Mid-Century Modern Lowboy Dresser Makeover

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You guys!!! I finally found the mid-century lowboy dresser I've been looking for to finish my bedroom makeover!

And the best part? It was only $60!!

I had a few minutes the other day to kill some time so I stopped by a nearby thrift shop to see what I could find. This particular thrift shop isn't all that nice... kind of junky in fact and they don't usually have much furniture... so I wasn't even looking for a dresser!

That's how it works right? When you're looking for something you can't find it but the minute you stop, there it is!!

A plain MCM dresser gets a fun new makeover!

So, I promptly paid for it even though I couldn't take it with me that day. I wasn't taking any chances of losing it!

A couple of days later I picked it up. Trust me, it looks better in this picture than it actually was!


The top three drawers have a cool patterned wood veneer that I wanted to bring out so I knew that I wanted to refinish the drawers. And after a little Pinterest inspiration surfing I knew I wanted to paint the shell!

The top is laminate... yes, you can paint laminate!


I removed all the drawers and sanded the shell.


I paid special attention to sanding the laminate top really well so that the paint would adhere.


Then I used a foam roller to prevent brush marks and painted the whole thing with three coats of Country White.


Now, to refinish the drawers...


The wood veneer is thick enough to sand off the existing finish but you have to be careful that you don't sand all the way through it!

Here they are all stripped down!


Look at that pretty pattern!


I used Howard's Feed-N-Wax to bring out the beauty!




You might be able to see that there are a couple of chunks out of the veneer on the top right drawer but since I am keeping this dresser for myself it doesn't bother me.


I'm happy to say that my bedroom is complete now... well... as complete as a compulsive decorator's bedroom can be anyway! 😏

I'll share the results soon!




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19 comments

Linda Chapman said...

Looks beautiful!!! GO, YOU!!!

Kim S said...

I love this style furniture. You did a great job on it.

Melissa Stanley said...

That dresser is TO DIE FOR!

Nancy Carroll said...

Love it! Glad you left the drawer fronts in the wood finish. It really makes it pop and the design on the top drawers is gorgeous!

Vikki B said...

I think you found a real steal! And you did a great job refinishing---I love your choices!!

Mary Kalpos said...

This came out really great Tania. I have been obsessing over MCM a lot lately!

Tania said...

Thank you Mary! I know what you mean, I love the MCM furniture!! I'd love to find a china hutch!

Tania

Tania said...

Thanks Vikki! It sure was a steal. I looked at another dresser in an estate sale shop and they wanted $800 for it!!!

Tania

Tania said...

Thanks!

Tania

Tania said...

Thank you Melissa!

Tania

Tania said...

Thanks Linda!

Tania

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Wow! That turned out great Tania. I love mid century modern pieces too, and yours was such a great deal.

Tania said...

It was! I still can't believe I got one for only $60... I was ready to pay a couple hundred!!

Tania

Thrifty Mom In Boise said...

Holy cow Tania! That turned out great. You will enjoy this piece for a long time to come. Love that wood on the drawer fronts too, very pretty.

Tania said...

Thanks!

Tania

Diana Petrillo said...

Your dresser is absolutely stunning, Tania--beautiful work! Thanks for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm :)

Tania said...

Thank you Diana!!

Tania

Kerryanne @Shabby Art Boutique said...

Isn't that always the way Tania... you find what you've been looking for the moment you stop looking. great find and a fabulous make-over too! Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, grow & Gather this week.

Tania said...

Thanks Kerryanne!

Tania