Mid Century Dresser Gets New Life

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Do you ever find yourself wanting to venture off on a slightly-different-than-normal course?  I typically am drawn to the shabby cottage chic, rustic french farmhouse, and Nordic styles, but every once in a while I like to change it up a bit and have a bit of fun. Much like I mentioned in my industrial desk post or like the custom Mid Century dresser I did for a client seen below.

Vintage Mid-Century Broyhill Basilia Console Dresser by Prodigal Pieces
Enter in this lovely console style Mid Century dresser…
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Console Dresser by Prodigal Pieces
(sorry for the awful picture, but it had to be a quickie when I had a minute – that’s what happens when you have 5 children, a cat and a dog running around…ahem)
When I first saw this dresser, I was headed home with my kids in tow, and it was sitting curbside outside of a house that was being remodeled.  Normally, I would have grabbed my son and jumped out of the truck to snatch it, but I was pregnant so no doing. Solution? Take all the drawers and cram them in, then head home to call hubby to pick up the remnant shell on his way home. SCORE!
I was drawn to the lines and geometric style.  It just needed a little bit of love.
It’s not often I step outside the chalk paint “box” and use other types of paints, (since it’s my all-time favorite paint) but I knew this one would look glamorous with a coat of white to set off those funky drawers.
This was my first time using a sponge roller to apply the paint, rather than a brush.  The rollers are supposed to give a nice stroke-free finish and it lived up to that with a little know-how.  It went very well.  So much so that I think I’ll try it again on another project.  Have you ever used a roller instead of a brush?
Here’s how it came out…
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Console Dresser by Prodigal Pieces
I’m loving the contrast and makes me wish I had a house like the White House, with a different room for all the different eras I’d love to display. Wouldn’t you?
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Console Dresser by Prodigal Pieces
No pulls on the drawers, just smooth sleek lines and plenty of storage space.
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Console Dresser by Prodigal Pieces
It would be perfect at center stage in a modern setting or used as an entertainment console, don’t you think?
Vintage Mid Century Dresser Found  Curbside Made New by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
This lovely piece is currently for sale in my my shop (SOLD).  Stop by and check out my other pieces for sale too. Sign up for my newsletter to get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop.

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7 Comments

  • White Lace and Promises

    Great job! Mid-century has certainly made a come-back. Makes me wish I had kept my parents bedroom set! We sold the whole thing when we sold the estate. Sad:(

    January 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Beth@Makemeprettyagain

    Hi Larissa. Nice job on the piece. Came out very nice. If you don’t mind, I just have to give you some info on the other mid-century modern piece that you have pictured above it. (art deco was from the 30-40’s) This piece is from the early 60’s. It was from the “Brasilia” line made by Broyhill. It was made of walnut (not oak). They are in such high demand out here now! That dresser fetches an average price of $1000-1500! Google it! I’m sure you got a killer deal on it. If you ever find another one, you’ll be prepared!! Sorry, don’t mean to sound snooty, I just thought you’d like to know. I work on those mid century pieces quite often. It took me months to find a Brasilia that was a reasonable price. Just for giggles, look at LA Craigslist and type in Brasilia. You’ll see.

    January 24, 2014 at 9:05 am Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    Gorgeous makeover! You were so lucky to find the Broyhill Brasilia cabinet – they are in high demand these days.
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

    January 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Bridget

    very cool! Would never have thought of that finish! I’m curious, how do you ship furniture when you sell on Etsy?

    January 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • the cape on the corner

    that is truly a unique piece, I’ve never seen anything like that. I looove the way you painted that, too.

    January 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm Reply
  • Cori.Warner

    I love that you left the wood on the fronts. The white makes it fresh and pretty, too! I’d love for you to share some of your projects on my link party. The very first one is on Friday, Jan 31st at FlyingC-DIY.com. Hope to see you there!

    January 29, 2014 at 1:46 am Reply
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