If your heart weeps a bit when you see a good mid-century modern piece buried under a sloppily slapped-on coat of cheap paint, dry those eyes. Or .. heart. Or whatever.
Because today I am sharing a few MCM lovelies that have been brought back from the brink of destruction. Stripped and sanded, salvaged and saved!
First up, this formerly navy and maroon nightstand from Renee at Upscaled and Upcycled. Even if it wasn’t a shame to paint over the solid maple, I don’t think I could ever get behind that color combo. It’s like the official color of bruise. She sanded it down, (no chemical strippers involved!) stained it with a natural wood stain that highlights the grain, and repainted the handles a complementary gun-metal gray. So much better!
Remember when I mentioned cheap paint jobs? I hope so, because it was like 12 seconds ago. Well, this is what I was talking about. Yikesness. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about spray paint, we are like high school sweethearts and everything, but I can’t imagine what possessed the previous owners to take a can of basic black spray paint to such an incredibly beautiful dresser. Luckily it eventually fell into the hands of Sarah at Trevi Vintage Design
, who restored it to it’s rightful glory.
But! There is no rule that says you can’t EVER paint MCM furniture. I say go for it. Just go for it carefully
. For example, I wouldn’t go replacing this dresser’s handles with antique glass knobs, giving it a distressed chalk-paint job and and tracing a vintage soap ad on the front. That would be like Lady Mary Crawley shacking up with Greg Brady. Awkward for everyone involved. But a fun outline of lime totally jibes with the dresser’s modern vibe, and boy, did she do a fantastic job restoring the wood too. Also from Sarah at Trevi Vintage Design
So, what if you really dig the look of MCM furniture but don’t have any of your own? Pssst: you can fake it. I won’t tell. Like Better After reader Sally who had this kitchen table for 21 years and was thoroughly sick of it. She didn’t like the chunky farmhouse legs, the apron, the rounded tabletop edge, or the color. Basically it was the right size, and that’s about it.
Well, that was more than enough to work with, and after trimming, sanding, re-staining, and re-legging (what?), she’s got a perfectly modern table, good for another 21 years or more.
And lastly, check out this amazing side table project from Hank at Toshmahal
. If you live in Dallas and have a need for furniture restoration, I would look Hank up. And if you live in Dallas and don’t
have a need for furniture restoration, I would look him up anyway just to give him a high-five.
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