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Painted Mid-Century Dresser

THIS MID-CENTURY DRESSER GETS A GORGEOUS UPDATED LOOK | VIDEO TUTORIALHi, amazing creative friends!Today I’m sharing this gorgeous Painted Mid-Century Dresser Before and After!

Painted Mid-Century Dresser
But when I saw this adorable 3 drawer Kaufman dresser in my local Restore I couldn’t resist.I found this 3 drawer mid-century dresser at my local Restore selling for $80.I think this painted MCM dresser would be adorable in a modern nursery!

Mid Century Modern Furniture Makeovers Done Right

It’s been a few years now since the popularity of Mid Century Modern furniture pieces began to grow.In case you’re not familiar with mid century modern furniture, let me give you a quick primer.Mid century modern (or MCM) refers to a style of pieces from the 50’s and 60’s (hence the term “mid century”) that have clean lines, sleek finishes, and that space-age feel.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Makeovers Done Right
Painting a mid century modern piece can be a little tricky.To prep for this project, I’ve been looking a lot online at other painted mid century pieces that I think have been done really well.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Color Fun

Last week, I showed you this Mid Century Modern chest of drawers I found on Craigslist.I hate when my kids use that word, but this situation perfectly fits it)Why he didn’t tell us he would be selling it too, I’ll never know, but we went back on the road again to pick up this classic Mid Century Bassett piece.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Color Fun
My typical makeover for these mid century damaged cabinets is a white semi-gloss like I’ve used HERE and HERE.

It gives it dimension and really brings this tired piece into the modern century.MEWE | PINTEREST | GABAlso, if you love this Mid Century Modern makeover:

Mid Century Modern Dresser Redo -

I have an absolutely beautiful piece of furniture to share with you today and I can’t wait to show you this mid century modern dresser redo.The picture really doesn’t do this piece justice, it had some of the best craftsmanship on any dresser I’ve owned.This was definitely mid century and totally my retro modern style.

Mid Century Modern Dresser Redo -
If you don’t know exactly how to paint furniture, learn to here!The dresser is modern and so unique!

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

I really could go on and on, but what I really want to focus on is this dresser.I love love love the legs on this dresser and wanted to draw attention to them, so I knew exactly what direction I was headed.Just brush it on, distress (or leave full-coverage) to your liking and seal with furniture wax.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover
Mixing the clear wax into the dark makes the dark wax a bit more forgiving- you can adjust the darkness as necessary.Slapping on the dark wax by itself would be way too overwhelming and would be difficult to get a non-streaky look.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Needs Help

I am a sucker for the lines of this dresser.Even though it had ugly laminate, was dirty and the hardware was rusty, I know it’s got potential.The good news is I didn’t fret over painting this guy because of the laminate, but I loved the etchings in the top drawers and the bottom.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Needs Help
Here are a few inspiration pieces I’m working from.

Can you guess what color I’m leaning towards?

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So, I knew Aubusson would be my color, I just needed to polish up the brass.To achieve this shiny, undistressed, mid-century modern finish, I started off like I normally do.After the second coat it got a little better and after the third coat it had a nice glossy sheen.I really love the deep teal color of Aubusson and the over-all look of this mid-century modern dresser!Hopefully you can feel a little more confident that Chalk Paint CAN be used to achieve a modern look!

Midcentury Makeover with a Surprise

🙁 During the boys’ naps and at night, I’ve been giving this midcentury cabinet a makeover (or is it a console?First I painted the whole thing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

Midcentury Makeover with a Surprise
I also added some gold paint across the top of what I call the “crown” for more visual interest (see below).I sealed the whole piece with Annie Sloan clear wax.JenAwesome related posts:* Review and Tips for Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint* “Retro Fabulous” Table Makeover* The Repurposed Wardrobe {9 Upcycled Projects for Your Closet}

5 Tips For Painting Mid-century Modern Furniture Like A Pro

Mid-century modern furniture is popular for its sleek design and functionality.Here are five tips for painting mid-century modern furniture like a pro.

