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Updated Dresser with Pulls, Paint, & Stain

Do you find stress relief in work? I’m one of those the will clean my house lickety-split when I am one hot mama. hahaha… That’s kinda how I feel about furniture and my creative projects too. There are times when I am downright frazzled and wore to the bone, then when I go get creative my woes are gone. I talk to God during that time and it feels so good. We’ve had some major setbacks in the last few weeks and I decided to take it out on this piece today. Let me show you how I turned it into an updated dresser. PLUS, I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Vintage Dresser Before Updating | Prodigal Pieces |

You might be wondering what’s wrong, well we’ve found a pest in the wood we are using for our kitchen countertops. No big deal, just treat and move on, but that set us back 3 weeks finding the source, the solution, and waiting on it to arrive. Then our vehicle had issues and when they were supposed to be fixed the dude who repaired it caused more damage. We even had Read more

Modern Dresser Makover ~ Mid Century Chic

I don’t know about you, but I’m super-excited today! Why? Well, today is my first post joining a wonderful group of ladies for Furniture Fixer Uppers. Each month we will be sharing our furniture makeovers to teach, to share, to inspire you. For this month, I’m sharing this vintage piece that is going to get a modern dresser makeover. PLUS, I have a giveaway for you. Yay!

Mid Century Modern Dresser Found at Thrift Store by Prodigal Pieces |

True story, I walked into the thrift store to find only some sweaters to repurpose for my sheep (see here). I pinky swear. As I was heading to the back of the store, the shop lady was on the phone talking to one of the owners telling them that yes, this particular dresser was STILL there and she was to get rid of it. ahem. I halted my tracks and said, “I’ll take it.” Any sane person would have done the same thing.

My peeps, when this piece is sitting there covered in #trashure, falling apart and being dismissed, we must Read more

Paint Furniture in 3 Simple Steps

*post sponsored by Behr and all thoughts and opinions are mine. (see full disclosure)

When you spy that dresser at a garage sale for $20, don’t turn the other way. BUY IT. Why? Even if it has wear and minimal damage (and doesn’t stink), you can make it look like new. Yes, you can because I’m going to show you how easy it can be to paint furniture in 3 simple steps. PLUS, I have a giveaway for you to help you get your DIY project started. {{applause}}

3 Steps to Paint Furniture by Prodigal Pieces |

I have had the privilege of partnering with Behr to showcase their wonderful paint line that I have used on many occasions in my home and furniture makeovers. My subject for today is this funky Read more

Girl’s Bedroom Set Refreshed with Paint, Paper & Pulls

It’s always good to know when to pick your battles, right? For instance, I know that when I am on Craigslist I will find projects, and when I find projects, I will not be able to resist them. Then, that leads to overload in my workshop and me asking myself, “What did you do?!?” Solution: STAY OFF CRAIGSLIST. There. I said it. To validate my logic, let me show you what happens when I take a peek at Craigslist. See this? That is the result of looking for 5 minutes. Yup. Now, stay with me here as Mr. I and I will show you how it became a girl’s bedroom set.

Vintage 1950's Bedroom Suite found on Craigslist | Prodigal Pieces |

I am innocent, really. Read more

Farmhouse Chic Dresser & Best Paint Brushes Ever

Do you know that old country tune by Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle Again”? I told you when I work that music comes to mind. This ditty became my theme song as this is the first big project I’ve done since my shoulder injury. The challenge ahead of me was to take this damaged dresser and give it a new look to bring it back to life. This time I’m going with a farmhouse chic finish. Check it out…

Queen Anne Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

This was another one of those cases where I purchased something sight unseen. ahem. I had the guy deliver this and another gem I have yet to show you, and I was a bit miffed when I looked close. I was told it was in “great shape and only had minor wear”.

Damaged Dresser Top | Prodigal Pieces |

*post sponsored by Zibra and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

Take a look at that back right corner – that’s a whole chunk missing! Not only that, but Read more

Decoupage Furniture to Add Flair

Do you ever have a piece of furniture that is lacking some pep? Sometimes it can just need a little updating and although painting will suffice, you can also decoupage furniture. What’s that you say? Let me show you what I’m talking about using this Art Deco waterfall chest as an example. AND… I have an awesome surprise for you at the end of this post!

Waterfall Chest of Drawers Before Decoupage Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

*sidenote: While I understand some people are wood purists and chastise me for painting, I too love wood. I only paint things that won’t lose value when painted. This chest is not a high-end Art Deco piece and I know that by experience. This is a copy and thus I can change it as it suits me. PLUS, it’s mine! (end of rant – thank you.  😀 )

I found this chest on Craigslist (gotta love CL!) and in the past I have done several different things to these waterfall chests. My most popular is my BEEP. This dude was a freebie for good reason – he was a hot mess!

Volkswagen Bus Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | Read more

Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

To have a creative mind is fun. I love to work with most any kind of medium and it just so happens that furniture has become my most popular at this point. When I find a piece of furniture it tends to speak to me from the moment we meet. 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.

Before of Mid Century Modern Credenza | Prodigal Pieces |

This long beautiful piece of furniture had not been cared for and had a good amount of damage and wear to the top.

Top of Mid Century Modern Dresser with Damage | Prodigal Pieces |

It had some sort of star-shaped candle that had melted/burned into the top as well as hot pink marker and some other goodies.

