glaze over metallic paint.  Distressed down to original white and gold paint colors, creating a great multi-toned shabby chic look.  20″ wide, 17″ deep, and 24″ tall.  See the “before” photo below!
This nightstand is the third in a series from the Nine Needing a New Look, an eclectic group of nightstands and end tables awaiting transformation.  Learn more about this series, and see how the first and second pieces turned out here.   
This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

Distressed Sea Blue Dresser with White Glaze

Distressed Sea Blue Dresser with White Glaze & Pulls. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.We’re excited about this new color in our line up!  This six drawer dresser is painted Sea Blue, heavily distressed, and has a white glaze providing a really nice sun soaked look.

I used a distressing tool to accentuate the simple carved features on this peace, as well as along the top edges of the dresser.  The piece had previously been painted dark blue and then white, so these colors come through as well in the distressing.

The pulls and knobs spray painted white, with a light ivory metallic to provide a shimmering look.  If desired, the middle drawers can be switched with the top drawers for a different layout of the pulls and knobs on the piece.

Distressed Sea Blue Dresser with White Glaze & Pulls. Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.