Geometric Mid Century Dresser Refresh
I picked up this Dixie dresser from a furniture sale. While I loved the mid century look and style of the piece, the finish needed some work and I felt that the piece needed a bit of color and a geometric design to add some visual interest.
The piece started out looking pretty great so I was not going to paint the whole piece. I just add a design onto the top drawer and gave the rest of the wood a "refresh" as I like to call it.
To darken the wood without stripping and sanding the old finish off of the piece, I used a very high grit sandpaper to help get rid of the topcoat without sanding off the stain color. I then used dark walnut stain and gave the piece one coat, letting it dry for a full 48 hours. This gave the wood a richer look and helped to cover up diminish the scratches and dings it had here and there. I then sealed the piece with 2 coats of water based poly in satin for durability.
For the geometric design I chose 3 colors, black, white, and a vibrant blue. Some of the walnut wood was also left for part of the design. I measured 4 squares across the front of the drawer, then taped off one color of triangles and painted each color starting with black, and finishing with blue.
Biggest tip: When painting the design on, tape out the design (or whichever part of the design you are starting with), and first apply a thin coat of water based poly. This will seal the edges of the tape and prevent any of the paint from bleeding under. If any of the poly does get under, it's clear and you won't be able to see it!
Just a little paint and some stain really transformed this common, mid century dresser into a unique statement piece!
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