5 Tips For Painting Mid-century Modern Furniture Like A Pro
What is Mid-century Modern Furniture?Mid-century modern furniture, also known as post-war modern, is a popular style of furniture that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s.Mid-century modern furniture is often used in homes today because it has a modern look that is updated but still classic.

When Should You NOT Paint Wood Furniture?

:)7273 shares ShareTweetPin 7273When should you not paint wood furniture?🙂The Real Truth About Painting Wood FurnitureWant to know the real truth about painting wood furniture?Is there a time when you should not paint wood furniture?Use your own gut to determine which pieces of wood furniture you want to paint and not paint.Click HERE to SAVE THIS ON PINTERESTYour 2 CentsSo do you have your OWN set of guidelines for determining when to NOT paint wood furniture?

Mid-Century Modern Painted Dresser

This dresser is pretty much my favorite thing in the world right now.(besides my Dresser Turned Island) I got it for a steal, when a person I love dearly moved to Florida.Getting this dresser made a crappy situation a little less crappy.

Mid-Century Modern Painted Dresser
Put a coat of white paint over the rest of the dresser that you primed.Give the drawers a coat of poly.

How to Paint Mid Century Modern Furniture

Mid-Century Modern is a fantastic style, but it’s also difficult to “do right” when you’re trying to update the sleek modern style.I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk specifically about how to paint mid-century modern furniture.I have only worked on one or 2 other mid-century style pieces ever (mainly because they are hard for me to find!)

How to Paint Mid Century Modern Furniture
If you’re looking for a poly that won’t yellow over your bright white paint, Fusion’s Tough Coat is a great choice.Oh yeah–I did swap out the “newer” hardware with some reproduction modern style pulls that I found on Amazon (you can see them here).

50 DIY Midcentury Modern Furniture Ideas

With funky legs and accents, clean lines with a fun edge, mid-century modern furniture is timeless for a good reason.Advertisement50 DIY Midcentury Modern Furniture Ideas1.

50 DIY Midcentury Modern Furniture Ideas
DIY Mid-Century NightstandburkatronReally love this simple DIY because anything with a hairpin leg is a winner to me.

DIY Mid-Century Modern DeskremodelaholicI have always been drawn to the mid-century modern look and this desk is an absolutely stunning piece.

DIY Mid-Century Modern Sofamodernbuilds43.

Mid Century Modern Dresser Designs For Delightful Bedroom Decor

Stylish DIY Mid Century Modern Dressers For 2022The following examples illustrate the power of DIY decor.Each piece represents the best mid century modern dresser designs.You can draw anything you want on your mid-century modern dresser so it matches your interior décor.You’ll notice the white paint trim frames the dresser white most of it was kept untouched.Among mid century decor, the chest of drawers is the most common bedroom furniture.

A Mid-Century Modern Dresser Before and After

Pin 790 794 SharesThe Mid-Century Modern dresser is finished and ready to be taken upstairs to my son’s room!I took a few pics to share with you.

A Mid-Century Modern Dresser Before and After
The body was painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue milk paint and the drawers and bottom feet were stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain (see tutorial video here).I need to go clear out my son’s room to make way for his new dresser!I hope to have a large bag full of Goodwill donations when I’m done 🙂

Painting Mid Century Modern Furniture White & Metallic Gold

Don't want to get metallic gold paint on the white legs.The mid century modern sewing cabinet looked okay but it didn’t feel right.The white paint was too blah or too flat or too one-dimensional (photo taken before painting the metal feet).

Painting Mid Century Modern Furniture White & Metallic Gold
I used a dry-brush technique and dabbed the gold paint around all the sides and raised edges.

The spray painted metallic gold feet were enough.

Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Sometimes that isn’t always the case because it can be shy and won’t “speak” to me for a bit , but with this Mid Century Modern dresser I knew exactly what I wanted to do.This Mid Century Modern dresser was going to shine again if I had anything to say about it.NEXT STEPSThe other drawers were refinished using Provincial Stain by Rustoleum – the same stain I used on my fireplace makeover.

Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover
This Mid-Century Modern dresser was a fun project to revive.

Also, more Mid-Century Modern Dresser makeovers:

Old Cabinets Completely Transformed By Paint

of 7 Vintage dresser makeover Grey and white painted tall dresser Green painted buffet painted bedroom dresser white washed Dresser turned into a tv stand After renovation dresser A Mid-Century Modern Makeover Old Cabinets Completely Transformed By Paint Buy NowIt has become a very common practice to paint old furniture in order to restore and to change its look for the better.It’s a simple and efficient way of reviving an old piece of furniture and to make it suitable for your modern home interior.But that’s not always why we paint furniture.

Old Cabinets Completely Transformed By Paint
Transforming an old dresser with paint is very easy.

The TV stand featured on twotwentyone had an old and outdated look and the white paint gave it a more uniform and cohesive look.

Why I Don't Use Chalk Paint

WHAT I USE INSTEAD OF CHALK PAINT | AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CHALK PAINT | DIY FURNITURE PAINTINGI’ve been refinishing furniture ever since I discovered the magic of chalk paint nearly ten years ago.I’ve traveled the country teaching thousands of people how to refinish furniture and cabinets, I’ve created online chalk painting courses, and I’ve written countless blog posts all about chalk painting.So why on earth am I dedicating an entire post to why I don't use chalk paint?There are several reasons I don't use chalk paint, but here are my top 4:Before I jump into what I DO use, I feel like a little explaining is in order…Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan was the original brand of “chalk” paint on the market.Kacey and I created this fun video to break down the name change and ditch the "chalk" confusion for you!

1 Credenza 4 Ways: 'Upper East Side Mid

We borrowed the credenza from a vintage store in LA, Shopclass, and I believe it’s still for sale ($1800).The shape of the accessories on the credenza creates a landscape effect and helps the eye move up and down as it moves across.

1 Credenza 4 Ways: 'Upper East Side Mid
Thanks to Shopclass for letting us borrow the credenza and that insane bird lamp.

See the other Credenzas here: Bold Mid-Century Contemporary | California Eclectic | Mid-Century Costal.

Ceramic Bust | Brass Telescope: vintage | Brass Tray: vintage | Blue Vase: vintage | Chevron Frame | Swan Lamp | Linen Armchair: vintage | Art: vintage

DIY It

But I was when out thrifting a few weeks ago, I found this $20 mid century inspired double top side table and just had to get it.Let dry then come back and spray the sides, and legs with the white gloss spray paint.Once the spray paint is dry, use your angled brush to paint the top of the table with your latex paint.Just spray with the primer, paint with either spray paint or latex paint, and then seal with the shellac spray.They also have paint on shellac, but I prefer the look and ease of the spray shellac.

15 Mid-Century Modern Artworks for Your Mid-Century Home

From abstract paintings to geometrical sculptures, mid-century modern art has a lot to add to your home.Art from the mid-century modern period was unlike anything most people had seen before.

15 Mid-Century Modern Artworks for Your Mid-Century Home
Mid-Century Modern ArtHere are 15 mid-century modern artworks to decorate your mid-century modern home!

Styling Art in Your HomeDon’t be afraid to go large and bold when it comes to mid-century art in your home.

Decorating your home in the mid-century modern style is becoming easier and easier as the style gains in popularity.

painting tips for a mid

Painting for a Mid-Century Modern look is easy AND difficult.It’s easy, because in Mid-Century Modern decorating, furniture and architecture make stronger statements than heavily painted or wall-papered walls.But painting for a Mid-Century ambiance is also difficult, because selecting even a simple white wall paint can be tedious and taxing.

painting tips for a mid
What I’ve learned regarding the use of paint color in Mid-Century Modern decor can be summed up with 3 rules.

When I began collecting photos of stunning Mid-Century Modern rooms that I loved, I noticed a unified trend running through my Pinterest boards.

MCM Dresser Makeover

That’s right, it’s time for Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and this months theme is storage and organization.I took a ratty and poorly painted mid-century modern dresser and transformed it into an awesome MCM dresser makeover for this months challenge.

