mid-century madness.

I was overcome by mid-century madness this past week and the end result was not one, but two fabulous mid-century pieces!

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I just can’t help myself, I always envision mid-century pieces in turquoise.  In this case, I used Annie Sloan’s Provence on both.

The first one finished was your typical mid-century blonde bureau.  We’ve all seen these before (sorry, no before pic), I even had one in my room growing up although my mom ‘antiqued’ mine in lime green.  I had toyed with the idea of painting the dresser white and orange, but in the end, the turquoise won out.

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I loved the curve to the top drawers on right and left.  And can we just take a moment to admire the hardware?  Seriously.  I’m pretty sure the Jetson’s had furniture like this (am I dating myself here or what?)

blonde bombshell pulls

I purposely did not add much distressing at all to this piece.  I thought it worked better with a clean solid finish.

blonde bombshell 4This dresser is an absolute bombshell.  She is gorgeous in person.  Wouldn’t she work well with a wide screen TV on top?  And you could store a ton of stuff in all of these drawers, there are 8 of them.

blonde bombshell 3My resident mid-century fan, nnK, loves this one!

The 2nd mid-century piece is this credenza.

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I snapped this up on craigslist despite massive competition.  Luckily I was the first one to email the seller, and the seller was one of those people who believe in dibs to the first person.  It probably helped that I could send Mr. Q to pick it up right away.  I just knew this one would be gorgeous painted.

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I used a combination of Provence and Old White, both Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I love the legs/base on this piece.

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I kept the original hardware on this one too, I just painted the bamboo-ish portion of the pulls.

mid century madness hardwareSo there you have it, my fling with mid-century madness.

Both of these will be at my Carriage House Sale on Thursday evening.  I wish I could say that Don Draper will be there too, but sadly not.  We do have some hip mid-century cocktail shakers, and that fantastic turquoise chair you see in the pictures of the credenza though.

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19 thoughts on “mid-century madness.

  1. These pieces take me way back in time. I, too, had mid century bedroom furniture as a child. I do think these pieces will move quickly for you. I also think you chose the perfect color for their new life. Love the two tone baby.

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    1. I’ll be posting something tomorrow with all the particulars and some photos. But for now, mark your calendar, this Thursday, 5 pm to 8 pm and Friday, 9 am to 2 pm.

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    1. Hi Jeannie, thanks for your comment! Both of the pieces in this post came with the hardware. When I find pieces like this with really unique mid century hardware I work hard to keep it with the piece. Unfortunately I don’t know where to find reproduction MCM hardware out there.

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