What would you say if someone offered you this Mid Century Modern chest for free?
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?)
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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!
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.
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!
After all is said and done, I am tickled with the updated look that stays true to the classic retro style.
Clean lines and a style that can fit into most any decor. I love it.
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.
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.
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.
Do pin and share my Mid Century Modern chest makeover to inspire other to think outside the orange box too! ♥
Up next, I’m be sharing with you some crafty fun fit for a feline. Head HERE to see.
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.