To have a creative mind is fun. I love to work with most any kind of medium and it just so happens that furniture has become my most popular at this point. When I find a piece of furniture it tends to speak to me from the moment we meet. Sometimes that isn’t always the case because it can be shy and won’t “speak” to me for a bit , but with this Mid Century Modern dresser I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
This long beautiful piece of furniture had not been cared for and had a good amount of damage and wear to the top.
It had some sort of star-shaped candle that had melted/burned into the top as well as hot pink marker and some other goodies.
The drawer fronts had holes made in them by an insect or someone having fun with a tack, but they were sound enough. However, when I pulled out a couple of the drawers they fell apart at my feet. Nothing a little wood glue, wood filler, and clamps couldn’t solve though.
After I got all the pieces glued, everything filled and repaired with the wood filler, I got out my favorite sander and went crazy on that thing. This Mid Century Modern dresser was going to shine again if I had anything to say about it.
As much as I had hoped, sanding does not remove chemical stains, so I used my go-to Kilz stain blocker as my base coat. If you are familiar with my past work, you know I am drawn to the MCM lines and how fun it is to see them come to a modern state. I’ve done oodles of chests, dressers, tables, and credenzas. Take a peek at my projects to see. This time around, however, I am using a new-to-me paint line.
Meet Dixie Belle Paint, a chalk mineral paint. When I was asked to give a review of their product they asked me to choose some colors and this set looked promising to me. Check out the fun names: Hurricane Gray, Apricot, and Fluff. They also sent me some other goodies that I will make use of at a later time.
Mind you, I hadn’t picked out the piece of furniture yet, but knew I could make use of these in some sort of fashion. It wasn’t until I got this Mid Century Modern dresser that I knew I wanted to use all three. Yep.
Since the damage to the top deemed it paint-worthy, I used the Hurricane Gray for the cabinet. The other two colors would come into play on the drawer fronts. I got out my FrogTape and got jiggy with it. hee hee hee.
Last, but not least, were the drawer pulls. These babies were solid brass, so no paint for them. Instead, I whip out my handy dandy Bar Keeper’s Friend to get them a cleaning like none other.
TIP: To find out if something is brass, use a magnet. If magnetic, not brass, if it doesn’t stick, you have winner! (psst…I carry a magnet with me at all times because it works on silver too) Every good junker or picker needs to be ready!!
I love this stuff. So easy to use and instant results in a few minutes and it’s so affordable!
Once all my paint and cleaning were cured and dried, I added a Dixie Belle topcoat to give it longevity. Love that it’s called Gator Hide – “repels water not gators” – ha!
Ready for the reveal? Let me introduce you to this once forlorn gal, gone modern chic.
I am so pleased with the results. Let me just say that I have used dozens of paints over the years and I was impressed with the coverage, ease of use, and overall experience I had with the Dixie Belle paints.
I even had fun bringing out a few of pieces of my camera collection. Do you collect any?
This Mid Century Modern dresser was a fun project to revive. If you love it and would like to have it as your own, you can find it available in my shop. (SOLD)
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Next up, I will be getting my junk on when I show you what I do with these two things…do you know what they are? Head HERE TO SEE.
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