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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. A 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. She also requests a Mid Century modern chest for another daughter. Talk about night and day, eh?

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

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…

Thrift Store Mid Century Modern Chest | prodigalpieces.com

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)

MEMORY LANE

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:

A 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 prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, my unexpected thrifted pair found at Goodwill

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

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

As you can imagine, 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.

Vintage Chest Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

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

Vitnage MCM Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Top of Mid Century Modern Chest | prodigalpieces.com

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…

Charcoal Art Sketches | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Updated Mid Century Modern Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Mid Century Chest | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Vintage Mid Century Modern Chest Updated by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

Vintage Vignette on Mid Century Chest | prodigalpieces.com

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

Brass & Gold Frames on MId Century Chest | prodigalpieces.com

PEEK INSIDE

My client’s daughter also requests that the bottom interior of the drawers have a dark charcoal gray for a bit of party on the inside.

Interior Painting of Chest of Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

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

White & Wood MCM Chest of Drawers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you’ve enjoyed this makeover, I invite you to pin and share. ♥

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

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Also, come check out my other thrifted makeovers like this Mid Century modern chest:

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

Comments

  1. Susan Homeroad says

    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 🙂

    • Larissa says

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

  2. Rachelle says

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

  3. Kimm at Reinvented says

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

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Kimm! It’s just a Glidden Gloss White. 🙂

  4. Sherry Fram says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  5. [email protected] Interior Frugalista says

    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.

    • Larissa says

      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!

  6. Mary-the boondocks blog says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  7. Leslie parker says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  8. Karen says

    EVERYTHING you do LARISSA is perfect…..but my ALL TIME favorite is “VEEP”

  9. Susue says

    Love this Larissa! Bring it to my house! 💕💕😂😂 Susie from The Chelsea Project

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