Modern Style to a Mid Century Piece

Recently, I have finally achieved my goal of getting rid of every piece of furniture in my stash except the one I would be working on. Wahoo!! It’s been a long journey to get them done, especially when good friend find you pieces curbside or bring them to you with wonderful intentions. Stay tuned to see my renovated shop. eep! I couldn’t wait until I could get back onto the search for a new project, and here is the first one that spoke to me. Time to give it some modern style.

Mid Century Chest before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

A classic Mid Century Modern chest of drawers. The clean lines of this style draw me in every time. Check out those inlaid star pieces on the top drawer. Cool…This particular piece wasn’t in bad shape at all.

Top of Mid Century Dresser | Prodigal Pieces |

Mid Century Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

It just has some wear with deep gouges to the top surface, and missing veneer on the cabinet. My classic makeover is to paint the cabinet white to add modern style. After making the needed repairs and do a stain /paint treatment to the drawers like these past projects:

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces |

Mid Century Makeover

A set of Mid Century Modern furniture found at Goodwill, gets a facelift with a white cabinet and darkened drawers by Prodigal Pieces |

It gives then a new look that makes them suitable for modern-day style. So, that’s how I decided to makeover this chest. First, I repaired the missing veneer and gouge marks with wood filler and sanded it down.

Mid Century Chest Prepped for Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

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For the white part of the cabinet I used a semi-gloss, and used my method on how to apply a stroke-free finish. Then, I sanded down to bare wood the top drawer and stained using my Early American stain by Varathane. For the other 3 drawers, I decided to use this beautiful blue semi-gloss that I found in the seconds department at Home Depot.

Blue Paint for Mid Century to Modern Style Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

Isn’t it pretty? I have a thing for blue in my makeovers, and this color would be the perfect contrast to the white cabinet and stained top drawer.

What do you think?

Blue & White Modern Style Mid Century Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The color is so striking and really draws out the details of those unique pulls and geometric design.

Sleek Design with Modern Style added to this Mid Century Chest of Drawers by Prodigal Pieces |

Those inlaid star shapes are such sweet touch and create more dimension to this classic piece. Even those original brass pulls are just enough subtle contrast to draw your eye.

Corner View of MCM Chest by Prodigal Pieces |

Mid Century Chest Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Funny, but annoying thing, is that after driving 45 minutes to pick this up, I got back online after finishing this chest to find the owner just listed the matching credenza {{head smack}}. Guess where we’re headed today? sigh…ah well. It’ll be another project in the works soon. Stay tuned! UPDATE! Here’s the credenza and I know you’ll love the makeover this one got too…head on over to see!

This tired looking Mid-Century Modern Bassett credenza gets some color fun with a pop of paint. Come see how it's done! by Prodigal Pieces |

If you love this piece and would like for your own, you can find it available (SOLD) in MY SHOP.

Pin and share to inspire others to give those tired Mid Century Modern pieces another look. ♥

Bringing Modern Style to Mid Century Modern Piece of Furniture by Prodigal Pieces |

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More of my makeovers that add a modern style:

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. #prodigalpiecesIn 30 minutes, you can give a thrifted footstool a mini makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

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  • Kimm at Reinvented

    OOh, I love the contrast of those colors! So pretty.

    October 26, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kimm! I can’t wait to show you what I’m going to do to the credenza. It’s needs some pop!

      October 27, 2015 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Patti

    Beautiful! I am in love with the blue paint. You did a fantastic job as always. Can’t wait to see the credenza!

    October 26, 2015 at 9:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Patti! We just got it home and I can’t wait to show you when I’m done. Yay!

      October 27, 2015 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Mary-In the boondocks

    What a beauty. The blue is so striking against the white. And those pieces of wood coming down the front really make an impact.

    October 26, 2015 at 10:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Mary! I love wood and paint combinations…it creates some drama. (Like I need more of that in my life…tee hee)

      October 27, 2015 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    You took an unwanted piece of furniture and hit it out of the ballpark. It looks wonderful.

    October 26, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to do, Debra. Thank you!

      October 27, 2015 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Sarah

    You have such a discerning eye! You make really good calls on how to transform a piece of furniture. I ALWAYS like what you do with an item. Beautiful work. You really nailed that mid-century dresser!

    October 26, 2015 at 11:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I did debate on the color a bit because I really like that green I used before, but it was time to change it up. 🙂 Thank you!

      October 27, 2015 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Oh my gosh Larissa, I can’t believe they wouldn’t have told you they had the matching credenza available! I like how you stepped outside of the MCM Box with this one – such a pretty color. Another one that won’t last long on Etsy. Pinned to share.

    October 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      {{head smack}} I know!! Ah well…it’s getting a makeover soon with a different twist. Can’t wait to show you! Thanks, Marie.

      October 29, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Zografia

    Yes, the blue looks amazing next to the brown and white. My mom has a mid century credenza that has an lp player installed from the factory. It’s a beauty!

    October 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I bet your mom’s is a beauty! Thank you fo rthe love. 🙂

      October 29, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply
  • RandiG at FrugElegance

    Love the colors! Beautiful transformation 😉

    October 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    Larissa- What a find! I love your Mid Century piece. 🙂 Beautiful color combination and I LOVE that you left the wood grain. It’s a stunner! Thank you for sharing it with us at Friday’s Furniture Fix!.. Carrie, Thirty Eighth Street

    November 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet, Carrie! Thank you!

      November 4, 2015 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Ann Marie

    Wow! This looks beautiful. I really like the blue you chose — it works very nicely. I’m about to paint a MCM set, which I never do. Usually my husband can save the wood. But these guys have damage on the top. I think we can save the drawers. I hope my efforts come close to your superb work. I saw your link at Friday’s Furniture Fix.

    November 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy you stopped by, Ann Marie! Yes, the can be saved with some elbow grease, but that silly veneer is almost always damaged. Sounds like you have a great potential piece! Did you see the matching credenza I just posted? So fun!

      November 5, 2015 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Gwen Clark

    Hi Larissa,

    Love, love, love it! The colors are stunning and the way you painted it is sooo creative. As said above, the brown accent on the drawers ties everything together. Wow!

    I just scored a little Dixie nightstand at my local Goodwill and am not quite sure how to redo it. Can I email or text you a picture for your advise. I will be keeping this one for myself!

    July 19, 2016 at 11:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Gwen! It begged to be brightened up and I had fun. 😀 Feel free to email me. I’d love help!

      July 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Jeana

    What color is the blue? I love it!

    January 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a seconds paint I had from the home improvement store.

      January 18, 2019 at 7:43 pm Reply

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