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  • Dresser in Distressed Sea Blue - Before and After from Facelift Furniture!This old dresser was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing.

    At the bottom of the dresser, an ornate wood applique was added. 

    The dresser was refinished in Sea Blue. Black Glaze was used to provide an antiqued look, as well as accent the molding a detailed areas.

    Light distressing popped out the original wood tones.

    For more inspiration, visit our Sea Blue Furniture – Before & After 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.

  • 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.

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

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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!

  • Ornate Sea Blue Buffet Before & AfterThis ornate buffet was painted, glazed and distressed in Sea Blue and Black Glaze.  Distressing reveals white primer and wood tones.

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray primer was applied to entire piece, so that distressing would reveal contrast of white against  the Sea Blue and Black Glaze.

    The top of the piece was painted Sea Blue, like the rest of the piece, and then three coats of Black Glaze were brushed on to create darker look.

     

     

     

     

    Ornate Sea Blue Buffet Black Glaze

  • This past weekend, I realized I had this great collection of end tables and night stands needing a new look.  I pulled them all together for this photo, and will feature them individually as each receives a facelift.  Two are already complete, and are found below…
     
      
    The first to have a new look is this hexagon end table painted Turquoise, with Tea Stained Glaze.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The second to be trasnformed is this large nightstand, painted Chili Pepper Red, distressed, and with Black Glaze.  Original hardware.  
     
    STAY TUNED for more what’s to come with the seven still needing something new…!
     
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