17 Apr
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Mid-Century Modern Painted Dresser

dresser Collage

This dresser is pretty much my favorite thing in the world right now.(besides my Dresser Turned Island) I got it for a steal, when a person I love dearly moved to Florida. Getting this dresser made a crappy situation a little less crappy. It turned out so gorgeous! It really lightens up our master so much.

So here’s the how to of it all:

1. Clean the entire outside with a degreaser.

2.  Prime the outside only, not the drawers, with an oil based primer.zinsser

3.Let the primer cure for 24 hours

4. Remove the drawers and sand them down to get the 70 layers of Poly off of them. PLEASE WEAR A MASK or something to cover your face. The dust from poly is super gross. If done properly you can even use free labor from any kid or boyfriend just standing around.

sophie sandingcorbin sanding

5.When the sanding is done it’s time to Stain! This is what I used:jacobean

6. Put a coat of white paint over the rest of the dresser that you primed. I just used a white laytex semi-gloss I already had in my cabinet.

7. Give the drawers a coat of poly.

That’s IT!! You’re done! Now move it in the house and take lots of pictures like I did. LOL.

dresser after

side dresser

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  • I am loving that you’ve included all the nitty gritty details of the process. We’ve been hanging onto several mid century pieces we scored for cheap because I haven’t been sure where to start with them! The result is bomb diggity. You rock!
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    • Thanks So much! I really hope you post yours if and when you re-do them. I love nothing more than a mcm makeover!

  • I love the finished product!! I love to repurpose and get the paint out for furniture pieces! I have a midcentury chest I just purchased from an auction and the finish is a bit rough. I love the mix of paint and not too much paint with the dark stain! Perfect idea! I hope to post the finished product soon and that you will check it out! Thanks for sharing!!
    Have a great day!

    • I’m so glad you like it. I originaly had thought of painting the whole thing but it I think it would have made it look cheap. It turned out much cooler than I thought can’t wait to see yours!

  • Awesome dresser! Looks great before and even better after. Love it.
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    • Thanks Susie! I love the name of your site. It’s like it was named after me lol.

  • Hi Stacey,
    LOVE this dresser! Such a big change! Thanks for the step by step, too! Thanks for linking up at DIY Sunday Showcase last weekend! I’m featuring you tomorrow, and hope to see you back on Saturday evening!
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    • Katie, Thank you so much for the feature! I’m flattered! YOu just made my day.

  • so good! i just redid an mcm dresser into a tv stand, and i painted only the top white. it’s so hard to decide, don’t you think?

    • Oh yes. It’s so hard to make it nice without losing the piece’s integrity. I think it was just enough to brighten it up. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Love this! Great job!


  • I love this piece too!! OMGoodness! This turned out gorgeous!! I am loving your blog and your furniture pieces!! WOW!


    • Thank you so much Amanda!! I’m so happy you like everything. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

  • Love this. Very nice work. Stopping by from MMS FFF. :)
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    • That means a lot coming from you. Your pieces are gorgeous! That orange campaign, SWOON.Thanks so much for stopping by!

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