Mix painted farmhouse and a mid-century modern dresser together to create a modern farmhouse dresser. This DIY painted mid-century modern dresser even has hairpin legs to boost its style.
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We recently moved across the country, sold most of our furniture, and literally packed all that we had into our two small cars, our pickup, and a 6′ x 12′ Uhaul trailer.
Needless to say, we’ve been on the hunt for cheap dressers for our new home.
*Side note: Can I just say how freeing it was to get rid of so much junk that we had accumulated throughout the years? And since we sold so much, (and saved so much by not renting a huge moving truck), I have a
tight budget (but a budget nonetheless) to redecorate our home. Yay!!!
One of the first pieces we found was this mid-century modern dresser. Not only was it missing its legs, but it was also dirty, and sticky, and the corners of some of the drawers were broken off.
But for $25, I couldn’t pass it up for my own home!
Originally I thought about removing the current drawer handles so it wouldn’t have a mid-century modern feel anymore, but the more that I looked at the dresser, the more I fell in love with the handles.
Supplies Used For Painted Mid-Century Modern Dresser
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- Old Dresser
- Bondo Body Filler
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Krud Kutter
- Old Rag
- Midnight Blue Chalk Style Paint by General Finishes (Not sold anymore, Coastal Blue Milk Paint is the closest to the color now)
- Varathane Polyurethane
Before painting, I had to tackle the problems.
- First, the broken corners on the drawers and the scratches all over.
- Decide how to make the dresser taller. *I didn’t attach the legs until after the dresser was painted though*
- And finally, painting a mid-century modern dresser in a farmhouse blue finish.
How to Repair Wood Corners
If you look closely, the corners on some of the drawers were broken off. The drawer fronts were made of MDF, so they easily chipped off.
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It is easy to use, dries fast, and it dries rock hard. Honestly, Bondo is a must-have product when working with furniture repairs.
Once the Bondo hardened, we molded and sanded down the corners with 220-grit sandpaper.
Prepping Furniture for Paint
Then I scrubbed the whole entire dresser down with a wet old rag and Krud Kutter.
Thankfully Krud Kutter easily cuts through grease and grime, making it easy to clean up utterly disgusting furniture.. like this one. GROSS!
Learn more in this post about how to clean furniture before painting. I went through a whole container of this stuff when we moved into our new home!
Not only is it amazing with furniture refinishing, but it easily gets rid of those black built-up dirt/oil stains on fridge handles and trim by door handles and light switches.
After the Krud Kutter, I scuff-sanded the entire dresser and wiped all the dust off with a tack cloth. Read this post to know how important sanding before painting furniture is!
Painting Furniture Blue
For the perfect shade of navy, we chose Midnight Blue by General Finishes in the Chalk Style Paint. Check out these navy painted furniture ideas!
**General Finishes no longer makes Chalk Style Paint. Coastal Blue in their milk paint line is very similar though!
You can go to General Finishes website and find blue painted furniture in their colors for inspiration on what color is best for your makeover.
This color is so amazing and will go perfectly with my farmhouse navy blue decor plans.
It took 2 coats to get even coverage, and then we heavily distressed the finish with 220-grit sandpaper.
I really wanted more of a farmhouse look instead of a mid-century modern look, so heavily distressing was a must. Learn about the 6 best distressing furniture techniques here!
If you like mid century modern painted furniture, check out this post for more inspiration.
To give the paint finish extra durability and make it easier to wipe down, I sprayed on 3 coats of my favorite top coat.
I absolutely love spraying polyurethane with my paint sprayer! Learn all about how to spray polyurethane here!
And check this post to learn more about the best topcoats for painting furniture.
How to Make a Dresser Taller
This dresser originally had legs, but at some point, someone took them off. So this dresser was only 20″ tall, and I wanted it to be closer to standard height.
I ordered some hairpin legs and attached them to the bottom of the dresser. Here’s our tutorial on how to create a DIY dresser with hairpin legs.
This dresser was ready to head to the landfill, but now it will be a centerpiece in our home for years to come!
For the perfect farmhouse look, check out these DIY farmhouse drop cloth curtains to tie everything up.
Here are more DIY 9 drawer dressers for your painting inspiration.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
It never ever gets old to see how easily and dramatically paint transforms a piece of furniture. What have you saved from the trash? I’d love to hear!!
Get more ideas for DIY dresser makeovers here!
- Start by repairing any broken corners of the dresser with Bondo.
- Once the Bondo hardens, mold and sand down the corners with 220-grit sandpaper.
- Then prep the furniture by cleaning it with Krud Kutter and a wet old rag. After the Krud Kutter, scuff-sand the entire dresser and wipe all the dust off with a tack cloth.
- Apply 2 coats of shellac to stop stains from coming through the paint.
- Apply 2 coats of blue paint then distress the finish with sandpaper for the farmhouse look.
- To give the paint finish extra durability and make it easier to wipe down, spray 3 coats of polyurethane.
- Attach hairpin legs to make the dresser taller.
More Farmhouse Style Makeovers
- Mid Century Modern Farmhouse Dresser in Olive Green
- Black Vintage Farmhouse Dresser
- DIY Painted Chippy Farmhouse Dresser
- DIY Farmhouse Dresser in Black
- DIY Distressed Painted Dresser
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