My style is typically French farmhouse / shabby chic / cottage, but I seriously love the lines and design of the Mid Century Modern era, like the console and Brasilia chest of drawers I’ve done. When my kids are watching flashback episodes of The Brady Bunch or Benji, etc. I’m gazing at the wonderful furniture that is featured. Do you do that? Let me show you my Mid Century Modern dresser makeover in honor of those awesome times.
While doing my typically fun searches on Craigslist I came across this funkified bedroom dresser set.
Apparently, someone was cleaning out an estate from a family member and wanted to “get rid of this ugly furniture” – translated in junker lingo, “SCORE!”.
I love to hear that type of statement coming from a seller and I try to put on my poker face and play the game. Most times I feel bad that they don’t know what gem they have, but in the end it’s win-win. They get rid of their “junk” and I get to play. tee hee. This set was in excellent shape, but, of course, the top surfaces had the most wear. All the dove-tailed drawers worked smoothly and were in great condition.
First, I grab my handy orbital sander and went to town. The top of the console dresser was so worn that the finish came off so easily.
Funny note: A giant headache with a nine drawer dresser is figuring out where the drawers are supposed to go after you take them out. This previous owner has a genius moment and numbered the frame and drawers at some point. THANK YOU!
Since the drawers were in excellent shape, I decided to sand and refinish them with a dark stain and poly topcoat. Likewise, I found the manufacturer stamp on the bottom that read, “Japan, June 8, 1961”, another part of the story.
One of my favorite aspects of the MCM style is the lack of drawer pulls. Innovation and creativity were used to make these pieces function with ease. This set was no different with the inset places for a finger-grab hold. To draw attention to that detail, I painted with a white semi-gloss.
For the cabinet, I went to my handy dandy stash and pulled another favorite “seconds” paint of mine. Can’t beat paying $7 for a gorgeous blue semi-gloss from Home Depot. I love it…sigh.
Not sure what could be better about this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover than the offset mirror. It’s funky, different, unique and I’m all about that.
In addition, since this is a set, I wanted to stage them together and lack the wall space to do so (I’m working on a remedy for that!). I originally set them in front of my garage as I’ve done with other pieces, but it just didn’t do them any justice. So, I decided to play in Photoshop and create a faux setting. I’m selling this set in my shop (SOLD) and wanted to present them in a clean way as the pieces themselves are a clean design.
What do you think? Would you have listed them with the garage, the brick, or the tweaked version? I think it’s fun to change it up! Additionally, pin and share this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try.