Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Hello friends,

I’m finally wrapping up a bunch of projects all at once and am super-excited to share this beautiful mid-century modern dresser makeover.  This piece had seen better days, but it has a new lease on life now, thanks to primer, paint and stain.  Gotta love it.  Let’s get down to business!

I shared a bit of progress with you last week in this post, but I think you’re going to love the finished product as much as I do.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Here’s where we began:


But with legs – here is a shot that I took as it was being hauled out when I bought it.


I love the shape and the lines of it, and how clean and simple it is.  Unfortunately, the top had some wear and tear, so I had to patch and paint it.


Primed the frame:


Sprayed the legs (the great feature about removable legs on mid-century pieces):


And here it is now.

MId-Century Dresser Makeover

So pretty, yes?  I’m loving it.  I’ve been wanting to do a mid-century modern piece for awhile now, and I love all of the inspiration that’s out there to bring them into the 21st century (even though I love the classic mid-century modern look).

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Some close up shots –

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Is the wood perfect? No. But definitely an improvement from where it all began.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

The Details

Here are the details on the process:

The paint/primer (sprayed via HVLP):

I know a lot of you have questions about using HVLP (high volume, low pressure) to spray furniture, and I have more coming on that soon – I promise.  Exciting news in that department (hint: new tools to review and share with you).

Here is a side by side comparison (since that’s always my favorite).  Just imagine the before has legs, okay?


How about this one for a before and after?


Are you a fan of the mid-century modern style?

Have a great day!



  • Reply
    cassie @ primitive & proper
    February 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

    beautiful! love this style and love the color combo!

  • Reply
    February 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Jenny, I love how it turned out. Keeping with the period, but updated to fit current styles as well.

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    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    February 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Gorgeous. This looks amazing.

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    February 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Wow, that is a lot of work! The end result is so pretty though, you have truly given new life to this piece!!

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    Stephen Aguinaga
    March 13, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Don t you hate when you want to re-use knobs and pulls from an original dresser but you re missing one?! I wish a magical Knob Fairy would just drop it in my mailbox.

  • Reply
    August 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Did you spray it or roll it?

    • Reply
      August 21, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      I sprayed it. 🙂

  • Reply
    September 14, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Hello Jenny, did you sand the drawers or just apply the stain?

    • Reply
      September 19, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      I sanded the drawers.

  • Reply
    November 2, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Jenny – what color did you spray the legs? We just purchased a MCM dresser & chest for our bedroom and I’m wanting to paint the frame & perk up the wood on the drawers.

    • Reply
      January 22, 2024 at 11:20 am

      The legs were stained.

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