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 was definitely worn, but the rest had no chipped veneer, just worn through on a few edges. Just needs an update to make it new again.
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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.
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 was curing, I decided 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, so now the cabinet is prepped with stain and pulls are polished ready to go back on, 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 got the updated 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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