MCM Dresser Makeover
This MCM dresser makeover was a lot easier to do than it looks.

They look fresh and clean now:) The whole MCM dresser makeover turned out just the way I imagined it would, fresh and clean.A few of my other Themed Furniture Makeovers that are perfect for storing things and organizationFrosted Glass Storage CabinetDistressed Damask ChestNautical Vintage Trunk

Vintage Bookshelf Makeover with SILK Mineral Paint

So of course I gave this MCM shelf a SILK paint makeover!BEFORE, beautiful vintage charm but it’s a little beat up lookingEvaluate Clean Repair Scuff Sand or Slick Stick Clean Paint Let dry Let cure1.)Also, if you are accustomed to using a fine mister bottle to help paint glide, refrain from using water with the SILK paint.I hope you feel inspired to paint your first piece in SILK All-In-One Mineral Paint!

Vintage Bookshelf Makeover with SILK Mineral Paint
You can also follow along in the Dixie Belle Silk Paint Group for extra inspiration!

Modern Floral Stencils on Mid-Century Furniture DIY Makeover

One of the "haute-est" looks going is fab mid-century modern furniture transformations.Nothing beats the clean architectural details and aesthetic -- and the look can be be enhanced by using stencils from Royal Design Studio.

Modern Floral Stencils on Mid-Century Furniture DIY Makeover
After much thought, Danielle decided upon the Adana Abstract Floral Furniture Stencil, which is a smaller size than the larger wall stencil and yet perfectly sized for furniture projects.

To get the look, Danielle suggests starting your design at the center of your surface and working out from there.Stenciling your furniture has never been easier -- and be sure to send us your gorgeous stencil project when you do!

The Best Chalk Painting Tutorial

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Mid century interior design - How and why?

Mid century modern interior design and MCM furnitureMid century modern design – this phrase is something you must have encountered countless of times if you have any interest in décor.For starters, we can say that mid century style isn’t always as mid century as we are led to believe.

Mid century interior design - How and why?
Mid century modern color schemeThe interior design style we refer to as mid century modern did borrow some of the fondness for earthy and green tones, but what profoundly shaped its preferred color scheme is undoubtedly Scandinavian style.

Mid century modern furnitureArguably the most recognizable, most famous and most central element of mid century modern style is the characteristic furniture developed during this era.

Mid century modern decorating ideasBut, how can you tie all these different mid century modern interior design elements in a coherent whole?

Painting White Furniture: The Best No Fail Method! • That Sweet

Painting White Furniture.Farmhouse shabby white painted furniture will forever have a place in homes across the world as will modern and sleek white painted furniture have their place in modern or transitional homes.As a painter or furniture artist though, the white painted furniture makeover is often one of the things we dread the most.(keep in mind temperature and humidity should always be factored in)Now, Painting White Furniture: The Best No Fail Method!

Painting White Furniture: The Best No Fail Method! • That Sweet
BUT, if you want a PERFECT, No fail, blemish free, CRISP WHITE PAINT FINISH like these…This is the winning combo to keep in your paint arsenal to Paint White FurnitureWhy?

Painted Dressers to Use in the Nursery

One of our very favorite things about the nursery design world is that we get to play with color, whimsy and childlike fantasy.We started seeing a few on Pinterest, then on blogs, then at some of our favorite furniture companies.A painted dresser could be considered a design risk, but we say it’s one worth taking.This mid-century modern dresser has brightly colored vertical stripes painted on it, making it funky and vibrant.

Painted Dressers to Use in the Nursery
A painted dresser in a nursery or kid’s room is definitely a statement!

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Danish mid century teak sofa imported from Denmark by Moreddi.Teak frame is beautiful, cushions have just been replaced with new foam and new Knoll Hourglass fabric in Spring color, which is a light green.MM Moreddi Denmark burned in mark underneath.Teak frame has some markers of age and wear, including scuffs, scratches, and dings.

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74.25" wide, 29" deep, 28.5" high, 17" seat height, 21.5" arm height.

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