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Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

My style is typically French farmhouse / shabby chic / cottage, but I seriously dig the lines and design of the Mid Century Modern era, like the console and Brasilia chest of drawers I’ve done. When my kids are watching flashback episodes of The Brady Bunch or Benji, etc. I’m gazing at the wonderful furniture that is featured.  Do you do that? Let me show you my Mid Century Modern dresser makeover in honor of those awesome times.

While doing my typically fun searches on Craigslist I came across this funkified bedroom dresser set.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Apparently, someone was cleaning out an estate from a family member and wanted to “get rid of this ugly furniture” – translated in junker lingo, “SCORE!”.
I love to hear that type of statement coming from a seller and I try to put on my poker face and play the game. Most times I feel bad that they don’t know what gem they have, but in the end it’s win-win. They get rid of their “junk” and I get to play. tee hee. This set was in excellent shape, but, of course, the top surfaces had the most wear. All the dove-tailed drawers worked smoothly and were in great condition.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I grabbed my handy orbital sander and went to town. The top of the console dresser was so worn that the finish came off so easily.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Funny note: A giant headache with a nine drawer dresser is figuring out where the drawers are supposed to go after you take them out. This previous owner has a genius moment and numbered the frame and drawers at some point. THANK YOU!
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Since the drawers were in excellent shape, I decided to sand and refinish them with a dark stain and poly topcoat. I found the manufacturer stamp on the bottom that read, “Japan, June 8, 1961”, another part of the story.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my favorite aspects of the MCM style is the lack of drawer pulls. Innovation and creativity were used to make these pieces function with ease. This set was no different with the inset places for a finger-grab hold. To draw attention to that detail, I painted with a white semi-gloss.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the cabinet, I went to my handy dandy stash and pulled another favorite “seconds” paint of mine. Can’t beat paying $7 for a gorgeous blue semi-gloss from Home Depot.  I love it…sigh.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Not sure what could be better about this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover than the offset mirror. It’s funky, different, unique and I’m all about that.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Since this is a set, I wanted to stage them together and lack the wall space to do so (I’m working on a remedy for that!). I originally set them in front of my garage as I’ve done with other pieces, but it just didn’t do them any justice.  So, I decided to play in Photoshop and create a faux setting. I’m selling this set in my shop (SOLD) and wanted to present them in a clean way as the pieces themselves are a clean design.
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Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
What do you think? Would you have listed them with the garage, the brick, or the tweaked version? I think it’s fun to change it up! Do pin and share this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try.
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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
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