Ornate Vintage Dresser in Distressed Off White

Off White Ornate Dresser - Before & AfterThis ornate dresser was part of a set I purchased, including a nightstand and matching mirrors featured in recent posts. This early 70’s set is marked by funky character–and was primed with potential for a new look!

painted, glazed, and distressed the pieces in four different colors. The nightstand was upstyled in Robin’s Egg Blue and Black, while the mirrors were transformed in Barn Red and Off White.

I also chose Off White for the dresser, with heavy Tobacco colored Glaze accenting the detailed molding and ornate areas. Distressing popped out the original wood tones, and especially drew attention to the ornate areas on the top drawers and middle door.

The original pulls and hardware are a big part of the new look. They pop off the new color, and proclaim the vintage 70’s style!

Off White Ornate Dresser

 

OrnateDoor-Before&After

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Cabinet

Upstyled Toy Cabinet BeforeI found this dated entertainment center at Goodwill for only $12.99, and saw the potential. With the popularity of flats screen TV’s, there are a lot of pieces like this no longer serving their original purpose. I saw how this piece could be converted into toy storage for our kid’s play room.

The molding and cabinet doors would add character to a painted, glazed, and distressed look. But the composite wood on the sides was showing wear and was missing in places along the back edges of the sides.  A shelf was missing for the top compartment.  And the back of the piece was also in bad shape.

I used Durhams Water Putty to fill in where press board was missing.  Durhams comes as a powder to be mixed with water, and I like how nice and hard it shapes up.  Before putting in on, I applied a thin layer of wood glue over the damaged wood to insure the Durhams stays in place.  I then put on 2-3 layers of Durhams on until it was built up to fill the missing press board.  After sanding, it was ready for painting.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetI cut a piece of bead board I had on hand to fit the back area up top. I also cut to size birch cabinet plywood for the missing shelf for the upper compartment.  I primed then painted the piece using a $5 oops can of Lowe’s premium Valspar paint, a white with a slight yellow tint.

Then with Tea-stained Glaze on the bead board as well as the entertainment center, the piece came to life.  The antiqued white look almost has a glow to it from the slight yellow found in the paint.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much of an upgrade we had on our hands!

Next came painting the play room with my wife one late night while the kids were asleep.  We applied “Harvester”, a Sherwin Williams yellow with a slight hint of orange.  It looks like Colorado aspens in fall!

The next day, we introduced the toy cabinet to it’s new home.  The antiqued white of the cabinet, with it’s bright underlying yellow, is a great combination with the new color of the play room.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetWith our piece, we love how the lower cabinet fits both toys and puzzles, keeping our play room more tidy.  We also like how it works great for books, and can make for a decorative touch–like the fun family photos yet to be put on it.

So our playroom got an upgrade both in color and with toy storage.  The cabinet replaced one of the red shelves I wrote about recently.  Those shelves, along with this toy cabinet,  demonstrate how resourcefulness and creativity can produce great looking pieces that add character and warmth to your home–however big or small it is.

Stay tuned for how we plan to decorate the room.  We’ll be taking an old wood crib headboard, with great molded canes, and the matching side rail to create an artwork display for our kids, and a display of places we have friends serving around the world.  Paint colors for the old crib pieces yet to be determined!

 

Repurposed Toy Cabinet - Before & After

 

Clothing Armoire in Distressed Off White & Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Clothing Armoire given a new life in distressed Off White & Tobacco Glaze - Before and After from Facelift Furniture

This dated clothing armoire was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Off White, Tobacco glaze accented the detail and gave it an antiqued look.

Distressing revealed the original wood tones.

For more inspiration, visit our Bedroom Furniture – Before & After collection!

 

 

Armoire in Distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Clothing armoire transformed in Off White & Tobacco Glaze - Before & AfterWith it’s crown molding and classic style, this armoire took on a new life as it was painted, glazed and distressed.

Refinished in distressed Off White and Tobacco Glaze, it was given a whole new look.

Old armoires, often designed as entertainment pieces, are perfect for repurposing. This piece was remade into a clothing armoire.

For more inspiration, visit our Bedroom Furniture – Before & After collection.

Chunky Clothing Armoire in Distressed Off White – Before & After

Chunky Clothing Armoire in distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze - Before & After from Facelift Furniture's DIY BlogThis chunky armoire was a child of the 80’s, and just waiting for a new look. It was painted, glazed, and distressed in Off White and Tobacco Glaze.

The original pulls were resused, and their vintage character popped right off the new look of the piece. Distressing revealed the original wood tones.

For more inspiration, visit our Bedroom Furniture – Before & After collection.

 

Retro Stereo Cabinet Repurposed in Sea Blue & Off White – Before & After

How this retro stereo cabinet was repurposed as a storage cabinet, and refinished in Sea Blue and Off White. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.

I love repurposing retro furniture. With this old school stereo cabinet I found at a thrift store, the opportunity unfolded to upgrade both the look and usability of the piece.

This cabinet required major dismantling before being refinished. Inside, I found a dated turn table, 8-track player, and built in speakers. This was my second stereo cabinet re-do, and with lessons learned from my first project, I was able to tackle this project much faster.

My battery operated screwdriver was my best friend. As I removed the interior components piece by piece, space opened up for functional storage. The outer doors slid to the middle, and removing the speakers created front openings to the cabinet. I custom cut a board to place in the bottom.

I painted, glazed, and distressed the piece in Sea Blue and Off White, with Black Glaze accenting the detailed areas. Distressing revealed both the white spray primer, and original wood tones. With a couple of the original pulls missing, I replaced them with pulls spray painted black.

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How this retro stereo cabinet was repurposed as a storage cabinet, and refinished in Sea Blue and Off White. From Facelift Furniture's DIY Blog.