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  • Dresser in distressed Turquoise and Off White with Black Glaze - Before and After from Facelift Furniture

    This worn out old dresser had seen it’s better day. With pulls missing, and the original finish worn down, it was a perfect candidate for paint, glaze and distressing

    The dresser was refinished in Turquoise and Off White, with Black Glaze used to accent all the molding and distinctive features of the drawers and doors.

    Distressing added to the one-of-a-kind character. New pulls were added to the drawers and doors.

    For more inspiration, visit our Dressers – Before & After collection. Or visit our Turquoise Refinished Furniture collection. 

  • When I first started painting and glazing furniture, I discovered that 8 oz. sample of paint were a perfect way to experiment with new colors. 

    For example, when I first tried turquoise, I used a sample size from Lowe’s on an end table.  I immediately saw how good it looked on old furniture.  And when I realized how good Black Glaze looked on Turquoise, I was hooked!

    Raph Lauren glaze works best of satin finish paint, and since Lowe’s Valspar samples are satin, they are a great way to experiment with paint colors, along with glaze finishes.  (Home Depot’s Behr brand, which is a high quality product, only provides samples in flat finish). 

    I continue to purchase sample sizes of new colors.  This past summer I experimented with a couple of yellows found on a special Spring/Summer paint color display at Lowe’s.  Now, Lowe’s has a new display for Fall/Winter, featured colors for our current seasons. 

    At just $3, I love picking these up and giving them a try.  The other day, I grabbed two samples from Lowe’s Fall/Winter collection.  “Withered Moss” and “Gold Infusion” are earth toned yellow-greens, and I have tried each on a couple of magnetic chalk boards.  I glazed each with a blend of Black and Tobacco glaze (I call the mix “Espresso”), and I really like these new colors!

    An 8 oz. will paint most end tables, and two 8 oz containers will paint a small dresser.  So if you’re in the mood to experiment with color, grab a sample or two, and discover what new colors may work well for your next furniture painting project.

    This website is not sponsored by nor in any way affiliated with the Lowe’s, Valspar, Home Depot or Behr brands.

  • When you’re using your paint brush on a piece of furniture, here’s a great way to store it until you apply the next coat.  Simply wrap a plastic grocery bag tightly over the wet bristles of your brush, and twist it air tight all the way down around the handle. 

    Your brush can then be on “stand by” for when you need to use it again.  If your painting space isn’t too warm, your brush can be stored this way for up to a couple of days.  If I anticipate storing it this way overnight, I simply run a very small amount of water over the bristles to keep the paint extra moist.

    By storing your brush, you preserve it for later use, and save time from having to wash it between coats!

  • Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogOne of the most exciting things about glaze is how it accents detailed, ornate furniture pieces. Combined with a great paint color, glaze draws out all the character of a weary and worn piece of furniture just waiting for a new look.

    Take this dresser for example.  After sanding major wear on the top, it was ready for a new look.  I painted it turquoise, and then went to work with the glaze.  This is one of the first pieces where I used glaze to accent detailed areas in this way.  It was very rewarding, and with new hardware, it took on a new life!

    Ornate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogRalph Lauren “Black Truffles” Glaze was used to create this finish.  As seen here, glazing is an art that rewards great results on ornate furniture pieces.

    New to refinishing furniture with a paint brush? Our DIY eBook Facelift Your Furniture provides all the steps and a list of all the supplies you need to get the job done. Use discount code ILOVEDIY to purchase for only $6.49!

    White-SPACEOrnate Dresser in Turquoise with Black Glaze - Before and  After from the Facelift Furniture DIY blog

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  • One of the ways I enjoy getting creative is with ornate parts of dumpster worthy furniture!  Our Re-purposed Wall Pieces album has many photos of accent pieces made from parts of furniture that have been recycled and upstyled.

    You’ll find ideas on what to do with old cabinet doors too!  Click on the photos, and you’ll find descriptions on how the pieces were made.

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • Paint drips on furniture are unsightly!

    They are those places where fresh paint slides down, creating a glob of paint that pops out in a way it’s not meant to.

    Drips can show up unexpectedly after you’ve painted a piece of furniture.  The love forming around edges or corners.  On flat vertical surfaces, fresh paint can run down the side like an avalanche, leaving a long, thick, wave-like area of paint.  And it does not look nice when it dries!

    But a fan can help eliminate this problem.  Turned onto low or medium, and set back several feet from your piece (so that the air is flowing over the whole area), the air movement can speed drying, prevent nasty looking avalanche drips, and insure a smooth coat of paint.

    In our new eBook Facelift Your Furniture, I talk about always going on DRIP PATROL after applying primer, paint, glaze or polyurethane.  The fan does not eliminate that step.  But the fan does help prevent drips that can form after you’ve inspected the piece–and it’s something I recommend having handy when you upstyle furniture.

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