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Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

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.

Before of Mid Century Modern Credenza | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This long beautiful piece of furniture had not been cared for and had a good amount of damage and wear to the Read more

Factory Finish with a Paint Sprayer

There are so many little things that delight my heart, truly. It can be as simple as my kids bringing me a sweet wildflower bouquet, a slice of homemade strawberry pie, or spending time in God’s word. Another one of my delights is sharing projects with you so I can empower you to try projects yourself. Who knows, maybe I’ll even help you learn something new. Today, I thought I would share a furniture makeover that will help you achieve a factory finish in a day. Sounds easy enough, right?

Dixie Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This Mid Century Modern dresser (or credenza) was made by Dixie back in the Brady Bunch days. The Dixie line of furniture has stood the test of time and and still a coveted piece of furniture. This isn’t my first makeover of a Dixie piece, you see my French provincial set in this post.

I found this piece for today in almost mint condition, but somewhere along the line Read more

Entertainment Console from Curbside Dresser

Trashure is my word for treasure found in the trash (aka. one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure). Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! As I showed you last week, this Mid Century Modern credenza is going to get a new life as an entertainment console. Woot! Just wait until you see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Curbside Mid Century Modern Crredenza Before Entertainment Console | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the story behind my find. I was being a good girl and not even going out junkin’ during our city clean-up. Why, you ask? Because my garage shop is a wreck from our remodel and I have NO ROOM! Plus, I only like to keep on hand what I can work on in the next few weeks.

Anyhoo, it was our quadrant’s time to set out trash and I promised myself that if I saw something en route from my house to errands that I was allowed to pick it up. Only catch was it had to be AFTER all the pickers had already gone through. Otherwise, all was off-limits. So here’s a sampling of some of what I found in one day…eep! Read more

Mid Century Modern Furniture Color Fun

Last week, I showed you this Mid Century Modern chest of drawers I found on Craigslist. It just needed a little TLC and a pop of color to bring it up-to-date.

Sometimes a vintage Mid Century Modern piece of furniture can use an update. Here is a fantastic way to bring those tired pieces into modern day design by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Much better, right? The makeover stays true to the era while adding a bit of fun.

Sometimes a vintage Mid Century Modern piece of furniture can use an update. Here is a fantastic way to bring those tired pieces into modern day design by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I also mentioned that it wasn’t until after we got the chest home that I saw the owner had just listed the matching credenza. Umm…duh. (sorry. I hate when my kids use that word, but this situation perfectly fits it)Why he didn’t tell us he would be selling it too, I’ll never know, but we went back on the road again to pick up this classic Mid Century Bassett piece.

This tired looking Mid-Century Modern Bassett credenza gets some color fun with a pop of paint. Come see how it's done! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

This top was the worst part…damage where the mirror had sat, chemical stains that I hoped could be hidden, and oodles of dents and dings. Someone had even made screw holes in the top ends! Read more

Reclaimed Sewing Machine Table

I can’t believe we’ve flown through another month already and my favorite time is here – Themed Furniture Makeover Day!! This month’s theme is all about small tables…whew. My schedule has been kickin’ my rear lately and I could use a small project. Although the focal point of this month’s theme is small, my table is big in so many ways.  Check it out my reclaimed sewing machine table project.Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

*product provided by Weatherwood Stains. Affiliate links are included in this post. (see full disclosure)

If you follow me on social media, you would know I scored this antique treadle sewing machine off of Craigslist. I had told myself that if I ever came across one of these beauties (reasonably priced) it would be mine. Sellers were asking $75, but when I asked if it was firm, they quickly dropped it to $50. Seems they wanted it gone…NOW.

No problem!!

Yes, it’s rusty, and yes, it’s top is a wreck, but just look at those legs…

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and look at those drawers!! {swoon}

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

Mid Century Modern Score at Goodwill

Like most, pickers, I have rounds I like to make to various places, like the flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, etc.  This one particular day, I was on the hunt for a chair to pair with a desk.  I had absolutely NO intention of bringing home more furniture.  My house has been stashed to the brim for too long, and I was on my last couple of pieces to finish before I could do some major makeovers in my shop.

I promised you this year I would share more of how God is working in my life, and I can’t help but share this providential story with you!

My kids and I went into Goodwill this time, and headed straight for the furniture section because I needed to get back home.  I stopped dead in my tracks and whispered to myself, “Oh no.”

Here is what I saw.  (I make no apologies for the fuzzy photos because it’s ridiculously hard to take a photo while holding on to a squirmy baby in winter clothes – ha!)

A set of Mid Century Modern furniture found at Goodwill, gets a facelift with a white cabinet and darkened drawers by Prodigal Pieces. www. prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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

I walked by and pretended not to be interested while my inner picker voice said, “You can’t just leave them here!!”  I mean, just look… here is a set of Bassett furniture that is just screaming for a makeover. Read more

Mid Century Dresser Gets New Life

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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