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!
Supplies Used for Mid Century Modern Farmhouse Dresser in Olive Green
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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. 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 at the beginning of every single piece of furniture.
See how to properly prevent bleedthrough and stop stains from coming through paint in this post!
How to Change Dresser Hardware
If you plan to change the hardware, you’ll need to fill in the hardware holes and drill new holes. Here are the ways of filling holes when replacing furniture hardware.
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.
You’ll want to take care of the hardware holes before you shellac for bleedthrough!
Painting A Dresser Olive Green
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.
(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.)
Read more about the best paint brushes for painting furniture here.
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.
Learn more about these 6 techniques to distress furniture here!
Sealing A Painted Dresser
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! Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on how to spray polyurethane here!
Add New Hardware and Plank Top to Dresser
The next day I attached new farmhouse cup pulls. I love the shape and color of these ones!
To add an extra element of farmhouse style I made a plank top for this dresser.
Get all the details on how to make a plank top dresser here!
For the perfect farmhouse look, check out these DIY farmhouse drop cloth curtains to tie everything up.
If you like how this dresser turned out, you check out more rustic painted furniture here.
Check out some more DIY 9 drawer dressers for more inspiration.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Prep the dresser for paint by cleaning, scuff sanding, removing the old hardware, and filling in the hardware holes with wood filler. Prime the dresser with clear shellac to prevent bleed through.
- Apply 2-3 coats of olive green paint onto the dresser. Once the paint dries, distress the edges and random spots around the dresser with sandpaper. Vacuum all the dust from sanding.
- Seal the olive green painted dresser with 3 coats of waterbased polyurethane.
- The next day, attach the new farmhouse cup pulls and to add an extra element of farmhouse style, yo can make a plank top for the dresser.
More Dresser Makeovers
- Painting Furniture with Lilly Moon Paint
- How to Paint Furniture High Gloss
- Grey Chalk Paint Dresser
- Grey Painted Dressers
- DIY Modern Grey Dresser
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