What’s a mom supposed to do when her kids ask to go to the thrift store? Take a deep breath and reply, “Sure, but you know, I just may find something there that I can’t leave and that means hauling it home, etc., etc.” They bat an eyelash, but I’m like…I want my storage space open just for a while! haha. Well, as I walked out to our vehicle I bid farewell to the open spaces and continued on my journey. Last week I showed you what I did with the farmhouse drop-leaf table I found that day. Today, I’m going to show you how a classic piece became a Boho Mid Century Modern dresser. Take a look…
When I shared this pic on social media everyone thought it was the most awesome piece they had ever seen. I was actually only sharing how one who is crazy enough to have this much stuff stores it. That there is the thrifted dresser turned upside down to store it and maximize space. hahaha!!
Here is the dresser for today’s makeover right side up and looking kinda blah.
Here’s the run down on it: Cons: rusted feet, missing pull, broken drawer guide, dog chewing, top stripped loose, overall wear. Pros: made by Bassett, awesome lines, dove-tailed drawers, doesn’t stink, and has some wood (bummer – laminate top). Since I had a 35% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket so you can best bet I used it on all the goodies I scored that day.
I was truly disappointed the top was laminate while the rest was wood veneer, but that’s okay. Bonus was I found the missing pull inside and behind one of the drawers when I flipped it upside down. Too funny! And…I found this…
I laughed so hard and almost put these on over my clothes to show my kids and take a pic for you, but I thought I might scare the pants off of some of ya. bwahahaha!! My blogger friends had a giggle and they all shared the “gems” they’ve found inside their furniture finds. Amazing to hear it…wow.
Okay, so back to the piece in question. If you haven’t seen my past Mid Century Modern makeovers, take a peek at these posts. I find the lines of these pieces begging for me to add my creative side if I can’t restore them to original glory. This one was asking me for Boho vibe (Bohemian with some funk), and I was eager to oblige.
First, I wanted to showcase the wood as much as I could, so I grabbed my sander got them to a fresh start. Looking good, eh?
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Since the top was laminate, I decided to give the cabinet of the dresser a whole new look. I lightly sanded and then applied Gripper Primer like I did to the Broyhill desk I did recently seen HERE. This time though, instead of spraying, I used the micro foam rollers I love.
I let that cure and then went on to the drawers. The cabinet was getting a solid coat of the first color below, but the rest was going to get the Boho Mid Century Modern dresser treatment I mentioned earlier.
While I normally stick to my Dixie Belle loves, I have had these seconds paints in my stash and wanted to use them up. Since the colors I’m using are seconds and are yet to be named you can find the compatible colors here: Mint Julep, Sea Glass, and Cotton. I chose these 3 to create a sort of ombre feel to a portion of the drawers using 3 different Stubby Brushes. I love those brushes. They fit in my hand so nicely and are a great size for most any project.
You can see I used FrogTape to mark off where I wanted to work and simply blended the colors to the shading I wanted. Meanwhile, I cleaned up the pulls and gave them a coat of this spray paint called Pure Gold. I’ve used it often as I love the soft lustre it has and is perfect for the Boho Mid Century Modern feel I’m after.
Once it’s all cured, I put it back together and voila!
Boy, did I have fun with this and the I’m delighted that the new look is what I was after. The blue, as you may know, is one of my favorite colors because it can go with most anything and any style.
The serpentine top drawers create that unique contrast from the hard and soft lines I created using paint. Instead of staining the remaining wood parts of the drawers, I simply used a White Wax to soften them and protect them as well.
For me, the Mid Century style mixed with Boho is the perfect combination. You have geometric shapes and forms that basically meet up with natural elements like textiles and organic materials like plants, baskets, and fiber arts. This shadow box helped me create a place to showcase a few of those earthy curiosities.
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In case you were wondering, the feet were easily restored from rusty to new by sanding them down and giving a couple of coats of the same spray I used on the knobs and pulls. The rust was only surface rust, so nothing to be scared of and easily repaired.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this makeover along with learning a few new things. I surely love to share and create along with you.
Do pin and share this Boho Mid Century Modern dresser makeover to inspire others to looks past obvious flaws. It could be something from the thrift store or sitting around your home just waiting for you to give it a DIY try. You never know what could be made new!