Should i paint this mid century modern bedrom set, or leave as is?


I can't make up my mind for what to do and really need help,otherwise my room will never get finished!! I like a vintage, farmhouse, antique style. This is nothing like that style, but is there a way I can make it similar? Any suggestions on paint color would mean so much to me!! Or should I just sell it and look for another style? I think this set is from the 1950s.

q should i paint this mid century modern bedrom set or leave as is
  29 answers
  • William William on Aug 09, 2021

    You can paint it. Change the pulls. I like the mix of paint and wood.

    Here are some ideas form other Hometalkers

  • It looks like it is in perfect condition. Personally, I think it would be a shame to paint this set.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 10, 2021

    Hello. Its a personal choice. MCM is very desirable and trendy likely the quality of the wood and fabrication might not be met in todays general furniture market.

    Perhaps could just changing the pulls to a farmhouse style help or do you find the wood color disagreeable ?

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 10, 2021

    Hi! What would you like to have? Even with new hardware and paint it won't look like a totally different style. You could whitewash it, which will give you fresh look. Or you could opt for stain. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 10, 2021

    Hello there,

    Do nothing to it if you want it to keep it's value as "original" but if you keep the handles and replace them using the same fixtures, you should be fine, and it will change the look!

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 10, 2021

    Appears to be in excellant conditon so I would leave it alone. New hardware but don't paint the wood.

  • Ellis Ellis on Aug 10, 2021

    It's in beautiful condition, I'd leave it the way it is. Pick the mid-century style cues that you like best, and go with it. Sometimes doing something different than your usual taste is liberating.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 10, 2021

    You could stain to darken the finish, the structure looks sound and the condition looks good, You could do the superficial changing of the hardware. Also you could "glam it up" with furniture transfers:

  • Jodi Young Jodi Young on Aug 10, 2021

    I would stain it a deep mahogany and update the hardware. See Kate Chapinski's before and after of her bathroom to get an idea of how beautiful this would be.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 10, 2021

    This looks like it is in very good shape so selling it might be a great way to go and then find something else.

    If you decide to keep & change it up, first try changing the hardware. If that doesn't do it for you, scuff with steel wool & clean with denatured alcohol. Then you can stain or paint. Paint with an off white and add a brown wax would be my preference.

  • If it's not the type of furniture you're looking for, you're better off selling it and finding what you'd prefer than altering the pieces and changing their value. If you decide to keep it and work with it, try the search bar at the top left as I've seen ideas here that aren't "paint the whole thing."

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 10, 2021

    you may be able to sell it in this color for folks who like this style and lots of folks do....or paint it and use it yourself....there are online yard sales and the for most all areas has tons of stuff for sale and you could see what this type furniture is selling for

  • Dee Dee on Aug 10, 2021

    I would not paint this set. It is very popular while Farmhouse is starting to go out of style. If anything, you could stain it a darker color, and change the handles. DLawless has so many beautiful handles, pulls etc.

  • Roney Roney on Aug 10, 2021

    I would leave them as is and put them in a room with colorful walls, a bright blue, navy, or anything colorful would be beautiful!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Aug 11, 2021

    You can paint them white and give them new black knobs for a nice farmhouse look.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 11, 2021

    Hi Kari: I'm a huge fan of not painting wood :) A good coat of wax and Bob's your uncle! If you want a different look, you can change out the pulls, but keep the old ones. They look great as is. Also, you can get the farmhouse look with knickknacks.

  • Carol luttrell Carol luttrell on Aug 12, 2021

    Hi - this is a great set! I feel changing out the hardware would work very well. What color are you painting your walls? What color bedding? With your paint and accessories of farmhouse look will give you what you’re looking for. The style of this set is very desirable right now, and who knows you may change your style?! Hope this helps. If you sell, I’d love to buy it, it’s an investment!❣️

    • Kari Kari on Aug 22, 2021

      Thank you. I'm actually going to list it on marketplace. I decided not to paint it and will just sell it to someone who will appreciate the style.

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Aug 13, 2021

    Do Not, I say, Do Not change the color/finish. The set appears to be in excellent shape and doing any alterations would diminish its value. Mid Century Modern furniture is having a wonderful heyday right now.

    As someone already mentioned, I'd look into selling the pieces and using the money to get what really rings your chimes.

    My late husband and I owned an antiques and furniture restoration business for nearly 30 years. We saw saw how painting and altering furniture took a dive on the value of the furniture.

    The pieces are beautiful. Allow someone else to love them.

    Just my humble opinion and years of experience.

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    • Kari Kari on Aug 22, 2021

      I have decided not to paint it. Selling it is what I think I will do. Thanks so much for your insight!

  • Meica Meica on Aug 13, 2021

    Mid century furniture is currently sought after. What I have read about the furniture is too leave it as is. It will lose its value if you paint or alter it. Meica

  • Meica Meica on Aug 13, 2021

    If you don’t like it don’t paint it. The pieces look 1950 and are extremely popular for people who want to recreate that look. Please leave it as is and look up mid century furniture. Is there a name stamped on the inside of the drawers? If is’s not solid wood it’s not from the 50’s.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 14, 2021

    Hi Kari, before painting see if you can replace the drawer pulls. That may be all that's needed to give it a farmhouse vibe.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 14, 2021

    Personally, I wouldn't paint the furniture but use those pieces as the basis of the room, then branch out and jazz up the room with your "style" on the walls, draperies, linens, and accessories. Mixing styles can be very eclectic and more interesting.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Aug 15, 2021

    I would personally definitely paint them however there are a lot of mid century modern lovers that would love to have a set like that. You may consider selling the set and then buying something you like better. If you decide to paint I painted my bedroom set and here is how I did it...

  • Annie Annie on Aug 15, 2021

    I wouldnt paint, at most perhaps strip and finish with a color/tone you like and replace the pulls

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 16, 2021

    It would look nice shiny black

  • Roberta Roberta on Aug 16, 2021

    There are tons of you tube videos on flipping furniture, take a look and see what you like. But if you don’t live it as is, try selling it yourself or getting an antique dealer in. I am not sure if people care about having original MCM, or just like the style. The beautiful antiques people collected a hike ago are being given away now

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Aug 31, 2021

    it all depends what is goign to be around

  • Roberta Roberta on Sep 07, 2021

    If it were me, I’d sell it. If it is actually from the 50’s, could be worth something. Suppose everywhere is different, but easy here to find free or almost free furniture for your preferred stlyle

  • Janice Janice on Oct 25, 2021

    You can paint it but I personally would not. If it's not your style, sell it to someone who really loves it and use the money to purchase a couple of pieces that you really love!