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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 | prodigalpieces.com

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

Sewing Table with Vintage Chic Vibe

Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.

Side Table Before Vintage Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.

My heart was set on a soft brown leather set with nailhead trim to go with what I wanted Read more

Vintage Buffet from Trash to Trashure

Do you ever feel like quitting? I know I’m not alone when I say there are times I just want to grab a ticket and hop on a plane with my family and go hide out for a few months. Can I get an amen? I have reached that point a few times over the last few months, understandably so with all that we have going on. When a friend pointed out a vintage buffet to me for FREE, I hesitated. Can you see why?

Drexel Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You might say, “Meh, it’s not that bad.” True enough, but when I got it home and found the doors broken, the missing veneer, and then all this…

Carved Messages on Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

More Carvings on Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Keep in mind I had no where to put this for storage, my house is tore up, and Read more

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 | www.prodigalpieces.com

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

Custom Furniture by Mixing & Matching

Do you ever find a piece of furniture that you would love to have at a flea market, thrift store or garage sale, but it’s missing something? I mean like you find a desk, but want a vanity, or a vanity without a chair? Don’t let that stop you because I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your very own custom furniture by mixing and matching. Ooh…let the fun begin!

For instance, I had a client, Shelly, contact me who had always wanted a trifold dressing table like this one I did a year or so ago for my shop. You wouldn’t know that the bench wasn’t original to it, but I found them on different occasions. (story HERE)

An Antique Vanity Transformation by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As I began my search for a dressing table like this one, I always find dressing tables (or vanities) without a chair or bench. Here is the one I found and she liked.

Vintage Queen Anne Trifold Vanity Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The vanity had some missing veneer, and had some chemical and highlighter stains, but was solid as a rock, not to mention that gorgeous mirror! Read more

Mid Century Modern Chest ~ White and Wood

What would you say if someone offered you this Mid Century Modern chest for free?

Vintage Mid Century Modern Mengel Chest of Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Yell, SCORE! I live vicariously, can you tell? Of course I accepted this awesome gift sight unseen from some local peeps who knew I had a furniture fetish. This is a classic piece made by Mengel and has a design style that is out of this world. Seriously! If you don’t believe me, Google it. (that’s what we do nowadays, right?)

Mid Century Modern Mengel Logo in Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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This is by far one of the heaviest, most solid pieces I’ve come across, but…(there’s always a but. Can I get an amen?) it needed some lovin’. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day where each month a group of bloggers get together and share our makeovers. Today’s theme is all about RED, WHITE, OR BLUE and you can see the girls’ projects below.

I thought this Mid Century Modern chest would be perfect for this month because it was begging to have that cherry wood drawn out in contrast with WHITE. Yessssss….

The chest had some pretty deep gouges to the top and side, and even one of the side panels had split. Oh BTW, the top two pulls are present, but I had removed them to give them a good polish. pssst!! they are solid brass!! SCORE!

Damage Top of Mid Century Modern Mengel Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The top I repaired with wood filler and my sander, but that split side panel was a bit tricky. I had to lay it on its side and have my husband’s assistance to muscle the panels together and then attached together from the inside. Good as new!

Since I couldn’t quite save the wood of the cabinet, I could not resist showcasing the gorgeous cherry wood of the drawer fronts. That’s when I decided to go the route of one of my favorite methods of paint and stain combo like I used in this Mid Century set or on these pieces.

My all-time favorite stain after the years is Early American Stain by RustOleum. We’ve used it in our master bedroom, bathroom, and on numerous projects like our Pottery Barn inspired trunk.

Early American Stain for Mid Century Modern Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For the rest of the chest, I decided to go white. A flat white that I would finish in a RustOleum Matte poly finish as well.

The pulls were gorgeous, but needed some TLC, so I used my Bar Keepers Friend® to polish them up. Look at what was hiding in there!

Bar Keeper's Friend to Polish Brass Pulls | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all is said and done, I am tickled with the updated look that stays true to the classic retro style.

Mid Century Modern Chest by Mengel get Updated Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Clean lines and a style that can fit into most any decor. I love it.

