Hey all! I’m super excited to show you my latest furniture flip, this Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover! I was recently contacted by a local friend, Nicci, A Farmhouse Full. Nicci was in the process of redoing her master bedroom and I helped her with making a few design choices as well as redoing this dresser. I’ve only done a few mcm makeovers, so I was pretty excited to do another one. The classic lines, awesome legs, and pretty wood gets me every time!
Mcm Dresser Before Photo
This dresser originally manufactured by Baumritter, the company that went on to become Ethan Allen. This one is part of the Birchcraft series. Solid as a rock and solid Birch wood.
MCM Makeover Process
Nicci and I had already decided that this dresser would be partially painted after finding this Pinterest Inspiration. https://pin.it/hgt4dhlpgczyzo.
The first step I always take when redoing a piece of furniture, is always to sand it down, so the paint finish will be smooth. This dresser was going to have either stained or natural finish wood drawers, so sanding it to bare wood was a must. I used my Dewalt orbital sander. This is a similar one from Amazon. I used 3 different sanding discs for sanding as well, this pack has all the grits you’ll need for sanding. I used 80 grit, followed by 180 and 220 grit. For the hard to reach places, I just used sand paper in 120 grit.
Here’s a Progress Picture the
MCM Dresser, Sanded Down, Ready For Paint and Sealing the Wood
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Next Up! Time For Paint!
My favorite furniture paint to use is called General Finishes, I actually buy it locally, but you can buy it on Amazon too. For this Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover, I’m using Coastal Blue. You can find it here. I also really like using Wooster brushes. Here is an inexpensive option.
ok now its time to paint!
The main thing here is don’t be afraid you’re going to mess this up- you won’t! The beauty of paint is… its paint! If you don’t like it, you can always repaint. When using any type of paint, always paint in the same direction with long, even strokes. You will need a second coat with almost all paint, unless you’re doing a chippy finish with chalk paint. Just remember, long even strokes and you’ll be fine. Oh, one more thing, I’ve tried using a small roller and also using a foam roller, but I like the finish best when I just use my trusty paintbrush.
Stain or natural???
Because I had sanded the drawers all the way down, we were able to make the decision to stain them or leave them natural. The folks on the Instagram poll chose dark stained drawers 75/25! But! Both Nicci and I saw how pretty the dresser was with the pretty natural wood showing.
Time for poly!
The final step in all painting projects is a good coat of polyurethane. My favorite one is Minwax Polycrilic in the matte finish. I’ve also used the satin finish, but I think that the low sheen of matte is prettier and more professional looking. For this project, I used this one, but I think it’d be best over chalk paint.
When using poly, I apply it with a 2 in brush using the same process I do when painting. Brush in long, even strokes to keep the finish uniform. You can see more of this process and my painting process on my Instagram page MakingOurHaven. I have the whole process saved to Highlights. I also used poly on the drawer fronts and legs to protect the wood.
The Big Reveal!
I was excited to get this piece in the house and take photos of it! In fact, my husband said, Can we keep this one?? Nope, but I’m sure its going to be perfect in Nicci’s home!