Mid Century Modern Dresser Make Over

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I bought this dresser and a matching tallboy set on my local Facebook marketplace. I was going refinish them to flip.. The tops were formica (as many mid century modern pieces had at a time) so I was going to paint that and refinish the rest of it.


Herr is the before picture! I loved the walnut veneer on the drawers, so I wanted to expose that, so started by sanding off the drawers with and electric sander with sandpaper grit 120,220 and 320.

I wanted to use a navy and wood combination on this set with brass hardware. The hardware on this dresser weren't original, so I ordered some new modern ones from Amazon. I usually like to keep original hardware if they look good, in good shape or non missing. I scuff sanded the formica top and applied bin primer, so the paint would adhere to the surface

1st coat of primer applied with a foam roller. You probably need 2 or 3 coats of this.

Once the primer was dry I applied several coats of the navy paint. For this I used valspar furniture paint.

New hardware

I ordered new brass hardware from Amazon and they went perfectly with the mid century design. To finish things up I applied a clear coat to the wood parts of the dresser. And voila all done. If you like this transformation and like to see more, follow me on Instagram @andreapalmai

Here is the matching tallboy that was refinished the same way! They ended up going to the same home, which I love!

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