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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.

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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

24 replies on “Modern Style to a Mid Century Piece”

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!

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

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.

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!

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!

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