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  • Transform your furniture with paint, glaze and distressing! Great DIY ideas from Facelift Furniture.

    Transform your furniture with paint, glaze and distressing!

    When your old furniture has seen its better day, paint, glaze and distressing offer weary furniture pieces a chance at a whole new life.

    With a favorite paint color, you can take an old piece in a new direction, and with glaze, the the great design of molding and ornate detail stands out.

    Distressing pops out original wood tones, while reused pull can provide a throw back to the original design.

    Endless are your color options with latex paint. And if you are new to refinishing with a paintbrush, we can help.

    Our DIY eBook Facelift Your Furniture lists all of the supplies, provides all the steps, and teaches the artistic skill you need to get the job done. Use discount code ILOVEDIY to purchase for only $6.49!

    Go HERE to purchase your copy of Facelift Your Furniture .

     

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!

    End Table Distressed with a ChainI’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea.  It just didn’t seem right!

    Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible.  Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.

    How I did it

    Lime Green Queen Ann End Table - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureSo I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot.  Then I pondered which piece would by my victim.  The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.

    I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece.  What made me do it was the potential of what could be.  Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.

    Sylish Dings

    Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint.  Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop!  When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish.  It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!

     

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    Green Octogon End TableA great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.

    This octogon end table is a great example.  It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order.  It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.

    The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!

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