One of the hottest trends in interior design right now is modern farmhouse. We’re not talking about your grandmas farmhouse with beautiful quilts and handmade goodies (a style that has my entire heart), but rather a twist on that style. It offers a rustic charm, but allows for a modern interpretation with clean lines. Today, I’m showing how to take this worn piece to an updated Mid Century Modern dresser.
When I come across pieces like this I seriously get heart palpitations. I have always loved the lines of Mid Century Modern though I lean towards a rustic farmhouse style in my own home. These pieces were built to last and their style can be suited to most any home. You can see my past Mid Century makeovers in these posts.
The top is definitely worn, but the rest has no chipped veneer, just worn through on a few edges. Just needs an update to make it new again.
So, what’s in store for this updated Mid Century Modern dresser? First, a good ol’ sanding, that’s what. My favorite orbital and Corner Cat come out to play. It took me a few hours, but I got ‘er done. And yes, I’m still sore. haha.
Once the sanding was done, I blew the sanding dust off with my air compressor, wiped it down and began to add some stain. First, I used Provincial on the stripes on the side drawers to add interest.
The body of the dresser was going to get some color fun. I wanted to contrast the wood, bring out those brass accents, and really give it modern vibe.
While the paint is curing, I decid to take a minute to polish those beautiful brass pulls. My go-to for so many things is Bar Keepers Friend. If you don’t have this in your home, you need to get some. It’s only a couple of bucks and polishes EVERYTHING. I use it on my stainless steel, cast iron tubs and sinks, my brass…you get the idea. You can see how it removes scratches from enamel as I demonstrated on this retro piece HERE.
Just look at the before and after on these pulls done in a minute. Can’t get much easier than that. Okay, all is ready, but…I have to add a topcoat.
With my semi-gloss white and micro foam roller, I had this done in no time. I did a base primer coat with Kilz, then two coats of paint letting cure in between.
Ready to see this updated Mid Century Modern dresser? I am!
It’s has the modern feel mixed with a touch of that brassy bling. I love it. The white finish gives it that refreshed new look, but I must say my favorite is the dark striped drawers.
So maybe I’ve made you think again about passing up that Mid Century Modern piece if you love an updated style? Or maybe spurred you to give your home a new twist? Either way, I had fun and hope you did too reading how something old can look new.
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Laura Overholt says
Beautiful job, as always, Larissa. Love it!
Thank you, Laura.
I love what you did with the drawers. The dresser looks so contemporary.
Thanks for the kind words, Debra.
Larissa, I am with you, LOVE the stained stripe on the drawers! So unique and pretty, you totally nailed your goals for this piece. I also love the bar keepers friend for cleaning, it works so well.
Thanks for the love, Kaycee. This was a fun one. 🙂
Really cool. I love how you were able to blend modern with farmhouse style.
I am not usually a fan of MCM for my own home, but as you said, this one crosses the border!
Larissa I love what you have done here. The natural wood is so pretty and allows the piece to really shine. And youknow I am a huge fan of MCM!
You are the best support, Mary. Thank you!
Rosa Saldana says
Beautiful i love the signs
Thank you. 🙂
This is one of my favorite pieces. Loved the strips and the stain.
Thank you, Georgia.
Girl, I have to admit when I read Mid Century Modern and Farmhouse under the same breath, I thought well that’s an oxymoron. Then I saw the finished pictures and thought, alrighty – I get it and it’s pretty cool! Digg’n the stained stripes too. Pinned 🙂
Thanks for getting my artistic interpretation, Mari, and the love. 🙂