Side of Mid Century Modern Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Sleek Mid Century Modern Chest with Boho Flair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My newly blooming peonies are the delight of my heart and I couldn’t help but use them in my staging along with the vintage print I found.

Dark Pink Peonies on Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Oh, and that leggy lady on the side is a part of a pair of chairs I just found while thrifting. I wasn’t even furniture shopping and they were calling my name! Can you blame me? The other chair has a hole in the caning, so I’m not sure what I’ll be doing to them or if they will stay with me. Time will tell.

Vintage Caned and Upholstered Queen Anne Style Chair with Blue Accents by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As with most of my furniture makeovers, you can find this newly done Mid Century Modern chest in my shop (SOLD in a couple of hours!), along with oodles of other goodies. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

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Do pin and share my Mid Century Modern chest makeover to inspire other to think outside the orange box too! ♥

A Mid Century Modern Chess Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’m be sharing with you some crafty fun fit for a feline. Head HERE to see.

Calico Cat Playing with DIY Natural Cat Toys Made by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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WAIT! Before you head off, you must take a minute to check out what my DIY Furniture Girls put together for the RED, WHITE, or BLUE theme this month.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com


More furniture makeovers like my Mid Century Modern chest:

Transform an Outdated China Cabinet with Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comOutdated Vintage Dresser Gets Industrial Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Aged Finish Created by using Paint

One of the most often questions I get asked by readers about my work is how I create an aged finish on my pieces. The kind of effect that tells a story of days gone by and looks as though it has been around for years. I recently acquired this vintage mirror with gorgeous ornate carvings from a good friend, and I thought it would be the perfect candidate to show you a quick and effective tutorial.

Ornate Vintage Mirror Before Aged Finish | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t judge me by the mess in the reflection since we are still plugging away at our kitchen remodel, okay? If you want to stay updated on what we’re working on next in our remodel, just follow me on social media via the buttons on my sidebar.

This mirror had wonderful cracks in the carvings here and there and I love to see that for the character and charm alone, but the cowboy red had to go. Because it was missing pieces in several spots, (I don’t mind that at all) paint is one way to unify the piece.

Corner of Ornate Mirror for Aged Finish Treatment | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To me, this mirror was begging to get the gilded treatment I gave my very first big vanity project and is my favorite thus far.

Art Deco Glam Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I called this gem My Painted Lady Read more

Vintage Chest Gets Modern Makeover

Each month I have fun participating in our Themed Furniture Makeovers, and this time around I’m letting my oldest son step up to the plate with his latest project piece, a vintage chest of drawers. AND…I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I totally encourage my six children to join me in my work and they are always chomping at the bit to have some fun with paint and learn a trade. When I went to pick up the primitive cupboard I just used to show you how to update old wood with stain, the lady also offered us this vintage chest. My furniture lovin’ self could have taken it as my own, but I offered it to my son and he chose to purchase it. (he knows to bring his wallet along when mama is on an adventure. hee hee)

Solid Wood Vintage Chest of Drawers Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It solid as a rock and it took us a great amount of effort to get it down her narrow, twisting flight of stairs. Oh, the stories we have! Read more

Art Deco Chest with a French Twist

Do you ever make a vow or promise to yourself and then for some reason decide to break it? sigh… I just did and I always ask myself…”Why did I do that??” Enter in this Art Deco chest…

My vow was this: to never, EVER, under any circumstances will I buy another piece of furniture to work on THAT IS PAINTED.

Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

Blue Art Deco Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it cute? You know I’m a sucker for these waterfall pieces, especially since the first vanity I did had me hooked. I only spent a bit for this Art Deco chest. However, keep in mind, free and cheap mean work. nuff said.

Many on Instagram saw this and said, “I like the blue!” So do I (cause you know I’m all about blue), but someone else painted this and there are flaws. For instance, the top of the chest has cracked veneer underneath, the paint job was so-so, and more was wrong like the broken casters, etc.

Damaged Veneer on Vintage Art Deco Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Otherwise though, this is a solid piece with not only dove-tailed drawer face joints, but also those dove tails at the back.

Antique Drawer Dove Tails on Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

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