Mid-Century Makeover

If you have gotten any of the latest Crate and Barrel or West Elm catalogs you know that mid-century modern furniture has made quite the comeback. I love the clean lines and simplicity of the style. The only problem with it being popular is that it’s also very hard to find original pieces! A few weeks ago my friend Amanda found two of these great sideboards and was nice enough to let me buy one of them. Here is my latest furniture makeover.

This is the piece as pictured in the Craigslist ad –


It was in pretty good shape except for a few rough spots. These are relatively easy to fix if you’re planning to paint the piece. I wood-filled the gouged spots and then sanded them smooth.


Next, I removed the hardware and painted the entire piece with bonding primer. I always use bonding primer because it creates excellent adhesion on any surface, including veneers and laminate.

I loved the simple pull hardware but wasn’t crazy about the boring, small knobs so I picked up 4 square, black knobs from Hobby Lobby. (I buy almost all of my hardware there, they have a great selection and are always half price.)

I spray painted the hardware a fun, brassy gold so they would all match. I also opted to make the piece two tone to give it some depth and visual interest. The dresser body is tricorn black by Sherwin Williams in a satin finish. The drawers are a simple high gloss white by Valspar.

Here’s the finished product!

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Here is another mid-century piece that I found at Salvation Army for $12 and painted the same high gloss white. My parents have this one in their living room.

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If you find a mid-century piece for a reasonable price, buy it! I’m hoping this trend is here to stay!

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