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  • Turqouise Chest White Glaze Facelift FurnitureChest of Drawers painted, glazed and distressed in Turquoise with Sunfade White Glaze accenting detailed areas and wood grain. Lightly distressed down to white primer–and hints of the chest’s original orange!

    For more inspiration, visit our Turquoise Refinished Furniture Collection, or our Chests of Drawers Collection.

     

     

     

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  • Caramel Yellow End Table Before & AfterThis chunky end table was painted, glazed, and distressed in Lowe’s Valspar “Dreamy Caramel”, with heavy Black Glaze. Holes for the original knobs were filled, and new center pull was added to the drawer.

    For more inspiration, visit our End Tables Collection or DIY Inspiration album.

  • Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.This highly dated stereo has been completely converted into from an eye sore to an eye catcher that now serves as a flat screen TV stand.  All internal electronics and cabinetry were removed, creating a large storage space accessed through the top.  Includes original burnished brass hardware.  

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    I’m often asked where I buy used furniture, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bryan, TX is one of my favorites places to shop.  I frequent ReStore often, along with several other local thrift stores like Goodwill and the Twin City Mission’s Second Chance stores.

    Last summer while launching Facelift Furniture, I purchased this retro stereo cabinet at ReStore and saw lots of potential.  I also realized a lot would need to be done to convert this piece into someone both desirable and usable.  This was a major exercise in deconstructing a piece that was very well built.  Let’s say this was also a great learning experience for someone who is better with a paint brush than building things with his hands!

    First, I had to remove the old stereo components from inside the cabinet.  That wasn’t too difficult, and fortunately my battery powered screwdriver helped a lot with that.  I also had to figure out how to remove those curtains which covered the speakers AND replace them to look like the two inner faux doors.  The faux doors with curtains were popped off by removing long wood screws from the inside.

    Vintage Stereo StepsSomehow, I also needed to remove the inner inset cabinet to open up the area below for storage.  I have to admit, I kind of stalled out at this point.  I wasn’t sure how to get that inset wood out other than by sawing and I wasn’t convinced that was the best way to go.  Additionally, the speakers were still attached and I could not figure out how to remove them.  So until about a month ago, this piece served as a painting stand for many other projects in my shop.  But with spring at hand, I had an itch to conquer lingering projects and this was high on my list.

    Having worked with furniture full time for over a year now, I’ve actually deconstructed a few other pieces, and discovered that heavy wood screws are often key to holding furniture together.  Recently, I wondered if the inner cabinet was held in place with screws that could be removed.  It was, and before I knew it, I had the inner cabinet completely out.  Not so hard after all!  I had to figure out the speakers next, and by accident I realized the speakers nuts tightened and untightened off the bolts the opposite of how we know must nuts and bolts to work.  So off came the speakers.  Finally, the cabinet was completely gutted!

     Now came the last step before painting.  The outer faux doors needed thin wood panels cut to size to fit where the curtains had been.  A few weeks ago, I found wood in my shop that would work, and cut 8 pieces to size.   I was excited to see them fit!

    About a week later, I fastened them in place with both wood glue and small screws, and then reattached the doors back on the cabinet.  In the photo at right, the left door is back on and the right one is yet to be reattached (you can see through the lower speaker hole).

    Now all that was needed was paint.  So late last week, I scuffed and scrubbed down the cabinet for applying grey tinted primer.  Priming itself seemed like quite the improvement!  Then came the actual paint, and my choice was Barn Red, a new addition to our line up.  It’s brighter than than Chili Pepper Red, and I had an idea it would help this piece take a big leap.   

    Yet paint alone is not what makes for a great transformation.  Glazing and distressing take it two steps further–they are like the icing and candles on the cake!  So with a heavy black glaze treatment in the detailed areas, and distressing of wood edges, this cabinet underwent a MAJOR transformation!  The original pulls were reattached in original condition, providing a nice throw back to it’s original design.  

    Vintage Stereo Cabinet ~ Before & After. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.
     
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    Last summer, we introduced a series called Nine Needing a New Look.  We took a collection of dated and weary looking nightstands and end tables, and one-by-one upstyled them with distressed paint and glaze finishes.

    Starting out as a new business, it was a great way to experiment and see how these pieces can be given a new life.  Each piece was featured in a blog post, and you can see the start of that series HERE.  We featured colors like Black, Chili Pepper Red, Turquoise and Sea Blue. 

    If you followed the series, you may have noticed a nightstand that never received it’s moment in the limelight.  That piece had a matching dresser and I wanted to see if the purchaser of the dresser would want them together.  Late in the fall, the nightstand was passed over, put back in a corner, and been waiting for a new look ever sense.
     
    It finally happened.  In the spirit of experimenting and trying something new, I decided to use a color a customer had recently chosen for her antique end table.  With black glaze, it’s weathered features popped.  And it had the same effect with this nightstand.  You can see it below, and read and see more about it HERE where it is the final feature of the series. 
     
     
    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).
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    Nightstand upstyled in a rich lime green, with heavy black glaze accenting bamboo and woven design.  Distressing reveals hints of the white primer, providing even more eye catching detail.  “Before” photo below. 

    This nightstand is the ninth and final post in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  To see how a group of worn and dated end tables and nightstands were given a new life with paint and glaze finishes, go 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).
  • Turqouise Chest- Before & AfterThis robust chest of drawers was painted, glazed and distressed in Turquoise, with heavy Black Glaze accenting all the bold molding on this chest. Includes the original vintage bronze hardware.

    View our Chests of Drawers Collection for all our favorites in their refinished glory!

     

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    Turquoise CHest of Drawers from Facelift Furniture

     

     

     

     

  • Antiqued White Chest with Black Top - Facelift FurnitureFor their chest of drawers, Liz and Matt chose Antiqued White, with Black on the top.   On a very chunky nightstand that I recently posted HERE, they saw how I had used a mix of black and tobacco colored glazes to create a darker antiqued white look, and they wanted it for their chest.

    I’m calling this new glaze color “Espresso”, and am very excited about how it turned out and tied in so well with the black top on this chest.  And with the distressed edges of the top revealing the white primer underneath, there is even more tie in with the overall look of the piece.

    The new hardware, with a dark rubbed copper look, added another hint of color that complements the piece well.  The subtleties are much better seen in person, but the photo provides a basic idea of this new look.

    Chest Antiqued White Black Top - Facelift Furniture

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