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DIY Painted Mid-Century Modern Dresser

DIY Painted Mid-Century Modern Dresser

Hi DIY'ers! Have you ever saw the perfect piece of furniture and thought to yourself, “I love it BUT, there is absolutely no way that I am paying for it because it’s way over-priced?” Then you try to find ways to justify spending that kind of money…money that you probably don’t even have! Well, I say this to myself often, and it’s not because I am “cheap” or “frugal”, it’s because I know that if I try hard enough I can find something in similar style & quality for less money somewhere else. And if I can’t find it, then I’ll just have to get my hands a little dirty and do a DIY project to get exactly what I want. I recently redesigned my bedroom and I found the perfect white mid-century modern dresser at West Elm, but it was priced at $800, which btw was way over my budget. Considering the fact that I am obsessed with the mid-century modern style right now, I was NOT willing to give up on what I wanted. I searched all over the internet, as well as, in several stores to find something similar for at least half of the price but I had no luck. Finally, I decided to check out a few thrift stores and just when I was about to give up the search, I hit the furniture jackpot! I came across a mid-century modern dresser set that was priced at a mere $84. I couldn’t believe my eyes because the dressers were in awesome condition. I immediately made the purchase. Although, I wasn't able to buy the dresser at West Elm, I still used its color and style as my DIY inspiration. The DIY plan was to sand, prime and paint the dresser a high gloss white. The existing drawer pulls were a gold & black color, which was perfect, so I left them the same color. I knew that the gold hardware would be a beautiful contrast to the high gloss white paint. The task of painting the dresser was fairly easy. The biggest and most time consuming part of the project was the prep work. The actual painting was super easy! It took a total of 2 days to complete this DIY project and it was absolutely worth it. To be quite honest, the dresser that I have now is even more gorgeous than my West Elm inspiration piece and it literally only cost me less than $100 including paint and materials. I am proud to get my hands dirty from time to time. And the dresser looks great in my bedroom.

Here's my West Elm inspiration piece:

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Jan 20, 2017

That really looks awesome! Can you please tell us exactly which paints you bought (ok, and supplies too). Or even a youTube demo would be awesome!!!!!

Thanks for sharing! I love it!

Crystal H
Jan 20, 2017

your inspiration piece is nice but what you ended up with totally blows away the west elm piece! just fantastic!

tracie c.
Jan 20, 2017

[…] DIY project and see the before and after pics, you can check out my previous blog post entitled, “DIY Painted, Mid Century Modern Dresser.”  I also saved money on the sofa, which was purchased on clearance from Darvin Furniture. I […]

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Jan 20, 2017

Hey Crystal.
First I lightly sanded the dresser using a 220-grit sand paper or sanding sponge. Then I applied 2 coats of Zinsser primer. Then 2 coats of Behr Paint & Primer in-one hi gloss latex paint. I used a foam roller for this project. Foam rollers are best when working with semi to hi-gloss paints. And the foam rollers don’t leave brush marks.

I will probably start doing youtube vids soon.

astralriles
Jan 20, 2017

I would pay big money for that!
Looks absolutely stunning.

Keep in Touch(ed).
KG
www.kgstyleinc.com

KG
Jan 20, 2017

Absolutely stunning dresser and it looks better than the inspiration.

Karen Robinson
Jan 20, 2017

Whoooo Hooooo!!!! Thats what I like to hear. That comment just made my day. Thanks a bunch Tracie :)

astralriles
Jan 20, 2017

Thank you!

astralriles
Jan 20, 2017

what an awesome job!

girlfromwva
Jan 20, 2017

Excellent job!

Sharon Wilkins

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