How I Painted a Mid-Century Furniture

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Hi Hometalk! Let's talk about Painting Mid-Century Furniture. MCM is a beautiful design and never out of trend. Its style is simple, sleek, and minimalist. So, when painting this kind of furniture, you want to have the right balance of colors, shapes, and orientation to still attain the style.

MCM Dresser

I will be sharing with you today, how I painted my sister's dresser by painting it with neutral color partnered with raw wood and black hardware.

Old Hardware

I cleaned the dresser first and removed the hardware. I kept the hardware and save it for my future project.

Adding Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel

To remove the old finish, I used a paint & varnish stripping gel and brush it all over the old finish.

Scraping the old finish

Once the gel was ready, I used a putty knife to scrape off the old finish.

I re-cleaned the whole piece and removed the remaining rests of the strippers.


Then I sanded the whole piece carefully revealing the natural wood.

Painting Stripes

I painted the middle of each drawer with a custom "latte" paint I made. The color is warm yet looks sophisticated and easily can harmonize with any color or design.

Spray Painting

The body is also painted with the custom paint I made and I used spray paint to get a silky clean finish.

Hardware holes

The old three knobs were painted black and I drilled holes in the center of the drawers for the newly updated handles.

I really love the latte color combined with the natural wood.

Closer Look!

Here's the before and after! Thank you for reading my tutorial! I hope it inspired you and kindle some ideas for your future projects. Happy Painting Friends!

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  • Ginger Ginger on Feb 09, 2022

    Really turned out beautiful, but you left out some steps. Did you fill the holes from the old hardware placement? Before painting the latte stripes what did you do to the raw wood after stripping and sanding?

  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Feb 09, 2022

    What did you do with the beautiful drawer handles that were on the piece originally?

    And why did you not use them after the re-do. Would love to have them for a project I am doing.

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