Damaged Dresser Top View | Prodigal Pieces |

*post paint products provided by Dixie Belle Paint Company and contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

The drawer fronts had holes made in them by an insect or someone having fun with a tack, but they were sound enough. However, when I pulled out a couple of the drawers they fell apart at my feet. Nothing a little wood glue, wood filler, and clamps couldn’t solve though.

After I got all the pieces glued, everything filled and repaired with the wood filler, I got out my favorite sander and went crazy on that thing. This Mid Century Modern dresser was going to shine again if I had anything to say about it.

As much as I had hoped, sanding does not remove chemical stains, so I used my go-to Kilz stain blocker as my base coat. If you are familiar with my past work, you know I am drawn to the MCM lines and how fun it is to see them come to a modern state. I’ve done oodles of chests, dressers, tables, and credenzas. Take a peek at my projects to see. This time around, however, I am using a new-to-me paint line.

Meet Dixie Belle Paint, a chalk mineral paint. When I was asked to give a review of their product they asked me to choose some colors and this set looked promising to me. Check out the fun names: Hurricane Gray, Apricot, and Fluff. They also sent me some other goodies that I will make use of at a later time.

Dixie Bell Paint for Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Mind you, I hadn’t picked out the piece of furniture yet, but knew I could make use of these in some sort of fashion. It wasn’t until I got this Mid Century Modern dresser that I knew I wanted to use all three. Yep.

Since the damage to the top deemed it paint-worthy, I used the Hurricane Gray for the cabinet. The other two colors would come into play on the drawer fronts. I got out my FrogTape and got jiggy with it. hee hee hee.

Frog Tape on Mid Century Modern Dresser Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

The other drawers were refinished using Provincial Stain by Rustoleum – the same stain I used on my fireplace makeover. You know I had to keep wood wherever I could. tsk.

Last, but not least, were the drawer pulls. These babies were solid brass, so no paint for them. Instead, I whip out my handy dandy Bar Keeper’s Friend to get them a cleaning like none other.

TIP: To find out if something is brass, use a magnet. If magnetic, not brass, if it doesn’t stick, you have winner! (psst…I carry a magnet with me at all times because it works on silver too) Every good junker or picker needs to be ready!!

Bar Keepers Friend to Polish Tarnished Brass | Prodigal Pieces |

I love this stuff. So easy to use and instant results in a few minutes and it’s so affordable!

Polished Brass Drawer Pull with Bar Keepers Friend by Prodigal Pieces |

Once all my paint and cleaning were cured and dried, I added a Dixie Belle topcoat to give it longevity. Love that it’s called Gator Hide – “repels water not gators” – ha!

Ready for the reveal? Let me introduce you to this once forlorn gal, gone modern chic.

Mid Century Modern Dresser with Modern Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Modern Chic Makeover for a Mid Century Modern Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

I am so pleased with the results. Let me just say that I have used dozens of paints over the years and I was impressed with the coverage, ease of use, and overall experience I had with the Dixie Belle paints.

Geometric Design for Mid Century Modern Dresser Credenza | Prodigal Pieces |

Vintage Mid Century Modern Dresser with Modern Chic Look by Prodigal Pieces |

I even had fun bringing out a few of pieces of my camera collection. Do you collect any?

Vintage Camera Collection by Prodigal Pieces |

This Mid Century Modern dresser was a fun project to revive. If you love it and would like to have it as your own, you can find it available in my shop. (SOLD)

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Do pin and share to inspire others to give dated pieces a new look with a little bit of TLC.

Modern Chic Makeover of a Mid Century Modern Dresser Credenza by Prodigal Pieces |

Next up, I will be getting my junk on when I show you what I do with these two things…do you know what they are? Head HERE TO SEE.

Repurposed Thrifted Tin Plates | Prodigal Pieces |

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More Mid Century Modern Dresser makeovers:

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Stenciled Dresser ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Earlier this week, I not only showed you my new tool that I love and am hosting a giveaway for, but also a new candidate for a makeover. We’ll get to the giveaway winner in a bit. First, let me introduce you to this empire dresser that I have been eagerly waiting to work on. It has great lines and a story to tell, but is in need of TLC. This curvy lady is to become a stenciled dresser. *enter in Cindy Lauper, “Girls, just wanna have fu-un!” (now if that doesn’t date me I don’t know what does. ahem)

Vintage Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Why am I am so excited? Well, (1) I have had this in my shop stash for months and it’s finally coming out (2) the empire style is one of my favorites – see here (3) the vision I had for this stenciled dresser came about as soon as I saw it. BAM. Do you get my vibe?

Let’s take a closer look. Read more

Damaged Veneer is Your Friend…Really

Are you one to shy away when you have a piece of furniture that has damaged veneer? I don’t blame you. Many a times I have run into a project that really had me ready to quit. Last week I showed you a chest of drawers and how I gave it a new look (on the left). This week, I’m going to show you how The Evil Twin got a makeover that gave a me a run for my money. Enter in this soon-to-be farmhouse empire dresser.

Set of Empire Furniture Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

Let’s take a closer look.

Farmhouse Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

You can see that the knobs are mismatched on the top and not original, no casters, and worn on top. No biggie, right? Well, the previous owner warned me Read more

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