Mid Century Modern to Modern Day

It’s been crazy around here lately, with our boys’ bedroom being redone and I’ve been blessed to have a couple of custom orders to work on. So in total, I’ve done about 7 large pieces of furniture in less than 2 weeks. whew! I’m tuckered, but am happy that I am able.

One of the custom items we are selling regularly now in my shop, is our farmhouse style storage trunk. (aka Pottery Barn Knock-Off) We actually just received another order and are working on it this week. God is good.

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The other custom order came about when a mom was looking to purchase this chest of drawers for her daughter. You can read all about that fun makeover here.

Rustic Chic Finish by Prodigal Pieces - You can create this look with paint and stain www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

She had another daughter that needed some furniture, but had a completely different taste, more along the lines of Mid Century Modern. Talk about night and day, eh?

So off I went to shop and because things were so crazy busy, I really said a silent prayer that I would find something local so that I didn’t have to search too much. I went to thrift store 5 minutes from my house and here is what I saw…

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There it sat as snug as a bug in a rug, and my heart went pitter-pat. I ached because the matching credenza had just sold, and boy it was a beauty. Ah well, at least I found the chest of drawers that my client was looking for. She was super-excited and I was thankful for my answer to prayer. (breathes sigh of relief)

The classic lines of a Mid Century Modern pieces are just amazing to me. I’ve done several in my time, let’s take a peek at a few:

My curbside find (yes, CURBSIDE!!)

Curbside Mid Century Modern United Furniture Credenza Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My thrifted Broyhill Brasilia sticker fun – you have to see the before!

Mid Century Modern Broyhill Brasilia Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My unexpected thrifted pair found at Goodwill

Mid Century Modern Score at Goodwill Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMid Century Modern Score at Goodwill Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As you can imagine,Β I have fun finding these gems and have done so many, but the one I’m working on now has a fun twist. Here’s what it looked like when I brought it home.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In great shape with only minor wear and solid as a rock with dove-tailed drawers and orignal pulls. Aren’t those carved top drawers spectacular? What a truly unique piece.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I honestly was cringing at the thought of painting such a beauty, but I’m tickled with my results too. Oh, and look what I found in the top drawer…

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

eep! How awesome are these hand-drawn charcoal prints?!! These will be perfect in my boys’ room makeover. Stay tuned!

So, what’s the fun aspect that the client requested? See for yourself.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My all-time favorite finish to the pieces is that white cabinet with dark wood drawers or vice versa. But, whoa…I LOVE that citron green color!! It’s a Benjamin Moore color, called Perennial.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A statement piece and so full of fun, don’t you think?

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I had fun staging this piece with my collection of gilded frames and mirrors.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My client’s daughter also requested that the bottom interior of the drawers be painted in a dark charcoal gray for a bit of party on the inside.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s fun to think outside the box and create unique pieces. No one can say this came from a box store. tsk.

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’ve enjoyed this makeover, I invite you to pin and share.Β β™₯

Mid Century Modern chest of drawers get a modern day update that gives it a funky new look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Come check out my other thrifted makeovers:

Diamond in the Rough Thrifted Dresser is damaged and missing parts, but with a little TLC, it now showcases an Old World Look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIn 30 minutes, you can give a thrifted footstool a mini makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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18 Comments

  • Susan Homeroad

    It’s a beauty Larissa! My daughter is big into Mid Century Furniture and she just finished a beautiful piece. I love the 2 tones and the wood you used πŸ™‚

    August 5, 2015 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for her! They’re so well-built and the classic lines just draw me in. πŸ™‚

      August 6, 2015 at 4:32 am Reply
  • Rachelle

    As always… amazing work and beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing!

    August 5, 2015 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love!

      August 6, 2015 at 4:32 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented

    Gorgeous, as usual! :). You are so talented, my friend. If you don’t mind my asking, what white paint did you use? Thanks!!

    August 5, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kimm! It’s just a Glidden Gloss White. πŸ™‚

      August 6, 2015 at 4:32 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Love the green!! Can’t believe all the original hardware was there! Awesome find! Love the way you painted it with the top two drawers left as is. Beautiful!

    August 5, 2015 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, those streamlined pulls were perfect and I could only wish I had gotten the credenza too. Thanks!

      August 6, 2015 at 4:31 am Reply
  • [email protected] Interior Frugalista

    No way!!! I absolutely love what you did with this MCM Dresser Larissa! The green is fabulous with the dark wood and white exterior and those original draw pulls couldn’t be more perfect. I bet you had one happy young client! Oh and those fabulous charcoal sketches – nice present! Can’t wait to see how you use them in your boy’s bedroom makeover.

    August 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m hooked on that green and can’t wait to find a reason to use it again. Thank you for the love! Our boys’ room is done and just needs tweaking. I’m excited to share!

      August 6, 2015 at 4:31 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    I can’t believe that I’ve never commented on this one! I have a special fondness for MCM. My dad has a house full of it and he has given some pieces to my sons so now they have lots of it in their apartment. I just love the clean lines. And you have managed to highlight the beauty of this piece with the use of the right colors. Love that green.

    February 12, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…I snuck it in. πŸ˜€ Yes, the clean lines are amazing and so well built. Thank you for the love, Mary!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Leslie parker

    What a fun piece, Larissa! I love it. My daughter really loves mid century style. I was fortunate to be able to refinish a piece for her she found for $25 but she would love this. Great job.

    September 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your daughter has great taste. The lines of this era always draw me in. Thanks for the love, Leslie!

      September 19, 2016 at 5:17 am Reply
  • Karen

    EVERYTHING you do LARISSA is perfect…..but my ALL TIME favorite is β€œVEEP”

    October 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s one of my top 5 too. Thanks!

      October 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Susue

    Love this Larissa! Bring it to my house! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    October 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Susie.

      October 17, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

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