Easily mix Mid Century Modern and Farmhouse with a rustic MCM dresser makeover. Here’s how to make a Mid Century Modern Farmhouse Dresser in Olive Green!
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One of the best things about painting furniture is that you can mix and match styles to your liking!
You don’t have to paint an MCM (Mid Century Modern) Dresser with a sleek modern finish. Switch it up with a distressed green dresser instead!
This is what this 9 drawer dresser looked like before.
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- Old Dresser
- Krud Kutter
- Spray Shellac
- Vintage Moss Green Furniture Paint
- Polyurethane Topcoat
- Farmhouse Cup Pulls
- Wood Plank Top (Details below!)
How To Prep a Dresser for Paint
There are a few steps that we need to take before we paint to give us the most professional finish.
First is prepping the old dresser’s finish to be able to hold onto the paint.
Click here to read our proven process on how to prep furniture before painting.
You’ll need to wash it, scuff sand, remove the dust and then shellac it to prevent bleedthrough.
Bleedthrough is an annoying thing the wood does to paint. The wood tannins bleed through the paint and make it look like you have stains or splotchy spots in your paint.
Sometimes it won’t show up until you seal the paint. Other times it will show up in your first coat of paint.
There is only one way to really keep the bleed through at bay, and if you don’t take care of it before you paint, you’ll have to start the process all over once it shows. So I take care of it in the beginning of every single piece of furniture.
Click here to see how to properly prevent bleedthrough!
How to Change Hardware
If you plan to change the hardware, you’ll need to fill in the hardware holes and drill new holes.
You could fill the holes in with wood filler, but wood filler takes forever to dry, and it shrinks a lot. So you end up wasting a lot of time filling the holes.
Instead, I like to use Kwikwood to fill in hardware holes. It dries in an hour, it doesn’t shrink or crack and it dries super hard!
Learn more about how to change hardware with KwikWood here!
You’ll want to take care of the hardware holes before you shellac for bleedthrough!
Olive Green Furniture Paint
Once your prep is complete, you can paint it! Yay!!
I used Vintage Moss by Paint Couture Paint on this dresser. It’s a gorgeous medium olive green furniture paint.
I love to spray paint furniture with my paint sprayer, but you can brush it on with a Zibra paintbrush instead.
(Zibra is my favorite paintbrush because they are inexpensive, and the different shapes, like the round brush, make it so easy to get into details.)
This dresser took 2-3 coats of paint and I didn’t even use half of a quart of paint.
How to Spray Paint a Dresser
Learn how to spray paint a dresser here. It’s the same process that I have followed for years now.
And I don’t just spray the paint, I also spray the water-based topcoat! Spraying it creates the most professional looking finish!
How to Distress a Dresser
Once the paint is all dry, it’s time to distress! I used 220 grit sandpaper to scuff up the edges and random spots around the dresser.
Sealing Furniture Paint
After distressing, vacuum up the dust and wipe everything down with a lint free rag.
Then apply 3 coats of my all-time favorite water-based polyurethane.
This stuff dries hard and really protects your painted finish from getting ruined.
You can brush it on, but it’s so much faster and easier to spray it on. Plus it looks a million times better, with no streaks!
Farmhouse Cup Pulls
The next day I attached new farmhouse cup pulls. I love the shape and color of these ones!
Plank Top Dresser
To add an extra element of farmhouse style I made a plank top for this dresser.
Get all the details on how to create your own plank top here!